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Because of development runoff, Lake Jean is becoming 'a giant mudhole'
This is what passes for progress in Columbia County: an island of silt and sediment in lovely 50-year-old Lake Jean, plus murky, muddy water.

Columbia County voters are now seeing price of skipping 10th election
I sincerely hope the folks in Columbia County who had time on election day to drop in the video store to return a video or stop in the deli of your favorite store instead of voting for Jim Whitehead can certainly see our new congressman's leanings toward Interstate 3.

Comments omitted sponsorship of CLEAR Act, 'could mislead' on I-3
As a steward of taxpayer money, I believe that some proposals, such as widening Georgia 17 to four lanes and running it south from Habersham County to I-20, or running an interstate connection from Augusta to Greenville, South Carolina, might make more sense and should be considered.

A helping of memories
Most people store family memories in long-shelved photo albums. Terri Kaye Duncan records her special moments in journals. Two of those childhood memories will appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers and Sisters.

Facility has 'fixed' thousands of pets
A Martinez low-cost spay-neuter clinic recently celebrated its first anniversary in the fight to help control Columbia County's pet population.

Augusta Tech to break ground for satellite
Augusta Technical College officials will break ground Friday on Columbia County's newest institution of higher learning.

Planning board rejects rezonings
A forgotten county ordinance that could reverse the zonings of some undeveloped properties has taken the spotlight lately.

Kids bring 'Madeline' to stage
Columbia County dancers will bring the children's ballet Madeline to the stage this weekend as part of the Columbia County Ballet's annual mini-classic performance.

County celebrates park's official opening Saturday
Columbia County's newest place for fun and games, Blanchard Woods Park, will officially open Saturday.

Expert talks to Grovetown officials about development
Last year, Grovetown leaders adopted a 10-year comprehensive plan. On Saturday, city officials learned how to put it to use.

Music series comes to close
The 2007 Sunset Music Series wraps up this Thursday with a free concert by The Groove Masters at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

Influential family has its roots in 1760s
The list of notable places bearing the Blanchard name in Columbia County grows a little longer Saturday, with the long-awaited grand opening of Blanchard Woods Park on Blanchard Road in Evans.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School Class of 1997 will hold its 10th reunion Oct. 12-13. For information, e-mail

Vacation photo
Shawn Basham and Joshua Gray took a vacation to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Vacation photos
Cousins Oliver Brown of Binfield, England; and Chance Vanderhoof and Faith Vanderhoof, of Martinez, are flanked by yeomen of the guard to Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Time Capsule
As reported 51 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Sept. 13, 1956:

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for schools serving students in the Columbia County area.

First Day of School Gallery
Brady Riggenbach is ready for his first day of pre-kindergarten at Trinity Baptist Church.

Pet of the week
This gray tabby cat is very calm and loving and is a great lap cat. It is about a year old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Current events
Chief Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett's Teenage Years 101 for teens will be held at 7 p.m. today at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, in Evans. For information, e-mail DeAnna Bradford at

Get Up and Go
The Columbia County Extension Service has a limited number of tickets available for the Georgia vs. Western Carolina football game Saturday. Tickets cost $42 each. For information, call (706) 868-3413 or go to

Police Blotter
A Martinez firefighter was released Sunday after being arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Photo: Vipers win tournament
The GeorgiaLina Vipers, a local 14-and-under travel baseball team, won their first tournament in competition by going undefeated in the Atomic City Summer Blast. The team is coached by Mike Taylor and Marc Williamson.

New facilities invest in county's future
When it comes to improving the minds and bodies of our Columbia County youth, you can't get much better than the fortunate convergence of events this weekend.

Fleming putting hat in the ring
Within days of each other we see Barry Fleming announcing his candidacy for the 10th District U.S. Congress seat for the 2008 election, and the current holder of that seat, Paul Broun, opening his Columbia County district office.

Local inventor takes top prize with club caddy
Martinez resident David Jones can now claim the title of king of the golf invention world. Jones' invention, the Club Caddy was voted the top golf invention on the Golf Channel's reality TV series, Fore Inventors Only, in a series finale last week.

Greenbrier takes second in tourney
All four Columbia County high school softball teams were active during the weekend in multigame tournament play.

Knights need to overcome slow start
Through two weeks of football, I stand at 6-1 with my Columbia County picks. I'll try to make it 10-1 after four more games to choose from this week.

Augusta Christian wins at Pinewood
Augusta Christian's football team bounced back into the win column Friday with a 42-28 win on the road. The Lions, ranked No. 2 in SCISA Class AAA, beat fifth-ranked Pinewood Prep with more than 250 yards of rushing offense.

Pigskin Picks update
There were 119 Pigskin Pickers who correctly chose seven or more winning teams in week 2; just 16 picked fewer than seven winners correctly. Only three qualifiers picked all 10 games correctly.

Greenbrier tops rival Lakeside
Greenbrier's 16-9 win over rival Lakeside on Friday was about as sloppy as a win could be, but it was still a win.

Athlete Spotlight: Salonick Amos
In a football game of bad plays, missed opportunities and mental mistakes from both teams Friday, Greenbrier's Salonick Amos was the exception.


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