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Despite county's preparations, storm shelters and warning sirens needed
Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker's guest column in the Feb. 18 News-Times asks, "What will happen this year, in the event we have severe weather?" Her answer: "Be ready in case the worst does happen."

Harlem High drama students conducted 'spellbinding' performance
Saturday night I enjoyed a treat, a dramatic performance of "I Can Cry" by Harlem High School's Sawdust Performing Arts group. Despite the intensity of the Holocaust theme of the play, the Harlem High students gave an outstanding performance.

Grovetown merchants to meet
Officials with the newly created Grovetown Merchants Association said Friday that they're ready to get started making a difference in the city.

Grovetown gets second site for GED classes
Residents hoping to obtain a GED have a second location in Columbia County from which to choose.

Residents will have lots of places to buy treats
Bakers and restaurateurs are bringing variety to the Evans area soon.

When Mother Nature won't cooperate
When the rest of Columbia County was dealing with freezing rain and sleet at the end of January, Barney Morris and his grandson were playing in the snow - and not the kind provided by Mother Nature.

Donation adds 2 dogs to canine unit
A Columbia County business owner earned a public and personal thank you Thursday from Sheriff Clay Whittle.

Man, son climb Kilimanjaro
A 75-year-old Evans man and his 46-year-old son returned recently from Africa, where they went on a safari and climbed the continent's highest peak.

Sailor's re-enlistment is first of its kind
A recent re-enlistment ceremony for a Grovetown sailor and more than a dozen shipmates aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was an out-of-this-world experience.

Guitar quartet to play
Music will ring through Columbia County's Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center on Saturday as the Augusta Symphony performs another installment of a music series.

Photo: Patriots soccer wins
The Columbia County Boys Patriots U-16 soccer team traveled to Charleston, S.C., to win the James Island Youth Soccer Festival on Jan. 27-28.

School councils
The Evans High School Council will meet Monday.

Arts Events
The Columbia County Library Teen Advisory Board is holding a photo/video contest for ages 12-18, with submissions due by March 10. For information, call (706) 863-1946.

South Columbia Elementary School Addendum
The following honor students were inadvertently left off South Columbia Elementary School's previously published honor roll:

Harlem Middle School Addendum
The following honor students were inadvertently left off Harlem Middle School's previously published honor roll:

School lunch menus
School lunch menus for students in Columbia County.

Photos: Tornado Drill
Students throughout Georgia participated in a tornado drill Friday morning.

Class reunions
Harlem High School's Class of 1977 is planning a 30-year reunion for this spring. Addresses of class members are being sought. For information, call Dean Beasley at (706) 860-9231, or send names and addresses to

Lewiston Elementary School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Lewiston Elementary School.

Pet of the week
This male Labrador retriever mix is very loving, playful and loves to have his belly rubbed. He is about 2 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Photo: All Star Twisters 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.

Martinez Elementary School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Martinez Elementary School.

Current events
First Baptist Church of Evans will hold its inaugural community yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (March 10 if it rains) at the church, on Belair Road at Washington Road. Spaces are available for sellers, with fees donated to youth missions and summer camp.

Photo: Fire fighter
A Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighter battles a blaze that destroyed an abandoned shed on Wilkins Road outside Grovetown. Department spokeswoman Honey Shore said Friday's fire likely spread from an adjacent transformer that caught fire.

Police blotter
No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a duplex in Harlem early Saturday, officials say.

Saving the economy, one bag at a time
The other night when I heard Garrison Keillor tell his radio audience why outsiders don't move to his mythical "Lake Wobegon," I thought he was talking about my actual town of Milo, Maine.

Hunger agencies reach milestones
A couple of local agencies are hitting milestones these days, and their shared missions are godsends for the less fortunate in our community.

More and less; one out, two in
The Columbia County Commission has agreed to set up video cameras in the Government Complex Auditorium to record meetings. Meanwhile, the School Board this week was scheduled to agree to preserve as little record of board action as legally possible.

Senior will lead young Prep team this season
Spencer Morgan isn't the typical Augusta Prep athlete. Instead of soccer or basketball, his game is baseball.

Track Results
Greenbrier High School played host to its first track meet of the season Saturday against Statesboro and Lakeside.

Lakeside star is now playing in Tinseltown
One of the best live performances of Sunday night's Academy Awards was the song Patience from the movie Dreamgirls. The song was nominated for Best Original Song and was performed on stage by Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson.

Athlete Spotlight: Jerry Dickson
With only two boys lacrosse teams in the Augusta area, most sports fans might not realize how physical the game can get. Those fans need to look no further than Lakeside's Jerry Dickson.

Lady Wolfpack claims victory
Greenbrier High School's game plan entering the first round of the Class AAAA girls basketball state tournament was no surprise to anyone. Even visiting four-seed Starr's Mill knew what to expect.

Holder takes over as Greenbrier head coach
Talk about a dream job. Rodney Holder, previously a strength coach at Greenbrier High School, took the reins of the top baseball team in the state early last summer.


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