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Why the rush to sell Gibbs? Citizens should be asked for their opinion
Why is there a rush to sell off the now-vacant Gibbs Library Building on Belair Road? This building has a unique location and is well-suited to serve this community for many years to come. The building has parking and access to one of the major roads in the heart of Evans. After all, it is the property of the citizens of Columbia County.

Nation will survive 'power-hungry' president; should be 'impeached'
Ben Franklin said, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." When the Founding Fathers formed this government, someone asked Franklin, "What have you given us?" to which ol' Ben replied, "A republic if you can keep it"!

Money from Gibbs sale should go to library
Recently there was an article about the sale of the old Gibbs Library property, stating that commissioners felt it might assess at a value of perhaps even $1 million.

'Hoppin' will wrap up plays at school
The first-grade class of Brookwood Elementary School will present a musical Tuesday about finding one's place in life.

Harlem to improve downtown
Downtown Harlem will soon look a little different. City officials say it's a change they're eager to see, one that will be funded by a $300,000 Georgia Department of Transportation enhancement grant matched by $60,000 in city funds.

Elementary teacher 'graduating' after 32 years in same classroom
Retirement is not a word Beth Usry likes to use to describe the phase of life she will enter after this school year ends.

Tartan Day contest ensures boy badges to golf tournament
It turns out that Australian golfer Aaron Baddeley wasn't the only winner at this year's Verizon Heritage Tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Burning ban goes into effect today
Columbia County residents will not be allowed to burn their yard debris after today.

Teen uses skills to help others
Carlos Isales has long had an interest in learning how computers work, even taking one apart and putting it back together. When it came time to do his senior project, the Augusta Preparatory Day School student decided to use his skills at rebuilding computers to help an area inner-city group.

Early registration urged for summer classes
Registration for a second chance at school begins Tuesday. Columbia County summer school registration will be Tuesday through May 12 for high school and Tuesday through May 19 for middle school.

Relay nears fundraising goal despite storms' interruption
Despite thunder, lightning and rain April 21, Harlem's Relay for Life was still a success, with another record-breaking fundraising year, officials said.

Old schoolhouse might be firehouse
The old Leah High School might soon become Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue's next fire station.

Get up and go

Westmont Elementaryhonor roll
Westmont Elementary School A and A/B Honor Roll

Breast cancer donation
Members of the Kappa Delta Pi sorority presented a check for $1,000 to south Georgia Vera Bradley sales representative Diane Eiford (second from right). The money will be donated to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. The sorority raised the money through a "Think Pink" dance and a raffle of two Vera Bradley handbags.

Brenda E. Kitt and Jodie B. Kitt, April 12, 2006.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 3, 1956:

In their Easter best
Grace (from left), 10; Rachel, 20 months; Mary Elizabeth, 12; and Michael, 11, children of Mark and Lanier Goodell, of Martinez, pose on their front porch on Easter morning.

North Harlem Elementary honor roll
North Harlem Elementary School A and A/B Honor Roll

Grovetown Middle honor roll
Grovetown Middle School A and A/B Honor Roll

Rose Wallace turned 100 on March 31. She lives in Martinez with her daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Buster Sheahan.

Evans Elementary honor roll
Evans Elementary School A and A/B Honor Roll

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

Property transfers
Bruce Lyons to Jennifer Jackson, 4137 Bald Eagle Place, $169,900.

Readers go cruisin'
Taking a trip out of town, or just planning to spend some time at the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times.

Greyhound of the week
Special photo Nikki is an affectionate greyhound once she gets to know you. She is quiet and loves to sleep on the couch. She is quite shy around some men and people she doesn't know. She probably will do best in a home with a single female or a home with a soft-spoken male. Nikki is cat-safe but would not do well in a home with children. For more information, call Sam Fulton (706) 833-2177 or go to

Current events
Spring revival services at Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, on Furys Ferry Road in Evans, will be held at 7 p.m. today through Wednesday, with the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Hinton of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C. For information, call (706) 860-7091.

Intertwined trees provided symbols
We have just celebrated "Earth Day," that annual reminder to Earth's inhabitants to take better care of this planet we call home. But today, as I gaze at the expanse of springtime green all around me, besides acknowledging my part in caring for its loveliness, I look beyond human effort to the creator, who has done 99.44ths of the work and left only the other half-percent to us. I also remember that wonderful, Joyce Kilmer line: "I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree."

Burmeister's exit too soon
Losing Sue Burmeister in the Georgia House stinks.

Playing catchup on county memorials
Though Columbia County is fairly old - it will celebrate its 216th birthday this year - there's little to show for it.

Harlem wraps up with busy schedule
As area baseball teams close out the regular season, the Harlem Bulldogs are finishing the year at an unprecedented pace.

Recalling county's best baseball teams
Even before the baseball season began, I was already hearing rumblings of just how good Greenbrier would be. Many fans and area coaches were dubbing the 2006 Wolfpack as AAAA state title favorites back in November. The optimism was understandable.

Sports calendar
The Fatz Cafe third annual Spring Golf Classic, a fundraiser for the Jenny Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund, will begin with a shotgun start. The event, which includes unlimited range balls and lunch, will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 10 at the Bartram Trail Golf Club. The cost is $400 per team or $100 per player, with sponsorships available. For information, call Tom Clark at (706) 650-2421 or go to

Columbia County all-stars
Columbia County's 2006 all-star cheerleaders are:

So many successful teams, so little time to describe all their talents
No time to waste ... too many good teams ... not enough room in the paper ... must get them all in!

Lakeside advances in state tournament
Rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of the Lakeside girls soccer team as the Lady Panthers dominated the Panthers of Americus-Sumter 5-0 in the first round of the GHSA AAAA state tournament.

One-hit shutout wraps up Greenbrier's perfect season
Wednesday's baseball game between Greenbrier and the Academy of Richmond County meant little to either team's postseason plans. In most any other situation, looming storm clouds might have canceled the game before it even began.

Bulldogs' hoop star first to play college in decade
When Harlem senior Ajay Miller signed with Truett-McConnell College on April 20, history was made in the Bulldog program.

Grovetown gets minor league football team - Ragin' Bulls
A group of Ragin' Bulls is being welcomed to Grovetown. Owners of the Georgia Ragin' Bulls made an announcement at the Grovetown City Council meeting April 10 that the minor league professional football team wants to call Grovetown home.


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