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Powderworks chimney is the first monument to the Confederacy
Yes, Mr. Wells, Col. George W. Rains expanded the existing Augusta Arsenal and made many additions. The Confederate Powderworks did not exist prior to the war, so it was the only structures started and finished by order of Jefferson Davis and the Confederate government.

Old store is transformed
Once a burgeoning general store in the heart of Appling, the J.D. Howell Company building fell into disrepair after it closed in 1991. Recently, a group of men took on the task of fixing up the old place on Ray Owens Road and transforming it into a men's meeting hall.

Library offers summer programs for teens
Teens looking for fun can beat the summer heat by heading to the Columbia County Library this month. Children 12 to 18 are invited to participate in three programs hosted by the library.

Museum and bank honor art teachers
Two Columbia County teachers recently won awards from the Morris Museum of Art and Wachovia Corp.

Fashion show benefits therapy program
Hope House Inc. will play host to a fashion show and luncheon June 17 to benefit its therapeutic child-care program.

Orthodontist sees the past in her collection of fossils
As a child, Holland Maness spent many summers vacationing at Edisto Beach with her family. While walking along the shore, her father taught his children to develop an eye and appreciation for artifacts that might easily be overlooked.

Commission OKs budget
The Columbia County Commission tackled some major issues during a Tuesday meeting, but pushed back other decisions.

Concert to benefit group's work
When Help Can't Wait, a nonprofit organization, will hold its first fundraiser, Gospel for the Soul benefit concert and silent auction Tuesday.

Eagle Scout develops butterfly garden
As director of The Family Y's Camp Lakeside in Lincolnton, Chris Hawn knew that he wanted to expand on the camp's environmental education. He also knew that taking his list of project ideas to a group of area Boy Scouts might make for a worthy Eagle Scout project.

Destroy tubers to eliminate greenbrier
This spring, I was clearing a place for a new garden and I ran the tiller on what I thought was a stump. It turned out to be a clump of greenbrier tubers about the size that Eileen dug up. I have dug many greenbrier tubers, but none that were clumped together like these or any that was as large.

Planning before departure helps in case of a crisis
Search and Rescue (SAR) is a term used by the Coast Guard, and others, to name the exercise when a boat is overdue and presumed in jeopardy.

Daylily hobby now business
Frankye Crawford has quite a story to tell on how she came to acquire the more than 700 registered varieties of daylilies she and her husband grow in their Jacelo Daylily Garden in Appling.

Lewiston Elementary Honor Rolls
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for Lewiston Elementary School.

Builders contribute to police
The Builders Association of Metro Augusta Inc. has contributed $5,000 each to the Richmond County and Columbia County Sheriffs' departments and $2,000 to the Grovetown Police Department.

Vacation Bible Schools

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for North Columbia Elementary School.

Property transfers
Rebekah A. Smith to Valerie Denise Plummer, 522 Cashel Road, $133,900.

Current events
Augusta GreenJackets players will serve lunch and sign autographs at Stonecrest Southern Steakhouse in Evans from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to raise funds for Golden Harvest Food Bank. Tickets cost $25, and seating is limited. For information, call (706) 736-7889.

Broun recognizes area students
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., presents copies of the Georgia Constitution to Meredith Johnson, of Greenbrier High School (left), and Evans High School's Jena Berkheimer for their winning entries in an essay contest sponsored by Broun.

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

Vacation photos
Six 319th Army Reserve buddies recently spent some time in Destin Fla., deep sea fishing. Jennifer Gay (left) and Audra Edwards, hair stylists at Sports Cuts, went on a cruise to Belize, Cozumel and the Bahamas during Masters week.

Theresa Nancy Jolliff and Ashley Ivan Jolliff, May 27, 2008.

Toni Kay Biggs, 44, of the 500 block of Travis Court in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on March 9, 2008, and was fined $835.

Postseason awards handed out
Greenbrier boys soccer coach Chip Warren would wait until his Wolfpack had a comfortable lead during games this season before substituting for some of his veteran players.

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped.

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

Soul of Republican Party is at stake
On July 15, we will go to the polls and vote in the primary election. The very soul of the Republican Party is at stake.

If the movie's bad enough, we'll walk out
It's hard to look to our next-door neighbors these days without cringing. The dismaying antics of Augusta's Coliseum Authority are like watching a bad horror flick: We see the killer sneaking up on the victim, but no matter how much we yell at the screen we know what's going to happen.

Editorial cartoon
n July 15, we will go to the polls and vote in the primary election. The very soul of the Republican Party is at stake.

Daffin finishes at the beginning
We're losing one of the good guys. Zack Daffin has been around for five years, running Columbia County's Development Authority. It's a tough job. Columbia County isn't exactly a magnet for industrial development.

Award allows Belcher's legacy at Greenbrier to live on
Nolan Belcher's high school accolades culminated on June 2 with Greenbrier's baseball banquet at Old McDonald Fish Camp. The pitcher was named the team's best offensive player after leading the Wolfpack in batting average.

Greenbrier standout helps UGA advance
Monday's Georgia/Georgia Tech baseball game was about as big as it gets. The entire season was hanging in the balance as the two squads squared off in the regional final in Athens.

GreenJackets will serve for a good cause
The Augusta GreenJackets will trade their bats and gloves for serving trays Monday.

Area athletes compete
The Georgia Lightning 13-and-up travel baseball team took first place in the Shamrock Showdown on March 15-16. The Columbia County Bulldogs 8-and-under USSSA travel baseball team won the March Madness Championship in Simpsonville, S.C.

Air attack gets some assistance in camps
Greg Wilson watched from the sideline as seven-on-seven passing camps got underway Tuesday at Greenbrier High School. Wilson runs the camps, which are affiliated with the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


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