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'Jerks' needed to take 'radical measures' in defense of freedom
Barack Paschal or Barry Obama? Both these individuals are political opposites, yet they find common ground on crucifying radical conservatives.

Chamber names Tingen new director
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce chose a new executive director Thursday. Jim Tingen, of Evans, accepted the post and will start April 15.

Weak market forces Club Car to lay off 40 workers in Evans
Club Car laid off 40 employees at its Evans plant Tuesday. Citing weak market conditions, an additional 10 employees outside the Evans area also were laid off.

Revisions to Marshall Square unveiled
Marshall Square developers Tuesday outlined a new revision to the site plan during a Columbia County Planning Commission work session.

Party at Pavilion caters to golf fans
For Masters Week, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has a golf-themed party designed both for area residents and out-of-town guests.

Restaurant owner's culture leads menu
For those who enjoy ethnic cuisine, another southeast Asian option has been added to the menu. Varuvel Bread Co. opened two weeks ago in a former Huddle House location off Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Interstate 20.

Dreams of spring gardens bloom
The warm weather has everyone flocking to the garden centers to buy plants. Most people like to buy plants now because the spring flowering plants are in bloom. This allows you to see the color of the blooms without looking at a picture.

Mistletoe Park walk will focus on wildflowers
Mistletoe State Park will hold its spring wildflower walk on April 18. Participants will gather at the Nature Center at 9:30 a.m., and the 45-minute walk along a 1 1/2-mile trail will begin at 10 a.m.

Businesses offer options for students
Masters Week in the area centers on golf. But it is spring break for Columbia County students, who want to have some fun on their reprieve from school. Numerous county businesses are offering Masters Week specials to help the youngsters find something to do.

Grovetown pupils score in Math Madness
Second-graders at Grovetown Elementary School cheered on their classmates Tuesday in the same way that many adults cheer for their favorite college basketball team during March Madness.

Cason pleads guilty to falsifying reports
Harlem Public Works Director Daniel Webster Cason pled guilty last week to three counts of making false statements relating to bogus water quality reports filed in 2004 and 2005.

Jeffrey Pippin Hale and Kristin Michelle Hale, March 27, 2009.

Augusta State University graduate Liza Navarro was elected vice president of social for the affiliated chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management for 2009-10 at University of West Florida in Pensacola.

Current events
Vendor spaces are available for the annual Grovetown Heritage Festival, to be held May 9. Spaces cost $20. For information, call Rosa Lee Owens at (706) 863-1867.

Property Transfers
Promise Land Community Development to Rico E. Brown, 302 Greendale Place, $87,000.

Columbia Middle School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong has lots of kittens of all ages. Many will be available in the next few weeks, along with these that are still with mom until they are old enough to leave.

More newsmakers
First Citizens Bank, at 342 Baston Road in Martinez, held a grand-opening ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 21.

Grand openings
The owners of SportClips held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at their Furys Ferry Road shop next to Earth Fare.

Police blotter
An April 29 hearing has been scheduled to hear evidence against a Columbia County woman and her son accused of fatally beating her neighbor last month in her Grovetown home.

Prissypants Signing
Ashley Evans, the author of Princess Prissypants Wishes the World Pink, signs an early copy of her book at Learning Express Toys in Evans. The book was officially released Wednesday.

Welcome to Columbia County, visitors
According to the national media, none of you, our Masters guests, should be here. You can't afford this trip. You shouldn't be traveling. How can you rationalize being here spending money when our nation is in such economic turmoil?

Rising lake lifts local economy
Columbia County has the region's lowest unemployment rate. This week, of course, thousands of visitors in town will boost the local hospitality economy. But some of the best news lately just fell from the sky - literally.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, April 5, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Enjoy a week of downtime
A marketing study of the Augusta area conducted in 2007 determined that about 16 percent of Columbia County residents leave town during Masters week.

Greenbrier wins as time expires
Hunter Norton's left-footed blast from 6 yards away Tuesday night gave Greenbrier a 2-1 boys soccer win over Evans.

Sports newsmakers
Richard Butler (right) presented the Richard Butler Service Award to Gus Dunn, with the Columbia County Recreation Department, at the Coaches Banquet.

Lakeside chases region title, top seed after beating Evans
After a 6-3 win against Evans on Monday, the Lakeside Panthers had won nine consecutive games and could control its own fate in trying to earn a Region 3-AAAA title and a No. 1 seed in the Class AAAA playoffs.

Former Greenbrier star is having a big season with Bulldogs
I like to mix up my columns and not cover the same material over and over again. Former Greenbrier High School star Rich Poythress, however, is making that difficult.

New basketball coach takes over at Greenbrier
The excited feeling began as soon as Casey Heckathorn walked into Greenbrier High School's gym last week.

Sports calendar
Mistletoe State Park's Crazy Golf Challenge will be held Tuesday at Mistletoe State Park in Appling. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family plus $3 for parking. The challenge will include games of ladder golf, disc golf, "qolf" and more.

Lakeside, Evans teams capture titles in Georgia JROTC event
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Linda Gary said her Lakeside High School cadets spent more time with her than their parents this competition season.


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