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Photo of injured father in crash 'added to misery' of now-grieving family
My father was involved in a very serious automobile accident on March 16 which ultimately resulted in his death on March 29. A photograph that ran in The News-Times showed a close-up of Daddy's face while he was still trapped in his vehicle.

County abandoned proposed trail without hearing from supporters
We were disappointed to read that Columbia County officials had decided to exclude the Stratford subdivision from the Euchee Creek trail without giving pro-trail residents a chance to present a different viewpoint at the upcoming public meeting.

Lakeside senior is top STAR
Lakeside High School senior Lindsey Liu was the brightest among the STARs last Thursday at the 49th annual STAR Student Awards Banquet in Thomson.

Red Cross event aims to save lives
Monique Cawthon, of Evans, gathered with nearly 100 others at Abilene Baptist Church recently to learn life-saving skills.

Retail projects are coming to fruition in Evans
Masters Week guests might notice growth next year in some familiar retail developments and in vacant properties that are taking on new uses.

Easter services planned
Several churches in the Evans area have teamed up for an Easter sunrise service at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

Home away from home
Area hotels routinely fill up far in advance of Masters week. And even Fido might have a hard time getting a room.

What is your favorite Masters memory?
"My favorite was taking Roxanne, my (then) fiancee, and surprising her with going the final day (in 1988)." - Jody Camak, Evans

Masters lets agencies show off county to companies
As the world's best golfers compete in Augusta for the coveted green jacket, Columbia County development and tourism officials will be working toward economic victories.

Get Up and Go
The Columbia County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Columbia County Probate Court courtroom at the courthouse in Appling. Bill Jackson will discuss preservation of Leah High School. For information, call (706) 541-1683.

Current events
North Columbia Church, pastored by the Rev. Dan White, will hold its inaugural worship service at 9 a.m. Easter Sunday at the Eubank Blanchard Community Center. For information, call White at (706) 832-0986.

Time Capsule
As reported in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Thursday, April 7, 1976:

Pet of the week
Murphy, a 6-year-old male airedale terrier, is a loving dog who is good with adults and children. He is a leash-trained, neutered, indoor pet and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Photos: Farmers Market set for Saturday
James Jacobs, 9 months, rode around the Farmers Market in his toy car, while his parents, Philip and Jennifer Jacobs, of Grovetown, browsed the wares of potters, crafters and vendors selling produce, plants and food.

Police Blotter
A Norcross, Ga., man is expected to be charged with vehicular homicide after a Lincolnton man seriously injured in a March 16 collision died last week.

Photo: Community Easter egg hunt
Parents and children make a mad dash for eggs at the Columbia County Community Events Easter Egg Hunt at Patriots Park. Planners said about 1,500 people scoured the soccer fields March 31 for more than 10,000 treat-filled eggs.

Photos: Tournament benefits cancer society
The Energizer Bunnies team put on a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for the Harlem Relay for Life on March 24 at Harlem Middle School.

So this is what the Masters means
I live 3 miles from the Augusta National Golf Club, a 10-minute drive at the most but I allowed 45. Fifteen minutes after I left home I was walking through gate 9, the first time I'd ever been 30 minutes early for anything.

Five decades from Phinizy
Attention, former students and staffers of North Columbia Elementary School: It's time for a reunion. Attention, former students and staffers of North Columbia Elementary School: It's time for a reunion.

Did educators cheat on pre-K drawings?
Educators deservedly are held in high regard by our society. They are trusted with the future of every community's most precious resource, and are relied upon to judge educational honesty.

Children can remind us what's important
As I write this column I am preparing to cover my 10th Masters Tournament. Wow, I'm getting old, I guess. I still feel young. Overweight, sure, but old? No way.

Track Results
Seven private school track teams from Georgia and South Carolina met March 24 for the Border Bash at Augusta Prep.

Race Results
Gordon Park Speedway Race results for March 31.

Sports Calendar
The Lakeside High School baseball team will hold a silent auction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 to raise money for new bleachers. The event includes food, drinks and baseball games. For information, call Tammy Pye at (706) 306-3675 or Donnie Hutchins at (706) 863-4978.

Lakeside girls will celebrate season's end at home
A series of honks, swerves and general noise coming off of Blue Ridge Drive in Evans last Thursday wasn't the sound of annoyed Lakeside parents stuck in traffic. It was the signal that the Lady Panther soccer team was ready for another home game.

Greenbrier No. 1 in region again
A new style of ball has taken shape on the Greenbrier baseball diamond this season. Gone are the five-home run games that Wolfpack fans enjoyed last year. In their place, speed and small-ball have become the main weaponry.

Panthers have winning week
With Columbia County schools on spring break, this week marks the midpoint of the baseball region schedule. No team entered the off week on a higher note than Lakeside.

Athlete Spotlight: Rodney Scruggs
Like most local athletes, Harlem baseball player Rodney Scruggs has been working on his game all year long. The senior Bulldog knew before the season started he'd be heavily relied on this year in both pitching and hitting.


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