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It would be 'fiscally irresponsible' to reject Marshall Square plans
I am writing to you in support of the proposed plan for construction of high-end luxury apartments at Marshall Square. I read Barry Paschal's column in the Feb. 11 News-Times and completely agree with him.

Hereford Farm Road project would benefit from traffic circle
I believe that your conclusion as to why some Hereford Farm Road residents were against a traffic circle might have missed the mark.

Regency West residents need help cleaning up abandoned home
About a week before Christmas, one of my neighbors on Almon Drive in Martinez (Regency West) left their house. I guess it was a foreclosure, and the marshal came out several times and once was to clean up the driveway from a garage sale the people left.

It's time to pick herbicide, fertilizer and the best method to apply them
The end of February is the time to prepare lawns for spring. This involves deciding when to apply herbicides and fertilizers, which herbicide or fertilizer to use, and how to apply these products.

Storyteller will present life of Harriet Tubman
In honor of Black History Month, actress and storyteller Joanna Maddox intends to transport her audience back to the 19th century on Saturday with her portrayal of Harriet Tubman.

Bond sale to fund projects approved
The Columbia County Commission approved the sale of $38 million in bonds during a Tuesday meeting to start some construction and improvement projects.

Chili's will open Monday in new Marshall Square center
The first business in Marshall Square will be open and ready to serve customers Monday. Chili's Grill and Bar, at Evans Town Center Boulevard and Ronald Reagan Drive, is in the front section of the 47-acre development.

Event toput focus on health of hearts
In an effort to educate residents about cardiovascular care, the University Health Care System will hold its annual Heart Health Fair on Saturday in Evans.

Grovetown will soon be losing its first school
As Grovetown prepares for the opening of a new high school, the city also will lose its oldest school.

Gardener gets jump seeding her plants
Betty Crowther is an impatient gardener. In fact, while most folks are just beginning to start seeds indoors, Crowther started hers last month.

Be our guest
Members of the Greenbrier Pack Players dance and sing to Be Our Guest during their performance of selected numbers from Beauty and the Beast at MCG's Children's Medical Center on Tuesday in Augusta.

Current events
Nick Posey will discuss the Confederate Powder Works chimney project at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the meeting of the Maj. Gen. Ambrose Ransom Wright Camp 1914 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, in the private dining room of the Sidetrack Bar and Grill in Martinez.

Marriage licenses
Christopher Scott Anderson and Tracy Bennett Gay applied for a marriage license Jan. 6, 2009, and were married Jan. 10, 2009, in Evans.

Vacation photo
Hal and Shari Fountain celebrated their 25th anniversary in Las Vegas in November.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Police blotter
An Augusta man escaped injury when he fell into a Harlem well Wednesday.

Adoption showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped.

Property Transfers
Downeast Homebuilders Inc. to William R. Cannon and Patricia N. Cannon, 667 Ventana Drive, $175,000.

Time capsule
As reported 48 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Feb. 9, 1961:

Arbor Day observances
Pioneer Garden Club member Jeanne Turner helps plant one of four crape myrtle trees in downtown Harlem as part of the city's Arbor Day celebration The trees planted Tuesday had been were donated by Attic Treasures, the city's nonprofit consignment store.

Thomas C. Davis Jr. and Amy Ann Davis, Feb. 9, 2009.

Library leader checking out
While it probably isn't of the magnitude of the loss of Augusta when it allowed a silly fiscal dispute to send Pam Tucker to Columbia County 10 years ago, it was still a significant blow to our community last week when Christina Rice announced her plan to retire.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Lighten up on school rental limits
Economic times are tough. While the federal government can print all the money the politicians want to buy votes through bloated "stimulus" packages, state and local governments don't have such a luxury.

Disc golf 'Ice Bowl' helps food bank
There are a simple set of rules for those who participate in the Feb. 28 Ice Bowl, put on by the Augusta Disc Golf Association.

Lions coach heading to Texas to find his calling
Augusta Christian football coach and athletic director Bruce Lane said he felt God was leading him toward opportunities in Texas, where he had visited multiple times for missions work. Lane will leave Augusta Christian at the end of the school year, after seven years at the school.

Greenbrier boys are in state playoffs
On Interstate 20 heading east is where I will be as many of you read this column today. I am taking the family to Columbia. We aren't going to the zoo, and, thankfully, neither of my kids are old enough to be enrolling at the University of South Carolina.

Experienced squads to be key this season
Lakeside High School hired a new baseball coach, built a new practice facility and spruced up its field during the off-season. But the Panthers' lineup hasn't changed much, and that's reason for Lakeside to be confident as it prepares for its season-opener at Greenbrier.

Sports Newsmakers
Riverside Middle School girls basketball team posed with the net after finishing the season undefeated. The girls finished 14-0 to push their overall winning streak to 39 games.


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