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Karate courtship ends in martial arts wedding
The martial arts wedding came off without a hitch, except for the bride suffering a small cut when she was unsuccessful at her first try at breaking a board with her forearm.

Cookin' for kids
APPLING - Casey Lane, 5, huddled between her siblings Saturday and watched a guitar-strumming Okefenokee Joe sing a song about the outdoors.

Evans band premieres new work
A 400-member audience sprang to its feet Thursday night after hearing the Evans High School Wind Ensemble I play Excalibur: Legend of the Sword.

Pupils have fun down to a science
Martinez Elementary School second grader Mitchell Munro tipped the paper horizontally at eye level, straining to catch an image in the long black lines that streaked across it.

Bank's fourth branch opens in Columbia County
First Bank of Georgia officially opened its fourth branch bank in the Augusta area Friday, with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.

Crime zones
Here's a list of crimes compiled from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The offenses included are:

Police reports
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.

Columbia newsmakers
R.W. Allen & Associates Inc. has announced the promotion of Abram Duncan to the position of project manager.

Get up and go
The Fraternal Order of Eagles will sponsor a benefit dinner April 19 for 3-year-old Cole Wooten of Martinez. He is suffering from epidermylosis bullosa and has mounting medical bills. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1999 Scott Road, Augusta. An auction with items donated by members of the group, friends of Cole and local merchants will be held at the same time. The disease causes blisters similar to a burn victim. There is no cure.

Current events
Wheelchair fencing program planned

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 44 years ago on Thursday, April 12, 1956.

Sisler: Sanity in a mad world
In a world gone mad, a little touch of sanity has at last appeared.

Tax man taketh away
Death and taxes and childbirth! Theres never any convenient time for any of them.

Good work habits start at school
As April 25 draws closer, the annual push for Take Our Daughters To Work Day will get a little pushier - especially since this year marks the events 10th anniversary.

Teacher shortage: artificial problem
When Columbia County Board School Superintendent Tommy Price recently worked out a contract to allow stellar teacher Charles Heywood to continue teaching after retirement, Prices plan fit within Georgias current framework for rehiring retirees.

Right to speak threatened, too
Fewer issues in Georgia are more inflammatory than the move last year to replace the states 45-year-old flag design with a sanitized version minimizing the Confederate battle flag.

Sports briefs
Several Columbia County athletes recorded high finishes for the Greater Augusta Swimming team during the Georgia Swimming Southeast Divisional Championships held at Chatham County Aquatic Center in Savannah.

Knight school
The Evans High School golf team visited The Club at Jones Creek last week, where head golf professional Brent Smithers offered some pointers, and a promise.

Top-ranked AC siblings see double
Tennis teams that have taken on the Augusta Christian School squads this season have had doubles trouble.


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