Sunday, July 10, 2011

Troubled Liberty Square is acquired by local investors
An Evans shopping center that has faced foreclosure since 2009 is now under new ownership.

Most schools have good CRCT scores
Most Columbia County elementary and middle schools fared well in the latest scores on a statewide exam.

New restaurants offer American, Pakistani foods
Two new restaurants recently opened just blocks away from each other in Evans, but each offers its own unique menu and dining experience.

Coming together
Columbia County Health Depart-ment staffers worked for two weeks consolidating the county's three clinics in one building.

Health clinic in Walmart not profitable enough to survive
Financial problems are cited as the reason for the recent closure of a medical clinic inside the Evans Walmart.

Historian to discuss 1812 sword
Many Georgia historical groups are banding together in hopes of bringing a ceremonial sword meant for Columbia County native and War of 1812 hero Lt. Col. Daniel Appling back to the state.

Corn, tomatoes among plants that can thrive in late-summer gardens
This time of year, I quite often am asked if warm-season vegetables still can be planted. Most vegetable gardens that were planted in the spring are ending, and it is still too early to plant the fall garden.

Children 's art classes will offer variety
Starting Monday, children in Columbia County will have an opportunity to show off their creative side while learning about the fundamentals of art.

West Lake resident reimbursed $5,000 for 20 years of sewer fees
A West Lake resident enjoyed a rosy outcome last week in his effort to get back two decades worth of payments for Columbia County sewer services he didn't need.

Bluest berries are the sweetest
It's a sure bet that blueberries found their way into some holiday desserts last weekend.

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.

Marriage Licenses
Taylor Randall Shellito and Ashley Nicole Johns applied for a marriage license on Dec. 20, 2010, and were married June 18, 2011, in Evans.

Grovetown Middle School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Sixth Grade A: Kara Acosta, Kaitlyn Baker, Destiny Baldwin, Ryan Barfield, Cody Barnes, Ruby Bolden, Aubrie Bowyer, Haley Branch, Skylar Buxton, Elizabeth Carter, Summer Clarke, Leann Collins, Darius Davis, Matthew Dawson, Caitlyn Ferguson, Kwenton Gaines, Jason Golubski, Natalie Gordon, Gillian Hagan, Brian Hall

Property Transfers
JR Homes of Alabama LLC to Frederick C. Kappler, 4037 Corners Way, $169,490.

Police Blotter
A former Columbia County resident was charged June 28 with the murder of her wealthy long-time boyfriend.

Current Events
A bone marrow drive will be held 1-5 p.m. today at Lazar's Trailers and Welding, 487 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez. For information, call Tiffany Carney at (706) 836-1180.

Divorces
Heather Lynn Ligon and William Eric Ligon, June 29, 2011.

On Vacation
David and DeVona Eastman, of Martinez, spent two weeks in Italy in May. They visited Siena, Volterra, Pisa, Florence and Rome and climbed to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Newsmakers
The Columbia County Merchants Association presented its annual scholarships to Columbia County students. Pictured are Dennis Hobbs, the president of Columbia County Merchants Association (from left), Kelley Michelle Zapata, Greenbrier High; Amanda Rogers, Harlem High; William (Billy) Payne, Evans High; Alicia West, Harlem High; Sara Kennedy, Greenbrier High; and Ted Lane, chairman of the golf tournament that raises most of the money for the scholarships.

Earn honors
The following high school students received awards at Augusta Christian Schools' Honors Night ceremony: Stephanie Cipollone, Student of the Year Award (front, from left); Stephanie Hesse, Christian Character Award; Alexis West, Christian Character Award; and Caitlin Harwell, Outstanding Student Award; Albert Ahn, Outstanding Student Award (back, from left); Neill Surles, Christian Character Award; Timothy Boerste, Student of the Year Award; and Rob Michels, Christian Character Award.

Small world can hit close to home
Sometimes this small world we live in can be awkwardly, claustrophobically tiny.

Time with homeless was educational
Recently, I spent two days on the streets of Atlanta, participating in a project designed to help ministry leaders better understand what it's like to be the least, the last and the lost.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cheating scandal hurts children most
For every person who cheats, someone is cheated.

Summer leagues give squads practice in loose environment
As Jay Matthews returned as head coach of the Lakeside High School baseball program this summer, some things had changed since he coached the team several years ago.

Future appears bright for Lakeside girls golf
The way Eunice Yi has played this summer, it appears the rising junior at Lakeside High School is ready to step into the elite circle of junior golf.

Tried and true
The TriAugusta local triathlon club won the team challenge in an international distance triathlon with five countries represented at Lake Oconee recently. Team members Jason Redman (from left), Estevan Price, Jeff Meyer, Richard Fairey and Stephen Robinson won a trophy and $500. At left, Meyer, of Evans, won the triathlon for his age group.

Recruiting sites helping young talent get noticed
When most people think of football, they think of fall. Summertime is reserved for vacations and trips to the lake.

Ex-Knight Galvin gets long-awaited call
When his high school football ended last fall, Jamie Galvin stopped kicking.

Camps Calendar
The Upward Basketball Camp for boys and girls entering grades 5-8 will be held Monday through Friday at the Warren Baptist Church Family Life Center. The camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon daily. For information or to register, go to www.warrenbaptist.org or call (706) 860-0454.

Sports Calendar
Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club will hold its 3v3 Summer Soccer Camp on Monday and Thursday nights through July 28. It will run from 6-7:15 p.m. For information, go to www.augustasoccer.com or call the club at (706) 854-0149.

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