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Planners grant rezoning requests from churches
The Columbia County Planning Commission approved two special-district rezoning requests Thursday to allow for new churches. More than 17 acres at Ray Owens and White Oak roads in Appling were rezoned from residential-agricultural to special district.

Church sends coats to Afghanistan
Many residents of eastern Afghanistan will weather the winter a little warmer thanks to the efforts of some Columbia County youths.

4 more businesses announced for shopping center
Developers for Riverwood Town Center have announced the addition of four tenants to the shopping center. Great Clips, Sky Nails, White House Cleaners and Woody's Spirits will be constructed at the Publix-anchored development at Washington Road and William Few Parkway.

Army post has played a vital role
Fort Gordon's effect on military training is varied and far-reaching. A pictorial history of the sprawling base, which started as Camp Gordon near Atlanta more than a century ago, has been published by three area men under the title Fort Gordon .

Briana Moody, of Grovetown, was recognized at Reinhardt College's Honors Day Ceremony as a Hugh Peterson Jr. Scholar, an award presented to seniors and juniors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 to 3.89.

Military Newsmakers
Army Pvt. Nathallie E. Johnson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia. She is the daughter of Capt. Christopher Johnson, of Thomson, and a 2008 graduate of Thomson High School.

Cheering for Grovetown High School
Grovetown High School cheerleaders participate in a cheer camp at Grovetown Middle School on June 18. The girls are selling sponsorships as part of their fundraising efforts. The girls are preparing for the school's inaugural year this fall.

Graduation ceremony
These students, who attended Augusta Technical College's literacy class at Marvin United Methodist Church, took part in Augusta Tech's GED commencement exercises June 17.

Sorpresas ribbon cutting
Sorpresas Moments of Celebration held a ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on April 17. Sorpresas is at 218 Baston Road in Martinez.

Current events
Columbia County's free Family Movie Matinees continue with Kung Fu Panda at 1 p.m. today at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library. For information, call (706) 312-7192.

Military Newsmakers
Air Force Airman Dupaul A. Scott graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Valery Walker of Evans, and a 2003 graduate of Greenbrier High School.

Riverside Middle School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Camp Calendar
The CSRA Heat Volleyball Club will hold clinics on Sunday afternoons at Augusta Prep for girls in third grade through high school. The clinics will run until Aug. 2. Cost is $95 ($90 for those registered before June 1).

Police blotter
A Martinez man faces charges after a domestic dispute in Columbia County and a police chase that ended in North Augusta on Thursday.

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.

Transportation agency tries to turn right
The State Transportation Board has elected yet another commissioner for that troubled agency: state Rep. Vance Smith, R-Pine Mountain, a person who has some expertise in highway construction because his family-owned business did a lot of road grading back in Harris County.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, June 24 Columbia County News-Times.

Bear sightings didn't always end happily
Has Columbia County gone ape over a bear? It sure seemed that way in the past few weeks, as sightings of a wandering black bear became the latest summertime craze.

Missing fun while away
You spend a week away from the office and it seems everyone has fun and games without you.

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.

Clinic gives disabled kids a chance to enjoy water
With his mother and grandparents cheering him on from the shore, Cole Ducker made the rounds inner tubing on Clarks Hill Lake on Saturday.

County has 14 golfers in tourney
When play started this week at the 44th annual Georgia Junior Golf Championship, the field of 144 included 14 players from Columbia County.

Race Results
Dale Wisnieski picked up his first win of the season June 20 at Gordon Park Speedway in Grovetown. He drives in the Stock V8 division.

Discount in online signups expected
Columbia County wants to offer an incentive to people who register online for youth sports. On July 7, county commissioners likely will approve a resolution allowing discounts for those who register early online for recreation department programs.

Evans High School year in review
Each week during the summer, The Columbia County News-Times will highlight a different high school, with a look back at its five biggest stories from the previous school year. This week's focus is on Evans High School.

Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School
Joe Rizner (left) and Bryce Cartledge are the leading scorers for the Knights' soccer team.

Tournament winners
The Augusta U-10 Gunners went undefeated to win the World Wide 3v3 soccer tournament in Columbia.


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