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Claims of savings from elimination of county positions don't add up
Will someone please help me understand the rhetoric of Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross and the board of commissioners (BOC)? Some local media clips report:

Growth management plan being updated
A partial update to Columbia County's growth management plan should get under way soon.

Navy group to perform in concert
The U.S. Navy Band's "Sea Chanters" has its periscope set on Columbia County for an upcoming concert.

School transfer requests being taken
Columbia County parents wishing to move their children to a new school next year have this week to make the request.

Pecan business has a new owner
A family-run business operating in Harlem for more than 70 years has new owners.

Family Y will get bigger facility
As thousands of Columbia County Family Y members try to reduce their midsections, their favored gym just keeps getting bigger.

County commission honors workers
Columbia County commissioners named the county's Internet Technology department the Team of the Year during a Tuesday meeting.

With the proper plants, your yard can become a safe haven for birds
The dogwoods and American beautyberries around my house are full of berries this year. Other plants around my house, such as Carolina Buckthorn, had plenty of berries as well.

Gardener gets an early start on spring by planting seeds
Evans resident Betty Crowther has gotten a jump on fellow gardeners by starting her planting earlier than usual.

Pet adoption showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort.

Property transfers
Tony Black to Richard J. Chouinard, 636 Hamilton Road, $70,000.

Showing off
Soundsation, the Lakeside High School show choir, rehearses for the Show Choir Festival, which was held Saturday in Baxley, Ga. The group will also compete in events in February in Albertville and Birmingham, Ala. The show choir has 35 singers and dancers, five crew and nine instrumentalists.

Time capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Jan. 16, 1964:

S. Columbia Elementary Honor Roll
S. Columbia Elementary Second Nine Weeks A and A/B Honor Roll

Ribbon cutting
AlphaGraphics held a ribbon cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 6. It is located at 3822 Commercial Court, Suite A, in Martinez.

Current events
Covenant United Methodist Church will hold a "Hearts for Haiti" concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the church, 4536 Washington Road in Evans. A local high school artist also will sell original paintings. All proceeds will go to Haiti through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Call (706) 496-3623.

N. Columbia Elementary Honor Roll
N. Columbia Elementary Second Nine Weeks A and A/B Honor Roll

Police blotter
A Grovetown woman called police Wednesday claiming her mother assaulted her as she tried to retrieve a calf.

Debra R. Kroll and Gregory Martin Kroll, Jan. 7, 2010.

Just in case
Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigator Brian Jones (from left) gives instructions to deputies Travis Whitaker, Billy Blakely and Lafayette Garrett during the sheriff's office's semi-annual Active Shooter Training on Tuesday at West Acres Baptist Church in Evans.

Get up and go
The Columbia County libraries' coffee club, with library director Mary Lin Maner, will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Harlem. Call (706) 863-1946.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, January 24, 2010.

Descendants being sought
Calling all members of the Tillery family: Your ancestors are looking for you.

County makes progress in a tough year
Next week will mark my first anniversary with the Development Authority of Columbia County. In reviewing 2009, there are several positive aspects of the year that bear mention, despite the continuing challenges of a struggling national and state economy.

Don't forget: Your help still needed in Haiti
Shaken but not forgotten: That's the slogan Life Ministries International of Martinez has adopted for its outreach to the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Sports calendar
The Marshal Family Y will hold its spring soccer registration until Friday.

College signing day party to be held for 11th year
College football's National Signing Day is set for Feb. 3. For the 11th consecutive year, I will be holding a signing day party for all of the area's signees.

Prep calendar
Basketball and swimming

Sports newsmakers
The Augusta Arsenal U12 girls gold team ended up as co-champions in a tournament in Atlanta that was held the first weekend in December because the finals had to be canceled because of bad weather.

Warriors go over .500 mark in region with wild victory
Grovetown High School's boys basketball team got the better of a wild finish Tuesday.

Free-throw shooting boosts Lakeside
The Lakeside High School girls basketball team endured a tough schedule earlier in the month, but they weren't going to let Tuesday's game at Grovetown slip away.

Ex-Greenbrier star is transferring to Mercer
Former Greenbrier High School softball standout Kassie Bailey has found a Division I home.


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