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Land added to site for mosque
Less than an acre of land was added to the site of a future mosque planned in Martinez after the Columbia County Planning Commission decided to rezone the property at its Thursday meeting.

Concert will include some familiar songs
Members of the Columbia County Civic Orchestra will perform Saturday for a cause. The group's second annual spring concert will serve as a fundraiser for the Augusta Regional Office of the Alzheimer's Association.

Woman plans blood drive to honor cousin who died
Daniel Richards remembers her cousin, Jessica Fulmer, as someone who loved helping others. Through a blood drive, Richards, a marketing assistant at Shepeard Community Blood Center, hopes to commemorate the life of her cousin and raise blood supplies.

Democratic candidates to air views
The Columbia County Democratic Party will play host to two public forums featuring the three declared Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

Eighth-graders hear prep talk
Harlem Middle School Principal Carla Shelton asked for input from her pupils as to who they wanted to speak at the school's eighth-grade ceremony this past Thursday.

Eighth-graders set sights on new Grovetown High
Grovetown Middle School teachers pumped their fists into the air and let out a cheer as the final busload of pupils rolled out of the parking lot Friday, the last day of the school year.

Shield Club seeks members in aiding police, firefighters
Police officers and firefighters face potential dangers each time they head off to work. The Shield Club of Augusta focuses on helping these public servants and their families in case they are injured or killed in the line of duty.

Expectant, wannabe parents invited to learn what's ahead
Expectant parents needing advice can find help Saturday. Doctors Hospital will hold a community event for expectant parents from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Earth Fare on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez.

Police blotter
A Martinez man taken into federal custody Friday is accused of trying to lure a young teen into meeting for sexual encounters.

Time capsule
The future development of high-density land development in Columbia County will be encouraged in the existing growth areas of Martinez, Evans, Grovetown and Harlem.

Current events
The Columbia County Foundation for Children is sponsoring a summer volunteer/community service program for area high school students. Volunteers will assist staff at the Children's Resource Center, 6347 Columbia Road, Appling, June 1-Aug. 6.

Vacation photo
Bob and Lucille Weldon spent Masters Week in Washington, D.C., with granddaughter Heather Jones. The cherry trees were in full bloom, the couple said.

Pets of the week
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.

Graduation 2009
Evans Christian Academy graduate Alexis Moore adjusts her cap Saturday at before the school's ceremony at Crossbridge Baptist Church. The school, formerly located in Evans, held classes this year at Crossbridge while its new campus is being built in Grovetown.

Marshall suit could cost every taxpayer
Since the Evans development called Marshall Square first was unveiled in 2004, there have been a few false starts. In fact, the project was dead from the beginning - literally.

Vindication came in rain
On Sunday afternoon, March 3, snow was blanketing parts of Alabama. The massive, late-winter storm was moving into Atlanta and across northern Georgia, covering communities in snow and ice.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, May 27, Columbia County News-Times.

Honor students of God who made them
Charli and her classmates graduate this month from the school of life - honor students of the God who created them. They have been given the ability to stay forever young in mind and soul, an ability that the rest of humanity strives a lifetime to obtain.

Athlete Spotlight: Ashli Clark
Ashli Clark recently realized that college basketball could be part of her future.

Champion Raiders
The Raiders won the CAYFA football championship at Augusta Christian High School on May 15. At the end of the season they had a 12-1 record, scored 338 total points and allowed only 25 points.

Lakeside quarterback shows skill at accepting any challenge thrown his way
On Friday, Lakeside High quarterback Chad Chandler had a ceremony to commemorate his signing to play football at Randolph-Macon. It was the culmination of four years of hard work.

Clark chooses Clark Atlanta
Greenbrier basketball player Ashli Clark signed to play for Clark Atlanta University. She was joined by her grandmother Maria Pugh, (seated left) and her mother, Lt. Col. Placidia Clark, and team members and coaches for the signing ceremony.

Park will close for work on entrance
Wildwood Park will close for three days in June as crews work to complete its new entrance. The public will be shut out of the park from June 15-17 as crews tear up the road to replace a pipe with one that meets federal guidelines.

Chandler to play in Virginia
Criticisms of his lack of height kept Chad Chandler, listed at 5-foot-10, from believing he could play college football, at least for another year or so. After signing with Randolph-Macon College on May 22, Chandler shared the doubts he felt when he first landed the Panthers' starting job.

Summer Sports Camps
Petersburg Racquet Club is offering summer camp sessions Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, with swimming offered at the end of each workout. Clinics are open to ages 7-18, from beginner to intermediate levels.

Sports Calendar
Mistletoe State Park will hold a two-hour guided night canoe cruise starting at 7:30 p.m. June 5. The cruise is limited to six canoes, with three people per canoe. Cost is $30 per person plus a $3 parking fee. Canoes, paddles and other equipment is provided.


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