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OK to voice opinion about impact fees, but it should be 'based on facts'
We are members of the Builders Association of Metro Augusta and long-time, concerned citizens of the county. We read with great interest Mike Moosariparambil's April 11 letter in which he discussed the perceived need for impact fees in Columbia County.

Seventh Annual Tribute to Poetry might inspire 'the next Maya Angelou'
After many months of making patients aware of all the physical ailments to be mindful of during Breast Cancer and Heart Month, the Center For Primary Care is proud to be a part of encouraging the thoughtful and creative health of our community.

Columnist was out of line in commenting on baseball player's ouster
I am responding to the April 11 column by Ashley Brown. I am appalled that Brown chose to bring this situation to the attention of the public. Michael Hester's business is private until his family chooses to make it public.

After-school program sets up fourth location in Grovetown
Grovetown officials hope that, when classes begin in August, some of the city's students will have a new after-school program available to them.

Proper lawn care can deter large patch
Large patch or brown patch - which is it? The question could be, what are they? These are names of a disease that attacks turfgrass. Both of these diseases are caused by the same fungus, called Rhizoctonia.

Blues festival includes variety of singers
Delbert McClinton will headline the 14th annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, but he certainly won't be the only act to take the stage on May 12.

Concert series to close
Classical favorites will take center stage Thursday as the Augusta Symphony puts on the fourth and final concert of its Columbia County Music Series.

Local students win statewide contest
Columbia County boasts two first-place winners in a recent statewide Agriculture Day competition.

Special education instructor announces his bid for Senate
From a play room inside Kidnetic Energy child care in Evans, Lee Benedict officially announced on Wednesday his candidacy to fill the 24th District state Senate seat, which is being vacated by state Sen. Jim Whitehead.

City hopes to can violations
The Harlem City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring city residents to remove their garbage can from the street after it has been emptied.

Tree lovers work hard to get their colors, timing just right
When Jim Mayfield retired from the nursery business more than 40 years ago, he took something important with him: his passion for trees.

County installing new signs to identify parks
Most Columbia County parks will soon be marked with updated and easily identifiable signs.

Westmont pupil known for big heart, lots of dedication
Those who know Dillon Rawlins say he has a caring nature.

Leaders vote to add honorary road name
A Martinez road will get to keep its official name, but it will still bear an honorary moniker just below the sign.

Summer Camps 2007
Here is a list of the summer camp opportunities available in Columbia County and Richmond County:

Photo: Making it official
Marla and Bob Nelson, the owners of Salad Creations, cut a ribbon with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to open the new restaurant on North Belair Road.

Time Capsule
As reported 47 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 21, 1960.

Property transfers
Trisha A. Myers to Jeffery D. Rogers, 205 Sarah Creek Court, $134,900.

Martinez Elementary Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Martinez Elementary.

School lunch menu
School lunch menus for the upcoming week at Columbia County Schools.

Photo: Literary competition winners
Three Augusta Christian School middle school students placed in the Combining Voices Literary Competition sponsored by Morris Museum of Art.

School Councils
The Stevens Creek Elementary School council will meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the media center conference room.

Divorces filed in Columbia County. between March 11 and April 18.

Get Up and Go
University Health Care System will sponsor the third annual Pops! Under the Stars at 6:30 p.m. May 5 at the Evans campus of University Health Care System, 447 North Belair Road.

Photo: CSRA Heat play in tourney
The CSRA Heat Junior Olympic Volleyball Club, composed of players ages 12-18 from the Aiken/Augusta area, recently participated in the Palmetto Region Championship Tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

Things to Do
Word of Life Church, on Washington Road near Keg Creek Drive, in Appling, will sell gifts and used books from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to raise funds for youth programs.

Photo: Teen catches big bass
Garrett Haskins, 13, caught a 6-pound bass in a family pond in Swainsboro, Ga., on April 6. It was 26 inches long. Garrett attends Columbia Middle School.

Photo: Track star signs with Mercer
Greenbrier cross country and track senior Josh Sapp signs a scholarship with Mercer University. Josh was joined April 16 by stepmother Jennifer Sapp (from left), father Drew Sapp, mother Erleen Davis, stepfather Rick Davis and coach Katie Smallwood.

Photo: Greyhound of the week
This red-and-white greyhound, Red Rider, is nearly 4 years old. He is not at all cat-safe, but loves flipping toys in the air and is friendly and loving. See Red at a meet-and-greet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12 at SuperPetz.

Grovetown Middle School honor roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Grovetown Middle School.

Photos: Spring fling
Lilleigh Youngblood, 10 months, daughter of Addie and Deena Youngblood, enjoys her first spring flowers.

Current events
Evans Community Church, starting today, 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.

Photo: Augusta Heat travel team ranked No. 1
The Augusta Heat 13-and-under travel baseball team have won the past two tournament championships in Eastman, Ga., and Lexington, S.C. The team is ranked No. 1 in the AAA division in Georgia.

Police blotter
Authorities are searching for an Augusta man who they say has numerous outstanding warrants and gave false information to police.

Photo: Father, son win Big Tomato Contest
Russell Williams (left) and his son Russ Williams (right) won the Big Tomato Contest for Columbia County for 2006. Russ Williams' son Davis (right front) holds the winning, one pound, six ounce tomato, and Grayson holds a one-pound tomato.

A baby-step toward impact fees
Though the truce that it brought about is tentative at best, the Columbia County Commission's latest step on impact fees has something in it to keep everyone happy.

Student's loss hits everyone
Not a single life should have been lost in this week's mass murder at Virginia Tech.

Greenbrier teams win region
Greenbrier celebrated a region soccer championship Tuesday night - twice.

Sports Calendar
T-ball for kids with special needs ages 4-18 will meet in Martinez starting in late May. This volunteer-based program is open to children in the CSRA, and neurotypical friends and siblings are welcomed to join. Dedicated coaching volunteers and assistants are needed.

Lakeside snags 19th tournament victory
Anyone familiar with Columbia County sports wasn't surprised at the outcome of the Region 3-AAAA girls and boys tennis tournaments last week.

State soccer rankings offer little to squads
Tuesday night's Region 3-AAAA Tournament Finals between Greenbrier and Lakeside might have been the finest demonstration of girls high school soccer the county's seen all year.

Prep Calendar
Calendar of events in Columbia County prep sports for the upcoming week.

Lakeside claims No. 2 rank in nail-biter
Regular season baseball rarely gets better than a subregion rivalry game pitting Lakeside against Evans. A second-place ranking in the Region 3B-AAAA standings was up for grabs when the two schools met Tuesday evening.

The next seven players to watch
Before the start of the high school baseball season, I compiled a list of the top seven players in Columbia County. I also added a "player to watch" to make the list total eight players.


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