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Consultant for impact fees should be experienced, 'truly independent'
Now that the county is finally ready to seriously study impact fees, the real question is whether or not the impact fees will get a fair shake. Just look at the results that occur when you pack a citizens committee with opponents of impact fees and act surprised with the result.

A March 25 gardening story, "Aquatic features enhance environs," contained two errors. The story should have said that gardener Dorothy Moores' fish in her water garden are threatened by heron, and plants growing in her garden include pickerel rush. The News-Times regrets the errors.

Weekend Gardener: Ground covers decrease maintenance
One of the more versatile groups of plants that you can grow in your landscape is ground covers: low-growing plants cultivated en masse to cover large areas.

Family of five in need after fire destroyed home
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue officials say they are still looking for assistance for a family burned out of their Grovetown home more than a week ago.

Greenway plan has changes
While at a Tuesday public meeting, Fred L. Screws said he was happy to hear about changes to plans for a proposed greenway along the Euchee Creek corridor.

Event honors Holocaust victims
The public is invited to the Augusta Jewish Community Center on Sunday to honor the 6 million European Jews killed during the Holocaust of World War II.

Student focuses on good
Jim Reed has been deployed to the Middle East seven times since the events of Sept. 11, 2001. But for one Columbia County youngster, the sacrifice of not having her father at home is worth every missed event that the two cannot share.

Lakeside students travel to conference
From March 1-3, nine Lakeside High School students competed in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state conference at the Classic Center in Athens. There were 1,080 health care science students competing in various medical events.

Container plants a good start
Whether it's for spatial reasons, you're just trying your hand at gardening or if you're looking to add a little something special to a space, a container garden can be a wonderful way to add color and texture to your yard. By following a few simple steps, it's easy to create color and a great conversation piece.

Grovetown school gets name
Columbia County's newest elementary school was christened on the same night that the district's prekindergarten program was axed.

Thrift shop reopens
Attic Treasures has reopened its doors. Since the store's closing at the end of February, volunteers have been busy moving the store in downtown Harlem into a larger location next door at 193 N. Louisville St.

Current events
The Morris Trio, of Aiken, will perform at 10 a.m. today at Evans Community Church in its final service at its 302 Byrd Road location. Starting April 22, the church will meet at 12:01 p.m. each Sunday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library, in Evans. Call (706) 854-1411.

Lewiston Elementary School Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll at Lewiston Elementary

Westmont Elementary School Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll at Westmont Elementary for the third nine weeks

Good Citizen Essay winners feted
The Good Citizen Essay contest winners from Columbia County area schools were recently feted at a luncheon and awards ceremony by the College Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Pupil's artistic talents recognized
Haley Almodovar, a fifth-grader at Brookwood Elementary School, recently competed in an art contest sponsored by the technical colleges of Georgia as part of the annual salute to manufacturers throughout the state.

Police blotter
A Grovetown man deemed guilty but mentally ill in a 2005 attack on a Grovetown public safety officer was sentenced to prison Thursday.

Property transfers
J. Porter Adams Construction Co. to Jonathan Adams Construction Co., 2020 Lake Forest Drive, $32,000.

Jill Harden and Johnny Harden, March 8, 2007.

Masters gallery
Stephen Johnson (from left) and Kevin and Nathan Dyer stand in front of Augusta National Golf Club's clubhouse during a practice round for the Masters Tournament.

Greenbrier Elementary Honor Roll
Luke Dewyea was inadvertently left off the Greenbrier Elementary School honor roll that was previously published.

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor roll at North Columbia Elementary

Marriage licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

Greyhound of the week
Billie Jean is a playful, 2-year-old, petite fawn girl who will be the life of the party. She loves her stuffed toys and running. She play bows and has already run a circle track in the back yard.

Vacation photo
Amber, Jake, Janis, Yvette, Carson and Mason Pryor recently visited Florida, where they stayed on Neptune Beach and visited the Jacksonville Zoo.

Evans student attains Eagle Scout
Kenneth Weidner (fourth from left), of Troop 15, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on March 9 at the Augusta Elks Lodge 205.

Time capule
As reported 27 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 16, 1980:

Cartoonist had a 'Hart' for his faith
Johnny Hart couldn't decide whether to become an entertainer or a cartoonist, "until God routed me in this direction and seated me at a drawing board."

Phony anger erupts again
It was sometimes hard to figure out who was working harder last week: The critics at piling on, or Don Imus in groveling.

Timing is right to begin pre-kindergarten withdrawal
Let's make this clear: When the Columbia County public school year begins on Aug. 11, 2008, there will still be pre-kindergarten classes in the county paid for by the Georgia Lottery.

Buzz are league and tourney champs
The Columbia County Buzz are the League and Tournament Basketball champions for girls 9- and10-year-olds.

Lakeside set to backhand competition
Once again, the Region 3-AAAA Tennis Tournament will take place in Columbia County. Once again, Lakeside is the team to beat.

Fishing challenge comes to Wildwood
The Bassmaster Elite Series will bring its fourth tournament of the season - the Pride of Georgia - to Columbia County's Wildwood Park April 19-22.

Wilkerson signs with Paine
Scott Wilkerson isn't one to give up. The Harlem senior has had more than a few setbacks in his pursuit of a college baseball scholarship. He missed his entire junior season because of tendonitis in his hip and the complications that came with it. This year, he was cut from the Harlem baseball team after he said he hadn't fully recovered from a knee injury in the fall.

Sports calendar
Today at 6 p.m. is the deadline for entry in the 2006 Banana Open Tennis Tournament, which will be held April 19-22 at the Petersburg Racquet Club in Martinez. Divisions are Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles and Mixed Doubles from 2.5 through open divisions.

Greenbrier boys soccer team earns national rank
Chalk up another major accomplishment for the Greenbrier boys soccer team. The Wolfpack squad has already earned statewide recognition with a Class AAAA No. 2 ranking and a 14-1 regular-season record.

Prep Calendar
Upcoming events

Teams struggle with vacation during season
It's hard to find a high school student who doesn't like spring break. Then again, it's hard to find a baseball coach who does.

Bordon is producing on diamond at next level
Former Lakeside shortstop Paul Bordon had a solid prep career. He made a name for himself early on for having a terrific glove and a good feel for the game.


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