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Youth cancer survivors to lead Augusta Relay for Life events
Laura Enoch was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the summer. Since then, the 17-year-old Lakeside High School senior has undergone a biopsy, surgery and radiation to eradicate her cancer.

Leaders propose relocating some ambulances
Columbia County emergency leaders discussed relocating the ambulances stationed in Grovetown and Harlem at a Dec. 7 meeting.

Project to retire worn flags
An area Boy Scout troop is organizing a project to collect and properly retire worn American flags. Tripp Calloway, a member of Troop 615, set up the collection and retirement to earn his Eagle Scout badge.

Official draws up code of conduct
Members of the Columbia County Planning Commission pledged to be more respectful Thursday after welcoming a new member and electing officers.

Volunteers save taxpayers big bucks
Public service volunteers throughout the area saved taxpayers nearly $1 million in the past year by giving their time to patrol streets and respond to emergencies, authorities say.

Weather hard to predict
A best guess might be the best weather forecast this winter. In October, meteorologists said winter might bring a little snow to the Augusta area, but now forecasts show the picture to be a little more up in the air.

Local pupils get pen pals - and candy - from France
Westmont Elementary School fifth-graders got a taste of a foreign country last week. That taste came in the form of a papillote, a traditional French Christmas candy, included in the first letters the pupils received from the pen pals in three French schools.

Lowe's draws curious customers
The tools and supplies that Martinez resident Garth Hatch needs for his family's next home-improvement project are a lot closer at hand since the Evans Lowe's opened for business Saturday.

Fridays are for movies
Parents looking for a family outing will be in luck the next four Fridays.

Photo: Lady Patriots sweep platinum division
The Under-11 Lady Patriots United swept the Platinum Division at the Sugar & Spice Soccer Tournament in Douglasville, Ga., outscoring opponents 16-2.

Time Capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Jan. 17, 1957:

Photo: Arsenal Gunners Blue undefeated at Norcross
The U-17 Augusta Arsenal Gunners Blue were undefeated in the Norcross Nike Cup Championship.

Pet of the week
This male Pointer mix is very playful and loving. He is about 3 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Photo: Flags presented in ceremony
Jeffery Stevens (right), presented a new American flag to Greenbrier High School JROTC Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Austin and Greg Bunn in a ceremony recently.

Photo: Tractor overturns
Columbia County sheriff's Sgt. Ray Childress examines a tractor-trailer driven by James Cornetie, 30, of Calhoun, Ga., which overturned Friday along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 at mile marker 187.

School lunch menus
Lunch menus for Columbia County schools through Friday.

Current events
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service Gardening at Lunch series will be held at 12:10 p.m. today at the Columbia County Library, in Evans. County Agent Charles Phillips will discuss hydrangeas. For information, call (706) 868-3413.

School Councils
The River Ridge Elementary School Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. in the media center on Thursday, and on March 8 and May 10.

Police blotter
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy whose cruiser hit a deer on an Appling road remained in serious condition Tuesday, Medical College of Georgia Hospital officials said.

Photo: SADD presentation
Amanda Ryan, a senior at Greenbrier High School, participated along with Ellen Hotchkiss, one of Greenbrier's sponsors of Students Against Destructive Decisions, in the Georgia Office of Highway Safety Annual Leadership Conference.

Photo: Martinez Elementary delivers donations
Committee members stand next to a loaded truck that was to transport items collected by Martinez Elementary School pupils and faculty and staff members to the Columbia County Foundation for Children.

Get Up and Go
Carol and Larry Eldridge will present a program on raptors at the January meeting of the CSRA Group of the Sierra Club at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, on Walton Way Extension.

'What' is more important than 'when'
Once upon a time, a chairman of the Columbia County School Board grumbled that he was tired of holding meetings without an audience.

County works toward business-friendly status
There doesn't seem to be any shortage of new businesses finding their way to Columbia County.

Among gains, a dining loss
Pam Tucker, among others, spread the sad news the other day that the Peppermill Restaurant in Evans had closed its doors for good.

Athlete Spotlight: Tyler Bourdo and Casey Brush
It was a Christmas to remember for the Augusta Christian boys and girls basketball teams.

Evans-Greenbrier matchup likely to draw record crowd
When Lakeside's boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Greenbrier for a pair of games Dec. 8, the gym was filled to capacity by the first quarter of the boys game, and some late-arriving fans didn't even make it into the gym.

Augusta Prep's confidence boost leads to win
Two simple words printed in capital letters lined the top of the dry-erase board in Augusta Prep's locker room before Saturday's game against Augusta Christian: "OUR HOUSE."

Close game to end with victory for the Knights
In less than 48 hours, the highly anticipated rematch between Evans and Greenbrier will get under way.

Swim Results
Results of the Evans Invitational at the Augusta Aquatics Center, held Saturday:

Region title will be hard to take
Only one weekend of Region 3B-AAAA play is in the books, but the two region games played Friday night produced a strong indication that the boys subregion title won't come easy this year.

Sports Calendar
The CSRA Basketball League is holding open registration for boys and girls of all ages. Cheerleading spots are available for girls of all ages. For information, call Dustin Leverett at (706) 651-8816.


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