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Speed bumps aren't among reasons for gratitude in Columbia County
I know there are many things to be thankful for in Columbia County: schools, businesses, quality of life, good jobs, etc. However, speed bumps don't make my list.

JROTC teams win at event
The JROTC teams from Lakeside and Evans high schools did not have to go far to take home plenty of hardware from the Army JROTC State Championships at Fort Gordon.

Harlem Relay organizers are optimistic
Volunteers will walk with a purpose Friday evening as they participate in Harlem's Relay for Life.

Family recalls kindness of Lakeside High grad
Alexis Noelle Colohan-Cannon Haworth packed a lot of experiences into her short life.

Award honors slain student
One year ago today, Columbia County native Ryan Clark died during a shooting at Virginia Tech. Members of a youth organization hope to soon unveil an award honoring Clark and one of his passions -- community service.

Broun sponsors essay contest
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun is sponsoring an essay contest for high-school students in the 10th District.

Earth Day to be celebrated Saturday
While environmental issues continue to escalate in the global political arena, Earth Day offers Columbia County residents an outlet to learn more about the world they inhabit.

Best-selling author to lead discussion at library
Beyond the thrills in the pages of best-selling author Steve Berry's books, area fans might enjoy the thrill of meeting the novelist Saturday when he will speak at the Columbia County Library for the finale of the One Book series.

Evans High students try to win with mechanics' skills
Two Evans High School juniors earned spots in the statewide Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills finals in Perry, Ga., today.

Get up and go
Carol Jackson, 4-H program assistant and "The Bat Lady," will present a free program on bats from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Reed Creek Park. For information, call (706) 210-4027.

Euchee Creek Elementary School
Third nine weeks honor roll for Euchee Creek Elementary.

Martinez Elementary School honor roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Martinez Elementary School.

Parts of Speech Pageant held
The Parts of Speech Pageant was performed at River Ridge Elementary School on March 28th.

Shock Dance Academy receives awards
Shock Dance Academy performers received platinum awards at the Star Systems dance competition in Spartanburg, S.C.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

Current events
Grovetown gears up for a week of events leading up to the annual Heritage Festival.

Time capsule
As reported 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 9, 1975:

Jump Rope for Heart
Cedar Ridge Elementary School third-graders Carter Coile and Jordan Jarrard participated in Jump Rope for Heart on March 20. Students in the school raised $5,000 in one week to help with research for heart disease and stroke.

CCRD Suns win 2008 championship
The Columbia County Recreation Department Suns, ages 13-15, are the 2008 junior champions. The team had a 13-1 season.

Masters patrons
John Weeks (from left), Alan Hyatt, and Kevin Hyatt (front) stand in front of the clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club.

North Columbia Elementary School
Third nine weeks honor roll for North Columbia Elementary School.

Pet of the week
This female shepherd mix is very friendly. She is about 2 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

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

Newsmakers
The Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport (FLAIR) announces the 2008 FLAIR Outstanding Student of the Year, Matthew Timothy Shafer, a French and Latin student at Augusta Preparatory Day School.

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

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

Evans senior helps during Masters
Evans High School senior Stephen Hargrove, 17, carries a telephoto lens and a chair for one of The Augusta Chronicle's photographers during the Masters Tournament. This is Hargrove's second year working at the tournament.

Traveling road less recalled
Because the middle daughter is partially following in her dad's footsteps and planning to attend Valdosta State University, we took a day-trip last week down south for a college visit.

In search of an honest politician
The fourth-century B.C. cynic Diogenes and the ancient Greek fabler Aesop had something in common: Both men, tradition says, spent their lives searching for an honest man. Tradition does not record their success.

Are the guests gone? Then let's talk
Could anything possibly be better than spring break and Masters Week? OK. Enough of that. Have the visitors left town?

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

Athlete Spotlight: Alex Cassagnol
It was a frigid day for a track meet when Columbia County girls teams met on April 3 to decide the best in the area. The cold, damp weather led one coach to dub the event the "Pneumonia Invitational."

Paralympics group works to reach out, add activities
Champions Made From Adversity recently received a boost when it was named one of 34 founding Paralympic sports clubs by the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic Division.

Prep Calendar

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

Gordon Park Speedway Results
Tommy Snell won the first points race in the Crate Late-Model Division at Gordon Park Speedway on April 12.

Little league teams get boost from Betsy
The original attraction of Betsy Bingo has been retired for five years, but the premise still makes event coordinator Doug Miller laugh.

Wind, competition made event tough
COLUMBIA --- The spot on the podium for the sixth-place finisher was empty Saturday as Anna Bowles' name was called.

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