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Mother's Day Out, Preschool and Private Academic Programs
Specialty academic programs serving Columbia County youth.

The ABCs of Preschool
Pre-K children from Little Castle Child Care on Baston Road in Martinez dress up in costumes for different professions. The children are Maci Hain (clockwise, from top), Nishanth Arumugam, Sofia Fuenmayor-Diaz, Manuela Tobon, Sameer Kapoor and Brian Karangu.

Columbia County sets pre-kindergarten registration
Prekindergarten registration, Columbia County School System.

Get ready to register pupils
Kindergarten registration in Columbia County is scheduled for Monday through March 30 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Children should register at the elementary school in the designated school zones where they live.

Day Care Centers
A list of day care centers serving the Columbia County area.

County offers screening for special-needs pre-K classes
Columbia County schools offer three pre-kindergarten programs tailored to suit special-needs pupils.

Area Pre-K Programs
Columbia County public schools pre-kindergarten programs.

Concert to honor director
The Columbia County Choral Society is celebrating an anniversary and honoring one of its founders at a special Founders Day/Reunion Concert on Friday.

Stylists send treats to troops
The plight of a customer's son, a soldier wounded in Iraq, has inspired two Martinez hair stylists to seek donations to help wounded service members at military hospitals.

Greenbrier musical running for 2 weeks
A spring musical by Greenbrier High School's Drama Department promises to be a darkly comedic mix-up of favorite fairy tales.

Minor earthquake registered in area
A minor earthquake rattled homes and windows throughout Columbia County and portions of Evans late Tuesday, according to emergency management officials.

Symphony takes music to Carolina
The Augusta Symphony is taking music to the people Thursday. The symphony's 30- to 40-member Promenade Orchestra will perform everything from Gershwin to The Beach Boys in McCormick, S.C., as part of the symphony's Music to the People outreach program.

Preparing for pre-K doesn't have to be complex
Preparing children for their first day of school takes more than getting the youngster dressed and at the bus stop on time.

Proud to parade
When the 30th annual St. Patrick's Day parade begins its winding path through downtown Augusta on Saturday, it will be because Jason Scherer gave the green light.

Photo: Family watches boy win gold medal
Grandparents Michael and Janelle Taylor and great-grandmother Betty Taylor, of Evans, went to watch 8-year-old Brandon Michael Thurmond compete and win the gold medal in Olympic Sparring at the Georgia AAU Tae Kwon Do State Championships in Lilburn, Ga.

Photo: Pupils chosen to sing
Four pupils from Martinez Elementary School were recently chosen to attend the Georgia Elementary Honors Chorus. The pupils are Amy and Allison Youngsman (from left), Rebecca Smeak and Dalton Harnage. Pictured with the pupils is music teacher Kay Lovingood.

Get Up and Go
Lakeside Middle School is holding its spring book fair in the media center from 7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday.

Photo: FCCLA at Capitol
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members from Evans High School and Harlem High School recently joined more than 1,300 fellow FCCLA members from across the state at FCCLA Day at the Capitol.

Photos: Recycling Day is a success
Greenbrier High School senior and JROTC member Koomi Orr wraps a pallet of computer monitors with tape during Electronic Recycling Day at the Evans Government Center.

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

Photo: Church yard sale
Kathryn Wade, of Aiken (right), watches her son Seth, 5, pick out a handmade wood pen from Joe Maran, of Grovetown. Maran and others set up booths during a yard sale to benefit church activities at Evans Baptist Church.

Time capsule
As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Thursday, March 14, 1973:

Current events
Schools gear up for pre-K and kindergarten registration, as featured in The News-Times' annual ABCs of Preschool section inside today's edition.

Pet of the week
This female dachshund is friendly. She is about 5 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.

Spring: When thoughts turn to bomb scares
Another school year is more than halfway over, and once again bomb threats have caused problems.

New road's name recalls wise investor
At long last, a Columbia County contractor and the developers of Riverwood Plantation are nearing completion on a new road into the Greenbrier campus.

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day
There was no need for elaborate introduction or preliminary invitations; no fanfare. My grandfather would reach for his banjo sitting by the fireplace, and merely pluck a few strings.

Another arch gets rescued
Walking into the woods behind the new fire station in Leah is like finding a modern version of Mayan ruins. There's little traffic from the nearby roads to disturb the silence, broken only by crunching footfalls on a carpet of pine needles.

Greenbrier girls take Wolfpack Invitational
Greenbrier High School played host to Columbia County's largest track meet of the season Saturday. The annual Wolfpack Invitational saw 11 girls high school teams and 13 boys squads participate in the daylong meet.

Lakeside girls play first lacrosse game
Lakeside's first girls lacrosse game didn't go according to plan. An 18-0 loss to Rockdale County on Saturday afternoon left more than a few Lady Panthers hanging their heads.

Athlete Spotlight: John Faulkner
John Faulkner's philosophy on his golf game is a simple one. "I'm not the longest driver ever," he said. "I just rely on hitting it straight."

Lakeside serves up two wins
Not even an illness for Lakeside High School's No. 3 singles player could keep the Panther tennis team from another victory.

Sports Calendar
The 11th annual golf tournament to benefit the Fisher House will take place on March 23 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Injury has Greene in clubhouse for spring
Former Evans star Todd Greene was busy doing what he always does in mid-February. He was training hard to prepare for another year in the big leagues.

Lakeside baseball overcomes tough start
A 1-3 record to start the 2007 baseball season might not be what Lakeside baseball coach Jay Matthews expected. Then again, consider the competition.

Volleyball set for weekend tournament
At least 69 club volleyball teams from as far away as Knoxville, Tenn., will descend on Columbia County this weekend for the March Blowout Tournament held by the CSRA Heat.


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