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Tournaments, 'pristine' area help park's revenue increase
The park county officials commonly refer to as a "diamond in the rough" is becoming more valuable, officials say.

Park popularity brings growth
As the second phase of construction to extend The Trails at Euchee Creek comes to a close, Grovetown city officials are already planning for a third phase of extensions to the popular city park.

Area is on top retirement list
Columbia County is a leading place in the state for people to spend their golden years, according to a magazine devoted to making Georgia a relocation destination for retirees.

Two honored for dedication to arts in area
A retired music teacher who has mentored thousands of pupils and a substitute teacher who devotes her spare time to outfitting hundreds of ballet dancers were honored Monday for their dedication to the arts in Columbia County.

Halloween events include crafts, tales
Trick-or-treaters can get a head start on Halloween while helping to feed needy families Tuesday.

Board of Education approves '08-09 enrollment projections
The Columbia County Board of Education unanimously approved tentative enrollment projections for 2008-09 on Tuesday.

Edible plants can beautify landscape, table with care
A variety of plants and shrubs can add a range of texture and color to an outdoor space. But more than providing something pretty to look at, many plants can also transform a yard into an edible landscape.

Recreation department wins award
Columbia County Recreation Department manager Charlie Beale has always taken pride in the uniqueness of the county's parks compared to those in the rest of the state. Columbia County now has an award to prove it.

Man extols mystery, magic of reading
Encouraging children to read sometimes requires a bit of magic, and former teacher Chad Crews takes that literally.

Use yard clippings, leaves for compost
Lately, it is beginning to feel like fall. The temperature is starting to cool off. This brings about many changes in our plants, especially our trees.

A novel idea
Dancing With My Dream is more than a manuscript title for Grovetown resident Dena Straughn. She is living by those words.

Scouting teen sees merit in service
Robbie McKnight joined Cub Scouts as a second-grader at Greenbrier Elementary School and has been involved in Scouting ever since.

Stevens Creek Elementary School Honor Roll

Photos: Cheerleading squads perform
The Greenbrier High School Varsity Competition Cheerleading Team came in first place at its first two Class AAAA competitions held at Apalachee High School on Sept. 8 and Mill Creek High School on Sept. 22. The squad placed third at a competition at Grayson High School on Sept. 29.

Current events
Look for the entries in The News-Times and Fat Man's Forest's annual Carve the Pumpkin Coloring Contest.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens.

Greyhound of the week
Judy is a 5-year-old female with tan and brindle markings. She would be suited to a family that has younger children. Judy is also cat safe and does well with smaller dogs. Contact Cindy Loar at (706) 831-2657 for more information or visit

Vacation photo
Jacob Peters, son of Mark and Jessica Peters, of Martinez, vacationed this month in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Photo: Center for Primary Care opens
The doctors and staff of the Center for Primary Care cut a ribbon with the Columbia County Chamber to open their new location on Jimmie Dyess Parkway in The Villages at Crossroads. Tuesday's festivities at the medical plaza also included a groundbreaking ceremony for Sports Medicine Associates.

Property transfers
Home Ventures LLC to Claude R. Wilkes Jr., 2510 Grier Circle, $39,500.

Photo: Top golfers
The Aiken Golf Club's champions for 2007 are Charles Lineberry (from left), the super senior champion; Lorraine Morgan, the women's champion; Ron Schroder, the club champion; and Tom Shealy, the senior champion.

Jennifer O. Newsome and Paul Newsome, Oct. 9, 2007.

Police report
The body of an Appling man, missing on Clarks Hill Lake since Wednesday afternoon, was recovered Thursday in Rousseau Creek in Columbia County.

School Councils Meet
- The Brookwood Elementary School council will meet in the media center at 4:14 p.m. Wednesday, and on Dec. 4, Feb. 13 and April 16.

Get Up and Go
The Grovetown Lions Club holds a turkey shoot fundraiser every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. through Dec. 8, on Old Louisville Road in Grovetown. The cost is $3 per shot for a chance to win a turkey and other items. A concession stand is available.

Bel Air Elementary School Honor Roll
First nine weeks honor roll for students at Bel Air Elementary School.

The following students were named to the Dean's List at Mercer University for the spring 2007 semester.

Brookwood Elementary School Honor Roll
First nine weeks honor roll for Brookwood Elementary School.

Not-so-trivial pursuit of info
The Census Bureau each year conducts the American Community Survey, sampling residents across the country. Two years ago, the bureau surveyed 722 Columbia County residents for the project. Well, they're back.

Real 'War of the Worlds' still a threat
This year, for me, has only hoisted a new red flag, which adds to that same public fear. Actually, it was an old red flag hoisted to new heights at Columbia University last month.

Students have right to security, too
Any student at Greenbrier High School for the past two years who has had anything stolen from his or her locker, or who has gotten in trouble for something illegal found in that locker, might have the school to thank.

Lakeside shoots for JV cup
Monday night football will come to Columbia County this week with a championship title on the line.

Local athletes stand out in college as they did here
Former Evans tailback Cheng Ho's decision to go to Harvard was obviously about much more than just football.

Sports Calendar
Registration for the final fall baseball tournament of the year in Aiken is open to any travel baseball teams. The Aiken Fall Finale will take place Nov. 10-11 in Aiken. For information, contact Atomic City Sports at (803) 642-6381 or e-mail

Road trip takes toll on players' performance
It's a long drive to Brunswick, Ga. Though that sentence won't win me any award for deep insight, it's true. I found out the hard way last week, when the Evans High School football team invited me on the team bus for their Thursday night game at the southeastern Georgia town.

Classes running to China
Students at River Ridge Elementary are running across China this year, and they're almost a third of the way there.

Ex-Greenbrier stars shine in college play
A pair of former Greenbrier baseball stars aren't wasting any time making a name for themselves at the college level.


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