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Mom-daughter pajama party kicks off annual cookie drive
There was no mistake that Jan and Emily Spoon were mother and daughter.

Board wants arts to thrive
A brainstorming session on cultivating the arts locally was the focus of a Columbia County Arts Inc. retreat Saturday.

School offers tribute to King
Brookwood Elementary School fifth-graders will present the school's 15th annual production of I Remember Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday.

Hatcher named Citizen of the Year
Jack Hatcher is a Harlem fixture.

Grateful families greet returning Guard soldiers
Sgt. Christopher Todd Holz of Evans is finally home.

Cabin could predate countys founding
Though it may be one of the oldest houses in the county, when he moved it in the 1950s, Jack Hatcher said it was more like putting together an Erector Set.

Wolf-dogs find home
Luanne Price agonized for more than a month over the questionable fate of two abandoned, wolf-hybrid dogs she rescued.

Pets of the week
Kennel technicians Michelle Tapley (left) and Stephania Jones hold two 1-year-old golden retriever mixes. The two males are sweet-tempered and available for adoption. For more information, call Roman Howerton at 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered.

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

Happy anniversary
Dawson Schmidt, 4, of Evans, has his face painted by Danielle Gutierrez, 19, of Martinez, at the Family Ys first anniversary celebration Saturday of its Marshall Branch location in the Eagle Pointe shopping center in Evans.

School lunch menus
Here are school lunch menus for the remainder of the week.

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 14, 1954:

In the chips
Georgia Power Co. workers load Christmas trees into a chipper Saturday at The Home Depot on Bobby Jones Expressway. Metro Augusta Clean and Beautiful and Georgia Power sponsored Bring One for the Chipper Day, and volunteers helped turn discarded trees into mulch.

Get Up and Go
The first of a five-part peace education series on Pax Christi, the Catholic peace movement, will be 7-9 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Upper Room of St. Mary on the Hill School. The other sessions will be Feb. 3 and 10. The sessions are open to anyone desiring to build peace in the new year. The cost is $5 for materials. For more information, call the Rev. Bob Cushing at 863-4956.

Current events
The Greenbrier High School Pack Players will perform The Match Maker, by Thornton Wilder, in the school auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Parents' warnings may hold water
Buried somewhere in my college psychology notes is a statement something like this: The greatest security a child can have is to grow up knowing his parents told him the truth.

No to hustlers and to flaggers
You know, sometimes its funny how things come together. Not humorous funny, but oddly coincidental funny. And there really is nothing humorous about two views of Georgias past that threaten to overshadow the states future:

Happy ending to wolf-dogs' rescue
In a fit of populist

Evans High School Fall Sports Banquet
Football awards went to Robin Jacobs, MVP Offensive Line & Captain Award (from left); Matt Starks, Most Improved Award; Greg Martin, Most Improved Award; Allen Ligon, Coca-Cola Award for Athletic and Academic Achievement; Marshall Sullivan, Coaches Award; Ryan Crislip, Special Teams Award; C.J. Wiltz, MVP Defensive Line Award and Captains Award; and Cheng Ho, MVP Offense Award.

Athlete Spotlight
Athlete Spotlight - Christian Kata - Evans High School.

Sports briefs
Tryouts for 16-and-under and 18-and-under Junior Olympic fast-pitch traveling softball teams will be at Patriots Park Softball Complex in Evans at 2 p.m. Jan. 25. For more information contact Jim Borum at 860-9489 or (706) 284-5483.

Four win 3-AAAA football honors
Four Columbia County high-school football players were selected to the All-Region 3-AAAA team, and one nailed down top honors.

Greenbrier powers past Lakeside for much-needed wins
The Greenbrier High School basketball teams needed a boost in the Region 3-AAAA standings last week, and the only way to attain that goal was to whip Lakeside High School's squads.

Bottom Line - Hey, Pack: I take it all back
In my Sunday column for The Columbia County News-Times, I predicted that the Lakeside High School basketball team had the potential to be the best team in the county this season.


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