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Parents should enjoy time with children, not just send them to daycare
After reading the March 12 story in The News-Times, "Parents see benefit of early childhood education," I must speak up.

Pampas needs large space to grow in
As I traveled around the county last week, I saw numerous cases where the pampas grass in yards had been pruned back.

Magistrate's teen seminars prove to be popular
When Columbia County Chief Magistrate Wade Padgett embarked on an effort in 2006 to educate teenagers about legal issues they face, he never expected it to become so popular.

Easter lilies will last with care
Long associated with the Virgin Mary, the Easter lily is as much a part of the Easter holiday as egg hunts and chocolate bunnies.

April shows include Lady Antebellum
A nine-concert series debuts tonight with former American Idol star Bo Bice. Bice, the runner-up during American Idol's fourth season, will perform as the show's headlining act, with opening performances by local musician Patrick Blanchard and country rock band Crossin' Dixon.

Senior has right formula
Trevor Terris' advanced placement calculus teacher calls his student "the fastest calculator I've ever seen" because he is so quick with mental calculations.

Artist portrays her own view
Some artists prefer to follow the rules, but not Bibi Garcia. She likes her art to stand out. And that's just how "Bibi's View" won best of show in the 29th annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition currently on display at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

Clinic provides free vision screenings
Raven Moore knows how important it is to have her eyesight checked annually. The 55-year-old Grovetown resident is an insulin-dependent diabetic and is aware of how her age and illness can affect her vision.

Nagle reveals school rezoning proposal
Columbia County school system Superintendent Charles Nagle unveiled a rezoning proposal for high school boundaries at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Merchant marine gets experience
Jeff Chrjapin knows what veteran sailors mean when they speak of a captivation with the sea.

Grovetown readies for weeklong city celebration
The Grovetown City Council agreed Monday to participate in the Georgia Municipal Association's Georgia Cities Week.

Blood drives to aid burn victims
Two blood drives in Columbia County this week aim to help those injured in last month's sugar plant explosion in Savannah.

Columbia County Employees of the Month
Columbia County's employee of the month for January was Bobby Cato, traffic engineering, February was Raymond Jones, solid waste management, and March is Clyde Welch, roads and bridges.

Fee crowned Miss GCSU
Whitney Fee was crowned Miss Georgia College & State University 2008 homecoming queen at the March 2 homecoming basketball game. Fee is a 2005 graduate of Lakeside High School and the daughter of Gene and Debbie Fee, of Martinez.

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties.

Current events
Evans Middle School and The Home Depot are seeking volunteers to assist in a campus improvement project starting at 8 a.m. March 24. Lunch will be provided. For information, call Melanie Taylor at (706) 863-2275, ext. 3185 or e-mail

School lunches

Property Transfers
Dan R. Beavers to Thomas Francis Kelly, 4507 Derryclare Lane, $119,000.

Diana Grey and Robert Adam Grey, March 5, 2008.

Police Blotter
Police searched a wooded area of Augusta on Thursday and Friday for Bobby Lee Roberson, a suspect in last month's break-ins and shootout at West Lake subdivision.

Vacation photo
Joe and Jodie Shiver traveled to Maui, Hawaii, and spent time with their son Joey and his wife, Selina. Joey is in the Air Force and stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. They are shown enjoying the views from the road to Hana.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, March 16, 2008.

Wrong school scared again
As someone in the information business, one of my hobbies is studying phony information - specifically, urban legends.

Free clinics are cost-effective help
Two nights a month, I grab my physician's coat and get in the car and head back to practicing medicine - something I did for 34 years.

Train young athletes' parents - quickly
The word "fan" is short for "fanatic." That, all by itself, is reason to applaud the initiative by the Columbia County Recreation Department to help educate rec-league sports parents on the finer points of rules and etiquette.

Plenty of stars shone in girls basketball this year
This was an interesting year in Columbia County girls basketball. Greenbrier High School continued its dominance over the rest of the county, but other teams started to show some improvement.

Sports Calendar
Bartram Trail Golf Club will hold a Parent/Child Golf Tournament on March 23. The fee is $45 per team for members and $80 per team for non-members. Registration is open to the first 40 teams. There are five different age groups, including adults. Registration cutoff is today.

Multisport athlete to play soccer for GSU
Sara Oland paced the floor and talked on her cell phone Monday like a potential draft pick talking to an agent. But one of Greenbrier's most accomplished athletes already knew where she stood as she prepared to sign a soccer scholarship with Georgia Southern University.

Can game live up to the hype?
If you haven't already heard, you need to cancel that fantasy baseball draft Monday. Turn off ESPN and mute the talk of bubble teams and bracket busters. NBC's Heroes is on a break, anyway, and all your St. Patrick's Day partying should have been wrapped up by early this morning.

Swimming stars
Three Columbia County swimmers won events in the Georgia Age-Group State Championships, held from Feb. 29 to March 2.

Howell will be host at tournament
The nation's top junior golfers will converge on Columbia County in July for a tournament headlined by a well-known name.

Lions outlast Falcons for 1-0 shutout
A playoff feel enveloped Augusta Christian Schools' baseball field Tuesday during the Lions' state title rematch with the Ben Lippen Falcons.

'Pack close to top in region
Greenbrier High School's boys and girls soccer teams moved closer to locking up a No. 1 seed in the Region 3-AAAA tournament last week with a sweep of Lakeside.


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