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'Answers in Genesis' founder's visit will espouse 'clearly bad science'
Ken Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis organization, is coming to town to explain how evolution has incited racism and should be banned from the classroom.

Flag project honors submarine, crew
A recent flag presentation in Columbia County honored a Navy submarine returning to service and gave residents a chance to become part of history.

Harlem High's play is murder
Murder might make people uneasy, but a group of drama students at Harlem High School hopes to kill with its comedy.

Four move up after elimination drawing
Before December, Sheila Stewart knew little about the Make Kids Count contest, but when she saw the entry form for the 9-to 12-year-olds category in The Augusta Chronicle , she decided to enter her daughter Samantha.

Lakeside High senior honored as county's STAR student
Lakeside High School senior Linda Yi received Columbia County's top academic honor Thursday for earning the highest SAT score among county students this year.

Hudson Shad to put comic twist on popular tunes
Crooners from Chicago hope to make their debut Saturday in Evans a memorable one. Hudson Shad, which consists of five classical vocalists and one pianist, will perform popular songs from the 1920s to the 1960s with a humorous twist.

Mammogram mobile helps busy women stay healthy
The motto displayed on University Hospital's mobile mammography van offers women a few words of wisdom.

Event to inform on adoption
Families interested in adoption or foster care are invited for an informational session and matching meeting Saturday.

Valentines sold to make wishes come true
Children, parents and staff members bought special valentines last week to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, a national organization that grants wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions.

Students place in musical contest
Two Columbia County students earned two of four top honors at the 2008 Augusta Symphony Youth Competition.

Adoption spotlight
This male black-and-tan German shepherd is very friendly. He is about 1 year old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

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

Time capsule
As reported 39 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, February 20, 1969:

Current events
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, at 703 Furys Ferry Road, in Evans, will hold a Black History Month Youth Sunday Explosion on Sunday, along with displays of African-American art and a church-family quilt during February. For information, call (706) 860-7091.

River Ridge Elementary School Honor Roll Addendum
The following class was left off the previous honor roll.

Things to do
Evans High School senior Valeria Nwabiani is leading an electronics recycling day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, with used electronic items accepted for recycling.

50th anniversary celebration
George S. and Geneva Rolland Grant celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 8, 2008 at their residence in Martinez.

Doors decorated for MLK Day
The sixth-grade homerooms at Evans Middle School decorated doors for Black History Month. The homerooms researched an influential African American and selected the person they thought was most interesting.

Vacation photo
Ginger Woods, of Martinez, recently vacationed in New Orleans.

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

The following students were named to the fall 2007 Dean's List at the University of Georgia.

School Council Meetings
The Westmont Elementary School council will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the media center on Thursday and April 3.

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Police blotter
Authorities are seeking a man they believe was wounded during a shooting Monday outside a West Lake home.

Pocket rezoning: Good idea, bad effort
It's easy to evaluate the Columbia County school board's "pocket" rezoning of a relative handful of students: Great idea. Lousy execution.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

Fugitives nabbed departing Paradise
Perched in the open-air, Costa Rican airport, awaiting our flight back to cold reality, I commented to my husband, "Perhaps I'll make it to spring now."

Help the cops: Lock your car
As Monday's shooting in West Lake makes frighteningly clear, some people just haven't gotten the message. Lock. Your. Car.

Greenbrier girls, Evans boys head to state tourney
The Evans High School boys basketball team had a strange season. Once they got the football players back in December they seemed unbeatable. They were 13-2 as of Jan. 3. However, they limped into the region playoffs with losses to Greenbrier and Lakeside and going 5-5 after Jan. 4.

Nicely to sign with N.C. Central
When Jonathan Nicely's name was called before Evans basketball's senior night, the cheerleader with the microphone said he was headed to Georgia Tech.

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.

Sisters to race for Jags
Savannah Sutton and her twin sister, Shelby, entered the world at nearly the same time. Unfortunately for the athletics department at Augusta State University, it couldn't assign one scholarship to both of them.

Knights No. 2 seed in playoffs
Evans boys basketball team's region playoff run ended with a loss in the championship game, but the Knights could still consider it a success.

Patriots win Shootout
The Columbia County Patriots U-13 won the Augusta Arsenal Spring Shootout. The event was held on Feb. 9-10 at the Augusta Soccer Park. The team won all four games to claim the championship.

Greenbrier girls play in first game
Lakeside High School's girls lacrosse team spoiled the debut of Greenbrier's new team Saturday, defeating the Lady Wolfpack 12-0 in their debut scrimmage game at Greenbrier's stadium.

Athlete Spotlight: Eric Chiu
Adam Byars usually tells his swimmers to try to focus more on what they can control rather than their competition.


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