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Flicks on tap at arts center
The Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center of the Columbia County Library will transform into a movie theater each Friday night during January.

State tourism money to help repair 'mega-ramp'
Columbia County will receive up to $400,000 in state tourism money to re-engineer and repair the six-lane "mega-ramp" that has lured many important fishing tournaments to Wildwood Park.

Program will offer SRS tour
The National Academy of Sciences will sponsor a series of public meetings in Augusta next month that includes an opportunity for the public to tour portions of Savannah River Site.

Park proposal kicks off busy new year for county projects
As a new year begins in Columbia County, long-planned projects are set to take flight, while newer proposals are just coming off the drawing boards.

Buffer requirement would apply to plan
A new apartment complex might be in the works for a 30-acre parcel at the corner of Washington and Kroger roads in Martinez.

Trudeau era ends
Dennis O. Trudeau has stepped down as Grovetown's mayor two decades after taking the oath of office.

New faces join newspaper's staff
Among the many changes coming to Columbia County in the new year are changes to the county's newspaper of record.

Fundraiser is personal
Many people have never heard of scleroderma, but Greenbrier High School senior Ansley Thompson is trying to educate the public about the illness.

Realistic goals are the key to keeping resolutions
Some people spent the final days of the year as couch potatoes before committing to New Year's resolutions of exercise and fitness.

Current Events
Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the Feb. 5 Presidential Preference Primary. For information, go to the Columbia County Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, in Evans, or call (706) 868-3355.

Police blotter
Columbia County deputies are looking for two men they say escaped authorities during a car chase on Tubman Road in Appling on Thursday.

Things to Do
The Democratic Party of Columbia County will hold its January meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Columbia County Government Complex Auditorium, in Evans. For information, call Rosemary Fitzpatrick at (706) 231-1513.

Pet of the week
This female black Labrador retriever mix is very friendly. She 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. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt. The adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Cleaner and leaner in '08 - but not meaner
From beginning to end, 2007 in Columbia County was a year of tragedy and triumph.

'Twelve days' will end on 4th of July
Casey and his younger brother turned the first day of Christmas at their parents' house into a fighting family feast. According to Casey, his sibling whacked him in the mouth with a bottle 'for no good reason.'

See me next year for proof
Did you ever notice, as Andy Rooney might say, how at the beginning of the year the pundits feel compelled to offer predictions for the coming year?

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon January 2, 2008.

Preseason picks are running the floor
Before the 2007-08 high school basketball season, I identified seven players primed for huge seasons.

Knights, Lady Wolfpack win
The year had changed but the story remained the same as the Evans High Knights and Greenbrier's Lady Wolfpack repeated wins in the third annual Firehouse Subs Classic basketball tournament Saturday.

Athlete Spotlight
While most of their peers wanted to rip the wrapping from gifts on Christmas morning, Greenbrier High School basketball players Justina Mason and Janay Moore wanted to rip off some jump shots during a practice.


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