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Church pianist retires after 69 years on the keys
When members of Marvin United Methodist Church think of their church, they also think of Lila Hensley Lewis.

Zoning is under review
Four undeveloped parcels rezoned years ago returned to the Columbia County Planning Commission for review Thursday under a forgotten county ordinance that until recently had not been enforced.

Pinwheels let kids express concerns
Nearly 300 pupils and faculty members at Evans Middle School participated in Pinwheels for Peace, a project in which handmade pinwheels were planted outside to promote peace and tolerance.

Pets will be blessed at event
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor is inviting all animal lovers to bring their pets to the Columbia County Amphitheater and Memorial Gardens on Saturday for a special blessing.

Food bank is seeking volunteers, donations
Volunteers from the Columbia County Cares food pantry will hold its annual spaghetti dinner Thursday to raise money and awareness for the fight against hunger.

Gardeners share tips, greenery
Betty Crowther's yard is crowded with plants, many with unusual or whimsical names such as Black Flamingo, Mickey Mouse elephant ear, Devil's Backbone and Lizard's Tail.

Former Customs employee will lead three-hour seminar
A woman who has written about alleged injustices performed by the U.S. Customs Service nearly a decade ago will be coming to the area to share her experience as an author, speaker and consultant.

Current events
Reed Creek Park is forming two Young Naturalist after-school clubs for pupils in kindergarten-second grade, and third-fifth grades. The clubs will meet twice each month. The first meeting for younger pupils is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday; older pupils meet at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4. For information, call (706) 210-4027.

Family takes a Hilton Head holiday
Gerald, Rita, Mark and Brittney Wren visited the Salty Dog Shirt factory at Hilton Head Island, S.C., and were photographed by Byron Wren, who also was on the trip.

School councils
- The Greenbrier Middle School council will hold its first meeting today at 3:30 p.m. in the media center and will set the year's remaining meetings.

Vacation gallery
Sara Waltjen, of Evans, went skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. She also went scuba diving, rode camels, brought in brumbies (wild horses) in the Outback, fed crocodiles and ate the local food such as kangaroo, crocodile and very large worms.

Time capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Sept. 25, 1958

Forestry rangers given ATV
Skip Detwiler (left), the board chairman for the former North Columbia Fire and Rescue, sits in a Polaris six-wheel, all-terrain vehicle purchased by the Georgia Forestry Commission with a $12,000 donation from the former department.

Eva Fournier poses with former President Jimmy Carter after she was awarded second place for the 11th grade in the statewide art contest Plains, Peanuts and a President on Sept. 22 at the Peanut Festival in Plains, Ga.

Pets of the week
These tabby kittens are between 6 and 8 weeks old. They are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Get up and go
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church will hold a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown.

Police blotter
A Fort Gordon soldier killed in a traffic accident Friday night has been identified, and the driver involved in the wreck faces charges.

Golden anniversary
Ed and Carol Scott celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 8 with their two children and their families at a lunch at Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Ga.

Electronics Recycling Day is success
Pallets full of computer equipment, printers and other electronics wait to be loaded during Columbia County's Electronics Recycling Day Saturday at the Evans Government Center.

Things to do
Contestants are being sought for the 2007 Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant to be held Saturday. Sponsored by the Columbia County Merchants Association, the pageant is open to single women ages 17-24, with judging in interview, swimsuit and evening gown competition. For information, call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645, or Debbie Zapata at (706) 863-3754.

Half the job done in shoplifting deaths
One down, one to go. When Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale last week lowered the boom on 21-year-old Tiara Maria Smith of Augusta, he sent what should be considered a very strong warning for her still-to-be-tried cohort in a deadly 2006 crash.

Recycle a little patience, folks
And now for our latest entry in the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished recognition: Columbia County's electronics recycling day. It's a great example of how good intentions don't mean much when we fail to get what we expect.

Handicapping the 10th District race
Republican state Rep. and Majority Whip Barry Fleming recently announced his entrance into the race to be the next congressman for Georgia's 10th Congressional District.

Big win sweetens Evans' quest to stellar season
Three times, Greenbrier had traveled to John Pierce Blanchard Stadium on the campus of Evans High School, and three times the Wolfpack left with a win.

Pigskin picks
There were 106 Pigskin Pickers who correctly chose seven or more winning teams in week four; just 32 picked fewer than seven winners correctly. Five were disqualified for multiple entries. Three qualifiers picked all 10 games correctly.

Cross country course sees its first action
Hundreds of cross country runners broke in the new Blanchard Woods Park cross country course in Evans on Saturday.

Chain team takes Series
The Chain Baseball team of Savannah recently won the 18-and-under USSSA World series in Kissimmee, Fla.

Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School's offensive line
Plenty of players, coaches and behind-the-scene type people deserve credit for Evans' big victory over Greenbrier last Friday and the 3-0 record to start the season.

Race results
Gordon Park Speedway results for Sept. 22

Evans golfer takes first
Stephen Hill, 13, of Evans, won first place in the Georgia Junior Golf Tour Governor's Cup tournament, which was played over the Labor Day weekend at The Creek at Hard Labor golf course in Rutledge, Ga.

Harlem pulls out close one to hold lead
Harlem's subregion win over Cross Creek on Thursday looked destined for a home-opener letdown.

Lions topple Porter-Gaud in state game
Friday night's rematch of the 2005 South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA state championship game ended with Augusta Christian on top of Porter-Gaud 21-7.

Greenbrier gets to play Richmond as rebound
It was a terrific week for Columbia County football. Lakeside rolled over Richmond Academy 26-7, Augusta Christian moved to 4-1 with a 21-7 victory over Porter-Gaud, and of course, Evans moved to 3-0 at the expense of Greenbrier.


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