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Student designs class to teach self-defense
Lakeside High School student Brianna Lowrie's fascination with the criminal mind led to an idea for a Saturday class designed to help women avoid becoming victims of violence.

Messick wins Columbia County spelling bee
Mary Grace Messick correctly spelled "ramification" on Thursday to win the Columbia County Spelling Bee.

Library selects Georgia author for program
Library officials announced Friday the winning book to be the centerpiece of the library's new One Book, One Community program.

High school students get feel for work
Greenbrier High School junior Luke Gavalas scoured a half-assembled John Deere tractor chassis and engine Friday, searching for defects such as any new-hire to the Grovetown assembly line would.

Library lovers to speed-date
When planning Valentine's Day activities, people might not consider turning to their county library.

Troupe to stage show about Cline
An Evans theater troupe will present the story of a devoted fan and her friendship to a country music legend.

N. Columbia students plan to bring back old times
Sock hops were teen rites of passage when North Columbia Elementary School opened in 1956.

Planning Commission approves rezoning request
The Columbia County Planning Commission voted Thursday in favor of a rezoning request for a mixed-use medical office and residential development near a proposed fifth high school.

Violin teacher molds musicians for 30 years
Thirty years after she began teaching others, Lois Akins' Grovetown home continues to be filled with the melodic violin music of her students.

Black studies sessions set
The Columbia County Library will play host to events the next two weekends celebrating black history and culture.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

Time capsule
As reported 38 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Feb. 6, 1969:

Photo: Evans cheerleaders
The Evans High School football/competition cheerleaders were presented awards at the annual sports banquet.

Pet of the week
This playful, 6-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy, Cocoa, was turned into Animal Care and Control by her elderly owner, who had trouble caring for her. Cocoa is friendly and playful, is house-trained and gets along well with people and other animals.

Current events
A free self-defense class for women ages 12 and older will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Martial Arts America in Evans, next to Omni Health and Fitness. Those younger than 18 must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Director set the stage for chamber's future
Sometimes to take a step forward, an organization has to first take one step back. Such is the case with Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce, which in some respects is a victim of its own success.

Savings small, but worth trip
A few thousand here, a few thousand there, and pretty soon you're talking real money. Or, in the case of Columbia County's bond rating, "a bunch of money," as County Commission Chairman Ron Cross says.

Bee competitions spell 'winners'
Grovetown Middle School Principal Carolyn Fries described this year's Columbia County spelling bee as similar to the Super Bowl. There's one big difference: The spelling bee was exciting all the way until the end.

Teams hope to play rivals close to home in tournaments
After a pair of Region 3B-AAAA games on Friday and Saturday the subregion standings became much clearer. For Evans and Greenbrier, it didn't get any better.

Armstrong impressive from start at Mercer
Former Evans Baseball Star Mike Armstrong emerged last season as one of the premier young catchers in college baseball. After battling into the start of the season just to get a starting position, Armstrong slowly proved he not only deserved a starting spot, but he was worthy of even bigger accolades. He finished the season hitting .368 with nine homers and 30 RBI. Along the way he helped lead Mercer to victories over both Florida and Clemson, when the two were ranked No. 1 in the country. He was also a key reason the Bears were able to finish second in the tough Atlantic Sun Conference.

Lady Wolfpack hopes to win region championship
Greenbrier's road to its possible first region championship got a little bit easier after Friday's 50-45 win at Richmond Academy.

Athlete Spotlight: DeMarcus Morris
Harlem senior point guard DeMarcus Morris remembers his younger days with a smile. Like many Grovetown children, he grew up playing and learning basketball at Goodale Park. The street courts see their share of talented players, and DeMarcus is one of them.

Bulldogs overcome frustration to beat Cross Creek
It's been a frustrating year for Harlem boys basketball coach Kim Chambers.

Greenbrier JV girls beat Lakeside at buzzer
Lakeside junior varsity girls basketball coach Drew Shelton couldn't have been more disappointed and proud at the same time.

Sports calendar
The Columbia County Recreation Department will have an adult softball organizational meeting Monday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the administration office at Patriots Park to discuss the upcoming spring softball season, fees, schedules and any other questions.


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