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Developers are benefiting from county's growth, and should pay for it
Editor: Kudos to Angela Mathews, of Evans, who so eloquently expressed exactly how I feel about impact fees, development, and lack of strict storm water control requirements and/or non-enforcement of the pitiful requirements we have (letter, April 16, "Columbia County commissioners 'must stand up and protect' future"). Many other citizens are "on the same page" with Mathews, too.

County should at least experiment with longer hours at new library
Editor: I would hope the Columbia County Commission could see fit to extend the operating hours of the new library. The extended hours would allow use by those people who work during the day, and also for those school children who have after-school activities.

Administrative workers honored
If callers have a question for the Columbia County Emergency Services Division or its director, Pam Tucker, the chances are that division Administrative Coordinator Suzie Hughes is the first person to whom they'll speak.

Rodeo will benefit Burn Foundation
Nearly 300 cowboys and cowgirls will rope, wrestle and ride this weekend at the second annual Rodeo Nights at the Merchants Association of Columbia County Fairgrounds.

Ready to take the stage
Stage III Ltd. is set to christen the new Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center with music.

Residents turn out for library events
Mary Ellen Cooper was one of several authors who gave lectures and signed books as part of a week of events celebrating the new Columbia County Library.

Heritage festival to mark 125 years
Columbia County's largest city is ready to celebrate its 125th anniversary with the fourth annual Grovetown Heritage Festival scheduled for Saturday.

Chairman to face challenge for post
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross announced Friday that he will run again this year to keep his seat, but he will have competition.

Woman helps keep her dad's cause alive after tragic wreck
Wayne Malick died doing something he loved for a cause close to his heart, his daughter says.

Agency places children, helps train foster parents
For the thousands of children throughout Georgia in need of good homes, the nonprofit therapeutic foster care agency Georgia Safe is available.

Pet of the week
This laid-back male tabby cat loves getting scratched and curling up in someone's lap. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Memorial to Confederacy
Members of Brig. Gen. E. Porter Alexander Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 158 fire black powder muskets during the dedication ceremony for the Confederate memorial at the memorial gardens, situated behind the new Columbia County Library in Evans.

Solo star
Erin England, of Martinez, will have a featured solo in the 2006 Drum Corps International Classic Countdown show in theaters across the country Thursday. The Classic Countdown is a fan-voted reprise of performances from Drum World Championships. England was the captain of the Evans High School Flag Corps and is a junior at the University of Georgia, where she serves as choreography assistant for the Redcoat Marching Band. Information about the DCI Classic Countdown is available at

Current Events
The Confederate Memorial Day service and annual Southern Heritage March will begin with a march at noon Saturday starting at the Confederate monument on Broad Street and ending at Magnolia Cemetery. The service begins at 12:45 p.m. with featured speaker Betty Jane Miller, Edisto District Director of the South Carolina Division United Daughters of the Confederacy. For information, call (706) 650-6991.

Stately replacements
A Four Seasons Landscaping Inc. crew plants an oak tree in front of the soon-to-be Emergency Operations Center on Ronald Reagan Drive. The oak is one of eight that replaced eight Bradford pear trees that were recently removed after county officials said the trees were becoming a safety hazard. The oaks are 14-16 feet tall and about 6 inches in diameter and match the oaks planted across the street.

Harlem Middle School Honor Roll
Here is the Harlem Middle School Honor Roll Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll.

Vacationers enjoy sun, snow
Tony and Frances Ferrara (from left) along with Edna and Alton Hill enjoyed a seven-day western Caribbean cruise. During the trip, they visited Cozumel, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

Lakeside Middle School Honor Roll
Here is the akeside Middle School Honor Roll Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll.

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

Volleyball tournament competitors
The CSRA Heat Junior Olympic 17U National Volleyball team recently competed at the Big South National Qualifier, where it finished fifth out of 60 teams in the second division. Team members and coaches are (from left, back row) Coach Pat Nakagawa, Katherine Hilson, Aidan Yeager, Beth Davis, Nicole Abbott, Amy Burress, Lauren Middleton, (front row) coach Connie Spearmant, Katie Roon, Brittany Gray, Marie Cundey, Ashley Timmons and coach Michael Johnson.

Time Capsule
As reported 30 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, on Wednesday, April 28, 1976:

The tax man makes his annual visit
I get emotional every time I think of that scene from William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, where, on the "Ides (middle) of March," the Master of the Roman Empire cries, "Et tu, Brute?" to the friend who is about to assassinate him.

Old questions raise new ones
Columbia County's political parties in recent years have increasingly used their control of the primary election process to put questions in front of voters.

Trial brings political betrayal near end
As the first person, and the first woman, from Columbia County elected to statewide office in modern history, and as the first female Republican elected to a non-judicial statewide post ever, Linda Schrenko held the weight of history on her shoulders.

Lakeside girls, Greenbrier boys win region in soccer
After a 16-game schedule, the Region 2-AAAA girls and boys soccer championships came down to the final game of the season for both Lakeside and Greenbrier.

Wolfpack is one game away from 21-0 finish
Some of you may be sick of hearing about the Greenbrier baseball team. If so, you could have some rough weeks ahead.

Athlete Spotlight
Lakeside's Emily Brandenburg and Evans' Scott Hartenstein have a few things in common.

Thomson, Harlem play rematch as region's best
With Harlem High School and Thomson High School separated by less than 12 miles, a Harlem/Thomson game brings with it plenty of bragging rights.

Sports Calendar
Kids Restart Inc. will hold its second annual Charity Golf Tournament Drive for Kids on Friday at Gordon Lakeside Golf Course. For information go to or call (706) 828-0180, ext. 202.

Prep scoreboard
Here are scores and results from area prep sports.

Greenbrier softball players sign up
A standing-room-only crowd gathered after school Thursday at Greenbrier High School. The 50 or more fans had convened to congratulate five Greenbrier softball players who were signing with four colleges.


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