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'Condolences aren't enough' in aftermath of Virginia Tech shootings
Our class is writing these, not as an assignment, but a memorial. Everyone is talking, whispering about what to write.

Service of Confederate veterans should be remembered on Thursday
Thursday, April 26 is Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia. Unfortunately, the day is often ignored by the media and forgotten by most citizens.

Virginia Tech victim's smile stood out
Just as in life, Ryan "Stack" Clark's bright smile was one of the first things visitors saw Saturday as they arrived at a memorial in honor of his life at Lakeside High School.

Former youth pastor aspires to model Christian values
Jeremy Williamson hasn't changed his stand - just his platform. "I want to reach this generation, and I'm going to do it the way God allows it," said Williamson, a former youth pastor who is aspiring to be a top fitness model and actor.

Music store will rock to blues
The Augusta Blues Society will turn a Martinez music store into an outdoor music venue Saturday. Portman's Music Superstore at 4020 Washington Road across from Gerald Jones Honda will play host to a family-oriented Southern blues and rock concert.

UGA ready to walk Relay for Life
Teams of students from the University of Georgia will meet at a campus track Friday for UGA's seventh annual Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Family provides homing pigeon rest
Rebecca Blanchard flung the homing pigeon hard into Saturday morning's clear and sunny sky.

Planning commission OKs apartment rezoning requests
The Columbia County Planning Commission unanimously approved rezoning requests Thursday for an apartment complex along Old Evans Road.

Schools assistants honored
They are the gatekeepers to the highest offices in the Columbia County school system, and Superintendent Tommy Price and his successor say their office couldn't function without them.

Felafel, camels, films planned for Sunday's Israel Experience
For those wanting to sample another culture, the Augusta Jewish Community Center is offering a taste of Israel.

Rodeo to aid burn victims
The third annual Rodeo Nights returns to Columbia County on Friday and Saturday. It will include world-class cowboys and cowgirls competing in a nationally-recognized event to benefit burn victims and their families.

Pet of the week
This female Keeshound mix is very sweet and loving. She is between 2 and 3 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit

Photo: Columbia County Buzz
The Columbia County Buzz are the League and Tournament Basketball Champions for girls 9 & 10 year-olds. They were 14 - 0 for the winter 2007 season.

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

Photo: Photo op in Thailand
Alan, Jill, Matt and Stephen Johnson were in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as part of a CMDA medical conference. They had some time on the weekend to visit the Maesa Elephant Park and take a ride on an elephant.

Get Up and Go
The CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon will hold a luncheon featuring Lt. Gen. Jim Campbell, the director of the Army Staff, at noon Friday at the Doubletree Hotel. Tickets cost $25, or $200 for tables of eight.

Photos: Walking to beat cancer
Zackary Kimel, 4, of Harlem, who is completing treatment for leukemia, leads a group of cancer survivors around the Harlem track during the Survivors lap that begins the annual fundraiser.

The following students were named to the University of Georgia's fall Presidential Scholars and Dean's lists.

Things to Do
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a one-day boating safety course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and May 26 at Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue headquarters, 3910 Desoto Drive in Martinez.

Time capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 23, 1964:

Current Events
Carla Shelton, recently named as principal of Harlem Middle School, will meet students and parents from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium.

God's gravity gets a laugh
Not that there was ever any doubt, but a story the other day provides more evidence that there is a God, and that He has a sense of humor. After the horrific events of last week, we need all the reassurance we can get.

What is it about April and violence?
In pondering the shooting at Virginia Tech a few numbing days ago - the latest in a string of April calamities - I seem to be in good company.

Pre-K scandal overshadows legacy
The Teachers Retirement System of Georgia bases retirees' pensions on their "two highest consecutive years" of service. The pay scales used for educators generally mean that those two highest years' pay also are the final ones of employment.

Cavaliers, Lions victorious in track and field championships
Local private school track teams had a good stretch last week. Both Augusta Prep and Augusta Christian brought home track and field region championships.

Disc golf results
Dave Feldberg putts during the Hall of Fame Classic disc golf competition. Feldberg won the tournament.

Greenbrier heading to tournament
For the second consecutive year, the Greenbrier Wolfpack baseball team will be the squad to beat in the region tournament.

Athlete Spotlight: John Arena
Lakeside senior John Arena won't hide the fact that he wasn't happy about how he started the 2007 baseball season.

Lions beat Heathwood rivals, 5-1
Augusta Christian senior Travis Cerasuolo launched a solo home run over the left field fence last Friday in a key region game against Heathwood Hall. The long ball tied the score, but it wasn't the biggest impact the senior made that day.

Former Wolfpack student honored
Less than a year ago, Brittany Leverett was roaming the halls of Greenbrier High School. Now she is one of the top players on the hottest college softball team in the nation.

Gordon Park Results
Gordon Park Speedway Race Results for April 21.

Sports Calendar
The 17th annual Sure-Shot Basketball Camp will take place June 4-8 and June 11-15 at Lakeside Middle School. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon for children in second through fifth grades and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for sixth through ninth grades.


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