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Books inspire coffeehouse
Harlem now boasts two new businesses --- a coffeehouse and a consignment shop.

Senior exceeds goal for Make-A-Wish fundraiser
Long before Constance Parks decided what her senior project would be, the 18-year-old was planning a fund-raising concert.

County voters favor McCain
Though Mike Huckabee won Georgia's presidential preference primary Tuesday, Arizona Sen. John McCain edged out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among Columbia County Republicans.

Middle schooler spells victory in marathon bee
Evans Middle School eighth-grader Ashley Kim won the Columbia County spelling bee Monday.

Popular Valentine's Day flower, rose, is also favorite of Georgia gardeners
Valentine's Day is one of the biggest days of the year to be celebrated with flowers, and the favorite flower that will be given during Valentine's this week is the rose.

'American Idol' runner-up to headline first event in series
American Idol runner-up Bo Bice is set to kick off a new concert series at the Columbia County Amphitheater that will feature a variety of national and area acts in country, pop, rock and bluegrass music.

Commission OKs State Patrol building
Columbia County commissioners voted Tuesday to build an up to $2 million facility to house a new Georgia State Patrol post near Grovetown.

Town has strong roots in Arbor Day event
Columbia County officials are welcoming a 21st century version of a tree-planting folk hero this week in honor of Arbor Day.

Begin fertilizing lawns in March
Just as people's bodies need nutrients to help us grow, so do plants, vegetables and grass. The first step to growing beautiful lawns and plants is to make sure the soil is up to par.

Seeing hope in stem cells
Ashley Ford is raising money to take her son Will, 17 months, to China for a stem cell treatment to give him vision. The procedure will cost the family about $75,000.

School Lunch menus
Columbia County School lunch menus

Time capsule
As reported in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, February 12, 1959:

Christmas in Disney World
The Irwin family -- Lee, Darla, Maria and Gracie -- visited Disney World during Christmas break.

Current events
The Zack Pollard Club of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, on Washington Road in Evans, will present its ninth annual Black History Program at 4 p.m. today at the church. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Oscar Olin Brown Jr., the pastor of New Springfield Baptist Church, Waynesboro. For information, call Dr. Leslie Pollard at (706) 860-3387.

Adoption showcase
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc., a nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708.

Police blotter
Interstate 20 traffic in McDuffie County was temporarily closed Wednesday while emergency personnel worked to capture a stray emu running in the median.

Randi Jones made the Dean's List at the University of Georgia. She is a 2005 graduate of Evans High School and the daughter of Robbie and Lisa Jones, of Martinez.

Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll at Riverside Elementary

Bradford Taylor and Stacey Lynn Taylor, Jan. 28, 2008.

25 years of service honored
Richard Fairey (right), the market president for Wachovia Bank, presents a certificate to Rick Crawford for serving 25 years with the bank.

Lewiston Elementray School honor roll
A and A/B Honor Roll at Lewiston Elementray

Get Up and Go
Tom Womick will present an Arbor Day program at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Reed Creek Park in Martinez. For information, call (706) 210-4027.

Cited for outstanding service
The Military Order of World Wars chapter commander, Maj. Charlie Beasley (from right), presents a MOWW plaque to Staff Sgt. Paul Burks in recognition of his service, both in Iraq and in the Columbia County Sheriff's Office's special operations division, while the chapter's Law and Order chairman, Lt. Richard E. Herdegen, looks on.

Stevens Creek Elementary School honor roll
A and A/B Honor Roll at Stevens Creek Elementary

Property transfers
Mona Rae Alvin to David E. McCready, 2018 Summerton Circle, $132,500.

Newsmaker photos
Ashlyn Josephine Gorse, daughter of Charles and Sandra Gorse, of Evans, was named to the fall Dean's List at Kennesaw State University. She is a 2006 graduate of Greenbrier High School.

River Ridge Elementary School honor roll
A and A/B Honor Roll at River Ridge Elementary

Aaron Timothy Fridie, 31, of the 100 block of Highview Drive in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 13, 2007, and was sentenced to 18 months' probation and was fined $835.

So much for voter ID 'disenfranchisement'
The outrage should have been deafening. Surely you would have heard the protests over voter "disenfranchisement," of citizens being locked out of the polls because they lacked the identification required by a government intent on suppressing poor and minority voters.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for February 10.

McCain wins this time out
Boy, did I get that prediction wrong. Nobody will turn out to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary, I thought. Voters, especially conservatives, are discouraged at the choices of candidates and will just stay home, I figured.

Memories recovered in attic cleanup
One of the gifts I promised myself for Christmas this year was the time to clean my house. Funny gift, perhaps, but it had been years since I roamed the attic, dusted books or took inventory.

Apartment zones get chilly reception
There seems to be a trend catching hold in area governments: New apartments are getting a chilly reception.

Sports Calendar
The GreenJackets 12-under travel baseball team is looking for players who will not turn 13 before May 1. Pitching is a plus. . For information, call Keith Barden at (706) 210-1039 or (706) 589-1039.

Player takes care of obligations before signing for Morehouse
Mykel Green is a stand-up guy. That's what those who know him best stood up and said at his signing day party at Firehouse Subs.

Signing Day truly is special occasion
As I drove home from my annual college football signing day party, I could not get something a player said out of my head.

AC hopes to rebound from loss
Before Tuesday's game against Hammond School, Tyler Bourdo talked about how the first game against the Skyhawks slipped away.

Athletes sign with colleges
Michael Heredia never had reason to talk to the news media before Wednesday.

Baseball teams getting ready for new season
One game on Greenbrier High School's baseball schedule has been circled by area baseball fans and media for some time.

Greenbrier girls, Evans boys will need momentum to win
Region tournament play begins this week for Columbia County basketball teams. Here's how they stack up as the post-season competition begins:


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