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Columbia County library staff needs to set example by talking quieter
I read the recent article about "disruptive activity" at the new Columbia County Library with interest.

Gospel talent to explode
Organizers are expecting some dynamite performances at the Gospel Talent Explosion show Saturday at Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church.

Proposed trail behind homes is safety concern to residents
A proposed greenway project along Euchee Creek has some residents in the Stratford subdivision seeing red.

Students get unusual look at police work
Seconds after the blinding flash and deafening blast of a stun grenade, gun-toting Special Response Team members charged into a trailer.

Many residents see jury duty as hassle
The U.S. Constitution gives anyone charged with a crime the right to be judged by a jury of peers, but not all citizens are excited about serving on that jury.

Pair takes dolls to elderly women
After seeing how a baby doll soothed her mother, a Columbia County woman joined with her granddaughter to see that elderly women countywide have the same comfort.

Grovetown community center opens
Monday was a special day in Grovetown, not only because it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day but also because Grovetown officials opened the city's newest community center.

New businesses opening across area
Restaurants, an organic grocery store and a store offering relief for weary backs are among the businesses opening in Columbia County.

Pupils receive bikes for good work
Christmas came a little early in December for 25 pupils of Bel Air Elementary School. Thirteen boys and 12 girls received bicycles donated by Academy Sports in a mid-December school assembly as a reward for academic progress or good behavior.

Pupil has teaching aspirations
After observing her teachers, one local fifth-grader has decided that teaching is the profession she wants to enter.

Many hope to avoid jury duty
The arrival of a jury summons sends many people into a creative frenzy to come up with excuses for avoiding service.

Property transfers
Jesse A. Anderson Jr. and Vera N. Anderson to Daniel C. Leeds and Susan J. Leeds, 3736 Wexford Drive, $316,900.

Photo: Gift for a classmate
Columbia Middle School displayed the holiday spirit by raising $1,200 for the granddaughter of a staff member that is in need of her 37th major operation.

Photo: Accountants move in
Partner Brenda Carroll cuts the ribbon for the new Columbia Road site of accounting firm Baird and Co . in Martinez. The ceremony was held Tuesday.

Photo: Carpet Shop opens new location
Friends and employees watch as the Carpet Shop's board of directors Danny Williams, Bill Farr and Donna Farr cut the ribbon for the new Carpet Shop on North Belair Road, in Evans.

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for North Columbia Elementary School.

School lunch menu
Columbia County school lunch menus for the upcoming week.

Get Up and Go
Rick Elrod will discuss exercise and the Parkinson's patient at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the CSRA Parkinson Support Group, at St. John Towers, 724 Greene St., Augusta.

Photo: Belts awarded at tourney
Larry Smith earned his first degree black belt and Austin Guidry earned his second degree black belt from Mr. Wilson of Warrior Jiu-Jitsu at Patriots Park on Jan. 6. The boys competed for five hours of grappling, sparring, self defense and stick fighting.

Divorces
Jerlene Turner and Ernest Turner, Dec. 19, 2006.

Blue Ridge Elementary School Honor Roll
Second Nine Weeks honor roll for Blue Ridge Elementary School.

Greyhound of the week
Pepper is a 2-year-old red female greyhound with a black mask. For information on adopting Pepper or other retired racing Greyhounds, call Sam Fulton at (706) 833-2177 or go to www.csragreyhoundadoptions.org.

Newsmaker
Emily Lewis Finger, a sophomore at Greenbrier High School, was accepted into Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Photo: Family hits the high seas
The Quarles family took a trip to Nassau and the Bahamas on the Disney Cruise Lines ship Disney Wonder during Columbia County schools' fall break. .

Time capsule
As reported 35 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Thursday, Jan. 19, 1972:

Police blotter
An Appling man found dead in his home Jan. 13 died of two gunshot wounds, an autopsy has determined.

Current events
MCG Health System will present ABC-123s of American Sign Language, a children's sign language course, from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 10, 17 and 24 in the MCG Children's Medical Center classroom. For information, call Vivian Rice at (706) 721-6921.

When storm does come, county is ready
So, were you prepared for the Ice Storm of 2007?

Introspection about introjection
OK, if you're still reading this column, you're likely more disturbed by my "brag sheet" than impressed by the number of famous people I know - as if that had anything to do with who I am or how many of them remember me.

MIA: County's tech campus
Another year, another state budget, and once again the elementary foreign language program has no funding.

Fickle parents ill-equipped to pick coaches
Columbia County's schools often have had a stormy record when it comes to welcoming outside leadership.

Lady 'Pack targets areaGreenbrier boys rebound from Evans loss
When will they lose? That was the question surrounding the Greenbrier girls basketball team after it extended its perfect record to 19 games. For Lady Wolfpack coach Garrett Black, it's the wrong question.

Coach undecided about staying
News of Lakeside High School Principal Jeff Carney's decision to fire Randy Hill as athletic director and head football coach came early last week.

Sports Calendar
The Augusta Baseball Umpires Association is recruiting umpires for the 2007 high school season. Experience is a plus, but playing experience, a knowledge of the game and a desire to participate also are helpful.

This basketball game brought out the very best in our community
Sometimes this county makes me proud. Of course, Columbia County is far from perfect. We've had our share of scandals, blunders and goofs, but every once in a while, I'm reminded of how good people can be.

Athletic focus turns to alumni from area
During the next few months, I will be a doing series of columns with the help of some former athletes from Columbia County.

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