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Harlem residents should learn more about historic preservation plans
If you are a property owner in the city of Harlem and have not attended one of the "informational meetings" of the Harlem Historic Preservation Commission, shame on you.

Detour focus of forum
The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold an open house Thursday about a project on Washington Road that could detour traffic in northern Columbia County for nearly a year.

County opens four new fire stations in rural areas
Columbia County leaders congregated in the shiny-floored bay of the Phinizy fire station Friday to dedicate four new rural fire stations and to enjoy a bowl of hot chili on a cold day.

Father, son will climb tallest peak in Africa
A 75-year-old Evans man and his 46-year-old son left Friday on "a chance of a lifetime" trip to climb Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.

Residents celebrate 115th Hardy birthday in Harlem
Several Harlem residents gathered Thursday to celebrate the 115th birthday of the city's most famous son.

Seminars to give insight on funds for college
Three seminars to help high-school students find money for college will be held in the next two weeks.

Blood drive to boost supply
With area blood supplies critically low, Pam Tucker says she is hoping residents will roll up their sleeves to donate at an upcoming blood drive.

Series turns to chamber music
Tickets are still available for an intimate evening of classical music Thursday with the Augusta Symphony Principal Players.

Enopian seeks kids for roles
The Enopion Theater Company is hoping children ages 9-13 will line up in twos Friday to try out for roles in the company's first musical.

Request to change Hardy Station plans is denied
The first meeting of the Harlem City Council for 2007 began with the swearing in of three incumbent members.

Woman recognized for church, community involvement
Dedicated. Committed. Passionate. Nurturing. Giving. That's how Harlem residents and leaders described Margaret "Margie" Bennett on Jan. 11 after she was named Harlem Woman's Club 2006 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

County congested with motor vehicles
If Columbia County roads seem to be getting more congested, there's a reason. To be exact, there are 136,400 reasons.

Photo: New DAR members
The College Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently installed three members: Elizabeth Johnson (from left), Susan Hancock and Jean Lenderman. Participating in the ceremony are Laurene Buist, chapter chaplain, and Carol Gay, chapter membership chairman.

Stevens Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
Second Nine Weeks honor roll for Stevens Creek Elementary School.

Pet of the week
This male shepherd mix is very friendly and playful. He is about 2 years old and 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.

Current events
Harlem High School will hold an Advanced Placement information session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium. The session is mandatory for parents of students planning to take AP classes in 2007-08.

School Lunch Menus
Columbia County school lunch menus through Friday.

Photo: Learning flag lore
George Harper, great-nephew of Brandon Wilde residents Kitty and Corky Angleman, is a new Boy Scout in Troop 119. One of the requirements to achieve the Tenderfoot rank is to properly raise and lower the American flag.

Photo: Club honors two
Greenbrier junior Nolan Belcher (from right) was named Class AAAA 2006 High School Player of the Year, and Greenbrier coach Ed Williams was named Class AAAA 2006 High School Baseball Coach of the Year.

Police Blotter
A judge granted bond Monday to one of three people charged Jan. 2 with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Photo: Augusta Arsenal wins Sandlapper
The Augusta Arsenal U-12 Blue boys team won the Sandlapper Tournament Championship in Columbia.

Get Up and Go
Columbia County's Friday Night Films series continues at 7 p.m. Friday at Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at Columbia County Library, in Evans, with Fried Green Tomatoes. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For information, call (706) 312-7194.

School Councils
The South Columbia Elementary School Council will hold a special election for a parent member at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria. The council will meet in the media center at 7:15 a.m. March 20 and May 15, and at 8:45 a.m. June 19.

Grovetown Middle School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Grovetown Middle School.

Time Capsule
As reported 30 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1977:

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

Photo: A nice day in the Smokies
Mike and Ann Wesse vacationed in the Great Smoky Mountains to enjoy the fall colors and beautiful weather.

An achievement worth celebrating
Last April, in this space, The News-Times recognized Dr. Jefferson Hardin for his work in bringing to fruition the county's new main library.

Is this any way to spend a January?
I smiled when the lady next to me asked, "Is this January?"

Not invincible or a barbarian
In the end, the Invincible Barbarian was neither.

Rivalry lifts basketball attendance
In a county where baseball reigns and football also gets a strong share of media and fan attention, boys basketball has managed to draw record crowds this season.

Swiec has one more milestone for career
In Greenbrier's 69-29 win over Lakeside on Friday night, Greenbrier point guard Michelle Swiec went over the 1,500-point mark for her career.

Greenbrier senior reaches record
A 69-29 win over a Lake-side team with a 2-14 record last Friday wasn't much for the Greenbrier girls basketball team to brag about, but one Lady Wolfpack player reached a milestone.

Lions score overtime victory
In a school full of multisport athletes, the Augusta Christian Schools Lions can sometimes earn revenge in different sports.

Sports Calendar
The CSRA Baseball Umpires Camp will take place Saturday at Westside High School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp will feature Major League Baseball umpires Marvin Hudson and Fieldin Culbreth and is open to experienced amateurs and beginning umpires.

Swim Results
Results from the Augusta Aquatics Center swim competition on January 18, 2007.

Two weeks for signups in baseball
Parents have two Saturdays remaining to sign their children up for a season of Martinez-Evans Little League baseball.

Athlete spotlight
With the 2006-07 basketball season quickly becoming one of the more competitive ones in years, there's no telling what the last 10 seconds of a game will bring.


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