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'Enough of the old-time politicians'; McGuire brings 'fresh perspective'
True conservative values make for good government. Columbia County has been blessed to be served by a fine man, Jim Whitehead. Now, we have to find someone to replace him and carry on his ideals into the future. Brett McGuire is that man.

Grovetown's 'Project Safe House' hopes to keep neighborhoods safe
The Grovetown Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the residents of the city of Grovetown, has implemented Project Safe House.

2-hour event held to beautify byways
People who want to beautify Columbia County will get their chance Saturday at the Great American Clean-Up.

Senior uses skills on patio
Greenbrier High School senior Jordan Tejeda will leave a lasting impression at his school after he graduates.

Military Newsmakers
The following local cadets/students were named to the Dean's List and were Gold Star recipients for achieving a 3.7 grade point average or higher: Michael Anthony Rivera, of Evans, and Patrick John Wheale, of Greenville.

Pick plants for Mother's Day
When Jonie Delaplane steps into her yard, she looks fondly at a banana tree that is a special part of her landscape.

Commission raises costs for long-term Wildwood camping
Some new fees are setting up camp at Wildwood Park in northern Columbia County. The new charges, which mostly focus on extended camping stays and picnic-shelter rentals, were approved unanimously Tuesday night by the county commission.

Walk to benefit arthritis group
Walkers and runners will converge at Savannah Rapids Pavilion Saturday to raise money to help eliminate the most common cause of disability in the United States.

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

County Web site aims to add services
Columbia County officials continue to beef up the county's Web site with the hope that eventually it will serve residents' needs 24 hours a day.

Record number of poets enter contest
Sixteen poets, ranging in age from 13 to 71, were showcased at the annual National Poetry Month contest.

Start now to control weeds all season
Weeds, weeds, weeds, everywhere you look there are weeds. Big weeds, little weeds, weeds of all shapes and sizes. This time of year, we have a large variety of weeds in our lawns and flower beds.

School system honors 88 retiring employees
After 31 years as an educator, Johnny Carr still needs to brush up on his vocabulary. Apparently, the Brookwood Elementary School music teacher never quite grasped the meaning of the word "retirement."

Free carnival, events help make military children's month fun
April was a month to celebrate military children and included several activities at Fort Gordon in their honor.

Young church finds permanent home in Evans
The Sanctuary, a 9-month-old church in Evans, has found a permanent home. Pastor Bryan Cockrell said The Sanctuary recently purchased the former Evans Community Church building at the intersection of Byrd and Cox roads near Evans High School.

Bulldozing backyards
The rumble of diesel earth movers on a work site has replaced the cheers of spring baseball games that Brandy Silas once heard through the trees behind her backyard.

Military newsmakers
Army National Guard Spec. Tonya T. Tabb, daughter of Barbara Tabb, of Hephzibah, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia.

Honor student a star athlete
Allison Vick so enjoys being outdoors and the benefits she gets from physical education that she has decided to be a P.E. instructor when she graduates.

Photo: Literary competition winners
The Morris Museum of Art 2007 - Combining Voices Literary Competition winners were announced recently.

Photo: New adventure
Officials from Adventure Crossing joined with representatives from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Monday for a ribbon-cutting.

Photos: Commendations awarded
Pfc. Ho Yi, of Martinez, received an encased American flag in recognition for his recent service in Iraq with the 214th Security Force from Brig. Gen. Larry Ross, commander, 78th Troop Command during military ceremonies at Fort Stewart in April.

Health Calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Current events
Voters are invited to hear candidates for the 10th District U.S. House seat and the 24th District Georgia state Senate seat at the Grovetown Merchants Association "stump meeting" at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at Grovetown's Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road.

Photo: Lakeside Middle school team takes county title
The Lakeside Middle School A-Team (Varsity) are the 2007 county baseball champions with a 10-2 record.

Photo: Ribbon-cutting
Phoenix Rising Art, which provides consulting and publishing services to the art and literary industries, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Time capsule
As reported 47 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 5, 1960:

Photos: Troops travel to school
On March 28, a group of soldiers came to North Columbia Elementary School to talk to second-, third- and fourth-graders about their experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Property Transfers
George A. Abraham to Toby A. Bisso, 537 Oak Chase Drive, $155,000.

