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Defender of Darwinism 'has fallen prey' to 'the lie of evolution'
In response to the letter by Joe Fausnight in The News-Times on Feb. 11, "Darwin's evolution theories" unified the races into one species,'" I felt compelled to share information about a wonderful movie: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed ( Maria Carpenter, Evans

STARs in education
Emily Bragg did little prep work to earn a perfect 2400 on the SAT and become the first Greenbrier High School student to win Columbia County's STAR Student award.

Tours of Georgia theaters give Harlem group ideas
During the past year, members of the Harlem Foundation have toured theaters in towns throughout Georgia to gather ideas on renovating the historical theater in Harlem's downtown.

Church will offer help for addiction to sex
In Focus Church ministers intend to tackle a topic Sunday most consider taboo in a church setting.

Trails at Euchee Creek will be extended
Some people pound the pavement to burn calories. Others prefer a leisurely stroll to take in the sights.

Lakeside Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Lakeside Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Vacation Gallery
Spending New Year's at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., were Darrell Freeman, Jake Holloway, Brian Freeman, Brent Freeman, Sam Wallace, Brad Freeman, Teri Freeman, Raymond Fulcher and Sheila Fulcher.

Evans Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Kate Foral, Travis Knox, Michael Kozlowski, Jacob Welmaker, Rheya Guptar, Jacob Lott, Jamiee Pouncey, Nicholas Smith, Ashton Sturgell, Morgan Williams, Gracie Beasley, Montana Beekley, Erin Duffy, Kaitlin Carter, Vienna Elmgreen, Emily Geiger, Morgan Holz, Jenacie Lami, Ben Prescott, Dylan Taylor and Chris Weldon.

Grovetown Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Grovetown Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Current Events
The Lakeside High School PTSO Battle of the Bands will be held from 7-10 p.m. March 7 at the school, with proceeds to benefit the Brandon Layton Scholarship. Entry fee for bands is $25, and at least one member of each band must be a Columbia County high school student. Slots for six bands are available. For information, call Don Clauson at (706) 868-0520, or e-mail

Police Blotter
Weekend fire destroys Harlem couple's home

Brannon Albert, a senior at Evans High School, has been accepted to Georgia Southern University. Brannon plans to major in education and minor in biology. He is the son of Kevin and Susan Albert and grandson of Betty Daniel, the late Louis Daniel, Gordon Albert and the late Barbara Minor.

Augusta Christian School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Augusta Christian School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Pet Adoptions
For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's pets, cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

School Lunches
School Lunches

Math team adds up wins
Members of the Stallings Island Middle School Math Team Edward She (from left), 12, Andrew Brown, 14, Grace Ho, 13, and Eric Stokes, 14, play with brain-teaser puzzles after school. The team placed first in the Georgia Southern University Division One Middle School Math Competition. Edward placed first in the individual component of the competition and was the only one to earn a perfect score on the written portion of the competition.

Previous Columbia County stars
Previous Columbia County stars

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday February 18, 2009

GOP provides power vacuum
Republicans are still safe in Columbia County. Despite all of Congress and the presidency now being held by Democrats who can pretty much ignore the GOP minority, there's little doubt that elected officials here will continue to carry the Republican banner at the local and state level.

Grovetown: Get ready for your 'rain tax'
It was fun while it lasted.

Augusta Prep upends Westminster for region title
Augusta Prep coach Mike Guthrie scanned the wall above the bleachers at the Cavaliers gym and pointed out the blank banner recognizing the school's region titles in boys basketball.

Rivals cross paths in scrimmage
Another season of high school lacrosse in Columbia County is under way, and Lakeside proved Friday it had the edge among the area's only two programs.

Athlete Spotlight: Tishal Turknett and Carolyn Hennecken
Tishal Turknett and Carolyn Hennecken have played basketball together since each was in elementary school.

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. Players outside Columbia County might also be eligible. Registration will be held at Kelley Park from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Feb. 28. For more information, visit or call League President Greg Smith at (706) 869-7744.

Trio of area grads leads Peach Belt baseball team
Former Greenbrier star Rich Poythress is coming off a breakout year in 2008.

Sports Newsmakers
Haydens International Gymnastics Academy's Level 9 team took first place at the 2009 Flip Fest Invitational, held Jan. 17-19 in Knoxville, Tenn. Team members include Rita Payne (from left), Sydney Umstead, Jasmine Brown and Kelsey Custodio. In addition, Sydney placed First All Around in the Junior Division, and Jasmine placed Second All Around in the Senior Division.


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