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Bobby Plymale was more than just his radio persona, Dick Shannon
I read Barry Paschal's kind words for my daughter's dad, Bob Plymale, (Dick Shannon) in his April 22 column. Yes, few knew the country boy that she and I knew as "Bobby Plymale," and most here knew him as "Dick Shannon." He did make a great impact.

Westboro Baptist Church 'sect' bases beliefs on some 'novel concepts'
I winced when I heard that members of the Westboro Baptist Church were coming to town. I wince as a Christian because while some of the things they say are true; however, there is a whole lot that they say that is false. As a retired military man, I wince because they disrupt military burials.

County honored during tree-planting ceremony
Columbia County's efforts to preserve greenspace and trees were honored Friday with the county's official designation as a Tree City USA community.

Rodeo ropes thousands into fairgrounds
The ground rumbled with the thunderous beat of charging horses last weekend as cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation brought the flavor of the Old West to Columbia County.

Evans seniors earn spots in auto contest
Two Evans High School seniors are competing in the statewide Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills finals, which are being held in Perry today and Thursday.

Harlem High goes out with 'Grease' show
The Harlem High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe will close out its season with a production of Grease.

Festival will sample 200 wines
Fine art and fine wine will be featured this weekend in Evans as part of the second annual Art in the Park and Wine Festival.

Flea market to benefit youths
Whether you want to sell or buy items, an Appling community flea market is the place to be Saturday.

Donors sought for fires
Employees of the John Deere plant in Grovetown are spearheading a collection drive for firefighters battling the wildfires in south Georgia.

Archers shoot to win
Archers from throughout the country took aim at Wildwood Park last weekend.

Walk benefits hearing-loss group
The public is invited to a "Walk 4 Hearing" event Saturday at the Savannah Rapids.

Photo: Designing with henna
Mike McTier was the 2006 Super Street Points Champ at Gordon Park. He won Saturday night's Super Street race at Gordon Park.

River Ridge Elementary Honor Roll Addendum
The following third grade class made the A-honor roll but was inadvertently omitted from the previously published honor roll.

Police blotter
A fourth man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison Friday in connection with a May 2006 robbery of a Dollar General store in Martinez.

School councils
The Euchee Creek Elementary School Council will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the media center Thursday.

Lauren Elser, a first year student, was named to the Dean's List for fall semester at Wesleyan College. Elser is the daughter of Fred Elser, of Martinez, and Rosemary Chandler, of Evans, and is majoring in political science and French. She is a graduate of Greenbrier High School.

The following students at Westminster Schools of Augusta have been named AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of exceptional achievement on college-level AP examinations.

Syracuse University Dean's List

Time Capsule
As reported 39 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 2, 1968:

Pet of the week
This male Beagle is very friendly and playful. He is about 1 year old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Current events
The annual "Tribute to Mothers" food festival benefiting the American Breast Cancer Association will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, with food from area restaurants, live music and a silent auction.

Get Up and Go
The American Red Cross of Augusta will hold a baby sitter training class from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia County Library in Evans. The course is for ages 11 to 15. For information, call (706) 724-8481.

School lunches
Lunch menus for schools in the Columbia County school district.

Photo: Back from Caribbean cruise
A group from Jensen Wymberly Retirement Village sailed out of Charleston, S.C., on March 24 aboard the Norwegian Majesty for a visit to the Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Fla.

Greenbrier Middle School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Greenbrier Middle School.

School visit was a homecoming
Some hooty-tooty writer that I don't read but whom everyone quotes said "you can never go home again." What you really can never do is deal in absolutes. Because you can go home again. I know; I did it last Thursday.

Finding gratitude through the tears
As many of you know by now, my life changed drastically on March 4. My husband, Jay, was taken away from our family in what still seems like a dream. Every day I expect to wake up and find all has gone back to being normal.

Join Thursday for community prayer
The ad slogan says it all: Now, more than ever. Our community and our nation needs prayer - now, more than ever.

Panthers fall short in tourney
Baseball season came to an early end last weekend at Lakeside High School. The Panthers dropped two out of three games to visiting Effingham County in the first round of the Region 3-AAAA Tournament.

Auto Racing Results
Gordon Park Speedway Race Results from April 28.

Athlete Spotlight: Matt McCue
Four Greenbrier Wolfpack boys - Will Dunaway, Brooks Duff, Bobby Zimmerman and Dallas Dickerson - have already signed college commitments. Junior Pieter James leads the team in scoring with more than 22 goals this season.

Lions slide past Ben Lippen to get region championship
Augusta Christian Schools' baseball team took another big step toward defending its two-time SCISA state championship status last week by claiming a Region 2-AAA championship.

Wolfpack hit trail for state playoffs
Two local baseball teams earned state playoff bids over the weekend. Evans and Greenbrier both swept their Region 3-AAAA Tournament first-round series and will move on to the Class AAAA state tournament.

Greenbrier stays hot as postseason gets started
After picking up a pair of two-hit shutouts (5-0, 6-0) over Ware County in the first round of the Region 3-AAAA Tournament, Greenbrier seems to be clicking on all cylinders. Starting pitchers Nolan Belcher (12) and Brandon Cumpton (8) combined to strike out 20 Ware County hitters in the two-game sweep.

Sports Calendar
Registration is open for the annual Greenbrier Fastpitch Softball Clinic held May 29-June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenbrier High School. The clinic, for girls in grades 2-8, costs $80 and includes snacks, cold drinks and a camp T-shirt.

Lakeside golf team survives region competition
Last season's Class AAAA boys golf state champions survived a competitive field in Thursday's Region 3-AAAA tournament. The Lakeside Panthers will advance to the Class AAAA state tournament after a close call at the region competition.


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