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County needs partners in effort to promote an anti-littering campaign
We are fortunate to live in a safe and clean community in which the majority of citizens are conscientious regarding littering and the county's appearance. However, as the county continues to grow we all need to be reminded of the importance of maintaining our property, not only for aesthetic value, but for economic development as well.

Volunteers sought to help monitor health of the county's waterways
Some of our citizens who would like some adventure in 2008 will be able to participate in the Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream's Getting Started Workshop.

Lakeside scandal a result of 'interference from tennis-playing parents'
With the heat of the current illegal play issues beating down on the Lakeside High School's football "program," I am left wondering if Lakeside will ever have another winning season. This "program" is more like a forum for parents to make decisions (in which they have no business being part of) and a cheating coach shining a huge spotlight on this "school of excellence." Talk about your oxymoron.Bill Brasky, Evans

Bible presentation planned
Author Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin will present Alive, Unabashed and Passionate on Saturday at the Augusta Jewish Community Center as part of the annual Hanukkah Bazaar and Book Sale of the Augusta Jewish Federation.

Symphony series kicks off with premier strings show
Cited as a departure from the "traditional symphony concert experience," the Augusta Symphony's Columbia County Music Series will feature eclectic ensembles representing different musical genres and will be presented in an intimate setting.

Santa has breakfast on his menu
There will be plenty of places in Columbia County for children to find Santa this year and present their wish lists to the jolly old elf.

Thomson festival packs fun into 4 days
The fifth annual Festival Off Main in downtown Thomson will run for four days starting Thursday.

Group helps disabled stay active after rehab
Tending to a broken body is only the first part of the recovery from a debilitating injury. Re-entering society can be tougher.

Blue Ribbon Riders therapy participants to show progress
A program that offers therapy to youngsters will allow them to demonstrate their progress Saturday -- on horseback.

Holiday events center on family entertainment, Christmas cheer
Columbia County's Christmas season officially begins this weekend with parades and tree lightings.

West Lake residents open doors for tour of homes
Guests to Brad and Paige Bertram's home are greeted by oversize Mexican metal-and-glass double front doors.

Current events
The seventh annual Christmas in America celebration and lighting of the Columbia County Christmas tree will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the memorial gardens and amphitheater in Evans. Vendor spaces are available. Call (706) 312-7191.

School councils
Martinez Elementary School council will meet at noon Thursday, and on Feb. 28 and May 1.

Time capsule
As reported 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1974:

Proud, patriotic winners
McDuffie County Middle School pupils Breya Bently, eighth grade (from left); Hillary McGahee, seventh grade; and Karen Ellis, sixth grade, won the patriots pen essay.

First flying lesson
Matthew Gruba, 11, of Martinez, completed his first flying lesson at Daniel Field on Oct. 27. Matthew, a sixth-grader at Columbia Middle School, is the son of Dennis and Ginger Gruba and the grandson of Bob and Elaine Peterson.

School lunches
Columbia County School lunch menus

Shaggin' on the seas
Ralph Barbee (front row, second from right) and Susan Glenn (front row, center), of Evans, took a seven-day cruise aboard the Carnival Glory along with 134 members of the CSRA Shag Club.

Pet of the week
This Pomeranian mix is very loving. She is between 6 and 8 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Making their pointe
Matther Conway, a sophomore from Augusta Christian Schools, and Naomi Hergott, a Lakeside High School freshman, perform during the Columbia County Ballet's presentation of The New Nutcracker at Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center.

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

Champion speller
Harlem Elementary third-grader Jacob Smith, from Leanne Gregg's class, stands with principal Kirk Wright after winning the spelling bee on Nov. 19.

Enough heat to go around
So, it seems the night before he had breakfast with Columbia County's Chamber Tuesday, Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson dined with local big wheels who justifiably had a laugh at my expense.

It's time to light the tree!
Saturday will mark the seventh year in which Columbia County has lit its official Christmas tree.

Sports calendar
Pride Athletics and coach Adrian McCladdie will offer the Holiday Baseball Camp at Riverside Park on Dec. 27-29.

Athlete Spotlight: Nikki Calloway and Tony Davis
As the 2007 Columbia County Tip Off Tournament wrapped up at Greenbrier High School last week, the all-tournament teams were named. One by one, a starting roster's worth of stars were honored after the boys and girls championship games.

Senior will swim for N.C. A&T
More than 10 years ago, Lauren Bowling's father first took her to the neighborhood swimming pool. Like many fathers, Mark Bowling wanted his daughter to participate in sports.

Greenbrier High fined for ineligible players
Another Columbia County school has been fined by the Georgia High School Association in the wake of foul play on the football field.

Player can shine at Aiken Tech
After signing to play at Aiken Technical College, former Evans High School hoops standout Glen Miller had a respectable freshman campaign in 2006-07.

Evans has best season despite loss
Football season finally came to an end for the Evans Knights in a 26-0 loss to Northside in the second round of the state playoffs last weekend.


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