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Pupils raise money for cancer research
Each year Angela Lowhorn's kindergarten class at River Ridge Elementary School draws snowflakes modeled after the artwork in the book Robert's Snowflakes by Grace Lin and Robert Mercer.

Ex-'Idol' singer to perform
An American idol plans to perform in Evans. Bo Bice is scheduled to play at the Columbia County Amphitheater March 16, according to the artist's Web site. Bice was named runner-up during season four of American Idol in 2005.

Make-A-Wish seeks volunteers
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama is looking for volunteers who want to make wishes come true.

Harlem ready for 2008 relay
The Harlem Woman's Club looked like the set of a rodeo as the city's Relay for Life committee kicked off the three-month fundraising season under the theme Harlem is Roundin' Up a Cure.

Course helps teens learn from driving mistakes
Megan Savage had to extend her arms and catch her balance to walk straight. Savage, 17, of Evans, was wearing Fatal Vision "beer goggles" at a Dec. 15 Traffic Intervention Program.

Church holds Celtic concert
Two California musicians will make their next tour stop Feb. 9 in Martinez. Jamie Laval and Ashley Broder, who now live in North Carolina, will perform a variety of progressive Celtic music at Quest Church.

Group learns life skills while having fun
Members of the Venture Crew 615 tend to find fun in the most extreme places. The coed group already has conquered indoor rock climbing, trail bike riding and whitewater rafting.

Cub Scouts race cars in annual Pinewood Derby
Cub Scout members geared up Friday night to show off their wheels to family and friends.

Westmont's pupils celebrate birthday of resident dinosaur
Westmont Elementary School pupils on Feb. 1 celebrated the eighth birthday of George, the dinosaur who resides in the media center.

Home to provide shelter for homeless women, children
When most people purchase a home, they intend to move in as soon as possible. Pat Bourke is not most people.

Teen known for giving time
Anyone who knew Callie Meadows easily spotted a funny, friendly, giving and outgoing 18-year-old with a bright future.

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Greenbrier Elementary School honor roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Greenbrier Elementary School.

Current events
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, on Columbia Road at Lewiston Road, will hold an Ash Wednesday service and prayer labyrinth walk starting with supper at 6 p.m. today. For information, call (706) 863-6795.

Dance company wins first
Augusta West Performing Dance Companies recently competed in the Tremaine Dance Competition in Atlanta and won a first place and an overall high point award for their performance of Spice Girls.

Sport stacking show
Cedar Ridge Elementary fourth-grader Jackie Rau won first place in the school's cup-stacking tournament on Jan. 24.

Eagle scout project nets book
John Klement, 14, (third from left) donated 3,815 books to Heritage Academy and Columbia County Friends of the Library as part of his project for his Eagle Scout award, which he received on Aug. 22.

Noah visits Moscow
Chris Noah (center), of Evans, visited Moscow in December.

Police blotter
A two-car wreck near Clarks Hill Lake on Saturday left an Evans teen dead and sent five others to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Westmont Elementary School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Westmont Elementary School.

Adoption spotlight
This male Labrador retriever and St. Bernard mix is very friendly. He is between 3 and 5 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit

Lynx hockey fun
Alex Crow, Rose Edenfield and Bennett Crow had fun at the Augusta Lynx game on SRP Night on Jan. 12. The Lynx hockey team won 4-1 after a two-hour game delay due to ice problems.

Time capsule
As reported 47 years ago in the pages of The Columbia County News-Times, Thursday, Feb. 2, 1961:

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

Paralympians compete
Christian Swearingen throws a softball during a track and field clinic as local Paralympian Scott Winkler gives him some encouragement at Patriots Park on Saturday. Champions Made from Adversity, BlazeSports America and U.S. Paralympics played host to the clinic.

Tornado devastated county in 1875
Tornado watches and warnings have become a commonplace occurrence today. But on March 20, 1875, with very little advance notice, the barometric pressure suddenly dropped, helping to unleash a massive tornado in one of Columbia County's worst natural disasters.

Reagan Day follows vote
Happy Ronald Reagan Day. What, you thought it was just Ash Wednesday? Guess again. Thanks to a resolution passed by the Georgia Senate - co-sponsored by our own state Sen. Bill Jackson, among many others - Feb. 6, 2008 is Ronald Reagan Day in Georgia.

Prepare for bad weather while the sun shines
The old saying is to "make hay while the sun shines." During Severe Weather Awareness Week, that could be paraphrased: Prepare for bad weather while it's sunny.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, February 6, 2008.

Athlete Spotlight: Laura Kopald
Two of these newspaper pages already hang in Laura Kopald's house. She was featured in Athlete Spotlight as a junior basketball player, and again this season for her volleyball prowess.

County teams head for regional contests
Most Columbia County basketball teams experienced a rough weekend as they head toward their region tournaments.

Reeve expects to end director's job in August
Tim Reeve chose teaching to spend more time with his family. He didn't plan for all this. Two months after taking over for demoted athletics director Jody Grooms, Lakeside High School's assistant principal is feeling the weight of his two jobs.

Signing Day promises to be a busy day for Columbia County athletes
The Evans Knights enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history in 2007, and all of that success seems to be paying dividends in the recruiting process.

Augusta Prep narrows candidates for football coach
Augusta Prep interviewed its final head coaching candidate Monday as the school moved closer to fielding its first football team.


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