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The late congressman Charlie Norwood 'loved people and it showed'
The first time I saw Charlie Norwood, he was in an expensive suit wandering around my small convenience store in Evans looking for my famous sausage dogs. I guess what I really noticed first was his huge green pick-up truck. He approached with a hearty hand-shake and warm, broad smile.

STAR student follows the music in her heart
Lindsey Liu has finally seen the payoff of so much testing in school. "It feels great," said the county's STAR student after it was announced last week that she had scored higher on the SAT than any other senior in Columbia County. "Probably because I'm thinking, 'All this testing stuff is finally good for something.'"

Legion's Auxiliary leader to visit town
The national leader of the American Legion Auxiliary will conclude a three-day swing through Georgia with a Wednesday visit and invitation-only dinner with Evans members.

Church invites all to join recipe contest
An Evans church is calling for all cooks to enter its recipe contest.

Judge relies on well-rounded courtroom experience
Newly-appointed Richmond County Juvenile Court judge and Martinez resident Willie Saunders has spent his career helping people in trouble.

Street named in Norwood's honor
One day after the passing of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, Columbia County honored the seven-term Republican legislator with street signs bearing his name.

County to teach severe weather safety
With the chance of severe weather increasing as spring nears, Columbia County and state officials want residents to be prepared and know how to protect themselves.

Board approves gifted shift
The Columbia County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved major changes to elementary gifted education and the hiring of four new principals.

Columbia County 4-H participants win awards
Columbia County 4-H won overall recognition for Highest Participation Honors and Most Winners Honors at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.

Evans Elementary School Honor Roll
Second Nine Weeks A and A/B Honor Roll at Evans Elementary

Manuel Itehua Montalvo, 28, of the 3900 block of Old Trail Road in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 8, 2006, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Get up and go
Columbia County's Republican Party will hold precinct meetings starting with 9 a.m. registration Saturday at Greenbrier High School. The purpose of the meeting is to elect precinct delegates and alternates for the March 24 county convention. For information, call Party Chairman Charles Allen at (706) 306-8872.

Schools council meetings
- The Evans Middle School council will meet at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 and April 30 in the media center.

Property transfers
Christopher S. Broom to SIRVA Relocation Credit LLC, 3952 Hammonds Ferry Road, $400,000.

Christopher Wade Hogelin and Lilla Starr Hogelin, Feb. 7, 2007.

Time capsule
From The Columbia News, Feb. 15, 1968:

Aquinas High School Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll at Aquinas High

Police blotter
The FBI's Augusta office is looking for a former Columbia County golf pro accused of abducting his 1-year-old son two weeks ago and leaving for Mexico City.

Anna Caroline Harris, the daughter of Phillip and Mary Harris, of Martinez, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2006 semester at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Current events
First Baptist Church of Evans will hold its inaugural community yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 (March 10 in case of rain) at the church, on Belair Road at Washington Road. Spaces are available for sellers, with fees donated to youth missions and summer camp. A breakfast will be held the day of the sale. For information, call Jennie Brantley at (706) 863-1228.

Bel Air Elementary School Honor Roll
A and A/B for Second Nine Weeks at Bel Air Elementary

Lakeside Middle School Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll at Lakeside Middle School

Pet of the week
Tessa and Tommy, otherwise known as the twins, have lived a sheltered life and have never been separated.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

A Feb. 7 News-Times story listed the incorrect high school for Brianna Lowrie, who attends Lakeside High School.

Marriage licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

Travelers tour the West
Dick and Shelvie Schehr of Martinez recently traveled to Colorado to visit their son.

South Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll for South Columbia Elementary

Policy change deserves talk
Columbia County's Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration Committee held its first planning meeting for the 2007 event, sadly and coincidentally, on the day of funeral visitation for Charlie Norwood.

Remembering Charlie Norwood
Just like that, the honors for Charlie Norwood became memorials. With shocking suddenness, our congressman passed away Tuesday. He'd been home less than a week since his office announced he was ending cancer treatment and entering hospice care.

Prepare for weather emergencies
We hope that you won't ignore Severe Weather Awareness Week, which will be held during the week of Feb. 19 - 23 to educate Georgians about safety, preparedness and response procedures for all types of severe weather events, including floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms and severe thunderstorms.

Greenbrier girls only ones left
And then there was one. The Greenbrier girls is the only public school team left standing in Columbia County basketball. Most of the county was shocked to hear both boys basketball teams from Greenbrier and Evans went down in the first round of the Region 3-AAAA Tournament.

Poythress makes his debut at UGA
When former Greenbrier star Rich Poythress injured his knee last fall it was an injury that was supposed to sideline him for his freshman season at the University of Georgia.

Lakeside boys swim to third place
The Lakeside High School boys swim team won third place at the Georgia High School Swimming and Diving State Championships on Feb. 10.

Greenbrier's girls advance
Greenbrier's 74-60 girls basketball win on Tuesday gave the Lady Wolfpack a bid to the Class AAAA state tournament. They were the only team in Columbia County to do so.

Swimmers from Evans earn titles
Two local swimmers took home individual state championships last weekend when more than 30 Columbia County athletes competed in the Georgia High School Swimming and Diving State Championships in Atlanta.


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