Monday, March 7, 2011

Commission District 4 candidate Bill Morris is 'right man at right time'
It has been my good fortune to have known Bill Morris for almost 40 years. During that time I have come to know him as a man with personal attributes that reflect a family background of integrity and strong work ethic.

Women recall their service in World War II
World War II images of Rosie the Riveter inspired thousands of women to join the war effort. Marie Murray, Agnes Caviston and Patricia Benedetto are among Columbia County women who served during the war, but their stories are vastly different.

Extended period of warm weather leads to some bugs emerging early
We normally get a week to 10 days of warmer-than-normal weather, but this current warm spell has been going on for longer than normal, and it has awakened many insects.

Road rules limit golf car use
Unusually warm February days drew many residents outside and onto their golf cars to cruise neighborhood streets.

Garden club moves Arbor Day planting to new school
One local garden club has made Arbor Day worth celebrating by planting trees in honor of the Earth-friendly occasion.

Teacher gave up vacation time to tutor
Grovetown High School educator Vicki Tarleton was announced as a finalist Tuesday for the 2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Upgrades to park approved
For the second time in a month, Columbia County commissioners voted to spend more money on upgrades at Evans Town Center Park.

District 4 hopefuls share views
Candidates for the Columbia County District 4 seat took their campaign messages to the public on Thursday during a forum at Grovetown City Hall.

Ribbon-cutting
Jim Hudson Lexus Pre-Owned held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Augusta Chamber of Commerce at its new location on Washington Road at Pleasant Home Road.

Divorces
Terry Coffey and Margaret Coffey, Feb. 21, 2011.

Vacation Photos
The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Christine Scott, 82, of Evans, posed for a family photo during a recent reunion.

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

Flag-bearers
Girl Scout Troop 20265 meets at the Harlem Library, which did not have an indoor flag. Using proceeds from cookie sales, the Scouts purchased a U.S. flag and had it framed for the library.

More Newsmakers
Georgia tourism industry professionals attended the annual Tourism Day at the Capitol to celebrate the significant role tourism plays in Georgia's economy. Representatives from the tourism industry presented Gov. Nathan Deal (second from left) with a check representing the $816.3 million in state tax revenue generated from tourism-related expenditures in 2009.

Police Blotter
One of three girls removed from former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean's home Monday was returned after a Juvenile Court hearing.

Greenbrier Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
The following pupils were named to the honor roll for the second nine weeks at Greenbrier Elementary School.

Helping out at IHOP
Alexis Smith, 9, of North Augusta, a patient at MCGHealth Children's Medical Center, serves pancakes to Anita Maaovia and Hannah Holovack (front) at the IHOP in Evans. Donations went to the children's hospital.

Current Events
Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., will hold a Stop Hunger Now Packaging Event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. For information, e-mail jultz@comcast.net.

Riverside Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
The following pupils were named to the honor roll for the second nine weeks at Riverside Elementary School.

Property Transfers
Susan M. Buzhardt to David L. Butler, 127 Crawford Drive, $125,000.

Newsmakers
Third grade teacher Jennifer Young oversees an experiment with ice water during North Harlem Elementary's Family Math and Science Night.

Marriage Licenses
Joshua John Newberry and Danielle Nicole Crabill applied for a marriage license on Feb. 17, 2011, and were married Feb. 17, 2011, in Evans.

School Lunch Menus
Monday: Sausage and french toast, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cheese grits, tater tots, chilled fruit cup, fruit juice, milk

AARP is right on tax breaks
Now I'm worried. I agree with something said by a lobbyist for the American Association of Retired Persons.

Immigration bills would raise taxes
From the perspective of a lifelong Republican, I am always troubled when the Georgia Legislature starts looking at ways to "fix" a problem by getting the government more involved in the lives of its citizens, rather than less involved.

Less hope? More responsibility
Just before failed gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine left office as Georgia's insurance commissioner, he gave himself insurance licenses that less-privileged people have to attend classes to get.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, Mar. 6, 2011.

County baseball squads getting off to slow starts
If there is such a thing as a down year in Columbia County baseball, this season might fall into that category.

Greenbrier's success was based on more than trio
When a team has a particular group of players who exude a star quality night in and night out, it's easy to miss the forest for the trees.

Knights coach proud of effort in loss
Though Greenbrier High School was the one that escaped unscathed from Tuesday night's matchup between unbeaten girls squads, it was the Evans squad whose coach appeared most pleased with the effort.

Wesley UMC's walk, run will benefit Kenyan village
When members of Wesley United Methodist Church's youth missions team took a trip to Kenya last year, it was an eye-opening experience.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Monday: Lakeside vs. Westside, 5 p.m.

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