It's easy to be impressed with C.J. Pearson. The precocious Grovetown middle-schooler is an impressive young man. He's bright, outgoing, likeable and presents himself with the kind of sunny self-confidence that is hard to resist.
When Kiana Robinson moved to Grovetown for her sophomore year, it didn't take long for her to realize that she wasn't in Kansas anymore.
"I remember moving to Kansas and being OK, and then coming here and it's like a whole 'nother world," she said.
Before forming their own operation in July 2013, officials from Columbia, Lincoln and Warren counties said they took some hard knocks from Augusta while part of the now defunct East Central Georgia Regional Library System.
Alabama-based Scott Bridge Co. started construction on replacements of the US Highway 378 bridge and the Price-Legg Bridge in 2014, nearly 12 years after reports first labeled the overpasses as "structurally deficient."
A snapshot of a period in Columbia County's history - fields of wheat, pastures of clover and crops of tobacco - can be seen in more than 150 photographs donated to the Greater Clark Hill Regional Library.