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Concerns about children being rezoned to Harlem High are 'insulting'
Re Patricia Kissinger's concerns about her child (or children) being rezoned to Harlem High School:

What they are saying
The News-Times recently asked children at The Sunshine House day-care center in Evans, "What is your favorite Easter candy, and why?" Here are some of their responses:

Arts group seeks business members
Columbia County's arts umbrella organization is making plans to increase its membership with a drive beginning Monday.

Senior is Christian school's first STAR
It was a double honor for Evans Christian Academy recently when the school participated in its first STAR program, which honors the student with the highest SAT score and his or her STAR teacher.

23rd 'Roar' benefits from good timing
The Columbia County Ballet's 23rd annual production of Roar of Love presents a story that has close ties to Easter.

Workshops, seminars are packed with tips
It's time to get out the garden tools, get on your knees and tend to the task of planting your flowers and vegetables. For some, where to start is a daunting task.

Evans Christian plans for new building
Grovetown High School might get a neighbor on Chamblin Road when it opens in 2009.

Group urges young drivers to buckle up
Vince Meadows received a call Feb. 2 that he hopes no other parent will have to answer.

Plants can overcome freeze, drought
If we think back to this time last year, we were waking up on Easter Sunday to the temperatures in the mid-20s. Many of our plants were devastated by this sudden change. We were seeing the effects of this cold weather into the summer.

Panel OKs parking on street for park
Columbia County commissioners re-examined a master plan for the Evans Town Center Park during a Tuesday meeting.

Volunteer's work recognized
John Graham recently saw his work with the Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream program rewarded.

Seminars will discuss alcohol use among teens
Columbia County Community Connections is holding two programs Tuesday to help educate and protect teens.

Retirees learn about growing orchids
Patience is a virtue, especially in regard to gardening. Just ask Lillian Bertram.

Race for cure while testing BMW
Taking a spin in a Beemer on Tuesday might help cure breast cancer.

Tag! You're it!
Harlem Mayor Scott Dean stalks his prey through the new laser tag facility at Adventure Crossing. A Columbia County team competed against a team from Richmond County.

Miss Evans Middle School named
The second Miss Evans Middle School pageant was held March 14.

Jan Platt and Kevin Platt, March 14, 2008.

Time capsule
As reported 52 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, March 22, 1956:

Pupils win limousine ride
Caleb Arrington, kindergarten (from left); Jayden Lockhart, first grade; Javier Flohr, third grade; Logan Wood, first grade; and Tyler Tucker, fifth grade; got a one-hour limousine ride and lunch at Stevie B's on Dec. 18 after they were winners in a Grovetown Elementary School fundraiser.

Greenbrier Middle FBLA goes to state
Greenbrier Middle School FBLA Region winners are heading to state competition. The students are: Hannah Booth (front, left) and Jared Long; Taylor Price (middle row, from left), Veronica Shultz and Lauren Noto; Brianne Davenport (back, from left), Peyton McCubbin, Sami Nester, Jackie Ramos, Peyton Higgins, Marlee Garner and Zaira Marrero.

Property transfers
Brush Development LLC to Benchmark Augusta Homes Ltd., 4060 Corners Way, $30,000.

Police blotter
A Martinez man died Sunday after he wrecked his sport motorcycle during a race near Savannah, Ga.

Trumpeters play in Savannah
Lakeside High School's Trumpet Ensemble was invited to perform during the Georgia Music Educators Association conference Jan. 25-27 in Savannah.

Current events
A ceremony to unveil a marker dedicated to Columbia County's volunteer firefighters will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Eubank Blanchard Park in Appling.

Get up and go
Martinez Elementary School is seeking vendors for its spring carnival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school. Call (706) 868-0182.

Going to see Hannah Montana
Taking a trip out of town, or just visiting the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times . Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to cnt@newstimesonline. com. Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

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

At least pollen will wash off
Ah, spring. Its official arrival was Thursday, heralded here by tornadoes of pine pollen.

Understanding the resurrection
They were 12 complex men - burly, timid and skeptical, yet full of hope that what their magnetic leader had told them was true. When their faith was strong they left fishing nets, took sabbaticals from government positions and borrowed family time to follow him. When faith was weak, like now, they wondered if anything he said was true.

Members sought for arts organization
Getting a group of artists moving in the same direction can be as tough as herding cats.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, March 23, 2008

CSRA Heat team finishes second
The CSRA Heat 15 Black girls' junior traveling volleyball team finished second in the Gold Division at the Greenbrier gym tournament on March 8. They lost to Camden in the finals 22-25 and 16-25.

Prep calendar
Monday, March 24

County players succeed as Pacers
The University of South Carolina Aiken's baseball team has been red hot lately, winning six straight games, and 20 of their last 23. Overall, the Pacers are 23-5 (7-2 in the Peachbelt Conference), and they are ninth in the country.

Players greet pupils
Greenbrier High School baseball players Nick Richards and Josh Baggett talk to kindergartners Johan Medina as Anna Kate Hefner waits her turn at Riverside Elementary School.

Under-13 Arsenal boys in top bracket
The under-13 Augusta Arsenal Boys are finalist in the top bracket of the Augusta Arsenal ShootOut.

Wolfpack's Belcher is used when it counts
A woman grabbed my arm as I was leaving Monday's game at Lake Olmstead Stadium and told me to be sure to write about the injustice she had just witnessed.

Greenbrier on top again
Brian Killips remembers watching Greenbrier High School's JV boys soccer team last year and thinking it could have made the state playoffs on the varsity level.

Panthers' Morris gets 1st win
Evans High School baseball coach Ricky Beale wasn't pleased with the way his team finished the first part of the season. He vowed things would change after the Knights lost two of their final three games before opening region play against Statesboro on Tuesday.

Sports calendar
The Fourth Annual Adaptive Golf Challenge to benefit Camp TBI and other adaptive sports programs, sponsored by Walton Foundation for Independence, will be held April 7. Tee time is 10 a.m. at Augusta Municipal Golf Course, with special appearances by Vaughn Taylor and Jim Dent. Each team will consist of three able-bodied and one physically challenged player. Call Vicki Greene at (706) 823-8585 or e-mail


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