Monday, August 22, 2011

Ron Paul might be the nation's 'last best chance' to restore the country
Editor: In a letter published in August 2007 in The News-Times, I urged readers to consider supporting Ron Paul in the 2008 Republican presidential race.

David Iverson takes over as food pantry 's director
It didn't take long for Columbia County Cares to fill Lou Reda's shoes as director.

'A difficult start-up'
When doors open Monday for the first day of classes at the Columbia County campus of Augusta Technical College, it will be a triumph over years of struggles and money woes that nearly torpedoed the expansion project.

Group is dedicated to saving waterways
Founded in 1981, the Savannah River Group of the Georgia Sierra Club boasts a membership of nearly 350 people, all with an interest in keeping tributaries of the Savannah River clean.

28 students will learn about county in leadership program
The Youth Leadership Columbia County program aims to get high school students to see their community in a new perspective.

Nearly all schools top state EOCT score
State education officials last week released scores from the 2011 End of Course Tests, which take on a greater significance starting this school year.

Marching bands endure heat to prepare for football season
Columbia County high school marching band members sweated through a week of late July triple-digit temperatures during band camp preparing for football season.

Leaving clippings on cut lawn is easy way to save time, money
Every time I do a talk on turf grass, I get a question about what to do with the grass clippings after mowing.

Martinez listed among top affordable growing regions
An article published last week on the CNNMoney Web site ranks Martinez as the 11th most affordable growing community in the U.S.

Lady A to perform at park opening
Hometown music heroes Lady Antebellum are scheduled to return to Columbia County to perform at a dedication ceremony in their honor on Oct. 28.

Enrollment is expected to increase
Early pupil enrollment figures, initially off by more than 500 pupils, failed to flummox Columbia County school officials.

County Commission OKs Prep 's plan for football lights
Augusta Preparatory Day School won Round 2 on Tuesday in the dispute with residents of the adjacent Springlakes neighborhood to get stadium lights at its athletic field.

School Calendar
Calendar: Sept. 5: Labor Day holiday

Marriage Licenses
David Berdell Watts and Lynda Jean Jones applied for a marriage license on July 28, 2011, and were married July 29, 2011, in Augusta.

Divorces
George D. Bratcher and Kumsun Bratcher, Aug. 8, 2011.

Newsmakers
The following students were named to the spring 2011 Dean's List at Georgia Southern: Appling : Chelsea Brown, Dylan Schott, Hillary Wilson, Jenna Tankersley, Joseph Hester, Mary Dalis; Evans : Adam Fekula, Alexa Bollinger, Alicia Charette, Allie Howard, Amanda Kepshire, Amber Mickens

Property Transfers
Bartram Agora LLC to Oakdale Custom Homes Inc., 1042 Kalmia Circle, $45,000.

First Day of School
Alex and Mary Grason Hargrove are ready for fifth and second grade at River Ridge Elementary.

Ribbon-Cuttings
CSRA Connection, at 2001 Autumn Chase in Augusta, held a grand opening ribbon cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on July 7.

School Lunch Menu
Monday: Chicken and vegetable egg roll, popcorn chicken, whole wheat roll, peanut butter, jelly, sandwich, stir fried rice, steamed broccoli, romaine garden salad, chilled pineapple, milk

Pet Adoptions
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.

Police Blotter
A Grovetown man faces new charges after his 3-year-old son died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a July crash.

Time Capsule
As reported 41 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1970:

Current Events
Sharon Baptist Church, 6262 Cobbham Road in Winfield, will hold revival services at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, with Kilpatrick area missionary Tim Batchelor as guest pastor and Bob Boyd leading music.

Additional tax will be a tough sell
However the current special session in the Georgia Legislature turns out, there already is good news unrelated to redistricting.

Plenty of things to be happy about
Whether we realize it or not, there are many things in life for which we should be happy. Here are a few of mine:

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 21, 2011.

Lack of action is frustrating
The call comes probably every other week or so: A craftsman or a contractor or a citizen calls to complain about what they believe are illegal aliens working in the county, particularly in construction.

Modoc Speedway
Wendell Chavous came up from fifth place to pass pole-sitter Larry Timms for the lead on the last lap and win the Crate Late Model Race at Modoc Speedway on Aug. 12.

Lakeside tops Grovetown on opening night
Alexis Dunbar knew it was crunch time in a deciding final game.

Warriors nip 'Pack in thriller Thursday
Jamal Cummings remembers well last year's painful loss to Columbia County rival Greenbrier High School.

Harlem deserved statewide award for sportsmanship
During the 2010-11 school year, Harlem had several notable athletic achievements.

Televised opener kicks off season for Augusta area
Greenbrier High School played host to Grovetown Thursday night to kick off the 2011 football season for the entire Augusta area.

Travel team players wanted
The Predators 10U travel baseball team is seeking players for the upcoming fall season. Practices are held at Patriots Park or other designated fields.

District 6 Little League champs
The Martinez-Evans Little League 9-10 All-Stars won the 2011 District 6 Championship on July 7 in Elberton, Ga. They were undefeated in the tournament with a 4-0 record.

Sports Calendar
Augusta Lacrosse is sponsoring a Girls 7 vs. 7 Fall Lacrosse League. It is open to all players in grades 8-12. Dates are Sept. 7 through Nov. 12, with play on Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon. Kelley Field off Old Petersburg Road will be used.

Prep Calendar
Football: Friday: Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 7:30 p.m.

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