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Augusta Prep senior shines in school, community
One Augusta Preparatory Day School senior is another step closer to having at least a portion of her college education funded.

Reflect on last year's garden to make better plans for a bountiful 2008
The year in review was a favorite topic of news programs and newspapers as 2007 drew to a close. As I watched or read about the events that happened, I found myself thinking: What happened in 2007? I thought that it happened in another year.

Program helps parents improve pupils' studying
All parents like to see their children succeed in school, but they do not always know how to help them. Allison Palfy, a Title I teacher for fourth- and fifth-graders at Cedar Ridge Elementary School, is using a $2,000 grant from Target to try to change that situation.

Plan now for spring planting
The chill of the winter months is just beginning to set in, but there's no rest for those who want a bright and beautiful garden come spring. While now is not planting season, it is planning season.

Officer finds her calling on ship
Monica Hurley never thought the Navy was in her future. A summer seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy before her senior year in high school, however, persuaded the 1998 Lakeside High School graduate to ship off to Annapolis, Md.

I-20 overpass project begins
Work to widen the Interstate 20 overpass at Lewiston Road has begun, but the project is still more than a year away from completion.

A New Year's feast
What began as a New Year's Day party 15 years ago for two members of the Augusta Harley Owners Group chapter has evolved into an extended family affair for Chaz and Diann Marum, of Harlem.

Chipper's mulch is available to public
Though the holiday season is concluded, Christmas trees can remain useful. One local group has found a way to reuse those discarded trees.

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
Two former Stevens Creek Elementary School paraprofessionals were sentenced to probation Wednesday on burglary charges that were made in May.

Martinez Evans Dance Studio dancer Blake Clendenin accompanied his senior team with teacher Julie Woods and director April Storm Hartsell to the Tremaine Dance Competition in Atlanta, where the team won second place in its category.

Class reunions
The Evans High School classes of 1982, 1983 and 1984 will hold a joint reunion June 21. For information, go to

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

Doctors Hospital holds groundbreaking
Doctors Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 12 to begin construction on its $55 million tower expansion.

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County Schools.

Property transfers
Barbara T. Travis to Jerry G. Wilson, 147 Coach Lane, $194,500.

Adoption spotlight
Local pets up for adoption from rescue organizations.

Time capsule
As reported 47 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Jan. 5, 1961:

Charles Michael Belk, 48, of the 100 block of Springdale Road in Graniteville, was charged with driving under the influence on Nov. 18, 2007, and was fined $810.

Loren Simpson, an Evans High School graduate and Wesleyan College senior, has been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award for her performance as Georgeanne in the Alan Ball play Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.

Diane C. Wray and Richard James Wray, Dec. 26, 2007.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Raiders win Bantam title
The Columbia County Raiders are the AFC Bantam West Champions for 2007.

Vacation photo
Elizabeth Connor, Martinez, (from left); Julia Prather, Harlem; W. S. Newman, Martinez; and Dorothy Carroll, Augusta, visited Seattle, Washington; Vancouver and Victoria, Canada on a recent vacation where they posed at Butchart Gardens.

Earth Fare makes donation
Mark Osborne (left), manager of Earth Fare, and Mike Maxwell, assistant manager (right), present a check for $13,000 to Brenda Durant, executive director of the Greater Augusta Arts Council (second from left) and Jenn Tedesco Ellis.

Wildwood upgrades pay dividends
Just about the easiest thing any public official can do is to quietly ride the status quo. Change is hard, as is having a vision and pushing it forward - especially when it takes money.

Here's chance for your vote
Go ahead and admit it. Last week, as you thumbed your remote past CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, all you could think about is: "With all these cable channels, you'd think there'd be something worth watching."

The business of making resolutions
Ah, the pointless things we do: clean the house before the party begins, tell a child not to get dirty when he goes out to play, and make New Year's resolutions every Jan. 1.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for January 6, 2008.

New director leads athletics
When a new semester started at Greenbrier High School on Thursday, the era of Garrett Black as athletic director also began.

University will count on quartet this season
It might be hard to believe, but the 2008 baseball season begins this month. As always, there will be a host of Columbia County products all over the college baseball landscape.

Sports calendar
The Augusta Baseball Umpires Association is recruiting umpires for the 2008 high school season. Umpiring experience is a plus. Classroom and field training will be provided.

All-Star soccer team wins state championship
Twelve girls from Columbia County ran onto a soccer field in Gainesville, Ga., last month and left with a big trophy.


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