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Global warming will eventually be blamed for everything, even bee loss
I believe our country might not be concerned enough about the mysterious, continuing disappearance of bees, apparently throughout most of the country. I worry that without bees, what happens to plant pollination? Without plant pollination, how serious is it for all?

Decision not to redo pre-K drawing was good, but incident shameful
Those conducting the lottery drawing gave no instructions whatsoever about how cards were to be placed in the box. As a result, any card in the box was eligible to be drawn.

Author to speak, sign books in finale of library program
The author of The Sweet Everlasting, the book at the center of the Columbia County Library's One Book, One Community program, will visit the library Saturday as the finale to the program.

Police warn golf car drivers to learn, follow rules
As summer approaches, police officials expect to see more golf cars on neighborhood streets. Authorities say golf car users should know the rules, which are guided by state mandates in the unincorporated areas of the county and within the city limits of Grovetown.

Relay to attract 70 survivors
Walkers will hit Harlem High School's track Friday night as part of the Harlem Relay for Life.

Saving the trillium
Christine Brown said she feels as though she's doing her small part to preserve the environment by protecting an endangered plant species in her yard.

Mistletoe plans mystery weekend
A Murder Mystery Weekend is planned for Friday through Sunday at the park. It will mark the first time an event such as this has been held in a Georgia state park, according to Marilyn Grau, who plans the weekend programs at Mistletoe.

Lakeside service Saturday
Lakeside High School will hold a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday for a 2002 graduate killed in Monday's mass shooting at Virginia Tech.

Utility software will be replaced
Grovetown officials say they're hoping the city's water billing woes will be a thing of the past by midsummer.

Rabies vaccinations are urged
The arrival of spring also marks the beginning of an active time for wild animals. With that in mind, officials say pet owners need to take steps to protect their pets against rabies.

Get Up and Go
Wesley United Methodist Church will hold its annual spring yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 825 N. Belair Road, in Evans. All proceeds support missions.

Grovetown Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Grovetown Elementary School.

Photo: From the Easter gallery
Joshua Caldwell, 4, and Khloe Hall, 20 months, wear their Easter outfits in a peaceful setting.

Photo: Evans Knights drill team
The Evans Knights drill team, coached by retired SFC Sammie Stokes, captured the Army JROTC state championship in the Male Platoon category for the third straight year and the sixth time in the past 11 years.

Things to Do
The Greater Augusta Stamp Club will present its annual "Stamp Bourse" from 3-7 p.m. April 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at Americas Best Value Inn, 3023 Washington Road, Augusta. Admission is free. For information, call (706) 868-6769.

Photo: Pupils learn about recycling
The prekindergarten classes of Renee Beafley and Pam Ertz at Augusta Preparatory Day School built a "trashosaurus" out of recyclable items as part of a lesson about recycling. The trash sculpture was displayed in the lobby of the lower school.

School lunch menus
Columbia County school lunches through Friday.

Current events
The Augusta Christian Schools' Fine Arts Department will present Meet Me in St. Louis at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the elementary campus, 470 Furys Ferry Road, in Martinez. For information, call (706) 863-2905, ext. 136.

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

Photo: ACS pupils in Math Olympics
A number of Augusta Christian Schools pupils participated in the Association of Christian Schools International Math Olympics recently.

South Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for South Columbia Elementary School.

Photo: Check presented for new church
Overcomers Outreach Center, 3850 Washington Road in Martinez, presented North Columbia Church with a check for $3,450 to begin a church plant in north Columbia County.

Photo: Grant awarded for alcohol-free prom
Gary Hill, the president of the Peace Officers Association, presents a $2,500 grant check to Ashley Hendrix, the president of Greenbrier High School Students Against Destructive Decisions and the school's principal, Dr. Marjorie Hamilton.

Photo: Masters gallery
Robert and Susan White took their daughters Sarah and Robin White to the Masters Tournament on April 3.

Pet of the week
This male chocolate Labrador retriever is very sweet and playful. He is nearly 2 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit

Time Capsule
As reported 51 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 19, 1956:

County's efforts land fishing events
As touted in the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau's visitor's guide, Clarks Hill Lake is the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project east of the Mississippi River.

Consolidation's price just increased
Remember all the talk about county consolidation? Of course you do. Remember how franchise fees were going to be such an important source of revenue, bringing millions of dollars into the newly created city-county government? Sure you do.

Deciphering own dreams is difficult
Not long ago, my husband dreamed his arm was severed. He raced around, carrying it from place to place, person to person, dismayed that no one shared his alarm or offered help.

Wolfpack chews up Panthers
Greenbrier's baseball team entered the weekend needing one more subregion win to clinch the Region 3B-AAAA top seed. The final step to the No. 1 spot came easier than expected.

Window for drawing of Fort Gordon fishing, hunting licenses opens soon
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will start accepting letters of application in May for the random drawing for 250 permits for hunting and fishing on Fort Gordon. Applications will be accepted May 1-15. The drawing is May 16.

Greenbrier teams dominate at home
All four Columbia County public schools came together Friday afternoon at Greenbrier High School for the annual Columbia County Track and Field Championships.

Athlete Spotlight: Junior Coley
As this year's Columbia County Track and Field Championships approached, it was difficult to say who was the county's fastest runner.

Hometown player goes to bat for Blue Claws
An off-season trade sent former Greenbrier star Bradley Key from the Cincinnati Reds organization to the Philadelphia Phillies. The 6-foot, 190-pound third baseman was assigned to the Phillies' Single A affiliate in Lakewood, N.J.

Harlem upbeat on season
A blowout loss to St. Vincent's Academy in the Region 3-AAA championship game wasn't what Harlem girls soccer coach George Berry had in mind, but he and his Lady Bulldogs are still happy with their current situation.

Sports Calendar
The 21st annual Alltel Boy Scout Golf Classic will take place June 4 at Mount Vintage Plantation and Golf Club. The Lauderdale format tournament will hold registration at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.


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