Monday, May 17, 2010

Changes to county's sign ordinances could undo beautification efforts
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and its Government Affairs Committee assembled proposed changes to our current sign ordinance "following many complaints" by its members. Apparently our current sign ordinance has "caused problems with the conduct of businesses."

Paramedic long an asset to Gold Cross
The sirens screamed and the warning lights pulsed as the ambulance sped toward a potential drug overdose victim Tuesday.

Lakeside principal chosen
The Columbia County school board hired a new principal for Lakeside High School on Tuesday.

Solutions vast for your dead grass
It never fails. The soils start to warm up and the turf grasses are growing well, but there are always a few lawns that are having problems.

Fix may fill gaps in business corridors
Columbia County's commercial development "nodes" at major intersections might need to be connected with commercial corridors in between, and older sections could benefit from "infill" development.

New school triumphs with a sense of unity
As the current school year comes to a close, so does the inaugural year for Grovetown High School.

Coaching, sports cuts considered
Several middle school sports programs might get axed so the Columbia County school board can save money.

Blessing of church gardens to showcase themes, beauty
A garden can provide a quiet respite from the day's woes, invoke spiritual awareness and serve as a sanctuary in times of grief. The gardens at The Church of Our Savior on Columbia Road are designed with all of these in mind.

County cuts costs to meet reduced revenue outlook
Columbia County officials Tuesday presented a drastically slashed proposed budget for Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue.

Cinderella ' at Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Elementary students Ian McLeod, Justin Little, Quantez Lattimore, Sarah McDaniel and Michael Mann participated in the fifth-grade production of Cinderella. Rachel Anderson had the title role

Session summary
Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston addressed a Post-legislative Breakfast on Thursday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. State Reps. Ben Harbin and Barbara Sims also attended the event sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

Pet Adoption Showcase
List of local pets available for adoption.

Newsmakers
Pam Randall (center) presented Terri Gray and her son Jacob the Thad Gray Memorial Award at the Columbia County Merchants Installation Banquet.

Property Transfers
List of recent local property transfers.

Grovetown Middle School Third Nine Weeks Honor Rolln
List of honor roll students from Grovetown Middle School.

Get Up & Go
List of local meetings and events in the area.

High School Graduations
Calendar of local school events.

Divorces
List of local divorces.

Marriage Licenses
List of local marriage licenses.

Miss Lakeside winners
Winners of the Miss Lakeside pageant were Wendy Xiao, Miss Altruistic (from left); Sandra Tadros, Miss Lakeside; Alexandra Bitere, Miss Junior; Kendyl Pennington, Miss Sophomore; Chaney Schumacher, Miss Freshman; and Kristie Reville, Miss Congeniality.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.

Student recognitions
List of students who have been recognized.

Sports Calendar
List of local sports events.

Current Events
List of local current events.

On Vacation
Bobby Azar enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Wannee Music Festival featuring The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, Dr. John and the Wailers, Stephen Stills, North Mississippi Allstars and more during the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla., April 15-17.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, May 16, 2010.

Speak up to save middle-school sports
The transition from elementary to high school often is awkward. If proposed cuts to Columbia County middle school sports go through, those transitional years might become even tougher.

Budget pain has passed?
It hurt just hearing about it: State Sen. Bill Jackson couldn't make it to the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Post-Legislative Breakfast Thursday because he was at home recovering from kidney stones.

Growing old, but in the prime of life
What shall I do with this absurdity:

Officiating call in soccer caused lots of questions
There are certain happenings in the sports world that make us wonder.

Local boy leads Carolina over Wofford in blowout
Former Greenbrier High School baseball star Nolan Belcher got the start on the mound Tuesday night as South Carolina played host to Wofford.

Augusta Prep freshman will be leaders for first season
A typical 10-day spring football practice features upperclassmen helping the younger guys get to know their surroundings.

Panthers advance after 10-0 shutout
Every indication from Wednesday's doubleheader split seemed to suggest that Game 3 Thursday between Lakeside and Lee County would be a close, hard-fought battle.

Top shots
The JR team took second pace at the county competition. Team members are Franklin Knox (from left), Grey Surles, Cody Storeyand Nolan Johnson. Not pictured are Skyler Roberson, Harris Jenkins and Hunter Garnto.

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