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As country slides toward 'Obamaland,' it's a good time to be old
Between the congressional bill for $750 billion in October 2008 and the ongoing rush to spend another $1.3 trillion (counting interest), the nation is apparently willing to spend or develop a plan to spend about $3 trillion on "stimulus/recovery" within less than a year.

Holiday for trees is coming
Each year thousands of Americans give back to Mother Earth by planting trees on Arbor Day. While this year's national observance is slated for April 24, the state of Georgia observes Arbor Day on the third Friday in February -- Feb. 20 this year.

Couple picked as cutest in county
The first date for Appling residents Kim and Emory Holloway might have fallen on April Fool's Day, but their rendezvous turned out to be no joke.

Grovetown officials talk stormwater
Grovetown city officials met Monday to coordinate how the city will establish its stormwater utility.

Adult musicians will learn to play in band
Adults with dreams of becoming rock stars can take a shot at stardom through a new program offered at Portman's Music Superstore.

School board mulls cuts as state budgets shrink
School officials in Columbia County continued discussions from earlier this month on cutting teaching positions during a Tuesday meeting.

Students will bring classic tale to stage
Greenbrier High School students will bring the magic of the classic fairy tale The Beauty and The Beast to the stage when they perform their spring musical.

Eleventhour to release debut album
After working on their debut record for nearly a year, the Christian alternative rock band Eleventhour is about to hear the fruits of their labors. The Columbia County band is holding a release party and concert for their six-track EP Saturday.

Salmonella, ticks cause birds' deaths
Recently, I started getting calls from homeowners about finding dead birds in their yards. A few years ago, we also received a number of calls on birds dying.

Working parents now have help when children are ill
As a working mom, Judy Strogonoff understands how important child care is -- especially for when a young child is sick.

Police blotter
Curtis Jamar Pickard, 17, of the 4200 block of Waterston Courtyard in Evans, was charged with unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later that day after posting a $2,600 bond, according to jail records.

Adoption spotlight
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc., is a nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the area. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday at SuperPetz on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez from 1-4 p.m.

Marriage Licenses
John Robert Walker and Casey Leigh Flynn applied for a marriage license on Jan. 14, 2009, and were married Jan. 14, 2009, in Evans.

Wreck injures motorcyclist
A Thomson man was in fair condition after he was involved in a motorcycle wreck on Wrightsboro Road near Pumpkin Center Thursday.

School Councils
The Lakeside High School council will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 23 in the school conference room.

Harlem High School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Property Transfers
SunTrust Mortgage Inc. to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 265 Barrett St., $96,869.

Current events
Mount Olive Baptist Church, 4973 Washington Road in Evans, will hold its annual Women's Day service at 11 a.m. today, with the Rev. Daisy McGrew of Daisy McGrew Ministries. For information, call (706) 863-0413.

Charles K. Johnson and Jean M. Johnson, Jan. 30, 2009.

Cops get their man - and women
In discussions of the recent - and, we're told, ongoing - Internet-driven prostitution stings conducted by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, a question sometimes comes up: Why are investigators spending their time on a "victimless crime"? The best answer: Because they can.

Stop honking - I'm trying to be nice
Enough of the new year has passed that by now most people have given up on their resolutions. Personally, I gave up on them a few years back. You know the old standards: Lose weight, stick to the budget, be kinder to your fellow man.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, February 15, 2009.

Lake's users getting angry
The talk in our nation's Capitol recently has been about the "stimulus" package, which has so much pork in it that there was barely room for all the baloney. Some folks believe our community could use its own stimulus package - not one with federal money, just with federal authority.

Region readies plans
Lakeside High School coach Ryan Morningstar knew the revamped Region 3-AAAA would be tough. After the Panthers closed 2008 strong to finish with a .500 record, hopes were high for Lakeside's boys this season.

Locals play for ASU
Ken Raborn was expected to have a solid senior season for USC Aiken. The former Evans High School slugger was selected to the Pre-Season All-Conference Team after a monster 2008.

Cavaliers have help heading into playoffs
The Augusta Prep boys basketball program had been all but a one-man show during the past two seasons. Cavaliers senior Jim Hull has routinely led the area in scoring and led Augusta Prep as far as his shooting could carry the team.

Columbia County Special Olympians compete
Columbia County Special Olympics competed in the Georgia Indoor Winter Special Olympics Jan. 16-18 in Cobb County. Seventeen Columbia County athletes participated.

Sports calendar
Martinez-Evans Little League has extended registration for the 2009 season until Feb. 28. Children ages 4-15 who live in Columbia County are eligible to register to play baseball and/or girls softball.

Covered batting facility gives Panthers flexibility
Lakeside High School didn't have to wait long for its new batting facility after its loan from the Columbia County school board was approved.


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