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Story a 'refreshing' highlight of positive news
Editor: How refreshing to read about a very positive happening in an Evans school. Sue Padgett Martinez

End flag debate with return to pre-1956 banner
Editor: The Georgia flag vote is a guarantee of future problems and divisiveness. Gene Rickaby Martinez

Dog has its day
Abbie doesn't flaunt the fact that she is a celebrity. Her awards and photographs stashed away, Abbie offers a warm welcome to those she entertains.

Young actors push limits with staging of Bad Seed
Though most local acting troupes stick with the comedy or musical genre, leave it to teens to shake things up a bit.

Whittle responds with numbers to challenger
In the Columbia County sheriff's race between incumbent Clay Whittle and newcomer Lewis Blanchard, there's been enough number-crunching to make an accountant's eyes light up.

Friends, family remember car-crash victim with vigil
A row of vehicles with blinking red and yellow hazard lights formed a path along River Watch Parkway to the spot where a Martinez teen lost his life a year ago.

Whitehead to run for state Senate
After spending eight years as a county-level politician, Jim Whitehead is ready to add his name to the ballot again.

Girl Scouts experience other lands
Martinez and Evans Girl Scouts spent a recent Saturday morning traveling to foreign lands without ever leaving Lakeside Middle School.

Leaders receive Arbor Day tribute
Columbia County officials honored county leaders and Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony at Riverside Park on Friday.

Pupils, officials learn about severe weather firsthand
For the past two years in Columbia County, Severe Weather Awareness Week has been more of a reality than a practice session.

Former CEO wants to shake up Washington
U.S. Senate candidate Herman Cain says he wants to "shake things up" in Washington D.C.

Get Up and Go
The Augusta Irish-American Heritage Society's Irish Festival, titled A Day in Ireland, will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday on Augusta Common.

Augusta State University Deans List
The following Augusta State University students have been named to the dean's list:

Augusta State University Deans List
The following Augusta State University students have been named to the fall 2003 Dean's List:

Time Capsule
As reported 32 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, March 1, 1972:

Pet of the week
These two male, 8-week-old terrier mix puppies are loving and playful. They will be available for adoption Thursday from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call Roman Howerton at 541-4077 or visit us and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies, such as today's Pets of the Week, and kittens cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered.

Current events
The fourth annual concert to benefit the Jenny Clark Scholarship Fund will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Imperial Theater, featuring The Aphrodisiacs, Daze of Haze, Joe Stevenson (formerly of People Who Must), the Pat Blanchard Band, Big Mighty and the Redbelly Band. Tickets are $10. Jenny Clark, a 1998 graduate of Lakeside High School, died in 2000, and the scholarship set up in her memory has awarded more than $7,500 since its inception. For information, call Tom Clark, 860-9457.

On vacation
Its vacation time again, and if youd like to see your vacation or family reunion photos published in The Columbia County News-Times, mail or bring a picture to our offices in the Publix shopping center in Evans, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to

4-Hers bring home district awards
At a recent District Project Achievement competition, Columbia County 4-H members won 14 first-place awards, 15 second-place awards, eight third-place and 25 honorable-mention awards.

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

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

Say goodbye to Gordon Park
In many respects, the demise of Gordon Park Speedway is a sad loss for Columbia County and the CSRA. Various owners for nearly three decades have tried to make the Grovetown park a viable auto-racing venue, with only limited success.

Whitehead to tackle Brush
The other day I noted that state Sen. Joey Brush could potentially count on new Senate maps to help save him if he is forced to defend himself publicly against long-simmering rumors that he projects a pious image at home and leads a playboy lifestyle in Atlanta.

A return to childhood
I was well into middle age when a batch of tiny blemishes broke out across my face. Since I hadn't even had that problem as a teenager, I was sure the unsightly blobs were a sign of something serious, and lost no time getting to a dermatologist.

Athlete Spotlight
The ground strokes ground to a halt, the backhand took a back seat, and her serve was out of service.

A Fitting memorial
A simple drive in the country is enough to bring the memories cascading back for Patrick Crawford.

Panthers get more time to pounce
His baseball team doesn't start the 2004 season until Thursday, and that's good news for Lakeside High School coach Jimmy Smith.

Sports briefs
The Icebreaker Tournament for youth baseball teams will be March 13-14 at Riverside Park. Age groups include, 14-, 13-, 12-, 11- and 10-and under divisions. The age-control date is August 2004. The cost is $250, and teams are guaranteed three games. For more information, contact Kelvin Lampkin at 312-7410.

Bottom Line: Texas Rangers will retain former Evans star in minors
Former Evans High School star Tydus Meadows is coming off a spectacular season in the minor-league baseball ranks.


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