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County's discipline rules abandoned common sense, discretion
I have a daughter who is a former Columbia County student and a son still attending Columbia County schools. I understand the concept of "zero tolerence," but what happened to common sense and discretion?

Libraries looking for volunteers
Columbia County Friends of the Libraries want to make new friends. For the county's three libraries -- the main branch, Harlem and Euchee Creek -- Friends of the Libraries lend a helping hand when needed and offer financial support when times call for it.

Public Works leader retires amid charges
Harlem's former Public Works director decided to retire while awaiting sentencing on charges of violating federal environmental laws.

Event intends to sow seeds for gardening
Childhood memories often are rooted in summertime experiences. For many people, those experiences come from tending a garden with a parent or grandparent, from watching a plant grow or recalling plucking a juicy berry off a bush.

Harlem officials favor stop sign
Harlem officials decided Monday to put a three-way stop on East Trippe Street, a popular commuter cut-through.

Girl competes this week in national spelling bee
Days before Rachael Cundey was to take her shot at a national spelling bee title, the South Columbia Elementary School fourth-grader was recognized by her peers and teachers.

Pupils receive free bicycles as reward for their hard work
Some lucky Columbia County pupils earned more than certificates last week for perfect attendance or good grades. Some received new bicycles.

Telethon spotlights young patient
Few might guess that Mollie King, an active pre-K pupil, was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia less than a year ago. "It is absolutely your worst nightmare," Mollie's mother, Sarah, said of the 5-year-old's diagnosis.

Housing rules to be reconsidered
The Columbia County Commission took a final look Tuesday at a proposed $57 million budget before its June 2 vote.

Developers file suit over new restrictions
In a $57.5 million lawsuit filed Tuesday, Marshall Square developers accused the Columbia County Commission of abusing its power to regulate land use.

'Grasscycling' can help health of lawn and save money, time
Is it March or May? It's hard to tell. Forty-eight degrees, high winds and plenty of rain make it seem like March. Plants are benefiting from the extra water after all the rain that we have gotten. They have put on plenty of new growth.

Mullins Crossing progress is put on hold for the economy
Columbia County residents will have to wait longer than expected before construction starts on a new phase of an Evans shopping center. The addition to Mullins Crossing remains on hold, said Jim Gamble, a project manager for Collett and Associates, a partner in the development.

11-year-old's turtle project a winner
Josie Epps recently won a 4-H contest by chasing down one of the world's slowest creatures -- turtles. The 11-year-old's award-winning project focused on box turtles.

Toastmasters class offered in summer
Columbia County's Extension Service this summer is again offering an opportunity for students to polish their public speaking skills.

Summer school registration ends Friday
The deadline to register Columbia County pupils for summer school is Friday. In the age of No Child Left Behind, Summer school primarily is meant for the hundreds of third-, fifth- and eighth-graders needing a remediation course for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

Property transfers
Collier Construction Co. Inc. to Christopher M. Wood, 516 Casey Court, $159,900.

Grovetown Pinewood Derby
Den Leader Karl Restall gives his son Konrad a helping hand as Adam Ledford looks on during Cub Scout 108's Pinewood Derby in Grovetown in March.

Preschool Signups
Trinity Baptist Preschool at 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, is holding registration for the 2009-10 school year for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. For information, call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.

High School Reunions
The Evans High School Class of 1999 reunion is scheduled for Oct. 2-3. For information, go to

Current events
The Columbia County Foundation for Children is sponsoring a summer volunteer/community service program for high school students.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are at

Dallas Duncan, a junior at the University of Georgia, is among the recipients of the 2009 Atlanta Press Club scholarships. She received the award during a luncheon April 20.

Paul William Prichard and Melanie Elizabeth Cotton, May 12, 2009.

The Martinez-Evans Rotary Club Host Group Study Exchange Team from Korea visited Fort Gordon on April 28. The team stayed in Rotarian homes while they visited towns and cities in Georgia.

Road crashes
Police clear up after a wreck Tuesday on Interstate 20.

Top of the class
Columbia County salutatorians and valedictorians were recognized at a Board of Education meeting May 12.

Michelle Evans was given the Outstanding Spanish Student Award by Wes Warren at an awards day ceremony at North Greenville University. The recipient is chosen by the Spanish Department faculty. She is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Evans, of Grovetown.

Adoption Showcase
Barclay is a smooth coated 10-week-old Border Collie mix puppy and ready for a permanent home.

Analog advice to digital grads
According to an early cliche-writer, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Time for a digital update: A journal of a thousand files begins with a single logon.

The face of a successful school year
Rachael Cundey, a rising fifth-grader at South Columbia Elementary School, leaves today to travel to Washington, D.C., to compete as our entire community's representative in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, May 24, News Times.

Memorial Day is for honoring patriots
In some circles, patriotism has become a synonym for arrogance or jingoism. Some people even use it as a political weapon; "Don't question my patriotism," they say.

Drill teams reap rewards of practice out of the spotlight
The payoff for members of Evans High School Junior ROTC drill teams comes when all eyes are on them.

Wells figures to get her shots in college
Nicole Wells wanted to play college basketball. She also wanted to go to a school that would allow her the freedom to do what she does best -- shoot the basketball. She got both wishes when she signed last week to play at Georgia Perimeter College.

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.

County schools are still strong in baseball
It seems like the 2009 baseball season flew by. Unfortunately, Columbia County did not have another state title crown to add to the trophy case, but there was plenty to be proud of.

Marist's hitters batter Lakeside
Lakeside High School thought it had found a vulnerability in Class AAAA baseball quarterfinal opponent Marist High. Lakeside did its best to exploit that weakness, out-hitting Marist during the two games but falling 13-10, 9-5 after the War Eagles' bats came through when needed.

Evans' playoff run ends in Loganville
Evans High's run through the Class AAAA baseball quarterfinals ended at Loganville. The Red Devils won 7-2, 11-2 and led for all but two innings during the series.

Summer Sports Camps
Petersburg Racquet Club is offering nine sessions of summer camps starting Monday. Camps will run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, with swimming offered at the end of each workout.


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