Sunday, March 27, 2011

'Home-like spirit is gone' since transfer of Euchee library manager
John Welch is greatly missed by many Euchee Creek Library patrons (letter, March 23, "Thanks to patrons and staff of Euchee Creek Library for tenure there"). During his time there, the library was more like a community center or the local meeting place for many of us. It was a pleasure to visit whether one was getting books or not.

County officials see lots of positives in census numbers
Columbia County has added nearly 35,000 residents in the past decade, according to newly released 2010 U.S. Census data.

One salon opening, another relocating
One hair salon in Columbia County will soon move to a new location, and another recently opened.

TAG4U?
Motorists looking to showcase their top interests or beloved sports teams can cruise their way to Columbia County's motor vehicle division.

Older homeonwers may be eligible for exemptions
Elderly homeowners in Columbia County might be in for some big savings when they file their income taxes.

Board toughens its policy on bullying
Columbia County school officials now will take a three-strikes-and-you're-out approach to bullying in schools.

Runoff candidates to appear at forum
The remaining two candidates for the District 4 Columbia County Commission seat will appear at a forum Thursday in Grovetown.

Teen will speak to Congress about Tourette's research
Delivering a speech to a crowded room would unnerve many high school students. Make it an audience of members of Congress, and most teens would shy away from stepping up to the podium.

Leadership programs seekings applicants
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its 2011-12 Youth Leadership and adult Leadership Columbia County programs.

Retired teacher wants to educate gardeners
Growing up, Judy Kirkland learned all about gardening from her parents, who believed the family had to grow most of their vegetables.

Rattlesnake weed tough to get rid of, but right herbicides will do trick
In February 2010, I found a weed growing in my yard that I hoped I would never get.

Stores are on move
Two Columbia County businesses are now operating in new locations.

More Newsmakers
Augusta Elks Lodge distributed Girl Scout cookies, Valentines and cards to veterans at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home on Feb. 20.

Student meets governor
Lauren-Ashley Redmon, a 2007 Lakeside High graduate and upcoming graduate of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, is shown with Gov. Nathan Deal.

Newsmakers
The following local students were named to the fall Dean's List at Valdosta State University: Michael Keith Sanders, of Harlem; Valerie Renee Lawrence, Jessica Renee Moebs, John Nicholas Richards, Ansley Paige Thompson, and Brittany Anne Todd, all of Evans.

Outdoors Events
The Army Corps of Engineers J. Strom Thurmond Project will hold two turkey hunts in the Bussey Point Management Area in April.

Property Transfers
James A. Brouillard to Christal Senn, 4116 Trenton Way, $124,900.

On Vacation
Judy Thigpen (from left), Kathy Eubanks, Barbara Herrin and Teresa Williams enjoyed a winter cruise to the Bahamas.

Get Up and Go
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Youth Leadership program and adult Leadership Columbia County classes for 2012. Deadline for Youth Leadership is Thursday; deadline for adult class is April 18. For applications and information, go to www.columbiacountychamber.com, or contact Lauren Smith at (706) 651-0018, or lauren@columbiacountychamber.com.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a 501-C3 nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the Augusta area. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. on Bobby Jones Expressway. Please contact Barb at (706) 955-0438 or visit the Web site (www.csrahappytails.com) for information about the group or the featured animals. Beau is a large, 1-year-old black/chocolate Lab. [CAPTION] Beauty is a young Bernese mountain dog and possible shepherd mix. [CAPTION] Coda is a friendly, calm Lab-chow mix. [CAPTION] Special Photos Boone is a male gold and white hound or Lab mix.

School Councils
The Stevens Creek Elementary School council will meet Tuesday

Current Events
Judge J. Wade Padgett will present his "Teenage Years 101" seminar at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, at 7 p.m. Monday for teens. For information, go to www.teenageyears101.com.

Divorces
Maurene Jeana Greer and Todd Ryan Greer, March 18, 2011.

Marriage Licenses
Madison Franklin Lariscey and Betty James Bartlett Stafford applied for a marriage license on Dec. 17, 2010, and were married March 7, 2011, in Appling.

Police Blotter
Former Greenbrier High School football star Reggie Rice and two other men were sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday for their roles in two home invasions in the Charleston, S.C., area.

Delta is ready when you are
Our county has enjoyed stellar growth in the past 10 years.

On bullying, be quick and be tough
As reported in today's edition of The News-Times, Columbia County schools have a new policy on bullying: Bullies will get away with it twice before they'll really be in trouble.

It's 'time to get on the Republican bus'
Get on the Republican bus! We are all "on board" to move our beloved party forward and continue to fight for what we believe in.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, March 27, 2011.

Boot camp exercise program engages young fitness buffs
Hayley Zielinski has seen first-hand plenty of health club fitness programs fail children.

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. 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.

Caught red-handed
Evans High School second baseman Glenn Cassedy tags out Alex Prichard, of Lakeside High School, as Prichard attempts to steal second base. Lakeside won 2-0.

Lakeside girls dominated at Coaches Invitational
Sixty-four schools traveled to Georgia Tech this month for the Coaches Invitational.

Basketball standouts are chosen for all-county team
The 2010-11 basketball season had its highs and lows, but all in all it was a good year.

Hard work pays off for Wolfpack lacrosse
As Greenbrier High School's boys squad took its lumps in lacrosse for four years against Lakeside, Wolfpack coach Jeff Becker was busy trying to instill a new attitude in the locker room.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Monday: Augusta Christian at Westminster, 4:30 p.m.

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