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Registration is set for kindergarten
Kindergarten registration in Columbia County is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through March 26.

Preschool, Private Academic and Mother's Day Out Programs

Day Care and Preschool Facilities

Parents see benefit of early childhood education
Research indicates that children enrolled in preschool and mother's day out programs are better equipped to handle the daily demands of school.

Area Pre-K Programs

Columbia County sets pre-kindergarten registration
Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 to participate in the lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program. The schedule for Pre-K registration will be at the following elementary schools:

Screening is available for special-needs 3-, 4-year-olds
Many Columbia County parents of 3- and 4-year-olds turn their attention each spring to the lottery for prekindergarten slots for the next school year. The school system also provides pre-K instruction to children with special needs.

With Ryan Clark as model, county should consider 'Walk of Heroes'
The March 2 News-Times story about the decision of Kiwanis International to honor Ryan Clark was very touching. It is impressive that the spirit of this fine young man will continue to have a positive influence on people in the future.

Augustans in Army Boots 'gave us all an appreciation' for soldiers
Thanks to Pat Buchholz for arranging the "Augustans in Army Boots" session as a one-day exercise for members of the business and education community.

Harlem to take up historic proposal
After more than six years of work by the Harlem Historic Preservation Commission, a proposed historic district will go before Harlem City Council for approval this week.

Choral concert will feature mix of secular, sacred songs
For the first time in at least five years, the Columbia County Choral Society members intend to sing what they want to hear. The choral society will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Evans.

Harlem plans event for Saturday in park
With Easter coming earlier than usual this year, Columbia County residents also can celebrate a certain rabbit's arrival soon. Harlem is holding its annual Easter egg hunt at Harlem City Park on Saturday in conjunction with Family Connections of Columbia County.

Grocery store zoning is passed
Columbia County Planning Commission recommended a rezoning Thursday that will allow for a new Evans shopping center.

Workout for moms includes babies
Two or three times a week, Liza Gravitt loads her 2-year-old son, Aiden, into the family car for a trip, but they aren't headed for a play date or shopping. They go to Columbia County Memorial Gardens walking track for a workout they both enjoy.

Sheriff's office is named in lawsuit
A recently filed wrongful-death lawsuit contends the Columbia County Sheriff's Office is culpable for a 2006 wreck that killed two adults and an unborn child.

Officials ready for laser match
Teams from two opposing counties will hope for the luck of the Irish as they attempt to blast each other at Adventure Crossing on St. Patrick's Day.

Allen to run for commission
Martinez entrepreneur Trey Allen announced Monday his run for a Columbia County Commission seat. Allen wants to replace retiring District 2 Commissioner Tom Mercer.

Haydens cheerleaders compete
The Haydens Senior Black competition cheerleading squad won first place at the Ultimate Cheerleading Federation's national championship event in Columbia on March 2.

School lunches

Things To Do
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, in Evans, is holding youth leadership workshops from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and on March 29. All youths ages 13-17 are invited. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given.

Black History Month at Grovetown Middle
Grovetown Middle School celebrated Black History Month with African art in all art classes. Pupils viewed different kinds of African art, including kente cloth designs from Ghana, masks and sculptures.

Adoption spotlight
This male Jack Russell terrier is between 2 and 3 years old and 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.

Dance academy at Showstoppers
Shock Dance Academy competed for top honors against dance studios from around the state in Atlanta. Shock received one double platinum, eight platinum and 20 gold awards. This qualifies Shock for the national finals this summer.

Current events
Martinez Elementary School is seeking vendors for its spring carnival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at the school. For information, call (706) 868-0182.

Vacation photo
Gail Mercer, Carol Chaney, Dorothy Metcalf and Dorna Adams took a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Reading rewarded
Riverside Elementary School pupils join their principal, Judy Bonadio, as she does the chicken dance on the roof of the school as a reward for the children exceeding 18,000 Accelerated Reader points.

Get Up and Go
The Greenbrier High School Pack Players will present the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and March 20-22 at the school auditorium. Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for adults, and are available at the door.

Police blotter
These accounts were taken from reports provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

Parents: Remind children to buckle up
Another crash. Another young Columbia County resident dead. These things don't have to happen. Tragically, they do.

Running away from lawsuit
There's a scene in an otherwise forgettable movie - which is to say, I can remember the scene but not the movie - where a cop is chasing a bad guy on foot.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, March 12, 2008.

Athlete Spotlight: Trey Golston
Someone eavesdropping on Evans football coaches Friday might have assumed they were discussing a truck.

Sports calendar
A travel baseball team for 13-year-olds will hold tryouts for players and parents Saturday. Players cannot turn 14 before May 1. Call Rich at (706) 627-3251 or Mark at (706) 726-5569.

GSU coach looks for new QB
Second-year Georgia Southern football coach Chris Hatcher didn't sign any players from the Augusta area this year, but he said it wasn't from a lack of trying.

Preps calendar

Lion ready to roar at Louisburg
The bleachers were quiet during an Augusta Christian baseball game Thursday -- until Zach Cooper showed up and sat on the first row.

Wolfpack gets first lacrosse win
Greenbrier's boys lacrosse team was celebrating its first win, and players exchanged high-fives and congratulations in nothing but shorts and Under Armor, seemingly oblivious to the 40-degree conditions outside.

Lions roll in region opener
Nature granted Cardinal Newman mercy before the umpires could Thursday. Dusk fell after three innings with Augusta Christian leading, 17-1. Two pitches into the fourth, the home plate umpire stood up and declared that conditions were too dark to continue.


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