Monday, March 1, 2010

Media specialists join in planning sessions
Changes to the class schedules of Columbia County elementary schools would more evenly distribute arts and gym teachers while eliminating some of their positions.

Humble hero
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy is one of America's Most Wanted -- All-Stars.

Augusta symphony furor to end quietly
An Augusta-based orchestra has withdrawn its request to officially represent a Columbia County venue after the proposition left some county musicians feeling slighted.

Blackburn retiring from school board
The make-up of Columbia County's school board will change next year.

Start early to reduce summer weeds
Last week, I wrote about some of the winter weeds that are present in our lawns now.

Student, teacher share uncommon bond
Kadie Cheeks and Amanda Schick share a rapport closer than the typical student-teacher bond.

Sea Chanters to bring nautical themes to Evans
The U.S. Navy's official chorus will make a stop in Columbia County on Thursday on its spring tour.

Time to organize for spring is now
With the weather just beginning to hint at spring, many gardeners are itching to get outdoors and plan for the coming growing season. One way to prepare for the spring is to get the shed organized.

County's sign ordinance will be updated to meet changes
An update to Columbia County's sign ordinance is in the works.

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 in the CSRA. Adoptions are from 1-4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday from at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to www.csrahappytails.com.

Divorces
Hilda Anne Rabun and Clark Davis Rabun, Feb. 22, 2010.

School menus
Menus for Columbia County schools.

Lakeside Middle School honor roll
Second nine weeks honor roll.

School councils
Grovetown High: Wednesday, April 28 and May 24.

On vacation
A group from Augusta and Martinez recently enjoyed a visit to Palestine. The tour was customized and escorted by Kenneth Word, who is interim pastor of Hill Baptist Church.

Property transfers
Linda Sue Warady to Lori D. Sgambati, 576 Broad Oak Drive, $130,000.

Giving the gift of life
Columbia County Emergency Management Director Pam Tucker donates blood while talking to Linda Petersen, marketing manager for Shepeard blood center. Thursday's blood drive brought in a total of 224 donors, Tucker said.

Pancakes help raise money for children
Molly Johnson, 3, who has leukemia, serves pancakes at the Evans IHOP to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network, as A.J. Allen (left) and Brynna Allen wait for their order. IHOP provided a free short stack of pancakes on Tuesday in return for a donation. Last year, National Pancake Day at IHOP generated about $3,000 in local donations for the children's hospital.

Students get hands-on experience
Tichanna Collins (left) and Cory Alexander (seated) were two of eight students from Richmond and Columbia counties who visited Savannah River Site and experienced the duties of a corporate television producer/director, as workplace host Lesha Bryant looks on. The students were participating in the Georgia Department of Labor's tech program.

Newsmakers
The Augusta Chronicle's Gina Eubanks gave Cub Scouts from Pack 156 at Westmont Elementary School a tour of the newspaper. Taking part in the tour were Todd Kettler (from left), Michael Vanco, Gina Eubanks, Allen Dixon, Tre Stewart, Justin Coe, Hannah Dixon and Christian Vanco.

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.

Business newsmakers
Justin M. Keegan , of Grovetown, has earned the chef de cuisine (CCC) designation from the American Culinary Federation Inc. Keegan is sous chef at Augusta National Golf Club and a member of ACF National Chapter.

Police blotter
An Evans man has been arrested in an Internet predator case that was investigated by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, reported the South Carolina attorney general's office last week.

Vacating, recreating and coming home
I can be opinionated at times - oh, besides when I'm writing a newspaper column - like insisting that the week or more I spend at Hilton Head every winter is not a vacation but time to put on another hat. Nevertheless, everyone sends me on my way with the same wish: "Have a nice vacation."

Blackburn out; Benedict runs
The closest we came to political intrigue on the Columbia County Board of Education lately was the jockeying over who would be this year's vice chairman.

Want real savings? Merge small counties
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, the former secretary of state, upped the ante this past week on the state's No. 1 topic: The budget.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, February 28, 2010.

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. Proceeds will go to Pride Athletics.

Panthers come back, top 'Pack by 3
Lakeside High School's baseball team has lofty goals. Among them are winning another region title and advancing past the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Evans' returning pitchers fuel hopes at state title run
Evans High School coach Ricky Beale penciled in his first lineup card last week with the first initials and last names of his nine starters and designated hitter.

Prep calendar
Calendar of prep sporting events.

Greenbrier looks ahead after losses
The way the season began might not have been what Greenbrier High School's baseball team wanted, but its goal doesn't necessarily hinge on winning rivalry games.

County baseball alumni flourishing at college level
Last week, I mentioned that former Greenbrier High School standout T.D. Davis had homered in his first college at-bat. Not to be outdone, former Harlem star Patrick Gamblin repeated the feat in his first plate appearance for Division I Winthrop.

Grooms is gone, but his controversy will remain
Jody Grooms is gone. Out the door. Down 121-S and back, when needed, until his family can join him after the school year ends.

Blanchard Woods Park has a shot at national soccer tourney
Peach Belt Conference Commissioner David Brunk received multiple calls recently soliciting suggestions for a soccer venue.

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