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County officials perpetuate hazard by failing to repair Creekwalk banks
I agree wholeheartedly with the The News-Times editorial on April 16, and the letter to the editor April 20 by P. Hill about the lack of action by local lawmakers on property tax relief.

Hall says goodbye to zoning board
Deanne Hall officiated her last Columbia County Planning Commission meeting Thursday. A new county ordinance, recently approved by the U.S. Justice Department, required Hall to step down as chairwoman.

Earth Day celebrated at Reed Creek Park
The threat of rain Saturday didn't keep Mary Lewis from showing her appreciation for Columbia County's Earth Day celebration.

Magazine publishes poem by local pupil
Some things are worth the wait. Evans resident Holly Kendrick, 11, recently learned that a poem, My Imagination, which she wrote when she was 9 years old, was published in the April edition of the magazine Highlights for Children.

Music is focus of festival
The inaugural Local Yokel Music Festival kicks off at the Columbia County Amphitheater at noon and lasts until 10 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Columbia County Cares Food Pantry in Appling.

Church holds its first event to bless animals
Furry, feathered, finned and scaly creatures are invited to bring their owners to one Harlem church Saturday for a special blessing.

Two musicians come home
Two musicians with roots in Columbia County will return Sunday evening. Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, of Lady Antebellum, both graduated from Lakeside High School in 2000 and will perform Sunday at the Columbia County Amphitheater alongside band member Hillary Scott.

Pet adoptions, vaccinations are offered
Spring brings Columbia County Animal Care and Control's Special Pet Adoption and two new services to the county's pet owners.

Time capsule
As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 24, 1974:

Michael Palmese, of Lakeside High School, was among nearly 200 outstanding high-school seniors who recently attended Georgia Southern University's second annual Southern Leadership Excellence Academics and Dedication (LEAD) Conference in Statesboro.

Adoption spotlight
This female shepherd/Keeshond mix is very calm and friendly. She is between 1 and 2 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit

Get Up and Go
State Sen. Bill Jackson will be the guest speaker at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Columbia County Republican Party Breakfast at Fatz Cafe in Evans. Breakfast costs $6. For information, call (706) 955-2012.

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

National Poetry Month declared
Commissioner Tommy Mercer presented a proclamation at the Columbia County Board of Commissioners meeting April 1 observing National Poetry Month in Columbia County. Receiving the proclamation is Lucinda Clark, president of PRA Publishing.

Harlem Relay for Life held
Cancer survivors walked the first lap in their honor Friday evening at Harlem's seventh annual Relay for Life fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society.

Addendum Grovetown Elementary School Honor Roll
The following students were inadvertently left off the honor roll originally submitted by the school. The students names are as follows:

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GSU Cheerleaders win championship
The Georgia Southern University All Girl Squad, including several graduates from Columbia County schools, won the national championship at the NCA Collegiate Cheer Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Current events
Evans High School FCCLA will hold a Purse/Accessories Party fundraiser from 3-6:30 p.m. today in the commons area of the school. Purses, jewelry, beach towels, scarves, etc., will be for sale, with monogramming available. Proceeds will help to support FCCLA school and community service events.

Vacation photo
Bill and Jordan Fishburne used the Presidents Day holiday from school to visit Breckenridge, Colo., for a little skiing. It was Jordan's first ski trip. After a day in kids' ski school, Jordan hit the slopes with his father.

Whiteoak Camp worship service
Members from area United Methodist Churches gathered at Whiteoak Campground's chapel Saturday night for a worship service.

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

Sanders naming is perfect choice
When it came time for the city of Harlem to name its new Head Start/Community Connections building, it didn't have to look far to find an honoree. And it couldn't have found a better one.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Smaller towns get all the fun
With the end of the month coming up, I'm hoping for some more fun news from Washington. No, not D.C. I'm talking Washington, Ga., just down the road from here, part of our 10th Congressional District.

Evans soccer player wants to help turn around Cumberland
Alyx Shultz played soccer three years for Greenbrier High School before enrolling at Evans for her senior year. Her next stop will be Cumberland University in Tennessee, where she accepted a scholarship offer during spring break. Shultz said she fell in love with the school.

School rezoning will affect athletic programs
Grovetown High School's inaugural sports seasons are more than a year away, but future Grovetown Principal Penny Jackson said she's received a substantial amount of interest in the new school's athletic director position.

Prep girls win 4-AAA meet
Amanda Matheson has been dancing since she was 3 years old. The Augusta Prep senior says the skills she uses on the dance floor have helped her performance as an athlete.

Harlem Bulldogs to face powerful Cross Creek Razorbacks
Derek Clayton was on a mission for the Harlem High Bulldogs on Friday. It was to beat the visiting Thomson Bulldogs and create a possible 3-AAA subregion showdown this week between Harlem and the Cross Creek Razorbacks.

Wandless closing out college play in big way
Former Greenbrier High School standout Scott Wandless was not groomed to be a pitcher. Early in his prep career, baseball did not appear to be part of his college plans.

Athlete Spotlight: Jennifer Grant
Jennifer Grant's parents weren't die-hard University of Georgia fans before she visited UGA for a cheerleading tryout during spring break. "They are now," the Evans senior said.

Rodeo back for another ride
The fourth annual Rodeo Nights Pro Rodeo returns to the Columbia County Fairgrounds this weekend. Sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association, the rodeo includes competitions Friday and Saturday nights at the fairgrounds on Columbia Road.

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.

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