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Forces should join for a 'worthwhile civic center in Columbia County'
It weighs on my mind that we do not have a respectable location for really large shows, concerts or conventions in the CSRA. As Columbia County continues to expand its population and with it, the economic development in the area, it would really behoove some foresighted group(s) and financiers to join forces and investigate the possibility of purchasing a large tract of land in Columbia County along the I-20 corridor.

County long ago ignored its opportunity to start a recycling program
Let me see if I have the facts in this June 13 editorial ("Recycling plans just a little too late"). Columbia County is paying a consultant for creative ideas on how to use the now full landfill. This is too much! And it shouldn't be "Whoops; too late," but "Whoops; too stupid."

New freshmen get help at academy
Dorcas Powell (from left), the graduation coach at Lakeside High School, guides incoming freshmen Kevin Thomas and Katie Sykes through the halls of the school during Panther Academy.

Family films will be at amphitheater
The family friendly Movies Under the Stars series is moving to the Columbia County Amphitheater for three consecutive Fridays beginning July 13.

Sewage will soon be diverted
Grovetown officials hope they can divert some of the city's sewage in September to Richmond County through a newly constructed line.

County's lakefront has multiple spots for holiday revelers
No Fourth of July celebration plans yet? You might want to consider heading to the lake.

Harlem's historical bent earns national honor
Efforts by the city of Harlem to preserve its history recently received national recognition by a White House-founded national heritage initiative.

EMA blood drive
Simons Michelle, a phlebotomist from Shepeard Community Blood Center, works with Charmel Moreno, of Grovetown, who gives blood as others wait their turn during the EMA Blood Drive in the Evans Government Center auditorium.

Fire headquarters gets pride award
Chief Doug Cooper and Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Headquarters received the Community Pride Award, given by The Columbia County News-Times and Rhinehart's Oyster Bar.

Current events
The Kiokee District of the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold its annual Cub Scout Summer Day Camp at Wildwood Park, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 9-13. Registration costs $90. For information, go to, or call (706) 733-5277.

Virginia Ellen Wright, of Evans, has been named to the Dean's List at North Greenville University for the spring semester. Wright is the daughter of William and Beverley Wright, of Evans.

Vidalia Yunion brings smile
Carter Scott, of Evans, posed with Yunion, the Vidalia onion mascot, during the 30th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival on April 28.

Time capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 9, 1964:

Get up and go
Harlem United Methodist Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. July 8-13 for ages 3 through rising fifth grade.

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

Pet of the week
This male Boxer mix is very playful and extremely loving. He is about 3 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

School reunions
- The Harlem High School Class of 1997 is planning a 10-year reunion. Addresses of class members are being sought. Send information to Tamara Coffield Espinosa at or Jimi Slagle Lane at

Light up coals & toss on pols
Let's face it. Today is Independence Day, and the last thing you want to do is sit around reading about politics and politicians.

Our freedom: Use it, or lose it
There is a scene in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? in which the three main characters - Pete, Delmar and Everett - pick up a hitchhiker carrying a guitar.

Force-feeding a spoonful of history
I'm not sure about other writers, but as soon as I finish one column my wheels start turning toward the next topic. But like that fiery letter the anger-management people tell us to write one day and burn the next, the reader rarely sees my first draft. I do a lot of "burning" before the final copy reaches print.

Year sees Knights come out winners
Evans High School's gymnasium doesn't have an official name attached to it, but the word "winner" seems to go along with the gym just fine.

Sports calendar
Aquinas High School is offering summer sports camps for students entering grades 5-8 for the following sports:

Bulls named national champions
The CCRD Bulls, 11- to 12-year-old boys, were undefeated for the season and were named the 2007 Dixie Youth National Champs in the Dixie Youth Boys Spring Baseball League.

Local stars could play game show celebrity
It's official. It's dead week. For the entire week, no Georgia High School Association schools may participate in practices, scrimmages, workouts or any other type of team activity. Augusta Christian has also adopted a similar break.

Braves are West Division champs
The Braves won the 2007 Columbia County Recreation Department's West Division championship with a record of 12-1-1.

Harlem High pitcher to play at Andrew College
Rodney Scruggs didn't grow up with huge aspirations to be a star high school and college pitcher. His start on the mound had more humble beginnings.

Year in Review: Evans High School
Seniors Lauren Middleton (left) and Brittany Gray, volleyball


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