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Lawyers saluted for their military service
During my term as president of the State Bar of Georgia, I have been able to observe the many positive contributions our members are making outside the realm of the legal profession and the justice system.

Ethanol from corn represents 'political expediency, short-sightedness'
We have an energy to food crisis. Is there any foresight, common sense or logic ingrained in our members of Congress? No, it's mostly political expediency and short-sightedness.

Hemisphere's leaders scheming to create 'North American Union'
Recently I have learned that since 2005, President Bush has been meeting with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to form one country out of the three.

Evans filmmaker brings home prize
An Evans independent filmmaker recently earned praise for his work at a North Carolina film festival.

Solstice is opener for symphony Saturday
A Celtic music group from Columbia County will perform as the opening act at the Augusta Symphony's fourth annual Pops! Under the Stars.

Garden is dedicated to teen killed in crash
Augusta Christian Schools remembered a former student Friday with a dedication ceremony for the Christen Renfro Memorial Garden. The sun shined as Christen's family, classmates and educators gathered for the ceremony on the Baston Road campus.

Planners OK sidewalks
Columbia County Planning Commission decided that streets built inside Marshall Square will have sidewalks on both sides.

Dedicated Augusta Christian founder dies at 87
Augusta Christian Schools recently lost its founder and biggest supporter, Leila Havird. Havird, 87, died April 14.

Dialysis clinic offers kidney treatment as patients sleep
Columbia County's first dialysis clinic recently opened with a unique offering: dialysis while you sleep.

Book author, illustrator brings storyboards to life at school
Kimi Wilcox and Haley Johnson were model pupils at River Ridge Elementary School on Friday. The 10-year-old girls served as models for a sketch by Chris Soentpiet, an author and illustrator of children's books, who spent the day with the pupils.

Zach Cress, an eighth-grader at Evans Middle School, won first place in the county for the Young Georgia Authors award. His work, Final Hold, was selected.

Point of Pride winner
Brian Baine, the manager of McDonald's of Grovetown, stands at the entrance to the business, at 880 Horizon South Parkway. The restaurant was selected as Keep Columbia County Beautiful's Point of Pride winner for the first quarter.

Adoption spotlight
This female beagle mix is about 5 years old, loving and available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Vacation photos
On a trip to Texas in March, Bill and Marcia DeHaven toured the Alamo and the other four missions in San Antonio, enjoyed a few days on Padre Island and visited the LBJ Ranch & National Park in the Hill Country near Fredericksburg.

Point of Pride winner
Jamie M. Usry-Nickerson (from left), Debra L. Dakuras, Kathy D. Eubanks (the office manager), and Cindy S. Allgood stand at the entrance to Georgia Bank & Trust Evans Express branch, 4440 Washington Road.

Police blotter
A small airplane had mechanical problems and made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon on a beach near the Trade Winds Marina at Thurmond Lake.

Class reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1979 is seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion to be held summer 2009. Provide contact information to Dorothy Shanks at (706) 541-9293.

School Lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

School Councils
The Brookwood Elementary School council will meet at 4:15 p.m. today in the media center.

Career Day at Evans Christian Academy
Chuck McRee, with R. W. Allen, LLC, talks to Evans Christian Academy pupils Nathan Melton (from left), Paige Fowler, Sequoia Frazier, Derrick Benjamin and Fallon Montgomery about construction and business development during career day at the school.

Time capsule
As reported 29 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, May 2, 1979:

Columbia County employee of the month
Columbia County's Employee of the Month for May is Phil McCorkle, from the Roads and Bridges Department.

Current events
Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel will be the guest speaker 6 p.m. today at the meeting of Greater Columbia County Women at the Jones Creek clubhouse. Tickets cost $12. For information, e-mail Wanda Duffie at or call (706) 830-5730.

Second place can be deadly
As cartoonist BJ Wood and others have pointed out, the horse Hillary Clinton picked in the Kentucky Derby came in second - losing to a horse named Big Brown.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

Tech campus coming, in slow motion
If you want to see just how bureaucrats can represent sand in the gears of progress, look no further than the long-awaited Columbia County campus of Augusta Technical College.

Camp Calendar
The Family YMCA 2008 Golf Camps include two four-day camps at Bartram Trail Golf Course on June 16-19 and July 21-24. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $149.

Hitt, Salonick sign deals for scholarships
Kirtley Hitt is going to Cornell, but don't be fooled. She's on her way to Cornell College, which is much smaller than the Ivy League school in New York, and it's a school 1,000 miles from Augusta, in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Sports stars
The Columbia County Chaos boys 9-and-under baseball team won the Carolina Spring Shootout Tournament on April 19-20.

Baseball Playoffs

Sports Calendar
A seven-hour boating-safety course will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Thurmond Dam Visitors Center on U.S. Highway 221 on the South Carolina side of the dam. Completion of the course satisfies Georgia and South Carolina requirements.

Despite losses, Greenbrier is still contender for the season
Greenbrier High School is not the dominant team it was the previous two seasons. How can a team lose Rich Poythress, Jeff Rowland, Brandon Cumpton and Chris Johnson and expect to be close to the team it was?

Athlete Spotlight: Pat Rachels
Pat Rachels recently suffered a setback to his nationally known athletic endeavors. Rachels probably will return to the field soon. After all, he's got a reputation to uphold. The 72-year-old was inducted into the Senior Softball Hall of Fame on April 19.

Lakeside seeking baseball coach
Departing Lakeside baseball coach Jay Matthews said that he hopes his replacement comes from within the school but that he knows it is likely out of his control.


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