Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Westboro protests is 'disappointing'
We learned recently that the members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, can continue to hurl their vicious and reprehensible personal attacks on innocent service members who died preserving this nation's freedom and their families as a result of the Supreme Court's 8-1 decision in Snyder vs. Phelps.

Concert will blend sacred, bluegrass
The Columbia County Choral Society will perform a concert Friday filled with the down-home sound of bluegrass music.

Church yard sale is a guy thing
A large yard sale catering to men's interests will return Saturday to the former J.D. Howell Store in Appling.

Deer-hunting grandma
Since retiring from the Columbia County school system in 1986, Shirley Johnson's sights have been set on more than settling down on her peaceful Appling farm.

Minette Hatcher is chosen Harlem 's Citizen of the Year
Minette Hatcher's ever-present smile and endless energy helped her earn the Harlem Woman's Club 2010 Citizen of the Year award on Thursday.

STAR Student, teacher go back to elementary days
When Evans High School STAR Student Paige Yelvington took DiAnne Johnson's Advanced Placement Spanish course last year, they were reunited.

New county GOP chairman sees himself as a 'fresh face'
Martinez resident Brian Slowinski was elected Saturday to lead the Columbia County Republican Party for the next two years.

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 puppies and kittens cost $20. 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. weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Get Up and Go
Lee Carey will demonstrate bowl-turning basics at the monthly meeting of the Savannah River Woodturners, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 144 N. Belair Road. For information, go to www.savannahriverwoodturners.org or call Lee Carey at (706) 627-8373.

Newsmakers
WeBeLoS members of Cub Scout Pack 156 and their siblings pose with the staff of the Augusta Fencing Club. The Cub Scouts and siblings are Destiny McNeal (back row, from left), Lee McNeal, Christian Vanco, Lucus Martin and Logan Martin; Michael Vanco (front, from left) and head instructor Rudy Volkmann.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org.

On Vacation
Jin and Russell Brown, of Grovetown, got into the act with Maori natives at Tauranga, New Zealand, in January. The Browns' 18-day land and sea tour of Australia and New Zealand took them to many places of interest and scenic beauty.

Current Events
The Bee Hive Preschool, a nonsectarian program at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, will hold a drop-in open house Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. For information, go to www.thebee hivepreschool.com.

It's like driving drunk
Harlem High School's Aaron Hintz attempts to drive between traffic cones while wearing goggles that simulate the vision of a person with a 0.08 alcohol level. Duluth Police Officer Bobby Johnson supervises the activity.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for March 16, 2011.

Ending favors dooms reform
If Georgia's grandiose tax reform plan dies as increasingly is expected, it won't be executed in the Legislature.

Custodial plan should be an improvement
Good for the janitors. Good for the taxpayers. Good for the schools.

Farewell to educator, coaching icon
This past Saturday, I attended the funeral of A.L. Williams, my high school baseball coach.

Powerful Peach Belt Conference loaded with county's baseball talent
The Peach Belt Conference is widely considered one of the top Division II baseball conferences in the nation. Seven PBC teams were ranked in the Top 30 in the nation in the latest Division II poll.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Wednesday: Evans at Cross Creek, 5:30 p.m.

Harlem edged out by Thomson on diamond
Harlem left fielder Logan May lays down a sacrifice bunt in the third inning against Thomson. In Friday's game in Harlem, a first-inning homer by Thomson designated hitter Andy Grimaud represented the only run as Harlem fell 1-0.

Greenbrier runner joining Presbyterian
Whenever Gabby Lesieur sets a personal best in an event, she's thrilled with the achievement.

Athlete Spotlight: Kia Graham and Jade Cotton
Jade Cotton scores a lot of goals, so it took some time for her to recall the goal she considers the most memorable.

Ex-national team star heads camp
There was a time when Clint Mathis was considered the face of U.S. soccer, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated 's 2002 World Cup preview issue.

Lady Lions squeak by
Augusta Christian's Anna Rogers is pinned between Silver Bluff's Brenna Haeden (left) and Rosamaria Negrete. Augusta Christian won 1-0 on Thursday in the nonregion matchup between schools from opposite sides of the Savannah River, earning its first victory of the season.

Track Results
Columbia County Challenge

Sports Calendar
Former U.S. Men's National Team star Clint Mathis will be the lead instructor at the ProXtreme Soccer Camp, set for April 3-6 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans. The camp is open to all soccer players 5-14 years old. For information, call Luke Baer at (762) 233-3380 or visit csrasoccer.blogspot.com.

All-Star Game will feature area's best
Though he's played in the NBA for seven seasons, Maurice "Mo" Evans vividly remembers his high school basketball days.

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