Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pet owners must be more responsible with 'littering'
Please stop littering! There ought to be a law against it! I am not addressing those who consider our highways trashways, but the irresponsible pet owners who release their kitten litters "to the wild." Cats are domesticated animals. They do not belong in the wild.

Former commissioner used 'fear mongering' to criticize challenger
When I read the July 7 letter to the editor from Tom Mercer, I couldn't believe what I was reading. I couldn't just sit back and watch another election go by whereby the general public is being taken advantage of by use of smoke and mirrors. What a terrible strategy to win an election -fear mongering. Ron Cross should be ashamed of someone supporting his campaign going this low.

County's GOP dominated by 'a small clique of nuts'
I now remember why I've stopped going to Columbia County Republican Party events. This small clique of nuts continues to try to ram "candidates" and "issues" down our throats. They are out of step with the conservatives of Columbia County and with every county elected official.

Columbia County engages in 'irresponsible and haphazard spending'
I came to Georgia in 1996, and in 1999 settled in the Augusta area. We love this area and think that Columbia County is a very special place. ... I fully appreciate that those in various positions want for county residents to have every amenity possible.

Cash for campaigns not created equal
Campaign contribution reports filed last week by candidates for the Columbia County commission showed a large disparity between the incumbents and their challengers.

Voters to consider tax renewal, $45 million bond referendum
The future growth of numerous Columbia County schools might rest with voters on Tuesday.

Youth cast to present 'Godspell '
Patrick Reagan and Pen Chance draw on their real-life experiences to play the central characters in the Augusta Players Youth Theater production of Godspell.

Scholastic success
The cheers shouted out for high school seniors by friends and family attending a summer school graduation ceremony Friday weren't enough for Tyler Key.

Sample ballot
Here is a list of qualifiers who seek major offices in Georgia and Columbia County for the July 20 primaries for Republicans and Democrats. Runoffs are scheduled for Aug. 10; the General Election is Nov. 2:

Candidates' fights focus on finances
Though three Columbia County Commission seats are up for grabs in the Tuesday primary, only two are contested.

Grammy winner to perform at church
An Evans church is inviting the public to attend a Sunday service with a special musical guest.

Most schools' scores improve
The results of a state standardized test released last week show some dramatic changes, but mostly much of the same.

Seniors earn $1,000 scholarships
Evans High School's Career Technology and Agricultural Education Advisory Board held a ceremony to award nine $1,000 scholarships to deserving seniors. The awards are based on enrollment in CTAE programs, participation in CTAE associated Career Technology Service Organizations, scholarship, citizenship, attendance and need. Money for the scholarships comes from the work of CTAE board members and the generosity of community businesses and individuals. Receiving the scholarships were Kelsey Lake (front, from left), Latifah Williams, Taylor Davis, Chelsea Casella, Jonathan Shields, Daniel Gonzales (back, from left), Ben Mays, Blake Kirby and Christina Fortino.

Dig Isreal's past during 'experience'
A display of Israeli culture will be just a short drive away Sunday.

Traffic issues top residents ' main concerns, survey says
In terms of future growth in Columbia County, residents are most concerned about traffic and maintaining quality, according to a recent survey.

Cash for campaigns not created equal
Campaign contribution reports filed last week by candidates for the Columbia County commission showed a large disparity between the incumbents and their challengers.

Newsmakers
Riverside Middle School Honor Roll

Current Events
Advance voting in the July 20 primary is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Friday at the Columbia County Board of Elections office, Building E, 500 Faircloth Drive, Evans.

Police Blotter
Deputy thwarts kidnapping suspect

Class Reunions
-The Evans High School Class of 1985 will hold its 25-year reunion Friday and Saturday. For information, call Kelley Cross Sleeper at (706) 860-6151.

Camp Calendar
Jim Siple will hold his free summer conditioning workout for children 10 and older starting Saturday and running through the end of August. The workout is open to participants from any school and is designed to get athletes in shape for the fall season. Workouts will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. All workouts will be at Blanchard Park in Martinez, off Belair Road at 4541 Dewey Drive. Siple has been a volunteer coach with the Columbia County Recreation Department for 22 years. For information, call (706) 860-1592.

On Vacation
Jordan Fishburne got soaked with his mom, Toni, and stepfather, Mike Hyde, on a water ride at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. Jordan was visiting his grandparents, who also took the family bike riding in Dogwood Canyon, to a Branson show, fishing, boating, swimming and more.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Signs, signs, everywhere
If there is anything on which citizens likely would agree regarding election season, it's this: We'd like to see the elimination of campaign signs.

Vote to continue education sales tax
Voters have lots of choices in this year's primary elections. Whether picking a Republican or Democrat ballot, they can choose from among multiple candidates for statewide offices from governor on down, along with a couple of local races on Republican ballots. Voters also face a list of non-binding straw-poll questions from either party.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, July 14, 2010.

Area amateurs stand out during Howell tourney
Play concluded Friday at the Charles Howell III Junior Championship. The event, which attracted top junior golfers from 17 states and three countries, was held at West Lake Country Club.

Sisters don 't lose swing after move
By Justin WilliamsNew Year's Day is known as a time to start anew, an opportunity to put the past away and concentrate on what's to come.

Harlem High School Year in Review
Senior Kendrell Germany led the boys basketball team through a rough season.

3V3 Champions Cup Series
Jonathan Lunn (left), of the Ninja Assassins, and Dustin Potter, of the Fighting Irish, fight for the ball during the Georgia 3V3 Champions Cup Series. The Georgia-South Carolina Bulls Soccer Club was the host of the event, held at Blanchard Woods Park.

Locals win at wheelchair games
Four Columbia County athletes took home at least one gold medal while competing at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Denver from July 4-9.

Columbia County team wins state tournament
Columbia County's Zach Wilson throws a pitch against Cartersville in the championship game of the Georgia Recreation and Park Association Class A Mite Division state tournament at Patriots Park. Columbia County won 5-0 Saturday to earn the state title in the 9-10 age group.

Sports newsmakers
The Royals are the Martinez Evans Little League Majors champions. Team members are Elliott Melton (front row, from left), Trevor Wallace, Robert Leicht, Kylie Duckworth, Wesley Manninen, Hunter Kelly, Duvall Cardwell, Kyle Wilkinson, Daniel Gillham, Tyler Avret (second row, from left), Elyssa Melton, Preston Whitney, coach Whitney (back row, from left), manager Melton and coach Duckworth.

Host families ease burden for out-of-town ball teams

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County Recreation Department will hold registration through July 30 for baseball, soccer, football and cheerleading. The season will start in September and end in November. For information, call (706) 863-7523.

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