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Thanks to the community for 'outpouring' of support after thefts
We are so very blessed! I was astounded by the outpouring of the community when our crates were stolen and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated crates or financial aid for us to replenish our supply.

Grovetown to set up stormwater plan
Grovetown residents moved one step closer to getting a stormwater utility fee Monday when city officials hired a consultant to help set up a program.

County offers options for outdoor gatherings
Columbia County residents planning an outdoors event now have the option of renting the new picnic pavilion at Memorial Gardens.

Japanese beetles can destroy leaves, yards in summertime
Every year in our gardens and landscapes, we have unwanted visitors that show up and leave a big mess. They eat just about everything in sight, and leave our plants in bad shape.

Pupils learn safety along with recipes
A group of Columbia County children not only learned new skills in the kitchen but expanded their palates this past week during Cooking Camp at the Augusta Jewish Community Center.

Local clubs unite in honor of National Garden Week
Garden club members in the county have joined gardeners across the nation in celebrating National Garden Week, with events culminating this weekend.

Harlem officials will vote Monday
Harlem city officials are scheduled to vote Monday on an ordinance change that could allow a Harlem bed and breakfast to serve alcohol.

Junior Rangers to have busy time
Mistletoe State Park will hold Junior Rangers Day Camp Tuesday-Thursday. The camp, for ages 6-12, will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. The cost is $50 and advance registration is required, said program assistant Brenda Bettross.

Officials find way to cover lunch debt
Columbia County school officials agreed Tuesday to cover an $8,800 shortage in the School Nutrition fund.

Convention, Visitors Bureau offers Pay to Play ' program
The Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes to augment its coffers by enticing contributors with advertising incentives.

Tipster rewarded in arson case
A Columbia County resident is $7,500 richer after receiving a reward Tuesday for providing information that led to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist.

Ronald W. McKettrick and Crystal T. McKettrick, June 1, 2009.

Annie Knable won a $5,000 scholarship to attend Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. She is the daughter of Chris and Lee Knable from Evans.

Marriage Licenses
Peter Jessie Guerro Jr. and Cassie Na'Alani Suetos applied for a marriage license on April 27, 2009, and were married April 27, 2009, in Evans.

Evans Christian Academy Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Camp calendar
Lakeside High School is holding a free beginner's lacrosse clinic at the track field behind the school Monday-Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. each day. The clinics are open to boys and girls grades 7 through high school who are new to the sport.

Blood donors
Bill Dixon, a math teacher at Harlem High School, donated blood with the help of Michelle Simons during the Columbia County EMA and the Shepeard Community Blood Center Summer Preparedness Blood Drive on Wednesday.

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.

Current events
CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Borders Books, Music, Movies and Cafe at 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway. Call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.

Columbia Middle School honor roll

Property Transfers
Ernie Blackburn Homebuilders LLC to Kenneth L. Grotz, 228 Dixon Court, $67,000.

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Martinez that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. Animals are current on their vaccinations.

Police blotter
Police arrested a 16-year-old Martinez girl on a felony charge Wednesday for causing a wreck that paralyzed a Lincolnton, Ga., teen.

Casella Jewelers, at 355 Fury's Ferry Road in Martinez, held a grand-opening ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in March.

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

Men are born with their wires crossed
My husband catches me looking at my backside in the mirror and chides, "You're such a girl." "That's why you married me," I respond brightly. Deep down, he knows he's a lucky man. He could have had me plus four daughters, instead of his team of three boys and one girl.

Six 'miracles' of orange fluff
My daughters call them "the birthday miracle": six little kittens, five of them orange and white, one black and white, all impossibly adorable. What I call the person who abandoned them probably isn't printable.

Help all schools improve in rankings
It's time to remove any and all doubt: Columbia County's Lakeside High School is the best public high school in our community.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, June 14, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Pole vault camp is more than it seems
Scott Hinds' second pole vault camp drew a couple more participants than in 2008. This year's camp, held at Greenbrier High the first week of June, had a new wrinkle.

Tennis aces
Greenbrier tennis team members who were honored at the sports banquet are Katie Krupp (front, from left), Allie Howard and Heather Frazier; Parker LaSure (back, from left), Austin Swearingen and Tyler Tucker. Not shown is Cory Jenkinson.

Greenbrier star developed passion for game with dad
Hunter Norton didn't bother with other sports as a boy growing up in Statesboro, Ga. His dad, Tom Norton, coached the soccer teams at Georgia Southern University, and Hunter was a fixture at Eagles practices, games and summer camps.

Swimming results

Ex-Harlem hoops star putting decision on hold
Former Harlem High School basketball standout Cedric Boatner received interest from a lot of schools, but landed no solid offers.

Ex-Wolfpack teammates now face difficult decisions
Former Greenbrier High School standouts Rich Poythress and Jeff Rowland have many things in common.


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