Current weather

  • Overcast
  • 75°

Fundraiser aims to fill bowls
Empty Bowl 2009, a Golden Harvest Food Bank fundraiser, will be held March 8 at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans.

Early prevention can save fruit trees
This past week I noticed white blooms along old fence rows and fields. These white blooms are from pear trees. These wild pears will bloom sooner than other pears and fruit trees. I know the pear trees in my yard are not blooming yet, but the buds are beginning to swell. They will be blooming before long.

Red Cross hopes to raise funds
A Feb. 2 fire damaged a Martinez home and left the five-member family out in the cold. Fortunately for them, and numerous others, the American Red Cross was there to help. The Red Cross is holding its Heroes Campaign to raise funds to support local disaster services.

Lawn-care company relies on green-friendly products
When Shannon Thomas started researching organic lawn care last summer, she realized the potential for a business venture she believes provides a safer environment for children and pets.

Love of math guides STAR's choice
A teacher with a penchant for being easygoing and getting to know her students on a personal level was named STAR Teacher at Evans High School by STAR Student Nick Reed.

Pianist to close season
A Ukrainian pianist will take the stage Saturday for the final performance of the season for the Augusta Symphony's Columbia County Music Series. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library in Evans.

Grovetown, Harlem officials seek better cable TV
Some Grovetown officials hope that Charter Communications' impending bankruptcy will force the cable and phone service provider to pull out of town.

Bill would limit Greenbrier teams' travel
Columbia County school officials bickered Tuesday over proposed legislation meant to keep Greenbrier High School athletes closer to home.

Heartsong staff works Spay Day USA
Heartsong Animal Clinic staff and volunteers neutered more than 50 cats during the Spay Day USA event Tuesday. All the animals were neutered for free.

Marriage licenses
Ernest Roger Verrett and Raquel Aguilar Verrett applied for a marriage license Jan. 29, 2009, and were married Feb. 6, 2009, in Evans.

H2U volunteers honored
Lena Baraclough, Bertha Dempsey, Charlotte Getson and Betty Melton donate hundreds of hours of crocheting and knitting for people they have never met. They are in a group of women that makes gifts for patients at Doctors Hospital.

Doug Hastings presents a framed photo to Martinez Evans Rotary Club President Ricardo Bravo on behalf of the Vets to Washington Project. The Martinez Evans Rotary Club and Augusta South Rotary club sponsored several participants of the last trip to Washington, D.C.

Haydens teams win titles
Haydens All Star Twisters won four national titles in Atlanta at the country's largest cheer competition. Cheersport Nationals were held at the World Congress Center Feb. 14 and 15.

Adoption showcase
Simon is a 1-year-old basset/dachshund mix. He has a long, low, sturdy body on short legs, and his coat is a rich golden brown. Simon is happy, healthy and good-natured.

Scott Anderson and Julie Anderson, Feb. 19, 2009.

Current events
The inaugural CSRA RV and Boat Show will be held noon to 5 p.m. May 2 at Wildwood Park in Appling, with boat and recreational vehicle displays and other outdoor recreation vendors, crafts and food. For information, call Jeb Bell at (706) 541-3761.

Preschool signups
Martinez United Methodist Church is holding preschool and mother's day out registration. For information, call (706) 863-0229, Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

School Councils
The Greenbrier Elementary School council will meet at 4 p.m. in the media center Tuesday and May 5.

Police blotter
Jailers found an inmate dead Thursday morning in the Columbia County Detention Center.

Property transfers
Robert N. Minton Jr. to Joseph Mark Fairall, 1000 Lake Ave., $175,000.

Time capsule
As reported 51 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Feb. 27, 1958:

County devastated by 1875 tornado
There have been six documented tornadoes in Columbia County. The most serious, an F-5, touched down here on March 20, 1875. At the time, it was said that "never was such a tornado felt in Georgia."

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, March 1, 2009.

County has its own 'stimulus'
In the days since Congress approved its bloated, borrow-and-spend "stimulus" package that is supposed to jump-start the economy, the financial markets reacted with a collective groan and dropped the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a 12-year low.

Just send the letter and get it over with
If anyone ever needs a working definition of the term "wrapped around the axle," Tuesday's Columbia County School Board meeting could have supplied ample sound bites.

Knights win with help from first-year pitcher
Greenbrier returned to practice Tuesday and went to work with its bats after dropping its season opener at rival Evans.

Ex-Lion Whitaker opens year with bang
Former Augusta Christian baseball star Josh Whitaker had quite an opening weekend for Kennesaw State. The sophomore first baseman went 6 for 13 at the plate, good for a .462 batting average in KSU's first three games.

Walton to succeed Lane as Augusta Christian's coach
When Forrest Wimberly suggested to his Augusta Prep girls soccer team that they could wear pink jerseys for their home opener, he said they were ecstatic.

Ramsey sees his alma mater get a huge win
Former Harlem standout Mike Ramsey got what Bulldogs coach Jimmie Lewis said was some long overdue recognition Tuesday.


  • Main: 706-868-1222
  • Fax: 706-823-6062
  • Email:
  • 4272 Washington Rd, Suite 3B, Evans, Ga. 30809