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Machine operators should use protection
Editor: I know that state representative and former county commissioner Lee Anderson is a farmer by trade, and he is probably quite competent in operating all types of farm machinery. And, the fact that he used his time to clear trees after a storm in 2008 as shown on page 1 of the Feb. 1 edition of The Columbia County News-Times certainly shows his community spirit.

Soldier returns with gift, songs
When Rebecca Nelson opened her door Friday evening, she was greeted by a barbershop quartet singing an early Valentine's Day performance from her husband, U.S. Army Spc. Adam Nelson.

Local writer returns for signing
An Evans High School graduate will return home for a book signing Saturday at the Bean Baskette Coffee Shop. "I thought how fitting would that be to do my first (signing) back in my old hometown," said Wave Walton, who currently resides in Gainesville, Ga.

Program urges students to graduate
Harlem High School typically produces a lower percentage of graduates than any of Columbia County's public high schools. "We have a 70 percent graduation rate, so every four years we're losing 30 percent of our kids," Harlem High Graduation Coach David Thibodeau said.

Writers to gather, greet area readers
Appling resident Phillip Knox is one of 22 area authors who will greet readers and share their stories Saturday at the Columbia County Library.

Plan for Marshall Square revised
When it meets Thursday, the Columbia County Planning Commission will review site plan revisions for the Marshall Square development in Evans.

MOMS Club's fair focuses on area child care
For many mothers, choosing to leave their children with someone else can be stressful. "Especially those who have decided to stay at home, it is almost an even harder decision," said Joy Kay Bell, president of the MOMS Club of Evans, the local chapter of MOMS Club International.

Author will visit event in April
The first of a series of discussions of books by best-selling author Kathy Reichs starts Tuesday with the Columbia County Library's Columbia County Reads Together program.

Mistletoe State Park has outdoor activities on deck
Organizers of Mistletoe State Park's winter events are helping residents enjoy the outdoors with a variety of programs.

Police blotter
An Evans man was arrested early Saturday morning on charges that he drove under the influence after he struck two cars, two mailboxes and a street light, and damaged two other vehicles with flying debris.

Nurse speaks at school
Emergency room nurse Linda Dutil describes the procedure for pumping a stomach with the help of students Jordan Johnson and Samantha Hartley. The demonstration was part of a program, sponsored by A.B. Beverage Co., to warn students about the dangers of substance abuse.

Get up and go
Aquinas High School will hold its high school entrance exam from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday . For information, call (706) 736-5516, or e-mail

Vacation photo
Wilda and John Apostol, of Evans, visited Machu Picchu during their visit to Peru and Eucador.

Time capsule
Harlem High School's Lady Bulldogs basketball team shows promise for the upcoming CSRA Basketball Tournament. Entering the tournament with a record of 13-4, Coach Inez Brown's team has some strong players.

Current events
The Columbia County Extension Service Gardening at Lunch series continues at 12:10 p.m. today with a session on roses.

Adoption spotlight
These two male domestic short-haired kittens are bob-tailed and are 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.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Martinez Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Better traffic in a roundabout way?
Visitors to Hilton Head Island have navigated them for years. Motorists in Riverwood Plantation have grown accustomed to theirs in recent months.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Two leaders come and go
Sure, it's probably a coincidence.

Augusta Christian overcomes ailing roster to notch victory
The Augusta Christian girls basketball team wasn't well during its home game with Hammond on Jan. 30. But the Lions managed to hold it off. They beat the Skyhawks 57-45 Friday at home to remain undefeated in SCISA 1-AAA.

Sports calendar
River Ridge Elementary School will sponsor a two-person best ball golf tournament at Bartram Trail on March 7 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $100 for two-person teams, and includes a light lunch.

Football stars to make decisions official today
Evans High School football coach Marty Jackson was pleased yet worried at this time last year. After an undefeated season in which the Knights' defense allowed one touchdown per game, National Signing Day will be another active one for the Evans coach.

Athlete Spotlight: Caleb Collins
Caleb Collins grew up shooting, primarily hunting and shooting trap. When the Greenbrier High School senior started competing with the Lake Oconee shotgun team, he learned to shoot a variety of targets and, more importantly, learned the mental aspect of competition.

Golf tourney to help Greenbrier grad
John Paul Richardson has led an active life since the car wreck that nearly claimed his life. Richardson was paralyzed from the waist down after he fell asleep at the wheel of his Ford F-150 on Sept. 8.

Football standouts to play at next level
Not too long ago, National Signing Day was simply another day in Columbia County. There were a few solid seasons here and there, but for the most part the county boasted few college signees.


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