Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Columbia County is 'lucky' to have 'dedicated emergency workers
This is in regard to the political cartoon in the Nov. 14 News-Times. I'm glad to see that the Columbia County Mobile Operations Center (MOC) is being recognized. However, I was a little disappointed in the "flavor" of the cartoon.

Panel seeks tax breaks for hiring in Martinez
Columbia County officials and business owners met last week to discuss enhancing the economic vitality of the central Martinez region.

Grant to fund major upgrade of mobile operations center
Columbia County's Mobile Operations Center will soon receive its first major overhaul. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency recently awarded the county a $172,000 grant in Homeland Security funds to upgrade communication systems on the 40-foot vehicle.

Property rezoned for use as offices
The Columbia County Planning Commission agreed Thursday to rezone a Martinez property along a busy road for office use.

Literacy partners seek help
Public support will be needed before a local group can make use of a proposed grant to significantly increase the number of children in Columbia and Richmond counties provided with new books.

Fair proceeds may be record
Misting rain at the grand opening of the Columbia County Fall Fair wasn't a bad omen after all. The rain stayed away after the gates opened Nov. 4, leaving fair patrons 10 days of fair-weather fun and a record-breaking year for fair organizers.

Current events
Applications for participants in the Grovetown Christmas Parade, to be held at noon Dec. 4, are available at city hall, the city annex, Liberty Park, Grovetown Department of Public Safety or from www.cityofgrovetown.com. Call Laura McManus at (706) 868-9541 for details.

Time capsule
As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1976:

Police blotter
A Grovetown woman died in a three-vehicle wreck Saturday on Washington Road in Evans.

Vacation photo
Fred and Kaye Jester and Floyd and Cornelia Kitchens of Appling and Grovetown took a trip to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Albuquerque, N.M., in September.

Get up and go
The annual Augusta Jewish Community Center Hanukkah Latke and Turkey Dinner will be held at 6 p.m.

Newsmakers
Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6445 Youth Chairman Melissa McGrotha joined Meagan Morris, Destiney Hayes, Hanah Adair and Chance "Bubba" McKee in collecting donations to send to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Harlem Middle School honor roll

Thanksgiving play
Cathy Stillman gives her grandson Aidan, 5, a hug after the kindergarten Thanksgiving play at Blue Ridge Elementary.

Horrific abuse stopped when it got here
In all of the community outrage at the horrific crimes of Thomas G. Beasley, the man sentenced last week to 110 years in prison for serial child abuse, one important point shouldn't be lost:

Giving thanks for the little things
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's autobiographical novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, has been an inspiration to me ever since I read the story more than 30 years ago.

News of death a century late
As pretty much anyone who has ever spent more than a few minutes in the South knows, the War Between the States is an important part of our region's heritage.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, November 24 edition of the Columbia County News-Times.

Sports calendar
The 2010 Grovetown High School Baseball Christmas Camp will be held Dec. 20-21 at the school's baseball field. The camp for children in kindergarten through eighth grade costs $30 and will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

Athlete Spotlight: Ebony Wells
It's easy to exude leadership qualities under the scrutiny of college coaches during the recruiting process. But what happens when nobody of significance is paying attention? Ask Grovetown High School girls basketball coach Jaime Echols, and he'll tell you a story about Ebony Wells.

Pigskin Picks winner drawn
Meriya Williams, the general manager of the Zaxby's on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans, draws the winning entry in the 2010 Pigskin Picks football contest while Zaxby's owner George Duehring holds the box of entries. Karen Leaf, of Martinez, won $200 in Zaxby's gift cards in the annual News-Times contest.

Two locker rooms coming soon to Blanchard Woods
The planned construction of two on-site locker rooms at Blanchard Woods Park took another step forward last week, as Columbia County officials reviewed bids from contractors and commissioners accepted the price from the lowest bidder.

Lakeside seniors sign on to play college ball
Entering the summer, Heath Durand didn't think Division I baseball was a possibility for him. But the Lakeside right-hander made it a reality Nov. 17 when he signed with Georgia Southern alongside teammate Kody Belcher, who will play at Kennesaw State.

Sports newsmakers
Zach Hebert won the IHRA Division 2 Best Appearing Junior award on Oct. 10 at Darlington Dragway.

Prep sports calendar

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