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Activities abound for days of freedom
Many Columbia County residents try to escape the Masters Week excitement by heading out on vacation, but for families staying home on spring break, there are lots of activities to keep children occupied.

Pupil recognizes importance of serving others
At just 12 years old, Megan Fox has learned that helping others and giving of yourself makes you a better person. In fact, she stated her stance on the pros of youngsters volunteering in a recent issue of Scholastic News Magazine.

Focusing on health of plant's root system can ensure vibrant garden
There is an adage that says, "Out of sight and out of mind." Unfortunately, we apply this adage to our plants.

Small business in spotlight at fair
Small business owners were shown the light Tuesday at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Small Business and Entrepreneur Resource Fair.

Aromas add life to garden
One of the more rewarding things about gardening is that it can be a feast for the nose as well as the eyes.

Local names to contend for state Senate
Three Columbia County men have expressed their intention to run for the 24th District state Senate seat.

State park holds mini tournament
The Augusta National Golf Club is not the only place where people hope to putt well this week. Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton, Ga., will hold a Masters Week Parent/Child Mini Golf Tournament on Wednesday.

Chamber director busy already
Karen Chrjapin took the helm as the executive director of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

Speculative building draws interest
Crews are putting the finishing touches on Columbia County's second speculative building, officials say, and some prospective industrial and commercial tenants are continuing to express interest.

Masters guests can try out variety of new choices
Guests in the area for Masters Week will find many more eateries and retail offerings in Columbia County to choose from this year.

Michelle Evans of Grovetown received a Trustee Scholarship to attend North Greenville University beginning in the fall 2007 semester. Evans is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Evans and the granddaughter of Bob and Joan Evans, of Hicksville, Ohio.

School Councils
The Lakeside Middle School council will meet on April 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the media center conference room.

Photo: Historic theater visit
Kaitlyn Dunaway, 13, of Martinez, enjoyed High School Musical at the historic Fox Theater in Atlanta.

Time capsule
As reported 44 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 6, 1961:

Photo: Distribution center opens
John Deere representatives Pat Brown (center left) and Ann Burke cut the ribbon March 16 during the grand opening celebration of Uniparts USA Ltd., a distribution center for parts to John Deere and Kubota, in the Horizon North Industrial Park in Grovetown.

Current events
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. Call (706) 210-3048.

Greyhound of the week
Kiwi is a 6-year-old brindle female who wants nothing more than to be loved. She is good with small children and OK with small dogs.

Photo: Lakeside wins its first lacrosse game
On Tuesday, in the first-ever Lakeside-Greenbrier boys lacrosse regular-season game, held Tuesday, the Panthers emerged the victor, 14-8.

Mark John Smith and Debra L. Smith, March 13, 2007.

Property Transfers
Richard A. Weinstein to Michael W. Bedsole and Mary Ellen Bedsole, 748 Magruder Landing, $262,000

Photos: Youngsters hunt Easter eggs
Marisa Rogers, 4, is ready for the Cambridge neighborhood Easter egg hunt. The neighborhood participated in an egg hunt and various games.

Photo: Charity golf tourney winners
Jay Blackburn (from left), Jack Blackburn, Paul Atchison and Nick Faulkner were the first place team in the Julie's House Charity Golf Tournament held at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans on March 14. Blackburn Insulation Company sponsored the team.

Police blotter
Two people were killed in a Grovetown mobile home fire early March 25. An autopsy determined David T. Inglett, 47, and Elizabeth Davis, 50, both of 415 Whiskey Road in Grovetown, died of soot and smoke inhalation at their home.

Welcome; Columbia County is ready
If you are a visitor to our community this week, particularly if you are here for the first time, there are a few things you ought to know.

Leaders take a feminine turn
Largely because Michelle Wie's golfing abilities still are mostly of a figment of hyperventilating sports writers' imaginations, the Masters Tournament this week will once again feature a male-only field of competitors.

There's more here than a golf course
I join with the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, the Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority, as well as local business owners and residents to welcome visitors this week to Columbia County!

Poythress showing some bite for Dogs
Former Greenbrier High School slugger Rich Poythress tore his ACL five months ago. Because of the injury, the 6-3, 240-pound freshman was expected to redshirt this season.

Athletic association's decisions will have impact on local schools
Two major decisions were made at the GHSA State Executive Committee meeting March 19.

Masters brings rush to area courses
Most out-of-town visitors to Columbia County this week will no doubt come to watch golf. Local golf courses are hoping they'll do more than just watch.

Harlem boys proud of the best record
Harlem baseball coach Jimmie Lewis didn't hesitate when asked what his team's record was after a win over subregion rival Thomson on Tuesday.

Lakeside beats Evans in memorable game
It could have been a bad week for Lakeside. Instead, the Panthers came away with a win to remember.


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