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Column on rezoning 'inflames' while county is trying to move forward
I was quoted twice in The News-Times, from the first middle school rezoning meeting and the first high school rezoning meeting. I was actually there.

Incumbent congressman 'has lost my vote' because of recorded calls
In a previous election here in Georgia, I voted against Jim Whitehead for our district's representative in Washington, D.C.

Plaque honors volunteer firefighters for service
Harold Cummings served as a volunteer firefighter with the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years. His service and that of other Columbia County firefighters was honored during a Thursday ceremony.

Animal control extends hours
Beginning Saturday, the doors to Columbia County Animal Care and Control will be open on Saturdays. The Appling facility will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Saturday.

For the Fans goes acoustic
Two singers from Sister Hazel will perform as the headlining act Sunday during For the Fans Entertainment LLC's acoustic show.

Early preparation is key to renting home for Masters
Preparing to rent a home for the Master's comes with a few tricks, but those familiar with the experience have lots of sage advice to offer. Joy and Frank Askin have rented their West Lake home for several years, and Mrs. Askin said her best advice is to start planning early.

Holiday may get brighter
With Christmas nine months away, Columbia County commissioners recently explored adding a rather large and shiny symbol of yuletide spirit as a holiday attraction.

Seminar to provide tips on foreclosure
Regina Preetorius wants residents of Columbia County to learn more about the intricacies of foreclosures.

Business owners wise up
Some Grovetown business owners got a safety lesson Thursday. In light of the recent armed robbery of a Dollar General store in the city, Grovetown Department of Public Safety Chief Al Robinson gave safety tips at the Grovetown Merchants Association monthly meeting.

Blue Ride Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Blue Ride Elementary School.

Harlem Middle School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Harlem Middle School

Math Olympics
Thirty-four Augusta Christian Schools pupils participated in the ACSI Math Olympics recently.

Adoption spotlight
This female chocolate Labrador retriever is calm and friendly. She is about 2 years old and is available for for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit

Westmont Elementary supports Lydia Project
The fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Westmont Elementary School raised more than $800 in their recent 4-H Club project supporting The Lydia Project Inc.

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

Current events
Parents of rising seventh- and eighth-graders being rezoned from Evans Middle School are invited to a drop-in visit at Lakeside Middle School all day Thursday. Call Ashley Renew or Katie Newton at (706) 855-6900.

FCCLA students at the Capitol
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members from Evans High and Harlem High schools recently joined more than 1,500 fellow members from across the state for FCCLA Day at the Capitol.

Grovetown Middle School honor roll
Third Nine Weeks honor roll for Grovetown Middle School.

Mpact Panthers win championship
The Mpact Mini Panthers of Evans recently won the COA Open National Cheerleading Championship for the Mini Level 1 division in Macon, Ga.

Evans Middle School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Evans Middle School.

Essay contest held
The College Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held an American Revolution essay contest for fifth- through eighth-graders in Columbia County schools. Two high school seniors were chosen by their schools as good citizens.

Cedar Ridge Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Cedar Ridge Elementary School.

Troop 72 takes first place
Troop 72 won first place Feb. 9 at the Girl Scout World Thinking Day event at Evans Elementary School. The troop chose Italy as their country, dressed as gondoliers and sang That's Amore.

Columbia Middle School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Columbia Middle School.

Get Up and Go
The annual Fort Gordon Sergeants Major Association scholarship essay competition will be held through May 31, with three $500 scholarships available to Augusta-area high school graduates.

Time capsule
As reported 47 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 6, 1961:

Meyers stars in musical
Alexandria Meyers, 5, the daughter of Charles and Shawn Meyers of Evans, played the part of Rapunzel in the Childrens Musical Theatre Ensemble on March 8. This was her second performance with the theatre.

Students make All-State Chorus
Augusta Christian students Matthew Conway, a sophomore, and senior Helen Cave recently attended the Georgia Music Educators Association's All-State Chorus in Savannah.

Vacation photo
Jin and Russell Brown, of Grovetown, passed Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America on Valentine's Day during a cruise on the Star Princess. The Browns' 16-day retirement celebration trip took them to destinations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the Falkland Islands.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, April 2, 2008.

Blame for deaths is on speeding thief
Apparently it will take the wrangling of a courtroom to determine whether Columbia County deputies in June 2006 were chasing a shoplifter's vehicle when it crashed into another car, killing three people.

Like weather, times change
The Columbia County school system is a lot like the old joke about our weather. If you don't like it, just wait; it'll change.

Lakeside lacrosse wins tournament
The Lakeside lacrosse team won a tournament at Greenbrier High School on March 8.

Athlete Spotlight: Emily Helmich
No one expected Emily Helmich to actually play when she joined Augusta Prep's soccer team as a freshman more than three years ago. She could practice, sure. A school the size of Prep wasn't going to cut anyone.

Thibodeau leads Harlem to win
A.J. Thibodeau scored a goal and assisted on three others in Harlem High School's 4-0 soccer win against Hephzibah. Not bad for a baseball player.

Raceway results
Results from the March 28 Crate Late Model race.

Yellow Jackets sting error-prone Lions
Tyler Bourdo sat in the dugout in street clothes before the game, his left eye red and puffy from a sinus infection. Travis Cerasuolo was out of the lineup with a high ankle sprain.

Prep Calendar

Sports calendar
The Columbia County Storm 9-under travel baseball team is seeking players. To be eligible, players must be 9 years old by May 1. For information, call Shayne Vining at (706) 306-3728.

Hill to leave Lakeside to join East Jackson
Randy Hill's Lakeside High years soon will end. The Panthers coach will leave after the end of the school year for East Jackson High School in Commerce, Ga.


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