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'World should remember' that Hamas was the aggressor in war
Most readers will recognize the old saw, "Darned if you do; darned if you don't." This maxim applies now more than ever to our beleaguered friends in Israel.

'Boogie Bash' to benefit charity
It's time to raise some money for the American Red Cross with the 15th annual Boot Scootin' Boogie Bash on Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Commission OKs roadwork
Columbia County commissioners Tuesday approved $600,000 in road improvements on Washington Road as an economic incentive for the second phase of Mullins Crossing.

Soil sampling important for gardens
The warm weather at the beginning of the new year started many gardeners thinking about their gardens. I started looking at my records from last year, and I am in the process of planning where each type of vegetable will go in the garden.

Former 'Idol' contestant to star in brother's show
After Lakeside High School senior Stephen Lam discovered that the father of a close friend was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, he knew what he wanted to do for his senior project. And his brother will help.

New KFC will add breakfast
KFC restaurants are known for extra crispy chicken and the 11 herbs and spices that make up the secret recipe. But a KFC under construction in Evans will soon associate its name with breakfast.

Chamber director resigns over raises
The board of directors of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will soon begin a nationwide search to replace the chamber's executive director after accepting her resignation Wednesday.

Greenbrier High students feel effects of history
Just minutes before President Obama pledged to serve his country and the Constitution during Tuesday's inauguration ceremony, a buzzer blared at Greenbrier High School and hundreds of students watching the proceeding scattered back to class.

Forestry division is selling seedlings
Giving back to the environment can be as simple as planting a tree. Doing so not only can reduce energy costs but beautifies landscapes and attracts wildlife.

Riverside Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Jeremy Graham Band visits Brooklyn
Jeremy Graham and Mike Burress of The Jeremy Graham Band met with actors Gary Sinise and Jon Voight during the dedication of the Wall of Remembrance in Brooklyn, N.Y., last year.

Property transfers
Esther Ruth Nelson to Greater Augusta Apostolic Church Inc., 4420 Wrightsboro Road, $25,000.

Police blotter
An arrest warrant for possession of bomb-making materials was issued Tuesday for a Martinez man who is being treated for an explosion that injured his hand.

North Columbia Elementary Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Divorces
Christina V. Burns and Theodore J. Burns, Jan. 14, 2009.

Newsmakers
Seventy-nine students at Lakeside High have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2008 college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams.

River Ridge Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Adoption spotlight
Isabelle is a bearded collie/Dandie Dinmont terrier cross. She is 10 months old.

Play at Brookwood Elementary
Camille Saunders performs in the I Remember Martin Luther King Jr. play at Brookwood Elementary. This is the 20th annual production of the play, which presents the turbulent civil rights years using spiritual, patriotic and contemporary music.

Current events
Columbia County's Democratic Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Columbia County Government Complex Auditorium, in Evans. Canned goods for Golden Harvest Food Bank will be accepted as a community service project. For information, call (706) 513-3400.

Marriage Licenses
John Paul Burnette Jr. and Ryan Heather Vanderoff applied for a marriage license on Dec. 29, 2008, and were married Dec. 31, 2008, in Evans.

School Councils
The Cedar Ridge Elementary School council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, and on March 23 and May 11.

Chilly days
26 members of the Parrot Heads of the Savannah River and others jumped into the pool in Evans at about 8:30 a.m. Participants collected more than 1,700 coats to donate to the Salvation Army.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, January 25, 2009.

Chamber director departing gracefully
What could have been an ugly split in the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is instead an amicable transition, thanks to a gracious exit by the chamber's director.

Like weather, times change
There is little doubt that we will long look back on this past Tuesday, and each of us will remember exactly where we were.

Lakeside's precision shooting prevails
Lakeside's performance against Harlem on Tuesday was one the team had been waiting for. The Panthers boys didn't light up the scoreboard, but they enjoyed one of their better shooting nights in dispatching the Bulldogs, 43-31.

Area's athletes considering options at collegiate level
2009 looks like it will be another banner year for the county. Several players from Evans and Greenbrier will highlight the special day for high school players around the country by signing scholarships.

Signing day just formality for some
National Signing Day is less than two weeks away, and some area athletes already have decided where they will play next. Greenbrier High School defensive lineman Dylan Turner committed to Air Force during a visit Jan. 18.

Evans' Belton goes to D.C. with dad
Evans point guard Troy Belton knew before the basketball season started that he likely would miss the Knights' second meeting against Glenn Hills.

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