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Some of the county's best achievements were in spite of 'naysayers'
It was such a breath of fresh air to read Barbara Seaborn's column in the July 15 News-Times, "Welcome calm after the Pavilion storm." She points out, "had the commissioners at the time been guided by polls, they never would have pursued the project."

Shoppers can assist needy pupils with school supplies
Parents and pupils shopping for school supplies can donate materials for needy Columbia County pupils Saturday at the county's two Wal-Mart locations.

School registration is under way
School registration in Columbia County started Tuesday. Parents needing to register their children are urged to do so before classes begin Aug. 10.

2009-2010 School Calendar
Open house schedule, school calendar, contact information and details on the board of education meetings for Columbia County schools.

Children need vaccinations before starting school
Walk-in clinics are available in three Columbia County locations for children needing immunizations.

Grovetown High is ready
When classes begin on Aug. 10, a new era starts in Columbia County -- an era of five public high schools. Before Grovetown High School opens, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Aug. 4 at 4 p.m., followed by an open house at 6 p.m.

Festival marks the start of new year
When Columbia County students head back to school in a couple of weeks, many will do so with a new lunch box provided through sponsors of the annual Back-to-School Festival.

Private schools see lower enrollments
Private schools in the area are posting slight drops in enrollment, due in part to a sluggish economy. But two local private institutions say recent gifts are allowing them to reach a greater number of students through scholarships.

Youth orchestra's concert covers wide musical range
For nearly two months, Columbia County Youth Orchestra members have gathered once a week to play a variety of musical selections, ranging from Green Day to Mozart.

Teacher is happy to be among new educators
Shannon Coleman considers herself fortunate to have landed a teaching position in Columbia County. Coleman, who recently completed her graduate studies at Auburn University, will be a first-year special needs teacher working with autistic pupils at Riverside Elementary.

Some students might not recognize their principal
When some pupils return to classes next month, they'll be greeted by a new person at the helm of their school. Former assistant principals Dietmar Perez and Naesha Parks were elevated to lead their schools, Harlem High and Evans Elementary, respectively.

Current events
The Columbia County Health Department will give back-to-school immunizations from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 10 at all three health department clinics.

Adoption spotlight
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.

School Information
Open house schedule, school calendar, contact information and details on the board of education meetings for Columbia County schools.

Vacation photos
Jordan Welch (left) and Natalie Richards pose in front of a fish at Aunt Catfish Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla. They spent a week at the beach with Jordan's parents, Debbie and Tony Welch, of Appling.

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

Police blotter
A Greenbrier High School senior remains hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck last week.

Time capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 28, 1960:

Austin Cale, a student at Evans Middle School, was accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Challenging year already for schools
Rarely has a school year approached in Columbia County with as much promise and uncertainty clashing.

Take a load off kids with the right backpack
When you purchase back-to-school supplies for your children, the last thing you'd expect is to buy something dangerous. However, the parents of 6,000 children do just that each year. Which school supply could be so harmful? Backpacks.

Saving lives isn't routine
One week ago, I stood on the side of Hardy-McManus Road watching emergency workers rescue Haley Van Pelt from her car. It's not the sort of thing I do much anymore. But summer vacations left us short staffed, so there I was with a camera and a notepad.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, July 29 Columbia County News-Times.

Eagle Scout's project leads to improvements at Kelley Park
When it came time to choose his Eagle Scout project, Greenbrier High School student Beau Allen wanted to select one that suited his interests.

Camp Calendar
Petersburg Racquet Club summer camp sessions will run through Friday. The camps run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, with swimming offered at the end of each workout. Clinics are open to youths ages 7-18, from beginner to intermediate levels.

Brauns enjoy competing vs. veterans
Jerry Braun would like to find a way to involve older veterans in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and similar events.

Athlete Spotlight: Darin Prazer
Darin Prazer allowed the tears to come in Little Rock, Ark., last month. That was where he won gold in the American Taekwondo Association World Championships. For the 31-year-old, the medal was the reward for more than a decade of setting goals and overcoming obstacles.

Sports Calendar
The 15th-annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones charity basketball game will be held Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at Augusta Christian Schools' gymnasium. Proceeds benefit rape crisis and sexual assault services.

Friends kept up with Forrest's career
I was stunned when I got a call Sunday morning telling me that Vernon Forrest had been shot and killed in Atlanta. It took a few minutes to process what I had been told.


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