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Evans vs. Lakeside wrestling story was 'an insult to a man of integrity'
It is obvious your new sports writer doesn't know much about wrestling, and even less about wrestling in Columbia County.

Yard sale benefits cancer victim
The Bel Air Elementary School staff members are cleaning out their closets for a good cause.

Student's horse show to raise funds for breast cancer fight
The words "senior project" ignite dread among some high-school students, but Lauren McCaslin turned her idea into a life-saving cause.

Clinic opens to serve uninsured
The Columbia County Health Department and local volunteer physicians have started a free clinic to serve the medical needs of the uninsured and indigent.

Program trains disaster helpers
Residents wishing to lend a hand during disasters need look no further than the Community Emergency Response Team training program.

Weather doesn't stop King Day service project
Spring cleaning came a few months early at the Harlem City Park despite unfavorable weather conditions.

Pupil's father is center of attention
Cedar Ridge Elementary School second-grader Asya Peyton could not stop smiling Friday. Asya's class threw a party to welcome home her father, Staff Sgt. Damon Peyton of the 67th Signal Battalion, from a 15-month tour in Iraq.

Vacation photo
Donald and Phyllis Suggs, of Martinez, left the area's 82-degree fall weather for a two-week river boat cruise up the Rhine River from Amsterdam, through Germany and France, to Switzerland. They are shown on Christmas Day outside of Bern, Switzerland, in the cold weather. They said they were ready to return to Georgia for higher temperatures, but by the time they got home it was cold again.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending schools in Columbia County.

Time capsule
As reported 45 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Jan. 31, 1963:

Current events
A planning meeting for the 2008 Grovetown Heritage Festival will be held at the Grovetown Museum at 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Call (706) 863-1867, or (706) 863-4576.

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

CSRA Women's Golf announces officers
The CSRA Women's Golf Association announced its officers for the 2007-08 season.

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

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

Adoption spotlight
This male retriever is playful and between 2 and 3 years old. He is available for 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.

Cub Scouts tour hospital
Cub Scout Bear Den with Pack 615, Evans, took a tour of the MCG Children's Emergency Room on Dec. 8. Dr. Jim Wilde gave the tour and the children delivered Christmas gifts to the hospital.

Pay coroner more money
If there is a place where people line up to seek raises for public officials, I won't be in it. But if there's a place to call for a raise for the Columbia County coroner, count me in.

Grovetown High name wasn't hasty
I hear continuing criticism about the Columbia County School Board choosing the name Grovetown High School for our newest school. I wanted to give my rationale for supporting this name.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, January 30.

Chamber celebrates success
Not so very long ago, Columbia County was regarded as just a suburban "bedroom" community where citizens spent their time sleeping between trips to earn or spend money in Augusta. Boy, have we come a long way.

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.

Athlete Spotlight: Nicole Wells and Ebony Wells
Columbia County girls basketball coaches knew entering the 2007-08 season they'd have to stop Nicole Wells to stop Harlem.

Knights post huge win over archrival
The Evans High School Knights picked up a monster win Friday. Forget that they beat their archrival on the road, avenging a loss from two weeks ago. Also, forget that they proved to be king of the mountain in the county again this season.

Wrestling tournament photos
Lakeside High School's Alex Lozano wrestles Effingham County's James Fail during the Rebel Wrestling Duals tournament. Lakeside defeated Cross Creek 48-42 at Saturday's meet, but lost to Camden, Effingham, Benedictine and South Effingham.

HHS girls ink college deals
Two Harlem High School softball players were honored Wednesday for earning scholarships to play at the next level. Kacee Camp will play for Augusta State University, and Brittany Newsome will pitch for Aiken Technical College.

Evans holds off Greenbrier to move above .500
Evans didn't have long to enjoy beating rival Greenbrier on Friday.

Evans coach, players honored
When the roast chicken disappeared and the last crumbs of chocolate cake were gone at Thursday's 2007 All Area Football Teams banquet, Columbia County's schools were well-represented during the awards ceremony that followed.

Swimming results


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