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What are kids to do when spoilsports won't let them go fishing?
I am an 18-year-old living off Stevens Creek Road. I work almost every weekend, and when I get off work, I enjoy fishing.

More gun laws will 'punish law-abiding citizens,' not criminals
A recent study conducted in the United Kingdom revealed that the knife assault rate in that country is higher than the aggravated assault rate in the United States. Between 2005 and 2006, there were 169,400 knife assaults in the UK - a 277-per-100,000 knife assault rate.

Portnoy plans to remain active
Donald Portnoy will wave his baton for the final time in Columbia County as maestro of the Augusta Symphony during a performance Saturday in Evans.

Workers take part in first exercise as fire training facility opens
County officials and members of the chamber of commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the new Martinez-Columbia Fire Training Center on Columbia Road in Appling.

Annual Harlem Relay for Life to begin on Friday
Volunteers will gather at Harlem Middle School Friday and Saturday to continue the walking fight against cancer.

Engineer pays visit to school
Though Dana Hutcherson doesn't travel into space, she does make sure those who do arrive back on Earth safely. As a NASA flow director for the Space Shuttle Endeavor, Hutcherson oversees the maintenance and repairs to spacecraft before and after each launch.

Churches will gather for prayers
A group of Columbia County churches will unite Thursday to hold a National Day of Prayer service.

Adoption numbers are rising
As Columbia County's population rises, several area rescue groups are working hard to ensure that the number of unwanted animals does not.

Bands to perform at festival
Grovetown's Heritage Festival will highlight the city Saturday. The ninth annual festival will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. near Grovetown City Hall on Old Wrightsboro Road at Robinson Avenue.

Over the weekend
Columbia County 4-H Council President Cassidy Moore gives an introductory speech at the Columbia County 4-H Awards Ceremony held Thursday, April 30, at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Vacation photo
Ethan Ballard, of Evans, enjoyed a recent afternoon fishing with his grandfather, James Ballard.

Adoption spotlight
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Police Blotter
A salesman at a Martinez car dealership discovered Saturday that a man claiming to be interested in buying the vehicle had switched keys and stolen the car.

Current events
Friends of Columbia County Libraries are seeking donations of used books, CDs, DVDs, video and audio tapes and other materials to sell in the Friends used book area at the library in Evans.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

Memory isn't washed away
It's hard to know which is more awe-inspiring: To watch two dozen people sweat for hours over amazing chalk-art creations at the Columbia County Amphitheater on Saturday, or to know that those artists knew the creations would last only until the next hard rain.

The eternal conundrum of motherhood
Big brown eyes peeked at me over a masculine shoulder, ducked down to bury themselves in the safety of a father's embrace, then slowly crested the crinkles in his starched shirt to peer at me again.

Patrol post gets an electronic boost
Columbia County commissioners made a smart investment by using sales tax dollars to build a new Georgia State Patrol post. Now they are sweetening the pot by shifting a few thousand dollars of the investment to expand the scope of the post.

Three county teams shut out in boys soccer playoffs
The conversation in the Greenbrier High School locker room following the first half of its quarterfinal boys soccer match with Collins Hill was hopeful. The Wolfpack thought if they could score a quick goal to start the second half, they would be right back in it.

Sports calendar
Students zoned to attend Harlem High School in the fall who want to play football are asked to call coach Jimmie Lewis at (706) 564-4712 for summer workout information.

Athlete Spotlight: David Poole
David Poole was worried about a couple of unknown throwers entering the Region 3-AAAA track and field meet April 25.

Ex-Wolfpack standout has become her team's stopper
Former Greenbrier High School standout Kassie Bailey was not recruited to Middle Georgia as a pitcher, but Bailey has been tough on opposing hitters all season.

Athletes excel at adaptive meet
Athletes from Columbia and Richmond counties competed Friday at Evans High School in the premier event for area adapted sports.

Sports camps
Riverside Middle School Cheer Camp will be held May 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Riverside gym. Cost if registered by Friday is $30 and includes a T-shirt. Cost after Friday is $25.


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