Monday, January 24, 2011

Recent editorial on incivility 'captured the climate of this foolishness'
Editor: The Jan. 16 editorial, "Intolerance needed - for incivility," is the first and only writing that has captured the climate of this foolishness, and even better has offered a modus operandi to combat it.

A pet project
Policy and personnel changes implemented at Columbia County Animal Services a year ago are credited with reducing the number of animals brought into the shelter and the number of animals euthanized there.

Smaller lots might become an option
Current market conditions could necessitate a new zoning district for smaller residential lots in Columbia County.

County relaxes sign rules another year
Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday extended an ordinance allowing for temporary signs at area businesses.

Church Sunday school class helps those who help others
At Julie's House, volunteers open their arms every day to battered and homeless women and their children.

Mistletoe gourmet cooking class will have a wild flavor
Mistletoe State Park's Wild Gourmet Cooking Class and Lunch on Saturday will include a demonstration on how to cook with ingredients found in nature.

Choosing the proper fertilizer doesn 't have to be complicated
Very soon, the commercials for fertilizers will be seen on TV and in newspapers. With spring coming, most gardeners are beginning to think about what they need to use on their lawns, around the shrubs and trees, and in the vegetable garden.

Developer seeks sale of facilities
An area developer begged Columbia County commissioners Tuesday to help him unload the clubhouse and pool in the Ivy Falls neighborhood.

Divorces
Stephen T. Salley and Lillyana Cullins Salley, Jan. 6, 2011.

A harvest of their own
Martinez Elementary student council officers Zack Canterbury and Lauren Giles show off the items the pupils and faculty collected for Golden Harvest Food Bank's It's Spooky to be Hungry food drive.

Driving away hunger
Area Walmart store managers and team members present Golden Harvest Food Bank Executive Director Michael Firmin with keys to a new refrigerated truck, valued at about $95,000, that will help collect and distribute food in the 30-county service area. The truck was presented Jan. 5 at the Walmart at the Gateway Center in Grovetown.

Property Transfers
HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. to SMU Investments LLC, 338 Saddletree Lane, $85,000.

Current Events
Jan. 31 is the deadline for applications for the Ryan Clark Scholarship and Community Service Award. Applications are available from high school guidance counselors, or by e-mailing a request to connect columbia@yahoo.com.

Evans Christian Academy Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A Honor Roll: Leah Haislip, Johnna Kelley, Rachel Martin, Kevin Puha and Rebecca Reed.

Evans Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Sixth Grade A: Tahmina Ahmadsha, Julia Baughn, Jillian Best, Bailey Booth, Rebecca Brigdon, Shane Briley, Courtney Burlison, Jacob Carden, Jennifer Carver, Mark Chang, David Chen, Aaron Chung, Julia Cooper

Pet Adoption Showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered, and cats are litter-box trained before placement. To adopt, donate or obtain information, call Loretta at (706) 855-1241 or go to www.heartsonganimal rescue.com

Greenbrier Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Cole Anderson, Ryan Baggott, Andrew Baker, Lindsey Barker, Mya Brownell, Jack Caplan, Haile Clark, Kinnley Coffman, Mackenzie Coggins, Megan Devine, Jordan Fishburne

On Vacation
In early November, Bill and Marcia DeHaven spent 10 days in China, visiting the cities of Beijing and Xi'an along with the Great Wall.

Police Blotter
Police are looking for two North Augusta men they say wrote stolen checks at a Martinez business.

Marriage Licenses
Ricky Keith Davis and Susan Webb Tostemar applied for a marriage license on Dec. 22, 2010, and were married Dec. 31, 2010, in Evans.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, January 23, 2011.

Hurrying up and waiting
Columbia County's politics these days seems to be caught in something like an airport holding pattern.

Fleeting dreams of George Clooney
I dreamt that I was reading an article in the paper that said, "Interviews will be held in Atlanta next week for a personal assistant to a famous actor whose initials are G.C. This is not only for those of you who are young and beautiful; it is for someone who is responsible and experienced in the art of proper manners and conducting intelligent conversations with people of all backgrounds.

State 'fees' robbed as substitute for tax
Want a perfect picture of what is wrong with government, and why taxpayers feel so frustrated about it?

Legendary Evans coach added to Wall of Fame
Former Evans High School basketball coach Danny Black will be honored Tuesday by his former school with a spot on its Wall of Fame.

MACH Academy teaches more than just tennis skills
The all-encompassing name, MACH Academy, perfectly suits the Augusta organization that serves children throughout the area, including those in Columbia County.

Sports Calendar
The Augusta Junior Golf League Winter Tournament Series will be held through February at Jones Creek Golf Club. A tournament will be held each Saturday through Feb. 12. The cost is $10 per round for Jones Creek members or $20 for nonmembers. For information or tee times or to sign up, call Drew Belt at (803) 530-0759 or Carlos Santos at (706) 825-3908.

Lakeside retains title as county 's top swim team
Having faced some enormous swim teams from the Atlanta area in various meets this season, the county's swim programs got to enjoy facing off against one another on Tuesday night during the Columbia County Swimming Championships at the Augusta Aquatics Center.

Swim Results
Columbia County Championships: Lakeside 1,125; Greenbrier 1,030; Evans 661; Grovetown 335

Prep Calendar
Basketball: Tuesday: Grovetown at Harlem, 6 p.m. (girls), 7:30 p.m. (boys)

Grovetown blows halftime lead in loss
From staff reports

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