Sunday, April 3, 2011

Unhappy newcomer's arrival puzzling in light of 'negative' comments
No doubt Barry Paschal will be inundated with email regarding his column about the Oregon urbanite who moved to the area ("Delta is ready when you are," March 27).

Decision on body shop rezoning delayed
Columbia County commissioners tabled discussions Tuesday on rezoning an Evans property to allow for an automotive body shop.

Links to the Masters
During Masters Week, the Holy Grail of souvenirs are those bearing the logo of the Augusta National Golf Club.

Disc golf center will be busy, too
Traditional golf isn't the only game in town.

Garden clubs in the area celebrate all the months
The calendar might say April and note that it's National Gardening Month, but for garden club members all across the area, gardening isn't something that is celebrated just once a year; it's enjoyed and shared year-round.

Deputy is on duty - in Afghanistan
A year ago, Columbia County sheriff's Sgt. Vincent Cooper traded in his police uniform for desert camouflage.

District 4 candidates tout credentials
The two candidates in the upcoming Columbia County District 4 special runoff election fielded questions Thursday morning from area business leaders.

Hotels are confused over tax payments
As Columbia County hotels welcome Masters Tournament guests this week, many also need to emphasize better record- keeping, according to a recent audit.

These visitors return every 13 years, and they'll be back soon
The Brood last showed up 13 years ago, and while they were here it was deafening.

Get Up and Go
Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans, is organizing RISE UP! -- a Columbia County men's chorus, to sing at the community Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 24 at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

Current Events
The Pastor's Support Ministry of Oakey Grove Baptist Church, 911 N. Belair Road, Evans, will celebrate its 23rd anniversary at 2 p.m. today, with the Rev. Sim Murray and Jerusalem Baptist Church of Ridge Spring, S.C.

Newsmakers
Live Fit Augusta held a grand opening ribbon cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 16. It is located at 3830 Washington Road, Suite 15, in Martinez.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue recently appeared on a WJBF Adopt-A-Pet segment.

Police Blotter
A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that statements made by accused killer Christopher Sean Bowers and items seized from his home can be used during his trial.

Military Newsmakers
Kenneth E. Randle Jr. has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

Property Transfers
Wells Fargo Bank to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 101 Lottie Lane, $64,606.

Marriage Licenses
Shaun Edward Kas and Ariel Mayumi Thomas applied for a marriage license on March 10, 2011, and were married March 14, 2011, in Evans.

Divorces
Caprice Arleen Whittle and Charles John Whittle, March 24, 2011.

Columbia County: A great place to live
Columbia County welcomes you to this year's Masters Tournament!

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, April 3, 2011.

Doing what we said to do
Last July, The News-Times recommended continuing the 1-percent sales tax for schools, and voters overwhelmingly agreed.

Welcome, guests; sorry, put the beer back
First-time visitors arriving in our community today, or staying through the final round of the Masters Tournament, might notice something unusual about our state when compared to their home.

Spires brings heat in Evans' narrow win over Greenbrier
Ricky Beale didn't know if it was his senior's adrenaline from pitching in front of the home crowd, or that his team just badly needed a victory.

County, school board team up in planning athletic complex
Jarrett Troxler has seen how fluid the relationship can be between county recreation leagues and school football programs.

Augusta Eagles cruise to homeschool championship
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Augusta Eagles, a homeschool basketball team coached by Columbia County native Chad Cook.

Sports Calendar
Best Dam Ride Ever 2011 will be held April 17.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Tuesday: Greenbrier at Lakeside, 6 p.m.

Evans wraps up perfect regular season
When Sarah Harrington saw her boys team fall in the first round of the state playoffs last year, the Evans High School tennis coach knew it would provide motivation for this season.

Club's All-Decade team features ex-'Pack stars
When it was announced that Georgia Dugout Preview magazine would be putting out an All-Decade team for the 2000s, it was clear from the start that the list would be a strong one.

Lady Bulldogs in control
Harlem's Christina Rentas gains control of the ball during a match against Thomson on Tuesday. Harlem won the region matchup 6-0.

Golf Tournaments
The Jones Creek Golf Center Junior League will hold a tournament each Saturday from April 16-30.

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