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Pavilion level gets renovation
Cosmetic renovations for Savannah Rapids Pavilion's main level started Jan. 7 and will continue until April.

Several projects get go-ahead
Columbia County Planning Commission approved the first phase for a section of the River Island development Thursday.

Evans man appears on game show
An Evans High School graduate recently tried his luck at winning a small fortune a popular game show.

Youth stages concert for senior project
Performing for a church youth group once a week is one thing, but staging a concert is something else. Just ask Greenbrier High School senior Lane Perry.

Work to begin on fire facility
Work is set to begin soon on the county's new fire-training facility on Columbia Road.

Store seeks workers, donations
Harlem's nonprofit thrift store, dubbed "The Harlem Boutique" by one of its volunteers, needs help. Specifically, the store needs more items to sell and more volunteers to help sell them.

Greenbrier Middle School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Greenbrier Middle School.

Time capsule
As reported 36 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, January 19, 1972:

Euchee Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Euchee Creek Elementary School.

Current events
Columbia County's "Sounds of Jazz" concert series will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with a performance by Mood Indigo at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center. Tickets at the door cost $10 each or $30 for the four-part series.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Tax service office joins Merchants Association
The Grovetown Merchants Association cut the ribbon Jan. 5 to announce the membership of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service at Wrightsboro Road and Robinson Avenue.

Vacation photo
Michael and Melissa Barton recently celebrated their first anniversary by spending a week at Disney World, where they stayed in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Police blotter
Columbia County firefighters battled a fire Sunday afternoon at a two-story house in Evans.

Columbia County Commissioner Tom Mercer reads a plaque recognizing Linda Lindley, of the county's engineering department, as Employee of the Year for 2007. Scott Herring, the county's construction and maintenance director, looks on.

Blue Ridge Elementary School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Blue Ridge Elementary School.

Adoption spotlight
This tan-and-white female Lab mix is very friendly. She is 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.

Cameron Ballard, a 2007 graduate of Lakeside High School, has been named to the fall semester Dean's List at North Georgia College and State University.

Cynicism here for the season
All politics is local, sez the cliche. But with all the presidential stuff holding the spotlight, we had to wonder when our local political year would begin. Then, bang. Here it is.

Water, education among big issues
We have completed the first week of the 2008 legislative session, and so far things are moving quickly.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, January 23.

Park plan an investment in county's future
For more than 10 years, county officials have attempted to create a "downtown" in Evans as the focal point for the unincorporated and unofficial center of the community.

Lady Bulldogs have some bite in tough Region 3-AAA
Do not let the 11-7 mark of Harlem High School's girls basketball team fool you. They are far from mediocre.

Greenbrier, Evans to meet again
A Lakeside High girls basketball player had to be taken to the hospital Friday after a game.

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.

Bulldogs win title
The Columbia County Bulldogs 8-and-under USSSA travel baseball team ended its season by winning the South Carolina Winter State Championship.

Athlete Spotlight: Andy Gray and Sara Oland
Andy Gray and Sara Oland are Greenbrier High School's top basketball players on two very different teams.

Evans Knights beat Statesboro
The Evans High School boys basketball team bounced back from its recent woes to secure a 66-47 victory Friday night against Statesboro High School.

Former Evans player picks up pace at Aiken
Only two years ago, one particular shooting guard at Evans High School fired up basketball fans as few others have.

Greenbrier looks within to name football coach
After a tumultuous football season last year, Greenbrier High School will leave the past behind and start next season with a new football coach.

Swimming Results
The Columbia County Swim and Dive Championships were held Thursday at Augusta Aquatics Center. Below are the top three winners of each event.


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