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Senior plans to use his skills in leadership for military life
It isn't often that an 18-year-old knows what he wants to do with his life, but Andrew Justice has charted his path through to retirement.

County is recognized as 'entrepreneur friendly'
Columbia County recently earned a state honor designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.

Pile up leaves to feed garden
In spite of the sighs of many homeowners, or the teenagers who live with them, the falling of autumn leaves presents more than an undesirable means to build up biceps. The leaves also deliver a key ingredient for creating compost.

Cities gear up for parade entries
Though it might be too early to make holiday plans, those who wish to participate in Columbia County's three annual Christmas parades shouldn't procrastinate.

Kay's Pharmacy closes doors after 78 years
Darwin Morris closed the doors to Kay's Pharmacy for the last time Saturday.

Benefits of teamwork helped draw media specialist to career
Everything is relative for Anna Olliff, the Columbia County school system media specialist of the year.

Greenbrier's SAT scores earn Governor's Cup region award
Greenbrier High School has another trophy for its case. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recently recognized the school as the Class AAAA Region 3 winner in the Governor's Cup Challenge for its three-year average gains in critical reading and math SAT scores.

Even in a drought, fall and winter are best times for successful planting
Is there a time of the year that is better for planting? This is a question that I am asked all the time.

Merchants Association seeks funds for Initiative
The Grovetown Merchants Association asked city leaders Monday for money in the 2008 budget to fund the second phase of its Grovetown 2010 Initiative.

Sales to help bands travel, get uniforms
Fall is a busy time for the four high school marching bands that entertain Columbia County. Between practicing and performing half-time shows during football games, band members are busy selling fruit in their largest fundraiser.

Retirement gives woman time to write
Retired English teacher Naomi Williams, of Evans, waited until her 70s before starting her second career.

Hopefuls will take questions at meeting
The Grovetown Merchants Association is offering city residents an opportunity to meet and question candidates for the mayoral seat and three city council seats at a forum Monday .

Presentation looks at Passover, Jesus
What does the Jewish Passover and Jesus' last supper have in common? Murray Tilles, of Light of Messiah Ministries in Atlanta, will answer that question as he presents Jesus in the Passover at 6:30 p.m. today at Mosaic United Methodist Church in Evans.

Board's vote gives name, mascot to middle school
The new middle school scheduled to open for 2008-09 on Blackstone Camp Road now has a name.

Time Capsule
As reported 27 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1980:

Photos: Ribbon cutting ceremonies
The Norris Group held a ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate 20 years of business.

Photo: Hoffa talks to students
Lakeside graduate Reese Hoffa, the top-ranked shot-putter in the world, talked to the children at Stevens Creek Elementary School about competing in the Olympics.

School Menus
Lunch menus for students in Columbia County.

Church Events
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church will hold a yard sale to benefit Sunday school and youth groups from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Jae-Mar-S Academy of Dog Obedience, 107 Davant Road, Martinez, off Washington Road.

Get Up & Go
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church will holds its fall festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27. For information, call (706) 650-0474, or (706) 863-6795.

Vacation photos
The Lands family took a vacation to Myrtle Beach. Family members are: Mikee Lands, Jr. (from left), Trisha Wheeler, Pete Lands (behind Trisha), Jennifer Reese, Mike Lands, Bev Lands, Mary Brown (behind Bev) and Mikee Lands, III (front).

Greyhound of the week
Blazer is a beautiful red 3-year-old fawn female that is small dog and cat safe. This beauty will steal your heart with her loving and gentle personality. Call Cindy Loar at (706) 831-2657 or click

Current events
Businesses are being sought to give away candy at Columbia County's Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat Halloween celebration, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Patriots Park Gym.

Photo: Weathers wins crown
Meagan Weathers (second from left) was crowned queen in the 2007 Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant at Greenbrier High School. Also honored were: Lauren Edmondson (from left), first runner-up; Mary Helen Caver, second runner-up; Jessica Blanchard Miller, third runner-up; and Emily Lauren Youngblood, Miss Congeniality.

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

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

Property transfers
Clay L. Wilson General Contractors Inc. to Claudette L. Barrett and Emerson Barrett, 576 Lory Lane, $145,900.

School Councils
The Evans Middle School council will meet at 10 a.m. in the media center Wednesday and Dec. 13, Feb. 27 and April 24.

Class Reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1977 will hold its 30-year reunion at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Washington Hall next to T-Bonz on Washington Road. For information, call Dean Beasley at (706) 860-9231, or e-mail

Get up and go
Lakeside High School will hold its annual fall dessert theater at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the school auditorium, with performances from the chorus and show choir. Tickets cost $5 in advance, $6 at the door. For information, call Stacy Branch at (706) 868-3669.

Photo: Boland becomes pastor of St. Teresa of Avila
Bishop Kevin Boland (right) installed the Rev. Michael Roverse as the pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church during an Installation Mass with the congregation in Grovetown.

New name has ancient history
The last time I stuck my nose into the business of naming a new Columbia County school, the effort wasn't as successful.

Mrs. Smith goes to Washington
Julia surprised her mother. She requested to meet the president. She had some burning questions for him, such as Can you make yourself a sandwich in the middle of the night, or does someone else make it?, and Do Barney and Miss Beazley sleep in the bed with you and Mrs. Bush?

County celebrates best educators
There is a surprising common theme this year in the Columbia County school system's awards for its top teacher and media specialist: It's all in the family.

Volleyball, softball teams are in good positions for postseason
Late October can only mean one thing: It's time for the girls to shine. As always, Columbia County has more talented volleyball and softball teams than any other county in the area.

Sports photos
Rachel Small (from left), Ryan Small, Jamie Plowman and Katie Plowman show off the fish that Katie caught to win first place in the Kids' Fishing Derby at Fort Gordon.

Greenbrier wins 12th region championship
For more than a decade, the Greenbrier High School softball program has dominated its region. The Lady Wolfpack entered the Region 3-AAAA Tournament last week with the burden of keeping alive a title streak that started in 1996.

Picking an MVP at Evans is tough call
You'd be hard pressed to name an MVP for the Knights. Evans High School is enjoying one of the best starts in school history.

Sports Calendar
The Georgia Rockers 18U "A" travel team is looking for dedicated girls interested in playing a competitive 18 A schedule, ASA Qualifiers and 3-4 College Exposure tournaments.

Park lands another fishing tournament
Columbia County's Wildwood Park has landed the ESPN Women's Bassmaster Tour next year.

Knights' 2nd place evidence of growth
Evans' second-place finish in the Region 3-AAAA Tournament last week was an accomplishment for an improving softball team. After taking a look at the competition the Lady Knights faced, the accomplishment becomes a more monumental achievement.


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