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School system fails to listen to advice from experienced bus drivers
Editor: After reading both of Barry Paschal's recent comments, "Splitting baby isn't very wise" and "Making nice on tough issue," I must agree with the fact that the board members should leave the school calendar and the educating of our children to the people who know best, and that is the teachers.

Town Park sprouting
Rising steel beams, bricks, mortar and newly planted oaks marks the initial phase of construction of the new Evans Town Park on North Belair Road near Hereford Farm Road in Evans.

Pops! is planned Saturday
The Augusta Symphony will end its 2005-06 season with a free finale in Evans called Pops! Under the Stars.

Harlem actors get 'Crazy' for musical
Harlem High School drama students will bring the energetic Gershwin Broadway classic Crazy for You to the stage this weekend.

Cowboy culture
Julian Hazen wants to be a bull rider someday.

Grovetown celebrates its 125 years of heritage
Grovetown turned 125 years old Saturday with fond reflections on its past and high spirits for its future.

Slow, but steady
Bill Jackson was happy to be a part of Columbia County history Thursday, helping move the pillars and arch at Evans Middle School that he once played near as a youngster.

Three qualify for Grovetown council
Three candidates have qualified to run in the special election to fill the seat of the late Grovetown City Councilwoman Marjorie Adams.

Students study college choices
Dozens of college and university recruiters met with Columbia County students on April 20-21 at the school system's annual college fair.

Vacations are for cruising
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. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

Current Events
The Lakeside High School spring dessert theater, a chorus fund-raiser featuring desserts, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday at the high school auditorium. Tickets cost $5 in advance at the school or from a chorus student, or $6 at the door. LHS faculty and children under 3 are admitted free. For information, call chorus director Stacy Branch at (706) 868-3669.

Grovetown Middle School Honor Roll
Here is the Grovetown Middle School Third Nine Weeks honor roll.

Evans Community Preparatory School Honor Roll
Here is the Evans Community Preparatory School Third Nine Weeks honor roll.

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

Pet of the week
This male cocker spaniel/American Eskimo dog mix is 5 years old. He loves to have his belly scratched. 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 puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes to visit the kennel area.

Time Capsule
As reported 38 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 9, 1968:

Evans Middle School Honor Roll
Here is the Evans Middle School Third Nine Weeks honor roll.

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

Just two seek chairmanship
Harlem Mayor Scott Dean considered running for the Columbia County Commission chairmanship, and decided not to. "I will always wonder 'what if?'" Dean says.

Speech has a way of staying free
The best remedy for offensive speech is more speech. That is, a society that values free expression will generally choose dialogue over censorship.

Sports Calendar
Greenbrier High School will hold a fastpitch softball clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30-June 2. The camp costs $80 ($60 for additional siblings) and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt. For information, call Coach Garrett Black at (706) 863-8709 or the school office at (706) 650-6040.

Athlete Spotlight
In the world of gymnastics, simply earning the right to compete on a national level is anything but easy.

Picking the best of all time, with nod to now
Today's column is part two of Ashley Brown's comparison of the 2006 Greenbrier baseball team among the best high school baseball teams in the history of the county. Sunday's column featured highlights from the 1974 Harlem Bulldogs, 1988 Evans Knights, 1989 Evans Knights, 1994 Evans Knights and the 1997 Greenbrier Wolfpack.

High school combine planned Saturday
For the first time in Columbia County, an officially sanctioned Georgia High School Association combine will take place at Greenbrier on Saturday.

Lakeside still has fuel left
Playing in a subregion with Evans and top-ranked Greenbrier, one of the most storied high school baseball programs in the state, the Lakeside Panthers have been overshadowed this season.

State playoffs come easy for Wolfpack
For the ninth time in 10 years the Greenbrier baseball team has reached the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs. The Wolfpack's first-round wins against Baldwin 16-1 and 15-0 in a double-header Friday guaranteed the state's top team another state tournament bid.

Harlem wins in battle of the Bulldogs
As Harlem and Thomson battled for the Region 3N-AAA regular-season title Thursday, a standing-room-only crowd came out to support both Bulldog teams.

Cowboy culture
Julian Hazen wants to be a bull rider someday.


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