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Fermata club gets Monopoly money
David Hoel and his son, Teddy, don't play Monopoly at home. "We fight too much," said Hoel, who turned out with his son for the Saturday Monopoly Tournament to benefit Aiken's Fermata Club.

School family helps ill boy
Once a child becomes part of the Bel Air Elementary School community, it is hard to escape the school's reach. Just ask second-grader Bryce Canfield.

Firefighters celebrate victory
Firefighters from Fort Gordon were able to sit back and relax with friends and family Saturday while celebrating the wins they achieved at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.

Officials, residents spar over rezoning
Despite the objections of nearby residents, the Columbia County Planning Commission voted Thursday to recommend the re-zoning of 10 acres in Evans for use as apartments.

Mayor is ready to compete with chili
Harlem becomes Columbia County's spiciest locale Saturday as chili chefs and aficionados converge on the city for the third annual Mayor's Chili Challenge.

Developer's donation ensures completion of trails
With help from a developer, former Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau's last act in office ensured future expansion of the city's walking trails.

Club opens season for young hunters
Young hunters and gun enthusiasts are invited to learn gun safety and accuracy by joining the 4-H's Clay Pigeon Target Sporting Program.

Augusta Prep cross country competes
Augusta Prep's boys cross country team took second place at the Georgia Independent Schools Association State Championships. They took second or better in six of 10 meets this year, which included meets with South Carolina public schools.

Mystery animal
Gary Blanchard, of Winfield, is seeking help in determining what kind of animal wandered onto his property a little more than a week ago. It appears to be some type of sheep, with a short black and white coat.

Time capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, January 8, 1959:

Current events
Jan. 20 is the deadline for entries in the 2008 Miss City of Harlem scholarship pageant, to be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Harlem High School. For information and applications, call (706) 556-0043 or go to

Vacation photo
Kaitlyn Dunaway, of Martinez, went to see Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers in concert in Charlotte, N.C. She went with her mother Debbie and Nana Arlene.

Patriots take championship
The Columbia County Recreation Department Patriots, 9- and10-year-olds, are the Bantam League Football champions.

Fishing fun
Austin Shaffer, of Grovetown, caught a 6-pound striper and a 5-pound hybrid with the help of his grandfather, Carl Burke, also of Grovetown, on Dec. 29 at Thurmond Lake. Austin and his grandfather enjoy regular fishing trips together.

Tractor-trailer accident
This wreck involving four tractor-trailers backed up traffic on eastbound Interstate 20 on Thursday. The wreck occurred about 3:30 p.m. near the interstate's Harlem exit.

Police Blotter
A 14-year-old Martinez boy was arrested Saturday after he was connected to the Dec. 20 beating and robbery of a pizza delivery driver.

Pet of the week
This male black cat and gray-and-white female cat are about 1 year old and are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Watson legacy as close as mailbox
With his likeness chiseled and sculpted in bronze, the statue memorializing Thomas E. Watson stands guard in front of the gold-domed Capitol in Atlanta.

Commissioners face re-zoning quandary
The ongoing debate over apartment housing in Columbia County is headed to a showdown Tuesday night. Whatever the outcome, commissioners have painted themselves into one pickle of a corner.

Dawgs good, but lighten up
Though it's still more than eight months away, the schedule for my birthday this year is looking really good.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for January 9, 2008.

Evans High falls to ARC
The Evans High School boys basketball team fell in the first round of region contests in a 75-64 double-overtime loss to the Academy of Richmond County Friday.

Athlete Spotlight: Jonathan Nicely
When Evans High School senior Jonathan Nicely hits the basketball court, his opponents are out to stop him. But wanting to do something and actually accomplishing it are two different things, Evans basketball Coach Kevin Kenny said.

Teamwork, defense has Evans on familiar roll
Columbia County has never been mistaken for a basketball hotbed, and that likely will not change anytime soon.

Sports Calendar
The Julie's House second annual golf tournament will be held March 12 at Bartram Trail Golf Club to raise money to provide shelter, goods and services to homeless women and their children. cost is $75 per person, or $200 per team, and includes greens fee, cart and lunch.


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