Monday, February 22, 2010

Another 'awakening to God' is the only thing that will save America
One thing, and one thing only, will save America. It is not politicians; it is an awakening to God.

Crime rate holds steady inside growing county
Even with an ever-increasing population, Columbia County saw its crime rate remain steady in 2009.

New look for good cause
The caps for Columbia Middle School's baseball team got a bit looser last week.

Pre-K registration begins Monday
Registration for next year's lottery-funded pre-kindergarten classes starts Monday at most Columbia County elementary schools.

Home and Garden Show caters to lots of interests
Ginny Allen is busy getting ready for next weekend's Home and Garden Show at the James Brown Arena. As a master gardener, she's helping to prepare a master gardener booth for the fifth annual show sponsored by Show Technology Productions.

Intervene now to control lawn weeds
Right now is the perfect time to control weeds in lawns. The cold, rainy weather has slowed the growth of weeds and that can delay the germination of summer weed seeds.

Motocross starts at temporary home
Motocross racing kickstarts today in Columbia County, but not at the dirt bikes' intended home track.

STAR student works hard in class
Beneath the purple hair adorning the top of Andrew Byrd's head lies a brilliant and disciplined mind.

Players bring 'Gypsy' to Columbia County
The Augusta Players will debut in Columbia County next weekend with a bang.

Foot Notes Cafe to close in library
Columbia County Library patrons wanting a snack or a drink might soon have to look somewhere other than the small eatery in the lobby.

Grovetown Middle School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll.

Adoption showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Martinez that rescues from 10 counties. Animals are spayed or neutered and current on their vaccinations. Dogs are microchipped. Cats are litter-box trained before placement. To adopt, donate or get information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241 or go to www.heartsong animalrescue.com. [CAPTION] Jillian is a calico cat. She is spayed, combo tested negative and current on vaccinations. [CAPTION] Special Photos Gretta is current on vaccinations, spayed and microchipped.

Top Turkey Teachers
The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America have adopted a national outreach campaign for the 2009-10 school year. The Evans chapter used its Top Turkey Teacher contest to earn more than $2,500 for the Children's Miracle Network. Project Chairwoman Nefertiti Williams reported the project was the most successful charity project ever conducted by the chapter. Students and teachers at Evans High School participated by buying$1 turkey feathers to give to their favorite Top Turkey Teachers.[CAPTION] Special Photo

Old bricks used for new sign
Evans Middle School students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades assisted teacher Scott Norton with the construction of the planter around the sign at the entrance to the school. Students also assisted with the planting and maintenance of the landscaping. Students who participated are Jonathan Cooper (left of sign), Antonio Rodriguez, Nikko Mann, Lisa Golden, Kelly Hile, Ashley Sheffield and principal Michael Johnson; Scott Norton (right of sign), Zack Brassell, Ali Monga, Melissa Murzynowski, Lindsey Pederson and Teresa Tatum. The bricks were salvaged from the old Evans Middle School building on Washington Road.

Property transfers
Debra A. Steflik to Kevin P. Mahoney, 261 Ashton Woods, $138,300.

Get up and go
Dr. Kapil D. Sethi, M.D., of the Medical College of Georgia Movement Disorder Clinic, will be the speaker at the monthly meeting of the CSRA Parkinson Support Group, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John Towers dining room, 724 Greene St., Augusta. For information, call (706) 364-1662.

School Councils
Lakeside High School: Monday, March 29 and April 19.

Current events
- Area Rotary clubs are helping raise money and collecting "shelter boxes" through www.shelterboxes.org. For information, call Pam Lightsey at (706) 840-2087.

New Shepeard Blood Center opens
Officials from Shepeard Community Blood Center and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday to open Shepeard's new blood center at 4329 Washington Road in Evans. The other two blood centers in the county were consolidated into the new, larger facility.

Police Blotter
A pedestrian threw something at an Evans teenager's car as she drove Tuesday, damaging it.

On vacation
Tommy and Evelyn Price (from right), of Evans, visited Branson, Mo., last fall and met Bill Medley, formerly one-half of the Righteous Brothers recording group.

Divorces
Jennifer Robinson and Scott J. Robinson, Feb. 12, 2010.

Top band students
Stallings Island Middle School students Yoonji Choi, Angela Han, April Jin, David Taylor, Gerry Meixiong and Joshua Epperson participated in the 19th Annual University of Georgia Middle School Music Festival in Athens on Dec. 10-12. The students were nominated by their band director and were placed in clinic bands based on a competitive audition. Yoonji Choi and David Taylor were both selected for the Honor Band, which is comprised of students scoring the highest for their instrument at the audition. All students were in the top five chairs in their clinic bands, and the Saturday afternoon concerts featured eight separate concert performances.

Marriage Licenses
Randy Alan Green and Patricia Ann Page applied for a marriage license on Jan. 21, 2010, and were married Jan. 21, 2010, in Evans.

Harlem Middle School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll.

Grovetown Elementary School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll.

Coping with growth is Job One
Just in case you missed it on Valentine's Day, a story in The News-Times pointed out that Columbia County's housing permit numbers made an astonishing rebound in 2009.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, February 21, 2010.

Letter reaches out from past
In his final column of the year in 1993, then-News-Times columnist Aubrey Shaw introduced readers to Hannah Heimer.

Tourism is good news for community
We have had several opportunities during the past few years to provide updates about the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau. We've had lots of good news to report, including the continued growth of tourism in our county.

Daniel not ready to end football coaching career
Two years ago, Mark Daniel told The McDuffie Mirror he thought Thomson was the place he and his family could put down roots.

Uncharted playoff waters will be tested by Lakeside
Fans of Lakeside High School's girls basketball might not have been sure how to celebrate on Wednesday.

Sports calendar
Pride Athletics will hold an adult one-pitch softball tournament March 12-13 at Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Frontage Road, Augusta. Cost is $175 per team.

Wins should pile up for Greenbrier girls soccer
Greenbrier High School has five state baseball titles, so it is no wonder the program is known more for its baseball rather than girls soccer. While the baseball program deserves all the accolades it has received, the soccer program deserves some publicity, too.

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