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Officials say signs can cause distractions
The family of a Martinez woman fatally struck by an SUV on Mullikin Road more than a year ago is asking county officials to change a county ordinance to allow them to keep a roadside memorial at the crash site.

Original member recalls challenges
Forty years ago, Columbia County's first elected board of education took office and dealt with challenges that continue to plague school officials today.

Job fair seeks employees for IGA store
Job seekers crowded the lobby and sidewalk of Harlem's newest grocery store on Wednesday. The IGA on South Hatcher Street held a job fair to help fill 20 available positions at the store, which is slated to open at the end of summer.

Teachers will take days off
Columbia County school officials tinkered with the budget Tuesday to allow for two teacher furlough days. Last month, Gov. Sonny Perdue further cut school budgets by 3 percent and cut the equivalent of three working days of teacher salaries to help make up a $900 million deficit.

Mulching gardens best way to hold moisture in the heat
The dog days of summer are wreaking havoc on gardens across the county, but one local business owner says mulching can keep plants hydrated during these sweltering months.

Policy gives parents choice in schooling
Columbia County School Board officials will know Tuesday how much response they have received to a new law allowing students to transfer to schools with available space.

Young singers urged to try out
Auditions for a new area choir group are under way, and teens looking to showcase their vocal abilities are urged to try out.

Leaf drop, slime flux, webworms take toll on drought-stressed trees
With the lack of rainfall over the past month, our plants and trees are beginning to show the stress from lack of water.

Church offers tour of its new location
After holding services for nearly a month in its new Evans location, Covenant United Methodist Church is inviting guests to tour the new facility today and join the church for a celebration.

Event celebrates partnership between schools, businesses
Columbia County school officials mingled with area business leaders during the seventh annual Superintendent's Breakfast on Tuesday to thank them for their support.

Current events
Save Kids East Central and the MCGHealth Children's Medical Center will hold a summer edition of Babypalooza for pregnant women and guests from 1-5 p.m. today in the grand ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway.

Katherine Mary Pennebecker and Robert John Pennebecker, July 22, 2009.

Adult newsmakers
The Rev. and Mrs. Dan White were given a silver anniversary celebration by their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sorenson, of Macon, Ga.

Michael Palmese, a sophomore honor student at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, has received many academic honors, including being named to the spring President's List and receiving the Gerald Braz Memorial Music Scholarship in April.

Adoption spotlight
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez.

Police blotter
A Hephzibah man was arrested Thursday night and charged with the Wednesday stabbing of an Appling man at an Evans park.

Marriage Licenses
Christopher Neil Higginbottom and Melissa Ryan McCormick applied for a marriage license on May 22, 2009, and were married June 20, 2009, in Appling.

School information
School calendar, contact information, open house dates and school board meeting times.

Time capsule
As reported 29 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1980:

Property Transfers
Sandra D. Nix to Michael S. Landes and Holly Z. Landes, 623 Kettle Creek Drive, $225,000.

We can help our neighbors
Columbia County residents are justifiably proud of our new library - so much so that we continue to call it "our new library" even though it opened three years ago.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, August 2nd Columbia County News-Times.

Letters should be the end of animal issues
Some controversies in Columbia County just refuse to die.

Readin', writin' and the World Wide Web
As controversies from the annals of Columbia County go, you might not think the now three-year-old and very popular reading, learning and entertainment center just behind the also-new Justice Center could possibly have been on that list.

Tough upbringing motivates successful martial arts expert
Darin Prazer met his wife while they were judging a martial arts tournament. He proposed at another tournament seven months later.

Bring on big leagues
As I write this, former Greenbrier High School star and University of Georgia All-American Rich Poythress is headed to the great Northwest.

Team 's workout draws fans
The parking lot was full behind Grovetown High School one night last week.

New players flock to camp at Greenbrier
Jennifer McMahan was new to basketball when she attended Greenbrier High's camp last year.

Sports newsmakers
Dr. James Borke, a professor at the MCG School of Dentistry; his wife, Beth; his daughter, Anna; and his son, Michael, traveled to Pamplona, Spain. Borke and his son ran with the bulls.

Sports calendar
Greenbrier High School will hold softball tryouts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Greenbrier softball field. All participants must bring a copy of their physical and proof of insurance. For information, call (706) 650-6040, ext. 4150.


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