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Fire training facility to see improvements
Columbia County commissioners recently approved some improvements to the fire training center in Appling. During a May 19 meeting, the commission agreed to spend up to $140,000 to purchase a computerized, gas-powered stove and bed for the training center burn building.

Angel Island restaurant opens
For those craving cuisine with an Asian flair, a new Evans restaurant has just the menu. Angel Island Asian Cuisine opened July 1 next to Food Lion in the shopping center at North Belair and Washington roads.

Pupil recognized for giving back
A Martinez girl recently was recognized for her efforts to improve the lives of those in her community. Sydney Guion, 8, was named one of 72 Georgia winners of the Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program for three volunteer efforts she spearheaded.

Summer school class was largest ever
For Noah Mazzola, accepting his high school diploma Friday was more about the destination than the journey. The 18-year-old Lakeside High graduate had to take economics and algebra in summer school to graduate and it didn't bother him that he had to wait more than a month after his classmates.

Singers have lost many over the years
Denise Radford had always enjoyed singing and had even been approached a few times about joining a women's music group. It wasn't until she heard the four-part a capella group Sweet Adelines perform at an annual event that she knew she wanted to be on stage.

Cheerful camp
Participants in the Evans High School Cheer Camp perform a dance routine for their parents on the last day of the camp on July 10.

Current events
Columbia County's free Family Movie Matinees continue with Horton Hears a Who at 1 p.m. today at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library. Future movies include Wall-E, July 22, and a surprise movie July 29. For information, call (706) 312-7192.

School Reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1979 30th reunion will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Red Oak Manor in Harlem. For information, go to the Harlem High School Class of 1979 group on

Police blotter
A Columbia County Animal Care and Control officer found a couple sunbathing nude Thursday in an Appling church cemetery.

Vacation photo
Thierry Wright, of Martinez, (from left) and Bechtel Corp. colleagues Ed Volkmer, Julie McNamara, Jacob Schneider, Matt Bumgardner and Abby Loros caught more than 600 pounds of halibut on a deep-sea fishing trip off the coast of Valdez, Alaska.

Pupils in Deborah Parker's pre-kindergarten class from Oakbrook Country Day School of the Bradley Schools took a trip to Columbia County recycling center to drop off recyclables. They also went to Reed Creek Interpretive Center to learn about taking care of wildlife.

Get Up and Go
CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Borders Books, Music, Movies, and Cafe, at 257 Robert C. Daniel, Jr. Parkway. For information, call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.

Pet adoptions
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. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt. The adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20.

Nothing super for late grads
School officials are hailing an unusually large crop of summer school graduates as an example of successful efforts to prevent dropouts.

Another fight for poster child
An unavoidable problem with poster children for any cause is that the image of the child is frozen in time, while the child continues to mature long after the poster is printed.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, July 15 Columbia County News-Times.

West Lake showcases top juniors
The second annual Charles Howell III Junior Championship finished last week at West Lake Country Club, with 99 of the premier junior golfers on the planet battling for a chance to claim the title.

Camp calendar
The GA-SC Bulls Soccer Club will hold a summer camp. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 17. Camp will be held July 26-29 at Hammond's Ferry in North Augusta. The North Augusta camp is a Bull's ProXtreme camp featuring professional soccer players.

Fishing fun
Karis Sheree Burke, 5, landed this 13-pound catfish while fishing from a dock in shallow water at Thurmond Lake in Lincoln County. It took her about five minutes to get him in, and the only help she needed was when her grandma scooped the fish up with the net, wrote her grandmother, Rebecca Burke.

Lakeside High Athlete Spotlights
Cross country runners Katie Townsend (left) and Anna Bowles were among the best in the area their freshman season.

Lakeside High 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 Lakeside.

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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