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Pruning will get best results when done in late winter or early spring
When do I prune my plants? This is one of the more misunderstood aspects of gardening because of the many types of shrubs that we grow.

Park is holding outdoor events
Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of events this month at Mistletoe State Park in Appling, including a red clay contest, wild gourmet dinner and wildlife showcase next weekend.

Rose group not just for growers
Members of the Augusta Rose Society have been clearing out closets and attics for their annual auction and sale.

Park projects are given approval
Though there has been much public attention given recently to updated plans for Evans Town Center Park, other Columbia County parks also are getting some upgrades.

Clarifications sought on county tree ordinance
Changes to Columbia County's tree ordinance have been proposed, but county officials still consider any revisions a work in progress.

Martinez firefighters help in garage collapse
Several Martinez firefighters joined hundreds from across the state recently to assist in search and rescue efforts after the collapse of an Atlanta parking garage.

Panel approves road funds for Augusta Tech campus
The dream of an Augusta Technical College campus in Columbia County came closer to reality last week. The county commission approved during a Tuesday meeting a $590,000 bid from Evans-based Garnto and Gearig Brothers to build an entrance road for the planned Augusta Tech campus near Grovetown.

Eighth-graders raise scores on state math test
Columbia County eighth-graders markedly improved their math scores on a standardized state test. Every middle school in the county showed an increase over last year in the eighth-grade math portion of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, the results of which were released last week

Preschool Sign-ups
- Harlem United Methodist Church is holding pre-registration for 2009-10 for 3- and 4-year-old preschool and mother's day out programs. For information, call (706) 556-6885.

On vacation
Steve Pruitt and Jasmine Childress visited the Statue of Liberty while vacationing in New York.

Grand openings
Sports Medicine Associates partners Dr. Jewel Duncan (from center behind the bow), manager Trish Kinnedy, Dr. David Minter, Dr. Alex Collins and Dr. Robert Gambrill cut a ribbon during a Columbia County Chamber of Commerce ceremony for the opening of the new facility on Dyess Parkway.

Current events
Fringe Hair Salon, at 101 Maple Drive off Columbia at Belair roads, and Suzette's Salon, 205 S. Belair Road, are holding a "Locks for Lucas cutathon" at 11 a.m. today. Haircuts are free, with donations accepted for the family of Lucas Asselin, a 6-month-old with eye cancer.

Marriage licenses
Brian Jay Henderson and Keiana Nicole Blackmon applied for a marriage license on May 13, 2009, and were married June 6, 2009, at Fort Gordon.

Get up and go
Reed Creek Park holds educational programs for children 5-older, including creek exploration, 10-11 a.m. July 16; forest foray, 10-11 a.m. July 17; pond exploration, 10-11 a.m. July 30; and insect investigations, 10-11 a.m. July 31. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bill Beasley Homes had a ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on May 12 to celebrate the grand opening of the Willow Oak Village community in Grovetown.

Christopher Gene Burchett, 31, of the 200 block of Bloomington Springs in Baxter, Tenn., was charged with driving under the influence on April 29, 2009, and was fined $810.

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Martinez that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. It rescues from 10 counties. Animals are current on their age appropriate vaccinations and are spayed or neutered. Dogs are microchipped, and cats are litter-box trained.

Ayesha Iqbal Azeem and Ismail Muhammad Azeem, June 26, 2009.

Police blotter
A Grovetown employee and a contractor were arrested on charges of stealing money from the city.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, July 12 Columbia County News-Times.

Avoid conflict when voting
Folks in this area have long been familiar with, and contemptuous of, politicians abstaining from voting. The Augusta City Commission largely is to blame. Its convoluted, racially engineered form of government allows abstentions to grind progress to a halt.

Tree changes sound like a good idea
It sometimes seems like two things are required in Columbia County development: Every strip mall must have a nail salon; and every project starts with wiping out trees. Seriously, though, the county's tree protection ordinances are a lot stronger than it would sometimes appear.

Report casts doubt on charter schools
Everybody loves charter schools. Republicans and Democrats alike say that charter schools are a great idea that can solve all the problems of our public education system.

They are the champions
The Red Sox are the Martinez Evans Little League 2009 Coach Pitch Champions.

Shanks turns into power hitter
Ben Morgan figured some of the bigger schools from the power conferences would take a pass on him because of his size.

Little Ben committed to Eagles
Ben Morgan figured some of the bigger schools from the power conferences would take a pass on him because of his size. So, when Georgia Southern offered him a 50 percent scholarship this month, the Greenbrier High School infielder called back the next night and committed.

Hughes will run at chance to be lawyer
It wasn't until a coach asked Ivana Hughes about her future that she considered trying to run track in college. The Evans High School graduate knew she wanted to be a lawyer. She is a fan of whodunit shows such as CSI , NCIS and Law and Order.

Strong field in Howell tourney trumps home course advantage
Kelby Burton tipped his hat down over his eyes Thursday, as if to try to shield them from what they'd just seen. The rising Lakeside senior had survived a tumultuous final round at West Lake Country Club to give himself a chance to win the Charles Howell Junior Championship.

Camp calendar
Grovetown High and Evans High will hold a girls soccer camp for rising ninth through 12th graders who will be attending Evans or Grovetown. The camp is free and will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Evans High practice field.

Sports Calendar
The Marshall Family Y is seeking soccer coaches and referees for its fall season. Coaches participate on a volunteer basis. Referees will be paid. For information, call Justin Goolsby at (706) 922-9658 or e-mail


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