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County uses education to ward off gangs
Though officials say gang activity in Columbia County isn't as severe as in many comparable communities nationwide, they aren't ignoring the danger.

Guardsmen hang well-traveled flag
Two Georgia National Guardsmen hung a special city flag on the wall of Harlem City Hall at Monday's monthly city council meeting.

Specialist uses music as insight into soldiers' world
Performing for soldiers is a passion for Spc. Phil Harris.

While his children serve country, he serves schools
Lakeside High School assistant principal Tom Riddick has spent most of his life as an educator, though not always in the classroom.

Military Milestones
Army Reserve Pfc. Keithan J. Beasley, a 2006 graduate of Hephzibah High School and son of Willie and Caron Beasley, of Augusta, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia.

Golf event important to charity
After shrapnel tore through his knee in Iraq in September, Spc. Christopher Carlson spent several months receiving treatment at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. His wife, Stacy, flew in from California to be with him.

Wall to honor those who serve
Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau will soon see his name inscribed on a city memorial alongside 800 other military service men and women.

Unassuming yet gifted teen named STAR student
Noel Feeney calls Harlem High School's STAR student "every teacher's dream."

Bandleader is on list for MacArthur Award
A chief warrant officer at Fort Gordon has been selected at the regional level for the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

Photo: Cruising with friends
Friends and employees of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center recently returned from an 11-night cruise, which included a visit to the Panama Canal.

The 2006-2007 edition of Who's Who Among Students will include the following Columbia County students:Christopher D. Fontimayor, of Martinez, biology; Casey A. Howard, of Martinez, Spanish; Ivy A. Minnie, of Martinez, social work; and Anastasia M. Zolotova, of Evans, English.

Property transfers
Ronald Clay McNeal to Tara M. Andrews, 3604 Cullen Drive, $75,670.

Police Blotter
A 64-year-old Harlem man was killed in a two-car collision on Interstate 20 on Wednesday morning.

Photos: Haydens All-Star teams win in nationals
The Haydens All-Star Twisters six competition cheerleading teams participated in the World Spirit Federation National Championships in Atlanta on Jan. 7.

Get Up and Go
AARP Tax Aide offers free tax help from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Monday through April 9 at the Columbia County Senior Center, and each Tuesday through April 10 at the Columbia County Library. For information, call (706) 210-3048.

Photo: Lakeside wins math tourney
The Lakeside Middle School Math Team recently won first place at the 19th annual Georgia Southern University Mathematics Tournament. Eighth-grade members of the team included Sterling Tran and Aaron McCollum.

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.

Photos: Community Service is recognized
Columbia County Commissioner Lee Anderson (center) gives Jarthur Harris a proclamation honoring the Harlem resident, entrepreneur and civil rights leader for his service to the community.

Photo: CSRA Heat wins
The CSRA Heat 17 Gold volleyball team recently won the Carpe Diem volleyball tournament in Columbia.

Photo: Dixie Youth boys win World Series rings
The 11- to 12-year-old Dixie Youth Boys received their World Series Rings at a banquet held by the Columbia County Recreation Department. The Boys won the Dixie Youth Ozone World Series Tournament in Dothan, Ala., last August.

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

Time Capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Feb. 27, 1958:

Mark John Holloway and Nicole R. Holloway, Jan. 10, 2007.

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

Greyhound of the week
Patches is a red-and-white 2-year-old male greyhound who came to CSRA Greyhounds from a shelter in south Georgia. He is cat-and small-dog safe, but a little on the shy side, especially around men.

Photo: Once Upon a Lily Pad
Once Upon A Lily Pad was presented Feb. 12 by the five second-grade classes at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

Photo: Conservationist award
Rick Crawford, the chairman of the Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District (right), presented an award for Outstanding Conservationist to Terry Hyatt during the Annual Wild Game Supper. Terry is joined by his wife, Rhonda Hyatt.

Gifted education due for a shake-up
Among the more engaged parents in any school system are the moms and dads of intellectually gifted children.

Tasers? What would Barney Fife think?
Harlem Mayor Scott Dean is among those fond of referring to Columbia County's smallest and oldest city as "Mayberry," likening it to the mythical North Carolina community where Sheriff Andy Griffith kept the peace.

Week is filled with jockeying
In a week full of announcements, the funniest - unintentionally - came from the National Weather Service.

Contemplating the cross at Lent
When describing a long or difficult period of time, the Bible often uses the generic phrase, "40 days and 40 nights," like Moses on Mt. Sinai, Noah's "rainstorm" and Jesus in the wilderness.

Sports calendar
Weekly basketball tutoring is available for kids 7- to 12-years-old who want to enhance their fundamental basketball skills. For information, call (706) 495-9928.

Brittany Leverett right at home in Columbus
During her high school days at Greenbrier, Brittany Leverett got accustomed to winning. She was a standout for one of the premier softball teams in Georgia so blowout wins came on a regular basis.

Huffman gears up for season
Lakeside senior J.C. Huffman might look about the same size as he was last season, but don't be fooled. There's been a big change going on for the Panthers' top player.

Baseball season starts up
Baseball season in Columbia County will begin Monday with two local teams hitting the diamond.

Spring a full season for local athletes
The top news in the county this week is the beginning of the 2007 baseball season. Two local teams enter the year as defending state champions and lead a county that saw five of its six high school baseball teams reach the state playoffs last season.

Prep calendar
Prep sports calendar for the upcoming week of Columbia County sports.

Greenbrier climbs in rankings before match
Soccer season started Friday for the Greenbrier boys team, but even before the results came in the Wolfpack were already moving up in the state rankings.

Millward makes move to catcher
Evans junior Kevin Mill-ward has entertained Knights fans in more ways than one during his high school career. As the school's starting quarterback, all-state punter and starting third baseman, his accolades over the past 2 years surpass those of many four-year starters.


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