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Local senator 'diligent, studious, hardworking'
Editor: Your publication carried a column March 10 by Barry L. Paschal, entitled "Whitehead to tackle Brush."

Thursday meeting important for neighborhoods
Editor: The Coalition for CHANGE would like to inform all homeowners to attend the one public hearing regarding an amendment to our Growth Management Plan that would be applied to three intersections: Furys Ferry and Evans-to-Locks Road (FF/ETL); Belair Road and Columbia Road (B/W); and Washington Road and William Few Parkway (Greenbrier).

Exchange Club sale helps abused children
Mark Ross hopes a community yard sale is one way the Columbia County Exchange Club can help prevent child abuse.

Harlem gospel sing benefits museum
Gospel is the soul of sacred music.

Evans senior takes Best of Show in youth art competition
Eric Robinson's labor of love paid off.

Cleanup shows support for Fort Gordon
With fear that Fort Gordon could end up on the list for base closures next year, Metro Augusta/Columbia County Clean & Beautiful committees are banding with resident volunteers to make sure federal officials know the community cares about its fort by keeping it clean.

Moms help Girl Scouts celebrate
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the nation's first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Ga., with 18 girls.

Preparedness, drugs lead listening session
The turnout was small at the Columbia County Board of Education's first public forum with a trustee Saturday, but big issues were discussed.

Church, hospital co-sponsor health fair
The many facets of wellness were on display at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Augusta Red Cross Health Fair on Saturday.

County to feature logo on new license plates
Because he can't wear one at the office, Billy Clayton lives in baseball hats while running errands during the weekend.

Event will raise funds for public safety
Safety takes center stage at an Evans fund-raising event Saturday.

Academy enhances home-school offerings
Delia Wells, a columnist for Evans Christian Academy's student newspaper, the Cougar Chronicle, has experienced life in public school and as a home-schooler, and believes she has finally found the right fit.

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

Child safety program
Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Kara McGahee takes John Parrish's fingerprints for child safety identification during the Stratford neighborhood's child safety program Feb. 29. Waiting their turns are Rebecca Hanson (from left), Alec Leeseberg, Samantha Shultz, Kallen Leeseberg and Ashton Bowles. More than 100 children and their families participated in the program at Stratford's clubhouse in Evans.

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

Get up and Go
Harlem Area Aglow, part of the international Christian womens organization, will hold its regular monthly meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at Harlem United Methodist Church. The speaker will be June Smith, Aglows Southeast Love Your Neighbor coordinator. For information, call Elaine Rice at 556-1453.

Area events
Jim Hudson Lexus and Evans High School FCCLA are teaming up to collect new toddler-safe bunnies for children at the Medical College of Georgia Childrens Medical Center.

Grabbing green and gold
Logan Swanger, 4, tries on a green derby and holds up some leprechaun's gold, actually foil-wrapped chocolate coins, while he shops for St. Patrick's Day items with his mother, Jamy Swanger, at Fat Man's West in Evans on Monday.

JROTC drill teams compete
Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps drill teams from the region competed Saturday at Evans High School. The top three teams and individuals in each category will advance to the Georgia state championships. Cedar Shoals High School is scheduled to attend the Eastern Regionals competition in Washington instead of the state.

Community calendar
Fort Gordons director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation will conduct a lodging furniture sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26-27 in Building 2303 at 9th Avenue and 11th Street, in the old warehouse area near Gate 3. Items include beds, tables, chairs, mini- and micro-refrigerators, sofas and lounge chairs, and will be sold for cash only. For information, call 791-4110.

Time capsule
As reported 25 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, March 21, 1979:

Pets of the week
A Martinez soldier turned four friendly cats in to Columbia County Animal Care in Control because he was being deployed to Iraq. With his wife already there, no one was left to care for his three 1-year-old male cats and 9-month-old female. The three males two Blue Russians and a yellow-and-white tabby have been neutuered and the female Blue Russian has been spayed. They are available for adoption from the center. For more information, call Roman Howerton at 541-4077 or visit www.co.columbia.ga. us 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.

Greenbrier HOWLs for ice cream
Greenbrier High School principal Dr. Sandra Carraway serves ice cream to students attending the HOWL (Honoring Outstanding Student Learners) ice cream sundae party recently. Every Greenbrier High employee invited three students to be recognized for improvement in traits such as grades, attendance and attitude.

Current events
The Harlem Relay for Life traveling toilet is available, and can be placed in a yard for a donation of $10; recipients then pay $10 to have it removed, and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For information, call 556-0401.

Eye of young beholder
"Children begin by loving their parents (and grandparents); as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them."

Empty seats greet trustees
Maybe your bed was too comfortable. Or maybe it was the springtime warmth and sunshine outside. But for whatever reason, there were few of you inside Lakeside High School's auditorium Saturday morning when Columbia County School Board member Wayne Bridges held a forum for parents.

Future substance over symbols
In his entire life of 14 years, he had never once seen an African slave or a plantation; but William Noah Thomson knew racial bigotry. He had suffered the impact of cruel jokes because of his mother's heritage. In America of the mid-1800s, the offspring of an Irishman and his Cherokee spouse became the target of all the hatred felt for the parents.

Voters will have the final answer
A bill in the Georgia Legislature could greatly change the way Columbia County's school board operates - yet school board members took a pass when asked for input.

Athlete Spotlight
Back in 1996, Jamie Nevin and Elissa Botts were new to Augusta. Nevin had moved from Ohio, and Botts from Panama, and with the usual toys and books and games, they brought with them an enjoyment of soccer and a desire to excel. As the girls grew, so did their friendship and their love of the sport.

Sports briefs
The Lakeside Panther Athletic Association is conducting its annual spring plant sale through Friday. Boston ferns, hanging baskets and impatiens are available. Contact Linda Lake at 860-4881 or Harry Revell at 860-2466, or any Lakeside athlete or LPAA member for an order form. Plants will be delivered to the school the week before Masters. Proceeds will benefit all Lakeside athletics. The order form and more information are at lhspanthers.com-announcements.

Bottom Line: Diamonds still shine with local players in college, pro ranks
Several of my recent columns have focused on the University of South Carolina Aiken and Augusta State University baseball teams, but with Columbia County players continuing to shine on the college diamond, some more recognition is due.

Weekend packed with sports action
The Longest Day isn't just the title of a World War II movie - it's also a good description of what took place last week in Columbia County.

Athletes get ready for Special Olympics
"All right Nick, let's show them how it's done," Jackie Messer shouted as Nick Terzia left the starting line to practice a soccer kick.

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