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Commissioners rejected apartments 'after examining all sides of issue'
I would like to express my gratitude to the Columbia County commissioners for taking the time to listen to the concerns of residents opposed to the rezoning of a parcel of property on Wheeler Road from R-2 to A-R.

Commissioners' vote blocks rezoning for new apartments
Attorney Bill Coleman said it was an issue of managing growth and argued Tuesday night that a new apartment complex on Wheeler Road wouldn't be a detriment to Columbia County.

Army seeks total support network for families
Ensuring that all Army families receive services and programs wherever they are is the goal of a new program called the Army Integrated Family Support Network.

Indoor greenery grows just as nicely
Even in the midst of the dog days of summer, it's possible to enjoy a variety of plants and beat the heat at the same time.

Photo: Sweating for fitness
Fort Gordon's Gym 3 was a busy - and hot - place Aug. 18 as people worked out in a space without air conditioning for the Aerobathon. The six-hour event featured aerobic exercises led by 10 instructors, said gym manager Lula Ray.

Student has new outlook after trip
When Erin Christensen left for a three-week trip abroad, she was shy and reserved. But the Greenbrier High School student returned with an openness that surprises even herself.

Drill sergeants are shouting their last at Fort GordonHistory marches on
With their wide-brimmed "Smokey Bear" hats, drill sergeants stand out when marching troops across Chamberlain Avenue or training young soldiers at the forward operating base.

Levels of arts support are available to businesses
Columbia County Arts Inc. officials are inviting businesses to invest in Columbia County's quality of life by joining the organization to support the arts.

Companies interested in space
A permanent tenant to the county's speculative building in Grovetown hasn't been named, but several companies have expressed interested in the site, development officials said Wednesday.

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.

Award prescribed for medical clinic
A faith-based health clinic catering to uninsured Columbia County residents recently got a financial boost from an area environmental group.

A lifetime of service
An Evans church will hold services today honoring its pastor and first lady for their 25 years of service to the congregation.

Family pastor joins Lutheran church
A Martinez church has called upon a Wisconsin minister and former elementary school principal to help lead its youth and its expansion for the future.

Heat can cause breakdowns, deputies caution motorists
Though meteorologists expect high temperatures this week to return to normal, local and state authorities are still cautioning motorists to make sure their vehicles are properly maintained to prevent being stranded in the summer sun.

Yellow Ribbon Room will cater to spouses
A new outreach at Fort Gordon is designed for spouses of deployed soldiers.

Former Harlem resident is named Officer of the Year
If Cpl. Candy Johnson wanted to brag about her accomplishments, there's plenty she could say.

Gold medal winners are best to plant
When you go to a garden center or nursery to pick out plants for your landscape, you have a wide selection to choose from. Have you ever thought about how these plants were selected for entry into the market place?

Photos: First day of school scenes
Jordan and Hannah Faircloth started school at Martinez Elementary. Jordan entered third grade, and Hannah began kindergarten.

Time Capsule
As reported 39 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, August 22, 1968:

Military newsmakers
Cadet Curtis Jamar Pickard, ninth grade, of Evans, son of Cheryl and Curtis Pickard, has been promoted to the 10th grade/sergeant. Awards include lettering in golf, most valuable player for musician who has improved most during the year, and golfer most improved.

Property transfers
Earl A. Richardson to David Baker and Deborah Baker, 4998 Sussex Drive, $258,000.

Evans student honored
John "Tyler" Leonard was awarded the inaugural John Charles Allen Sr. Memorial Scholarship on May 9 at a reception at Evans High School.

Current events
Southern gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers will perform in concert at 6 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Evans on Belair at Washington Road. Admission is free, with an offering taken. For information, call the church at (706) 863-1228.

Photo: What a melon
Roy Blackburn and his father Luther Blackburn (not pictured) grew a 66 pound watermelon in Lincolnton, GA.

Get Up and Go
The STS Foundation is seeking host families in Columbia County for foreign exchange students. Host families are asked to provide room and board. The students, who range in age from 15 to 18, will have their own health insurance and spending money.

Photos: Smiling faces on the first day of school
Hannah Bliss Johnston, 9, and Robert Johnston, 5, wait for the bus to go to Stevens Creek Elementary School. Sister Lassiter, 2, looks on.

Photo: Kung fu competition
Three students from the Tiger and Dragon Kung Fu School, in Evans, competed in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5 in the "Wong People Tournament," along with 300 other competitors from schools in the eastern United States.

Greyhound of the week
P's Tri Tex, called Tex, is a 3-year-old fawn male weighing 78 pounds. He is very playful and affectionate with children, but is not cat-safe or small dog-safe. Please contact Cindy Loar at (706) 831-2657 for more information or visit our Web site at

Police blotter
Columbia County authorities are awaiting results of a toxicology test to determine what led to the drowning Wednesday of a Martinez woman.

Marriage Licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

Photos: Students go abroad for closer look at studies
Sisters Alissa Kohl and Jennifer Barefoot went whale watching in Hermanus, South Africa on a study abroad trip with Augusta State University.

Photo: Reward for reading
South Columbia Elementary principal Lisa Reader had to kiss a python, held by Kandi Eskew from Graystone Ranch, during a school assembly as a reward for the children who completed their summer reading goals. Other teachers in the school had to kiss a pig, possum, ferret, and a monitor lizard.

School lunch menus
Menus for meals served by schools in the Columbia County area.

David Reed Jr. and Christine Reed, Aug. 17, 2007.

Photo: Named to All-State squad
Evans High School cheerleader Jennifer Grant was named to the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches' Association's All State Squad on Aug. 18 at Columbus State University. Jennifer, a senior, competed against more than 100 other cheerleaders and made the list of the top 16 in the state.

Dickert's exit starts shuffle
It was startling enough to learn last year that Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale, battling prostate cancer, plans to step down at the end of 2008. But now fellow judge Neal Dickert also has announced plans to retire as of Nov. 1 of this year.

Martinez, Evans origins are cloudy
The focal point of government and judicial activity has shifted to the Evans-Martinez end of Columbia County, leaving Appling as county seat in name only.

Refreshing turn in rezoning rejection
Many Columbia County residents had the same reaction Tuesday when the County Commission rejected an apartment rezoning: "Who are you people, and what have you done with our commissioners?"

Prep Calendar
Upcoming sporting events for high schools located in Columbia County.

Lady Wolfpack advances in softball ranks
Another season of softball is under way throughout the state. Once again, Greenbrier is near the top of the pecking order.

Rogers is serving as an asset to college team
Steven Rogers graduated in the spring of 2002 as one of the most prolific pass catchers in county history.

Iraq veteran brings home medals, breaks records at games in Brazil
Scott Winkler didn't waste any time putting his name in the record books - again.

Old rivalry favorites back in the rotation as fall sports gear up
As the fall sports season begins across Georgia, it's time to look ahead on the calendar to find those must-see games:

Disc golf center tackles new projects
Though completion of a third course is being pushed off until cooler weather arrives this fall, officials at the International Disc Golf Center at Wildwood Park say they have had plenty of projects keeping them busy since opening a few months ago.

Resident rode high schoolers' motorcycle in championships
Harlem transportation teacher Nick Hayes had a problem. Students in his automotive class were interested in the paint and body aspect of the trade, but limited resources held them back.


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