Sunday, March 13, 2011

Seniors aren't 'greedy,' but 'deserve the tax breaks' on non-work income
I do not consider myself a "greedy geezer" or a "well-off senior," and I take major exception to Barry Paschal's column March 6, "AARP is right on tax breaks."

Elect Joey Brush as District 4 commissioner
I have addressed the Columbia County Board of Commissioners on several occasions regarding matters of public concern. I've also been there to support others as they "pled their case" before the panel.

Joey Brush 'will use a diplomatic approach' as District 4 commissioner
It is imperative that District 4 elect Joey Brush to represent us as our Columbia County commissioner. He is the only one qualified with state legislative experience, which is vital to convert the concerns and desperate needs of this excessively large area of the county.

Bill Morris 'will do Columbia County well as District 4 commissioner'
For the very first time in my life, I am writing a letter to the newspaper. I do so on behalf of William B. Morris, who is a candidate for Columbia County Commission District 4.

Warming weather brings with it potential for turf, shrub diseases
The first day of spring is March 20.

Tuesday is voting day in District 4
With early and advance voting concluded, only Tuesday remains for residents in Columbia County's District 4 to elect a new commissioner.

Greenbrier will restage 'Peter Pan'
Greenbrier High School students will be flying high as they present their spring production of Peter Pan Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A soldier's place
A national nonprofit organization needs community help to build a home for an injured Columbia County veteran and his family.

Board decides not to outsource schools' custodial services
Columbia County school custodian Beatrice Keller pleaded with school board members Tuesday not to outsource her job.

Librarian's complaint likely to result in change of policy
Proposed changes to a Columbia County policy would prevent many county employees from doing what a librarian did this year: complain to the county commission about a change in his job.

Festival offers chocolate in the moonlight
Chocolate connoisseurs can test some of their favorite sweet treats under the moonlight on Saturday at the Chocolate Festival at Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretative Center.

Cities are having to wait on their SPLOST funds
Implementing changes to the way 1-percent sales tax funds are distributed is proving to be complicated and confusing.

Hospitality's ambassador
Joann Erlein (second from left), a docent at the Oliver Hardy Museum in Harlem, is the recipient of the James O. McCormick Sr. Hospitality Ambassador Award, 2010, awarded by the Columbia County Hospitality Council. Also pictured are Ken Shah (left), Comfort Inn & Suites; Beda Johnson, Columbia County CVB and Kanta K.R. Kondur, Best Western Evans Hotel.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to www.csrahappytails.com.

Divorces
Patricia Lozano-Jones and Cameron Jones, March 4, 2011.

School Lunch Menus
Monday: Beef and cheese nachos, ham and cheese quesadilla, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, lettuce and tomato, Spanish rice, steamed corn, chilled fruit cup, milk.

Military Newsmakers
Cayla B. Anderson, daughter of Clayton Anderson, of Appling, recently enlisted in the Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N.C. Anderson, a 2010 graduate of Harlem High School, will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Current Events
The mass choir of Friendship Baptist Church, 5212 North Tubman Road, Appling, will celebrate its 19th anniversary at 2 p.m. today. Call (706) 541-1781.

Marriage Licenses
Robert Eugene Wallace III and Felishia Lynette Lane applied for a marriage license on Feb. 14, 2011, and were married Feb. 19, 2011, in Savannah, Ga.

Challenge graduates
State Rep. Ben Harbin (center) stands with a group of Columbia County youths who were among the 250 cadets graduating from the National Guard-sponsored Challenge Academy at Fort Gordon. Shown are Zandra Bradley (front, from left), Candace Rau, Harbin, Kayla Wethington, Berry Williams, Kelvi Evans (back row, from left), Devan Spruill, Alvin Bullard, Jake Reed and Anthony Mack.

Police Blotter
A judge ruled Thursday that statements made to police by a Columbia County woman charged with murder can be used during her trial.

Get Up and Go
Columbia County agriculture education teachers will offer a tomato growing class and Big Tomato Contest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Evans High School. Food and free plants will be provided. For information, call Phillip Price (Evans) at (706) 863-1198 ext. 4059; Doug Knox (Greenbrier) at (706) 650-6040 ext. 5872, or John Joyner (Harlem) at (706) 556-5980 ext. 4248.

Band honored with award
Savannah River Winds conductor Richard D. Brasco (left) is presented the 2010 Sudler Silver Scroll Award by Dr. John Culvahouse, president of the National Band Association and board member of the Sudler Silver Scroll Award, before a concert at The Sanctuary church in Evans.

Property Transfers
Federal National Mortgage Association to Marion Stevenson, 5820 Lanatte Lane, $244,000.

Time Capsule
As reported 54 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Feb. 21, 1957.

DUIs
Joseph Charles Grigg, 34, of the 4300 block of Lamkin Drive in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on Aug. 27, 2010, and was sentenced to 100 days in jail.

Trees are green
State Rep. Lee Anderson (left) accepts a symbolic check from Steve Williams, executive director of the Georgia Forestry Foundation, for $37 billion, which reflects the ecosystem services value of the 22 million acres of privately owned forest identified in a study by Dr. Rebecca Moore at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.

Give new guy time to spend
When county governments set up special purpose local option sales tax referendums, the process pretty much is the same in any community.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, March 13, 2011.

Elect Bill Morris as District 4 commissioner
Perhaps the most important thing to know about the race for the District 4 Columbia County Commission seat is that it shouldn't be happening at all.

Youth have opportunity to play flag football during the spring
In bringing a youth flag football league to the Augusta area, Harry Bacheller has attempted to make it as convenient as possible for any child to play.

Panthers' bats silent in rematch
A pair of matchups with Westside this season perfectly represented Lakeside High School baseball's on again, off again hitting thus far.

Eagles improve in short time
If you haven't heard of the Augusta Eagles basketball program, you might want to take notice.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Monday: Augusta Christian vs. Curtis Baptist at Lake Olmstead Stadium, 4:30 p.m.

Yi places second
Eunice Yi, of Evans, took second place in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's girls 14-18 division at the tour's recent tournament at Kiawah Island.

Sports Calendar
The 2011 Spring Training Shootout baseball tournament will be held Saturday-Sunday at Riverside Park. The registration deadline is Monday. Teams will get a minimum of three games. The age group and registration fees are 8U-9U ($250), 10U ($275), 11U-12U ($300) and 13U-14U ($300). For information, call Kelvin Lampkin at (706) 312-7410.

Injuries have made things even tougher for Greenbrier's girls soccer team
Wes Kendrick knew it would be a trying year for his Greenbrier High School girls soccer squad after losing eight starters from last season.

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