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Education effort helps keep toxic materials out of county's waterways
Valerie Rowell's March 18 article on Columbia County's new storm sewer covers is most timely.

Nature center set for grand opening
In spring 2005, county officials celebrated Earth Day with the grand opening of 300 feet of boardwalk through the wetlands of Reed Creek.

From burgers to baskets and barkers
Business in Columbia County continues to boom, officials say, and retailers' newest offerings meet a variety of needs.

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Aquatic features enhance environs
When Dorothy Moores steps into her backyard, not only does she enjoy taking in the sights of the many plants and flowers around her, but she also looks fondly at the formal pond and waterfall that add some serenity.

County seeks governor's mark of being entrepreneur friendly
Community business leaders and state economic agencies will gather Tuesday for a forum to help budding entrepreneurs and existing small-business owners succeed.

Oil changes provided for spouses of deployed
For military spouses whose loved ones are in harm's way, changing the oil in the family car probably is not at the top of their priority list.

YMCA donates computers to single soldiers' Internet cafe
Since the Civil War, the Armed Services YMCA has sought to improve morale for American soldiers.

Well water should be tested for safety
Safe drinking water is one of the basics of life that we take for granted. When we turn on the faucet, we expect the water to be safe to drink. If you are on the county water system, the water that you receive has been tested and meets safe drinking water standards.

Residents discuss same book
Library officials have scheduled several community get-togethers to discuss the highlighted book of the library's One Book, One Community program.

Military Newsmakers
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason L. Balliet has arrived for duty at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Competition revs up
Forgive Harlem High School students Phillip Knox and Chris Huffman if they seem abundantly confident.

Deputy coroner, firefighter remembered by loved ones
Columbia County lost a dedicated firefighter and public servant Sunday with the death of Thomas Dale "Tommy" McPherson.

Harlem council approves creation of city tree board
Harlem officials approved an ordinance Monday that puts the city's majestic trees in the spotlight.

Schools react to death of 2-year-old hit by bus
Brookwood Elementary School and the city of Grovetown responded Wednesday to a fatal school bus accident that took the life of a 2-year-old Grovetown boy, a sibling of pupils at the school.

Firm will aid in master plan
Columbia County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay the firm SMG to help select a consultant for a master plan that will examine an exotic animal collection, interstate interchange, possible arena and closed landfill.

JROTC championship competition held at Evans
The Area Four Drill Championships were held on March 10 at Evans High School. The top finishers in each category:

Greenbrier STAR student loves self-expression
Stephen Cai loves the self-expression possible through music.

Pupils learn about brain function at Fort Discovery
Jackie Tilsner gave Rashad Randolph, a Greensboro Elementary School pupil, one minute to look over an assortment of items and commit them to memory.

Time capsule
As reported 48 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, March 26, 1959:

Greyhound of the week
Pepper is a 2-year-old red female with a black mask who wants nothing more than to be loved by you. She wasn't fast enough to win races, but she is definitely fast enough to steal your heart.

Police blotter
A 17-year-old Lakeside High School student was arrested Wednesday morning at school on a charge of possession of marijuana, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Current events
A special spring section offers ideas on everything from gardening to home repair.

Property transfers
Emily Elizabeth Hutter to Timothy R. Thompson and Patricia A. Thompson, 224 Nicklaus Court, $159,740.

John Harris, a junior boarding student at McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., has received honors for his classroom performance during the first semester of the 2006-07 school year.

Photo: Never far from home
Joyce Jackson (left) and Ruby Johnson took a seven-day cruise with Carnival Cruise Line to Jamaica.

Photo: Evans Middle School's first pageant
Miss Evans Middle School, Ashley White (right), was presented the crown by Miss Evans High School, Elizabeth Dodson, during the first pageant at the school.

Get Up and Go
The final installment of Columbia County's "Sounds of Jazz" series will be held at 7 p.m. Friday with Nikolai Svishev at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

Photos: Business newsmakers
Dr. J. Newton Bates, the medical director for the Surgery Center of Columbia County, cuts the ribbon during an open house for the new facility at the University Hospital Evans Campus.

Photo: Augusta West dancers excel in competition
Augusta West Dance Performing Companies performed in the Dance Makers Inc. competition in Columbia, S.C. The four performing companies and their solo dancers won first-place trophies and the overall high score for the Judges Choice Award.

Rachel Freeman Smith and William Thomas Smith, March 13, 2007

Unity will help avert future tragedy
Columbia County once again experienced tragedy this past week. The death of little 2-year-old Kole Ford left many feeling a sense of deja vu.

Answers in death needed, not blame
After a tragedy of any kind, whether a death as sharply individual as 2-year-old Kole Ford's on Tuesday or the massive carnage of 9-11, our first and overwhelming compulsion is to grieve. And then begin looking for someone to blame.

Small business in focus
I am humbled to serve as chair of a dynamic group of 25-plus community volunteers and leaders who have accepted the opportunity of making Columbia County a designated Entrepreneur Friendly Community in the state of Georgia.

Hall rewarded with judgeship
Praise for the nomination of former state Sen. Randy Hall to a federal judgeship has thus far left out one key factor: Charlie Norwood.

Prep Calendar
Upcoming high school sports action for the week ahead.

Greenbrier boys, girls clinch region
Greenbrier's two soccer wins over Lakeside on Tuesday night meant much more than just a pair of wins against a rival.

All-star boys team spotlights standouts
Basketball season came to an end early for most of our area boys' teams this year. As competitive and suspenseful as the regular season was, the year ended without a single public school team in the state playoffs.

Rivals meet in lacrosse match
An old rivalry will get a new twist this week when Lakeside meets Greenbrier in boys lacrosse.

Kids get visit from baseball hall of famer
First-graders at Blue Ridge Elementary had a break in their typical Monday morning routine last week. Instead of taking instruction from teachers, the students got a lesson from the Wizard.

Former Knight going strong for the Bears
Former Evans standout Mike Armstrong is taking up where he left off in 2006. The 6-4, 225-pound junior is hitting .326 through Mercer's first 25 games.


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