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Board will select counsel by year's end
Columbia County school officials said Tuesday that they hope to make a decision on hiring legal counsel by the end of the year.

Most abide by water restrictions
More than 500 people have been issued warnings in Columbia County this summer for violating outdoor-watering guidelines.

Love of learning led to essay
Elizabeth Carter is excited about her new school, new friends and new teacher. She shared that excitement Tuesday when she presented an unassigned essay about her first day of third grade at Cedar Ridge Elementary School to her teacher.

Mother pens book about, for daughters
A Martinez mother became a published author with the recent release of her first children's book.

Author will speak at library
A Georgia author will be visiting the Columbia County Library with her new book this weekend and will share advice for new writers.

Hot days good for planning
In the midst of our summer heat wave, now is an ideal time for gardeners to put down traditional garden tools and pick up some paper and a pen.

Fishing tournament reels in $19,150
The marketing arm of next year's BASS Elite Series fishing tournament at Thurmond Lake just got stronger with a $19,150 grant from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Scout your lawn for pests of August
It seems that every season of the year has an active pest problem. There is not a season that I can think of that doesn't have a pest that attacks our plants, pets, homes or us. Right now, chinch bugs are attacking St. Augustine grass. In the spring and fall, large patch attacks our grasses.

Session gives county snapshot
From school openings to tourism venues and all streets in between, members attending Tuesday's Columbia County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting received an encapsulated update on the state of the community.

Widening plan pleases leaders
Further progress on the widening of Washington Road near the Goodwill in Martinez had one county commissioner dancing Tuesday and another breathing a sigh of relief.

First day goes off smoothly
The first day of school was eagerly anticipated as anxious parents and excited children gathered outside Columbia County elementary schools long before the doors opened Monday.

Show features late country singer's hits
Six months after selling out the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, an Evans theater troupe returns, beginning this Thursday, for encore performances of Always ... Patsy Cline.

BG's Deli changes ownership
The owner of a popular Harlem dining spot has said goodbye to the restaurant business and hello to retirement. After more than eight years, Cindy Greenwell closed the doors to BG's Deli & Fine Catering on Aug. 10.

Photo: Patriots football undefeated
The Patriots were undefeated in the World Youth Indoor Football League Championship June 8.

First Day photos
Carla Lawson, 4, is ready and packed for the first day of pre-kindergarten at Evans Elementary School. Carla is the granddaughter of Ronald and Joyce Cooper.

Greyhound of the week
Blazer is a beautiful, red, 3-year-old fawn female that is small dog- and cat-safe. Call Cindy Lore at (706) 831-2657 or visit if you are interested in learning more about Blazer or our other available greyhounds.

Get Up and Go
Monday is the deadline for the public to nominate candidates for Columbia County Arts Inc. third annual Individual Artist award, given to a living Columbia County artist who has dedicated himself or herself to excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in Columbia Co.

Photo: Rucker signs
Greenbrier's Jonathan Rucker a graduate from Greenbrier, has signed a national letter of intent to participate in track and field at Gardner-Webb University.

Vacation gallery
Billy and Pat Becton recently went to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., with two of their daughters and their grandchildren.

William C. Stone, of Martinez, has been named to the Summer 2007 President's List at Georgia Southern University for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for the semester.

Current events
Georgia SAFE, a nonprofit, therapeutic foster care agency, will hold orientation for prospective parents from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the office at 4424 Columbia Road, Suite B, Martinez. For information, call (706) 210-3435.

Vacation photo
Taking a trip out of town, or just visiting the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to

Time capsule
As reported 39 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, August 15, 1968:

Police blotter
Columbia County authorities arrested two men Tuesday on a drug charge after a traffic stop on Interstate 20.

Back to School photos
Riverside Elementary students Madison O'Neal (third grade), Katie Plowman (second grade), Mackenzie Collett (first grade) and Grace O'Neal (kindergarten) are ready for the first day of school.

Class Reunions
The Academy of Richmond County class of 1967 will hold its 40th reunion Nov. 7. Class members are being sought. For information, call Cheryl Wilson at (706) 868-1663, or e-mail

Property transfers
Ernie Blackburn Homebuilders LLC to Holland E. Brown, 214 Dixon Court, $420,962.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending schools in the Columbia County area.

Yvette Caballero and Daniel J. Caballero, Aug. 1, 2007.

Get Up and Go
Broadstrokes Gallery of Evans will present Masters of the Celtic Harp at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Quest Church in Columbia Square. Tickets cost $15, and are available at Broadstrokes Gallery, 7013 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 103. For information, call (706) 860-6055.

There goes Parents of the Year prize
Darn. One dumb move and we have to concede Parents of the Year to someone else, again. Up 'til Wednesday night two weeks ago, we stood barely half a game behind the Arkansas Duggars, who now have 17 kids.

Plan for disaster we hope won't happen
On the bright side, a flu pandemic - a global, infectious disease outbreak - would kill only 175 or so people in Columbia County if it were only as bad as the 1968 Hong Kong Flu. Or four times that number would die if the outbreak were as widespread as the 1918 Spanish Flu.

At least some get good start
Schools on Monday got off to what everyone says was a great start. At Harlem High School, that start was awesome.

Sports Calendar
The BlueforKids Charity Baseball Tournament will be Saturday at Riverside Park in Evans. The tournament, held in conjunction with the Columbia County Recreation Department and the Augusta GreenJackets, includes 10-and-under, 12-and-under and 14-and-under groups.

Augusta Prep wants repeat
Augusta Prep volleyball coach Rich Bland discovered the lasting affect of winning a state championship last week. That's when Bland held tryouts for the Lady Cavaliers volleyball program. Augusta Prep won the GISA Class AAA state volleyball title last year.

Practice rules leave coaches with few options
Did you hear about that head football coach from Columbia County in handcuffs recently?

Solid pitching clinches Lady Knights' first win
Softball season began this week in Georgia as the first regular-season games of the year got under way.

Local stars continue to succeed after high school
Former Augusta Christian star Josh Whitaker ended his prep career leading Augusta Christian to its third straight baseball state title earlier this year.


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