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Symphony wraps up series with pianists
The Augusta Symphony's final concert of the Columbia County Music Series will end Saturday with a performance by a pair of pianists.

Market planned for Harlem
One man's trash is another man's treasure. The adage serves as an impetus for Harlem's annual spring Trash to Treasures Market.

2 benefit car shows are planned
Automotive enthusiasts will have plenty of full-throttle entertainment this weekend at car shows set for Saturday and Sunday.

Sheriff's office says investigation goes on
Columbia County authorities recently denied part of a request by The Columbia County News-Times to view records concerning a fatal June 2006 wreck that is the subject of a lawsuit.

Rezoning plan has first hearing
Columbia County school administrators held the first of two public hearings at Harlem High School on Thursday to introduce the high school rezoning plan to the community.

Industry honors Harlem teacher
Harlem High School teacher Barbara Howard recently earned recognition as Georgia's 2008 ProStart Teacher of the Year.

Augusta Prep students set to get 'Footloose' this weekend
Imagine what would happen if teenagers today were told that dancing was illegal. That is the premise of the 1980s musical Footloose, which will be performed by Augusta Preparatory Day School's theater department Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 nightly.

Board OKs rezoning for church
Columbia County Planning Commission voted Thursday in favor of rezoning about five acres of Grovetown land for a new church.

Basketball fundraiser benefits ministry
An Appling non-profit ministry is offering an evening of amateur basketball entertainment Saturday.

Walk MS hopes to raise $45,000 this year
The annual Walk MS Augusta will be held Saturday at Stevens Creek Elementary School.

Kick-A-Thon raises money for charity
Erin Green, 4, kicks for a cause with the help of Augusta State University student Richard Weimar, 17. The event was designed to raise money for 19-month-old Will Ford, who has been blind since birth.

Students attend leadership conference
Three Augusta Christian Schools students recently attended a leadership conference. The Augusta chapter of The Military Order of the World Wars held the conference for high school juniors who demonstrate leadership and scholarship.

Tornado strikes Appling
A mobile home on Ray Owens Road near Appling was destroyed by a tornado March 15 while the trailer next door was undamaged.

Columbia Middle School hosts pageant
Columbia Middle School recently held its first Miss CMS pageant in 15 years.

Brookwood Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Brookwood Elementary School.

Evans Middle School science fair
The Evans Middle School eighth-grade science fair second-and third-place winners are as follows:

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.

Art Month at Grovetown Middle
Sixth-grader Olivia Vasquez works on a project for youth art month at Grovetown Middle School.

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

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Adoption spotlight
This male pointer mix is energetic and very friendly. He is between 1 and 2 years old and is available for for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit

Maxwells visit Orlando
The Maxwell family recently went to Orlando, Fla.

Good step toward more recycling
When county residents are asked what sort of things the local government can do to improve quality of life, requests for more opportunities for recycling hit near the top. Those requests likely are to come true soon.

Harlem's dogs fighting back?
Perhaps the biggest news to come out of last week's first high school rezoning hearing was this: After school officials finished presenting the redrawn zones that include Columbia County's fifth high school, the audience applauded.

Church was dedicated to late poet
Among the stunning reminders of Grovetown's past are pictures of buildings that have now passed into oblivion. Whether through old age, fire or simple neglect, many of these structures have disappeared.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

Athlete Spotlight: Taylor Snyder
Taylor Snyder kicked his legs out as he walked, loosening them for a final run during the Wolfpack Invitational. The Greenbrier junior had already competed in both the team distance events earlier in the day.

Greenbrier offense needs to liven up to get wins
By now, many of you know that Greenbrier High School dropped a pair of games last weekend to AAAAA powers Brookwood and Parkview.

Pitcher Derek Clayton aided in Bulldogs' win
Base-running errors, a dropped fly ball and a tough day at the plate did not make for a happy scene for Harlem players Friday.

Wolfpack wins team competition
No socks were allowed on the runway during the Wolfpack Invitational, but Becky Stankus didn't need one.

Cheerios honors man headed to Paralympic Games in China
One hundred ninety Cheerios boxes were not enough, and the ones left on display behind Scott Winkler were sent to the canteen to be sold. The Grovetown resident looked around in disbelief. "I told you we should have ordered more," he said.

Experience didn't save Evans
Jeff Dumond walked up the bleachers and toward the exit, stopping only to grab a bite of food from the leftovers at the concession stand. He saw the fans who gathered around him as he walked, but he barely acknowledged them.

Sports Calendar
The Outlaws 14U USSSA traveling/tournament baseball team is seeking players. For information, call Robert at (706) 840-1066 or (706) 541-0346.

Pacers take second place
In its first year in the Columbia County Recreation Department's 13- through 15-year-old boys basketball league, the Pacers finished with a 10-4 record, losing the championship final game by only a small margin.

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