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Columbia County is 'fortunate to have dedicated library staff'
Cudos to Columbia County Library for an outstanding evening April 18 with Kathy Reichs, author of books about forensic anthropology and a producer of the Bones television show.

Mullikin Road won't get lights, commission says
Columbia County commissioners nixed plans to add street lights to Mullikin Road during a Tuesday meeting. County officials cited a lack of public support as the reason to not create a street light district on the road.

Plans move forward for Harlem Theatre
The Harlem City Council approved numerous items during a Monday meeting, including looking for bids to construct a new marquee for the Harlem Theatre.

Harlem students build house in competition
Three Harlem High School construction students recently competed in an Atlanta-based contest to test their skills.

County workers might get raise
Despite low revenue growth estimates and numerous budget cuts, Columbia County officials might increase the pay for county employees.

Ground cover plants add texture, contrast to all kinds of landscapes
One of the more versatile groups of plants to grow in the landscape is ground covers. Ground covers are low-growing plants that are planted in mass to cover large areas.

Flamingoes flock yards for fundraiser
One early March morning, 2-year-old Molly Johnson found a surprise in her front yard -- a flock of pink plastic flamingoes. "It was better than Christmas morning," said Molly's mother, Amy.

Composting lets Martinez resident reduce some waste
Roger Davis doesn't let much go to waste. In fact, the Martinez resident has reduced much of his waste during the past 15 years by using a system of bins and barrels to compost.

10-year limit might be max for mobile homes in Grovetown
Grovetown City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on an ordinance to put age restrictions on mobile homes brought into the city. Council members will hold the second public reading and vote on the ordinance at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Grovetown Middle School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Get Up and Go
The Girl Talk session for girls ages 9-12 with nurse Trudi Dunn will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Columbia County Library. To register, call (706) 863-1946.

Family photos
Julie-Kate Rote, 3, the daughter of Josh and Jenna Rote and granddaughter of Barbara Youngblood, of Grovetown, sits among the azaleas at Riverwalk Augusta April 4.

Lakeside High School pageant winners
The following students were crowned at the Miss Lakeside High School Pageant on March 21 at the school auditorium:

STAR honors
Greenbrier High School STAR Student Emily Bragg was chosen first runner-up in the Georgia STAR Student competition Wednesday and was awarded a $2,000 prize. Her STAR Teacher, Tracy Roden, received a $1,000 prize.

Evans Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Current events
The final installment of Columbia County's Blues, Barbecues and Brews series will feature Electric Voodoo at 7 p.m. Friday at the Columbia County Amphitheater. Admission is free; barbecue, beer and wine will be sold. Coolers are prohibited.

Property Transfers
T and F LLC to U.S. Duffie LLC, 1023 Bristol Trail, $34,000.

Adoption spotlight
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group in the CSRA. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday at SuperPetz on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez from 1-4 p.m. To get information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438.

Police blotter
A Columbia County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Columbia County woman and her son accused of the March 25 murder a Grovetown woman.

Karon Lee Askvig and William Joseph Askvig, April 17, 2009.

Preschool Signups
All American Martial Arts Academy, 4495 Columbia Road, Ste. 3, will hold open house and registration for its after-school program from 6-8 p.m. May 15 and 10 a.m. to noon May 16. For information, call (706) 210-0944.

Bake sales raises funds
Lakeside Middle School members of Winning Lakeside for Jesus held a bake sale and raised $285 for Columbia County Cares. Pictured are Alex Linhart (from left), Meredith Hyman, Sydney Parrish, Elizabeth Berdon, Columbia County Cares Director Lou Reda, Lauren Parsons, Emily Smail and Jessie Arnold.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, April 26, 2009 News-Times.

Out on a limb, Cane's closes
The local Zaxby's franchises are owned by George Duehring, of Evans, who is one of the highest-regarded business people around this town.

Once upon a time, church was required
As my psychology professor once said, "Church buildings are a lot like prisons. Their thick, solid doors are locked most of the time and their windows are placed high up the sanctuary walls or made of opaque glass so no one can see in or out.

Sounds like time for a move-in special
In the market for a cheap place to live? Apparently 19 mobile homes will be available soon at Arrowood Mobile Home Park on Wrightsboro Road once the bureaucrats get all the paperwork figured out.

Lakeside fetes star of girls tennis team
Lakeside High School senior Kay Barksdale grew up playing a variety of sports. At age 11, she narrowed her focus to tennis. She was honored Monday during a ceremony at Lakeside after earning a tennis scholarship to Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Greenbrier, Lakeside win their regions
Last spring, Greenbrier and Lakeside went head to head for the boys and girls region tennis titles. This season, after reclassification, each school won its own.

Former Wolfpack star's death stuns community
Thursday morning I woke up around 5, as I always do, but as I got out of bed I heard my phone beeping. I had gotten a text message in the middle of the night.

Wolfpack teams dominate field for region golf crowns
Greenbrier High School's boys golf team sweated the region golf tournament last year, edging Lakeside for second place and a state tournament bid. Ahead of the Wolfpack was Richmond Academy, which went on to win the Class AAAA championship and the region title.

Lakeside girls rebound to dispatch lacrosse rival
Bailey Green thought she was done with lacrosse when she moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia before eighth grade. The Lakeside sophomore, who had grown up playing lacrosse in a region where the sport is adored, was surprised to find a local program.


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