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Only memories remain of Rountree's Store, one of Evans' landmarks
Evans lost one of its oldest landmarks and a little slice of history recently.

Student put on a show for senior project
Derek Marks searches out the unusual to find the spectacular.

Camp teaches military to cadets
About five stories high, the rappel tower was daunting to Robin Roberts.

Ill-gotten gains to be auctioned
Greg Woodlief says Columbia County's Procurement Department is planning to sell some "bling" over the Internet to help fund the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Commission votes to fence pond
Evans resident Kristie Quattlebaum says she knew something had to be done. Two years ago, her brother's niece had drowned in a retention pond in Hawaii. With such an experience behind her, she couldn't help but notice a similar pond without a fence near her own subdivision, which is close to a playground in Columbia County's new memorial gardens area next to the new library.

Harlem's streetscape project on hold
Harlem city officials will have to wait a little longer to break ground on the first phase of a project to improve the look of the city's downtown.

Leaders will discuss county development
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce members and guests will talk about economic development and tourism with county leaders at Tuesday's Not Just Coffee discussion at Belair Conference Center.

Augusta's Saturday Market is still growing in popularity
Karen and Al Britton are regular patrons at the Saturday Market on Broad.

Young actor plays role in near-miss Fox pilot
Like many 12-year-olds, Sean Peavy says he wants to be a movie star.

School officials work on budget matters
The first official business in the Columbia County school system's new main office on Hereford Farm Road took place Tuesday in a special budget study session.

4Sight cuts ribbon
Renna Lambert (with scissors) and Patrick McCraith (with bow) cut the ribbon commemorating the membership of their company, 4Sight Professional Services, with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on June 6.

Get Up and Go
Macedonia Baptist Church, at 1828 Wrightsboro Road, will hold a summer growth and enrichment program from 6-8 p.m. each day beginning Monday. For information, call (706) 737-6834.

Current events
Faith Community Ministry Inc., the mission project of Macedonia Baptist Church, is holding a summer worship series at 9-10 a.m. each Sunday at Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library in Evans. The series is led by Norman V. Carter. For information, call (706) 737-4298.

Greyhound of the week
Dee Dee is a happy little 21-month-old who has tons of personality and loves to play. She gets along well with other dogs but still needs to be tested with cats.

Vacation photos
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.

Some of the most academically talented seventh-graders in the U.S. have recently been recognized as part of Duke University's TIP Talent Search for their scores on the ACT or SAT.

Property transfers
Chamblin Ridge Keystone LLC to Timothy M. Miller and Jessica P. Miller, 1207 Pinnacle Place, $166,600.

James Darick Whiteley, 28, of the 100 block of Rapids Court in North Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence April 5, 2006, and was fined $810.

Police Blotter
A Martinez man accused of fatally striking a bicyclist with a car in August was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday.

Christopher D. Walker and Raquel M. Walker, Oct. 8, 2005

What will you believe?
Yes, I'm still "Da Vincied" out (see May 31 column). But even after weeks of personal study, group discussion and quiet pondering, I still wonder why the fascination with Dan Brown's momentary best-seller. At last, I think I know the answer to this "code."

Turning loose, a little at a time
Just day before yesterday, it seems, little Rooty plopped down astride a resting Sandy, startling the otherwise gentle Collie. With blurring, growling speed, Sandy instinctively turned and snapped at her unwelcome rider.

The birds and the bees, and fish and cats
My oldest son reads relentlessly about animals and their habits. So I truly thought he would get it and that I would have minimal "splainin" to do.

'Non-violent' crime takes a deadly turn
Drugs. Burglary. Auto theft. All are considered "non-violent" crimes.

Arsenal Gunners win tourney
The Augusta Arsenal Gunners Under-11 Boys won first place in the Sandlapper League Soccer Tournament held in Columbia on May 6-7.

Event offers players exposure
Area baseball players will get a chance to show off their talent this week with the annual Georgia Underclassmen Showcase put on by the Georgia Dugout Club and USA Baseball.

Sports calendar
The Elite of Georgia Archery Club is offering beginner, intermediate and advance instruction for adults and children ages 7 and older. Summer classes are held Thursday at 6 p.m. during June and July. Cost is $40 per person for a four-week, one-hour class. Classes are held at the Augusta Jewish Community Center baseball field in Evans.

Soccer season has illuminated many star players from county
It was a crazy year for Columbia County soccer. Greenbrier flirted with perfection, Evans pulled off the upset of the year and Lakeside knocked off a top seed in the state tournament. Harlem competed for another region title and made a state tournament appearance, while Augusta Prep gave coach Doug Williamson a proper send-off with a trip to the Georgia Independent School Association quarterfinals.

Swim results
CSRA Swim League Augusta Jewish Community Center

Gymnast succeeds in state
When the 6- and 7-year-old boys that compete with Adam Padgett-Johnson at the Hayden's International Gymnastics center in Evans watch him, they are justifiably impressed.

County's Special Olympics results
Columbia County schools sent 13 athletes to the summer Special Olympic state games held at Emory University on June 2-4. More than 2,000 athletes from across the state participated in a variety of sports. The results from the Columbia County athletes are:

Teams begin summer play
Although basketball season doesn't start for another six months, Columbia County basketball teams already have hit the hardwood.

Mpact cheerleaders win at national competitions
The Premier Mpact Panthers Junior squad won the national championship at the Ultimate Cheerleading Federation War of the Stars National Competition held in Columbia on March 12-13.

Near-perfect championship year will be remembered
There's little doubt the 2006 Greenbrier baseball team will be remembered.

Some schools invest in new weight rooms
Columbia County is still 82 days from its first football game of the 2006-07 season, but football players are already hard at work in the weight room.

The honors continue to pile up for Greenbrier
Undoubtedly, when the all-area, all-county and all-state baseball teams are announced, the Greenbrier Wolfpack will be well-represented.


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