Sunday, January 31, 2010

Shopping center foreclosure shouldn 't affect businesses
Liberty Square shopping center in Evans faces foreclosure, several tenants of the building were shocked to learn.

Top speller will head to regional bee
Champion. C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N. Cham-pion.

New buildings part of five-year plan
Several Columbia County schools might be razed and rebuilt, and another shut down, under a sales tax package presented Wednesday to the school board.

County to cover salaries to avoid furlough
Another teacher furlough day was added last week to the Columbia County school calendar.

Parents angry over plan for elementary school
Parents of pupils attending Bel Air Elementary School weren't happy last week at news that the county plans to eventually shut it down.

Pre-emergent herbicides can control most weeds found this time of year
This time of year there are many weeds in lawns and around shrubs. Many of these weeds are annuals that come back from seeds each year.

Moms to get help seeking day care
The search for child care can be stressful for parents and often involves calls and visits to preschools and day cares.

Plan now for good growing in spring
With temperatures fluctuating from the high 60s down into the 40s, what's a gardener to do?

Current events
Covenant United Methodist Church will hold a "Hearts for Haiti" concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4536 Washington Road, in Evans. A local high school artist also will be selling original paintings. All proceeds will go to Haiti through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. For information, call (706) 496-3623.

Columbia County Day
About 45 members of the Columbia County business community visited the state Capitol on Wednesday to have lunch with legislators.

Police blotter
Defense attorneys for Rebecca Bowers Sears, 41, and her son, Sean Christopher Bowers, 20, made several requests Wednesday at pretrial hearings.

Property transfers
Gregory B. Anderson to Harridell L. Scheid, 4376 Marshall Way, $191,000.

School information
Important dates

Divorces
John V. Lowe and Wanda M. Lowe, Jan. 20, 2010.

On vacation
Garrett and Janet Weiss recently honeymooned in Waikiki, Hawaii. The couple visited Pearl Harbor, Diamondhead State Park and the Oahu North Shore and snorkled in Hanauma Bay.

Pet adoption showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit licensed animal-rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats.

Riverside Elementary Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll

Marriage licenses
Ryan Regis Roe and Charity Alisha Shannon Adriano applied for a marriage license on Jan. 7, 2010, and were married Jan. 7, 2010, in Evans.

Evans band members attend invitational
Six Evans High School band members attended the Winthrop Band Invitational held by Winthrop University on Nov. 20-21.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, January 31, 2010.

Ambitious school program is impressive
John Pierce Blanchard would be impressed.

County should eliminate newsletter in water bills, or allow equal time
I am a candidate for chairman of the Columbia County Commission, and I am running to cut taxes, improve county efficiency and to put our local government on the taxpayers' side.

Blame me for those inserts
You know those newsletters that Columbia County government inserts in your water bills, the ones that Brett McGuire is complaining about in his letter to the editor today? Yep. Those are my fault.

Preparation is the key to family safety
There is no doubt that having a crystal ball to tell us what exactly what hazard is going to occur - and when it will occur - would come in handy. But lacking that, we have to stay prepared for emergencies around the clock. Our office has once again met and exceeded the criteria required by the National Weather Service to maintain our StormReady Community certification, which includes dozens of readiness criterion so that we can mitigate, prepare for, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural hazards.

Both Lakeside teams win at CSRA championships
Of the roughly 50 swimmers on Lakeside High School's team, it was two seniors the rest looked to for motivation.

Win moves Evans into tie for second
Justin Black predicted Evans High School wouldn't soon forget its victory Tuesday over Josey.

Story lines plentiful as baseball season nears
Baseball season is almost upon us. Practice for Georgia high school teams starts Monday.

Sports calendar
A volleyball clinic will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lakeside High School gym. Cost is $30. For information, call (706) 650-8083.

Middle school sports still vital, though money 's tight
Columbia County is mulling over the idea of eliminating the county's middle school sports programs.

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