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Retired Judge Wheale applauded for 'distinguished performance'
Editor:On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I extend congratulations and thanks to Judge Duncan Wheale on his retirement from active service as Superior Court judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Evans doesn't need more traffic from apartments, strip malls
Editor:I could not disagree more with Caroline Chamberlain in her argument for the developers being allowed to build apartments at Marshall Square (letter, Feb. 22, "It would be 'fiscally irresponsible' to reject Marshall Square plans").

Businesses get preferential treatment compared to homeowners
Editor:I have the unfortunate position of being located along the border of the back parking lot of the Mellow Mushroom recently built on Washington Road in Evans.

'Liberal mantra' of racism used to 'browbeat' others or as excuse
Editor:Am I the only one who is tired of the constant drumbeat of liberal mantra that this is a racist country? We have had a black secretary of state, surgeon general, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Supreme Court justices, attorney general, generals, lawyers, businessmen and now the president of the United States of America.

Harlem will hold yard sale Saturday
Two upcoming Harlem sales are offering bargain-shoppers great deals and others the chance to clean out their closets and attics.

Smoke detectors available for free
Daylight saving time starts Sunday, and firefighters suggest using the event as a reminder to change the batteries in smoke detectors.

STAR Student takes pride in helping others
Though Jimmy Meixiong isn't boastful about his academic talents, one teacher says he's one of the best students she's ever taught.

Campaign offers financial help
The Family Y is known for a lot of things -- swimming lessons, youth recreation programs and fitness programs.

World War II vets recall experiences for project
Tom Walker remembered the sense of relief that washed over him when he heard that the U.S. had dropped atomic bombs on Japan.

Spell checker
Before winning the Columbia County spelling bee, Rachael Cundey never bothered to practice.

Get up and go
Fetch dog treats in Surrey Center will hold a pet photo fundraiser for the March of Dimes on Saturday. For information, call Julie Jackson at (706) 755-6708.

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, or e-mail jbell@

Grovetown Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade All A's

Evans Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Evans Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Heart Health Fair
South Augusta resident Flo Jones looks away as Janet Sewell, a registered nurse with the University Health Care System, draws her blood for a cholesterol screening Saturday during University's Heart Health Fair held at the Columbia County Library.

Police blotter
Authorities arrested two Aiken County men Friday on drug charges after seizing 400 pounds of marijuana from a Martinez storage unit.

Tubman portrayed
Atlanta resident Joanna Maddox re-enacted the story of Harriet Tubman on Saturday at the Columbia County Library in honor of Black History Month.

Time capsule
As reported 35 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, March 6, 1974:

Pets of the week
Reach Columbia County Animal Care and Control at (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, 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. Male German shepherd mix[CAPTION] Male seal-point domestic short-haired cat[CAPTION] Photos by Valerie Rowell Male Great Pyrenees mix

Rainy wrecks
Emergency workers take Carla Steever, 66, of Evans, to an ambulance after a two-vehicle wreck on Washington Road at Blanchard Road. Evans resident Clint Grafelman, the driver of a Honda Accord, was traveling eastbound on Washington Road in rainy conditions at about 5 p.m. Friday when a car was stopped in front of him waiting to turn onto Blanchard Road, said Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Mark Smith. Grafelman, 38, switched lanes to pass the car, but another car was stopped on the outside lane because of traffic, Smith said. Grafelman then drove in between the two stopped cars and collided head on with a Ford Expedition that was traveling in an eastbound lane, Smith said. The Expedition's driver, Charles Steever, 78, of Evans, and passenger Carla Steever were taken to Doctors Hospital. All involved in the wreck had injuries that were not life-threatening, Smith said. Grafelman was cited for improper lane change and driving too fast for conditions.[CAPTION] Photo by Jim Blaylock No one was seriously injured in a wreck Friday evening that left one vehicle lying in a ditch on Columbia Road. The Grovetown accident occurred about 6 p.m. near Wendover Way across from Amherst subdivision. Amy Welch, 31, of Harlem, was eastbound in a Ford Escape on Columbia Road and did not slow down for traffic stopped ahead, said Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Marquis Hagans. Welch swerved to keep from hitting a sport utility vehicle, but she hit the back right bumper of a Ford Expedition before driving into a ditch, Hagans said. There were three passengers in each vehicle, he said. A passenger in the Escape, William Reynolds, 45, of Harlem, was taken to Doctors Hospital with minor injuries, he said. No one was charged in the wreck, Hagans said.

'Tuckerdome' saves us again
Once again, Columbia County was spared damage from bad weather thanks to The Tuckerdome.

Finally, a little more water in the lake
A few inches here, and a few inches there, and pretty soon Clarks Hill Lake might be full again.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for March 4, 2009.

Sports calendar
Atlanta-based Under Armour College Bass will hold a two-day East Super Regional tournament at Wildwood Park on Friday and Saturday, with weigh-ins at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Evans. The event has a purse of $11,000 and is open to teams from any of the organization's 150 sanctioned schools. Register by contacting Hank Weldon at or (770) 955-1300. For more, go to

Harlem girls coast into second round
Harlem High School's girls basketball team made its final season before the Columbia County student population shift a strong one.

Lakeside, Greenbrier compete in Atlanta lacrosse tournament
Lakeside High School's Stacie McBride prepares to score in the championship round against Greater Atlanta Christian School in the Lady Spartans Shootout. The Spartans won 8-6 on Saturday at GAC, and Lakeside's Lady Panthers took second place in the tournament. Lakeside returns to the Atlanta area Saturday to play Decatur High School.

Sports Newsmakers
Blake Mayenschein, a sophomore at Evans High School, competed in the Cresent Ski Council race at Appalachian Ski Resort and the Sugar Mountain Ski Resort in North Carolina, placing first in his flight in both races. Blake started skiing at 4 years old and has been competing with the Augusta Ski and Outing Club for five years. Last year, he qualified for the NAVSTAR nationals in Colorado and is awaiting races in North Carolina and West Virginia.

Bulldogs finally beat Wolfpack
Harlem High School baseball coach Jimmie Lewis wanted his team to enjoy last week's milestone win over Greenbrier, but he also wanted to downplay its importance.

Athlete Spotlight
Daniel Swenson was forced to quit rugby after tearing up his knee.

College programs fish for competition
Wildwood Park will play host to another high-profile fishing tournament this weekend.


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