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Former elementary administrator recalls student as future leader
As I read the recent story about Ian Saunders, the Evans High School senior who won a trip to the inauguration through a wager with his father, I felt compelled to share an interesting fact.

Library park will get new playgrounds
Guests visiting Memorial Garden behind the Columbia County Library will have three new features to enjoy once the weather turns warmer.

Clubs are formed to provide positive role models for kids
Bel Air Elementary School staffers recently instituted new social groups called the Gentlemen's Club and Ladies' Club, aimed at providing at-risk pupils with stronger role models than the media celebrities that hold sway over many of them.

New development director gets acquainted with county
The Columbia County Development Authority's new executive director, Troy Post, started work Monday, completing a monthslong process to fill the position.

Health fair offers good tips
Despite rainy skies, many meandered to the Columbia County Library Saturday to check out the inaugural Growing Healthy Together event.

Gamers invited to test skills musically
The Harlem High School marching band is inviting music lovers and video gamers to tests their skills at a video game tournament featuring Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution.

Teen will compete in Georgia pageant
Columbia Middle School pupil Sydney Hillman hopes to connect her peers with their elders through her title as Miss Augusta Outstanding Teen.

Babypalooza covers all bases for mothers
Expectant parents are invited to the Doubletree Hotel this weekend for information on what to expect and how to handle their bundle of joy when he or she arrives. Babypalooza is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the hotel at 2651 Perimeter Parkway in Augusta.

Vacation photos
Jin and Russell Brown of Grovetown swam at Banff Hot Springs, Alberta, during their seven-day Winter Wonderland vacation in early December.

Greenbrier Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Bobby Herrington, 2008 president of the Merchants Association of Columbia County (center left) and Mike Zapata, fair chairman (center right) presented toys to Lance Cpl. Clifton Halten (left) and Lance Cpl. Jonnathan Handshoe for Toys for Tots.

Columbia Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Family Literacy Night events
School Board Chairman Regina Buccafusco reads to Brookwood Elementary pupils Clayton Hill (front row, from left), Ryan Gil and Campbell Kitchens; Chantal Batchilder and son Oliver (back, from left) and Cedric Gibson, during Family Literacy Night at the school.

Stevens Creek Elementary Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Stallings Island Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Adoption spotlight
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Current events
Former minor league baseball player Bryan Carter will be the featured speaker from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at In Focus Church, with fellowship, worship, free pizza and door prizes. For information, call Justin Thigpen at (706) 833-6386.

Euchee Creek Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Lewiston Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Police blotter
The Harlem Department of Public Safety director resigned Friday after he was caught shoplifting from the Evans Wal-Mart, authorities said.

Barbara Jean Naugle has been inducted into the Beta Lambda Omicron Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Georgia Military College-Augusta. Naugle, an Appling resident majoring in business, is the daughter of Ray and Evelyn Hatton, of Martinez.

New senator would fit here
Surprise: The newest United States senator is from Columbia County. I bet you didn't know that. U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, picked by New York Gov. David Patterson to fill Hillary Clinton's vacant seat, lives in Columbia County. OK, sure, it's Columbia County, N.Y.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, January 28, 2009.

Scraping roads and counting votes
I thought it might be interesting to contrast what many Americans consider government entitlements today with the realities of the past.

More unwelcome drama for Harlem
We don't know what unfathomable lapse in judgment or personal demon led now-ex Harlem Public Safety Director Jerry Baldwin to attempt to shoplift from the Evans Wal-Mart. What we do know is that his actions come as a complete shock to everyone who knows him.

Defensive end wants time to develop on college team
When the area's best players converged on Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites last week, Nigel Charles was still not certain where he would play football next season.

Sports Calendar
The Warriors Challenge Run will be held Saturday at Barton Field on Fort Gordon. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The run will include a timed 5k run and a formation run. All proceeds go to Wounded Warriors and the Fisher House.

Steelers' victory in Super Bowl will be special
I will admit that as a football fan, I have been spoiled. Since I became aware of who the Pittsburgh Steelers were, back in 1975, I have witnessed my team win five Super Bowls. Five world titles in 33 years is a mark most teams would kill to attain.

Madebach honored
Augusta Christian Schools graduate Sarah Madebach (center) was honored for her high school and collegiate accomplishments as a track and cross country runner Saturday after the girl's basketball team defeated the Curtis Baptist Crusaders.

Athlete Spotlight: Dorian Freeman
Dorian Freeman knew her role the past three seasons. Her job wasn't particularly glamorous, but the Greenbrier forward knew what was expected of her in the Wolfpack's guard-heavy system: play solid defense, rebound the ball and get it to her backcourt teammates.

Greenbrier girls win pair of region contests
Greenbrier High School's boys basketball team's patience paid off last week.

Sports Newsmakers
Georgia Lightning was the South Carolina Winter State Champions in 2008.


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