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Parties settle dispute at marina
Eleven people reached a settlement agreement Thursday with the owner of an Appling marina whom they brought a civil suit against in 2003.

Wreck deaths down on Interstate 20
Cars and tractor-trailers zip by a small marker in honor of Columbia County sheriff's Cpl. Wesley Mack, who died after a crash on Interstate 20 in July 2004.

Meetings on capital improvements planned
The first of three Town Hall meetings on the county's proposed Capital Improvements Projects list and bond referendum begins at 6 p.m. Thursday in Phinizy.

Park events focus on birds, fish
An abundance of information will be shared Saturday at two events at Mistletoe State Park.

Scouts turn pirates for field day
Photos of events from around the area

Belair Road Connector opens amid heavy traffic
The two ends of Belair Road are finally connected. The Belair Road Connector has been open for about the past two weeks, though work continues to even the road's grade and stripe the three-lane stretch, Columbia County pre-construction engineer Ronnie Hutto said.

Phinizy woman turns 105 today
Ila Lee Yelton Bartles has seen a lot in her lifetime - the Great Depression, two world wars, women's suffrage, racial segregation and integration, and 19 U.S. presidents.

Gardeners to swap plants, knowledge at annual event
Betty Crowther has lots of plants left in pots after recently remodeling the yard and gardens at her Evans home.

Photo: 911 memorial flag

Electronics Recycling Day is scheduled for Saturday
For all those looking to get rid of old electronics, Columbia County will offer an Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday.

Spaghetti dinner raises funds for Columbia County Cares
Photos of events from around the area

Students create 911 memorial flag

Current events
Dancers with the Columbia County Ballet, formerly the Ron Jones Academy of Ballet, will perform an original work by Peter Powlus, artistic director of the Augusta Players, Friday and Saturday at Columbia County's Performing Arts Center.

Spaghetti dinner raises funds for Columbia County Cares
Photos of events from around the area

Scouts turn pirates for field day
Photos of events from around the area

Pet of the week
This male Great Pyrenees is calm and very loving. He is between one and two years old and is extremely friendly.

Police Blotter
Five teens arrested in Lakeside High vandalism

More county recycling would be nice, but programs come at expense
Recent letters to the editor show a positive attitude regarding recycling in Columbia County. That is a good thing.

Opposition validates development rules
In an era in which Columbia County officials routinely are blasted for allowing overdevelopment, it was hardly noticed over the past few months when planners implemented a series of rules designed to improve development in the county's major commercial corridors.

Little caboose hits her teens
As of today, I am officially the father of three teenage girls.

Captivated by the Crocodile Hunter
In the 1970s, Evel Knievel fascinated me. His appearances on ABC's Wild World of Sports found my older brother and I glued to the television, watching Knievel's daredevil stunts while hypnotically dropping popcorn kernels onto our tongues.

Padgett deserves praise for teen seminars, which 'should be required'
Usually when you stand before a judge it is too late and ignorance is no defense. This time a judge takes off his robe and stands before a group to inform the public.

Pigskin picks
Week Three winners of the Columbia County News-Times Pigskin Picks football contest.

Evans volleyball takes first loss
The final undefeated volleyball team in Columbia County fell last weekend at Greenbrier's play day.

Close scores, tough picks expected in local games
I'm coming off another great week going 4-0 for Friday's games. That puts me at 11-1 for the season.

Athlete Spotlight
A discussion of Lakeside's softball history wouldn't be complete without mentioning two Lady Panther seniors.

Football Briefs
Bulldogs quarterback Brendan Gray didn't complete a single pass Friday against Aquinas. The junior was too busy racking up 91 yards on the ground, including two touchdowns runs.

Tournaments break in new Prep athletic facility

Prep Gridiron Previews
A look at what to expect in Columbia County high school football action.

Photo: Father and son black belt team

Evans beats county rival Lakeside, 17-0
Last Friday's 17-0 Evans win at Lakeside wasn't the first time the Knights have defeated their county rivals, but it was the first for Evans junior Trey Henderson.

Photo: Harlem tops Thomson
Harlem pitcher Brittany Newsome pitched against Thomson on Thursday at Harlem's softball field.

Sports Calendar
Upcoming sports events in Columbia County.

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