Photo: Young Georgia Author competition results
We present the 2006-2007 Young Georgia Author winners.

Sheena Janine Gay, 21, of the 200 block of Greystone Drive in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence March 19, 2007, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

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

Class Reunions
Those interested in a 10th reunion of the Greenbrier High School class of 1997, the school's first graduating class, are asked to contact Jennifer Bible Craig at (706) 726-4920 or e-mail

School Councils
The Greenbrier High School council will meet at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in the principal's conference room.

School Lunch Menus
School lunch menus for schools in Columbia County.

Photo: Oak honors service members
Brig. Gen. Randolph P. Strong (left), Fort Gordon's commanding general, and Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver plant a willow oak at Pendleton King Park as part of Augusta's Arbor Day celebration. The tree was planted Saturday in honor of American servicemen and women. The planting followed a 5K run and the announcement of Augusta as a Tree City for the 20th straight year.

Photo: Sweet 100
Rachel Collins celebrated her 100th birthday on Easter Sunday at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was given a birthday party by the Bodacious Beaders craft class.

The following area students were named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Greyhound of the week
Miracle is a 3-year-old, white and brindle female greyhound, weighing about 60 pounds. She is cat-safe and small dog-safe and gets along well with small children. Meet Miracle at the next meet-and-greet at SuperPetz on Bobby Jones Expressway rom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Get Up and Go
The Columbia County Extension Service Gardening at Lunch program will be held at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday with a seminar on propagating plants. For information, call (706) 868-3413.

Photo: On the road with U.S. history
Cortnie M. Burkhardt (left), a student at Evans High School, and her aunt Karenann Amster, of Evans, took a spring break trip to see tourist and historical sites along Interstate 95.

2007 Poetry Month Contest Winners
The winners of the 2007 poetry month contest and their poems.

Willie Gardner Jr. and Tyronzia Faye Gardner, April 14, 2007.

Life's lessons in travel from the poet
As I make plans to attend my 50th college reunion, and Columbia County seniors prepare to graduate from high school or college, we might be looking in opposite directions but the heavy responsibility of making choices is uppermost on all our minds.

When praying, plead for rain
Columbia County's observance on Thursday morning of the National Day of Prayer was wonderful. Wish you'd been there. And you, and you, and you.

Sure, study pre-K - but stick to decision
In our first editorial on the topic, more than a month ago, we challenged school officials to use existing data to determine the relative success of private and public pre-K programs in the county, and make their decision on the future of pre-K accordingly.

Clarks end reign at Lakeside
A long tradition of Clark family soccer players at Lakeside High School officially came to an end on Wednesday afternoon.

Former Evans star Kris Shepherd wraps up his stellar college career
Former Evans High School standout Kris Shepherd wrapped up a tremendous college golf career at Kennesaw State last week. He went out in style, being named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team.

Lakeside upset by same team
Lakeside High School's boys tennis season came to an end on Wednesday the same way it has for most of the past decade. Woodward Academy beat the Panthers in the state playoffs.

Sports Calendar
The Fourth Annual Spring Golf Classic will take place Wednesday at Bartram Trail Golf Club. Unlimited range balls and lunch will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon and a captain's choice format tournament will begin with a shotgun start at noon.

Lakeside's ex-football coach stays on to help
Spring football practices began this week at Lakeside and Greenbrier. The practices at Lakeside opened with newly hired athletics director and football coach Jody Grooms.

ACS girls track wins at state
Augusta Christian's girls track and field team claimed another South Carolina Independent Schools Association state championship last weekend. The Lady Lions defended their state crown with a 6-point win over state runner-up Ashley Hall.

Region Track Results
Results from the Region 3-AAAA boys track and field meet at Statesboro, Ga., April 30:

Harlem repeats last year's loss
After winning another subregion title, the Harlem Bulldogs entered the Region 3-AAA championship game with high hopes.


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