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Outdoor display prohibition should not be 'eroded' for big-box stores
Steve Fennell's statement in the paper concerning the Evans Town Center ban on outdoor displays should raise red flags and alarm every citizen in the county.

Pupil finds comfort in books
When Luke Covington enters kindergarten at River Ridge Elementary School next year, he'll have some big footsteps to follow. Those who know Luke's older sister, 9-year-old Emma, say she has set a good example for her little brother: study hard, make good grades and excel.

Fireblight can infect plants with bacteria
The call comes into my office about a pear tree on which the leaves at the ends of the limbs are turning black. For the past two to three years, this has been a very common call.

Three take top places in Draw Your Mom Coloring Contest
The News-Times received more than 300 entries in the annual Draw Your Mom Coloring Contest in honor of Mother's Day.

Children honor their hero
Waving American flags and sporting their finest red, white and blue, a class of kindergarten students at Westmont Elementary School hailed a local man a hero as he prepared to return to the fighting fields of Iraq.

New church opens doors
One Evans church will open the doors of its permanent home Sunday, while a Martinez congregation plans to break ground on its new sanctuary May 20.

Mom glad to have son back
On Mother's Day 2006, Markie Nixon didn't get a hug or a kiss from her only son. Instead, the Evans woman visited with him through a pane of glass at the Columbia County Detention Center during his 30 minutes of weekly visitation.

Board honors high achievers
The Columbia County school board honored some of the system's highest scholastic achievers Tuesday.

Students awarded scholarships
Fifteen pupils at Evans High School received $1,000 scholarships Wednesday from area businesses and good samaritans through the school's vocational education booster club.

Location is key to growth
Green and fried, piled high on a sandwich or taken straight from the vine, it's hard to resist the taste and texture of a homegrown tomato. With a little effort and care, it's possible to grow a harvest to enjoy any way you like.

Summer reading is promoted
When Columbia County school doors close for the summer on Friday, students will be headed out for three months of swimming, playing and vacationing.

Things to do
The Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue MDA Golf Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Bartram Trail Golf Club.

Class reunions
The Academy of Richmond County class of 1957 will hold its 50th reunion June 8-9. For information, call Linda Williams Beazley at (706) 736-8661, or Bill Force, (706) 733-3815.

Time Capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 9, 1957:

Property Transfers
Sherry T. Atha to Kay K. Allen and J. Charles Allen Jr., 4417 Summerline Drive, $125,000.

Jennifer Jeanne Hills and Damien Alan Hills, May 2, 2007.

Air Force Senior Airman Alex D. Winfrey has been specifically identified for early promotion to senior airman in the Air Force.

Police Blotter
No charges will be filed in a fatal school bus accident in March, the district attorney's office announced Thursday.

Photo: Confederate Memorial Day celebrated
Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans held a Confederate Memorial Day service April 26 at the county's Confederate Monument in the Memorial Gardens behind the library in Evans.

Photo: Pupils complete Old Master
Emily Buck and Rebecca Beaird completed a painting for Angie Cliatt, an assistant principal at Evans Middle School. The painting is the students' interpretation of a Leo Stevenson painting from his series Old Masters, New Paintings. The work is a copy of an Andre Derain painting.

Current events
The Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue MDA Golf Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Bartram Trail Golf Club.

Photos: Evans High School presents sports awards
The following awards were handed out at the Evans High School 2006-07 basketball banquet: Jessica Cowling, JV Most Improved (from left); Valerie Lawrence, JV MVP; Lauren Middleton, Varsity MVP; Tiphani Grimes, Lady Varsity Coaches Award, and Taylor Jones, Best All-Around for Varsity.

Photo: An island-hopping vacation
Patsy and Dale Cliett, of Evans, just returned from an 11 day vacation with friends Cathy and David Faircloth of North Augusta, S.C. They boarded Royal Carribbeans' Radiance of the Seas and made five ports of call including San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Martins, St. Johns, St. Thomas and Nassau, The Bahamas.

Get Up and Go
CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. Writers needing a support group are invited to attend and bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. For information, call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.

Things to Do
The Maj. Gen. Ambrose Ransom Wright Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the private dining room of the Side Track Bar and Grill, at 4027 Washington Road.

Photo: Lakeside spring practice
Lakeside's new football coach and athletics director Jody Grooms (right) works with quarterback Kyle Tudor during spring football drills Wednesday.

Punks fail, and make Jernigan's day
Eunice Jernigan must be looking down from heaven and having a great laugh.

It's Mother's Day - and it's all mine
This day is mine.

Treat mothers nicely today
Trudy Paschal dropped by the other day to place a memorial advertisement for her dad, who passed away a year ago.

Long signs first lacrosse letter
Lakeside High School's Matt Long made school, county and Augusta-area history just by signing his name.

ACS faces Ben Lippen in finals
For the third year in a row, Augusta Christian will play for a state baseball championship.

Augusta Christian poised to join others in championship ranks
Augusta Christian is chasing their third consecutive baseball state championship. Head coach Craig Johnson certainly has had some talent, but he has also done one heck of a job with the Lions program during the past couple of seasons.

Lakeside wins state golf title
Lakeside High School's boys golf team claimed its second straight state championship with a 14-stroke win on Monday at the Class AAAA boys golf state championship tournament at Bartram Trail Golf Club.

Drill team wins championship
Awesome. Overwhelming. Surprising. These are just some of the words Lakeside High School's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Legion Drill Team used to describe their reactions when they learned they were bringing a national championship to their school.

Harlem track star gets school's trip to state
It's been a good spring at Harlem High School. The baseball team once again won the subregion, finished second in the region and earned a bid to the state playoffs. Regular season wins over Evans and Lakeside didn't hurt, either.

Greenbrier falls to No. 1 McIntosh
Greenbrier High School's boys soccer season came to an end Wednesday night with a 3-2 loss to McIntosh in the Class AAA state tournament semifinals.

All-Region 3B-AAAA Baseball Team
The All-Region 3B-AAAA Baseball Team as voted on by coaches at last week's region meeting.

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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