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'Commonsense reform' would alleviate taxes on new homes until sold
Editor:One of the few positives from the recession has been the new realization, by our Legislature, and many county and city officials, of the benefits of growth and particularly the economic reach of the housing industry. When builders stop building homes thousands of Georgians are out of jobs. This affects shops, suppliers, tradesmen, restaurants, grocery stores, gas retailers, insurers and the list goes on - even state and local tax coffers.

County will name STAR student Thursday
Columbia County's top scorers on the SAT will be recognized Thursday in Harlem.

Rezoning will allow motorcycle dirt racetrack in Grovetown
Dirt bike riders might soon get their motors running on property near Fort Gordon.

Couple reach out to Haiti quake survivors
Donnie Rogers will return this week to the place where his world was rocked, literally.

Girl Scouts put on their thinking caps
Riverside Middle School pupil Erin Delaney played the role of Greek goddess Saturday.

Zoning board's vote advances planned move for Evans Christian Academy
Evans Christian Academy is another step closer to returning to Columbia County after approval of a rezoning Thursday.

Popular safety officer overcomes adversity
Robert Eastman can't walk the school hallways now without a child calling out to him.

Family celebrates centenarian's big day
Dolores Sudol's secret to a long, prosperous life hinges on two words: hard work.

Stevens Creek Elementary Honor Roll
Second nine weeks

Empty bowl
Stevens Creek Elementary fourth-grader Jess Meaders works on a bowl in Dave Stuart's art room for donation to Golden Harvest Food Bank's Empty Bowl fundraiser, set for March 7 at the Augusta Jewish Community Center. Pupils, parents and teachers made bowls to donate for the fundraiser and received a ticket to the event in return.

Police Blotter
A pedestrian was killed Saturday night while crossing the intersection of North Belair and Cox roads.

The Blitz
The Blitz are Columbia County Recreation Department's Under-12 Boys 2009 Fall Champions. The team was undefeated during the season. Team members are Garrett Godbee (front row, from left), Cameron Gass and Daniel Reynolds; Benjamin Buchanan (center row, from left), Daniel Reynolds, Zach Hill and Nick Van Deventer; coach Dave DiPrete (back row, from left), Slock Patel, Charlie King, Bradley MacLaury, Evan Williams and Max DiPrete.

Evans Middle School
The Evans Middle School girls basketball team was undefeated for the season. Shown are manager Brooke Buck (front row, from left), Kayla Starks, Emily Graven, Maya Ahmadieh, Georgie Latremouille and Ashton Odom; Amanda Adkins (back row, from left), Natalie Johnson, Lucy Olliff, Kaitlyn Buck, Haley Hadden, Caroline George, coach Sarah Given, Jasmine Stone, Autumn Johnson, Principal Michael Johnson and assistant coach Yves Latremouille.

Dressed to thrill
Alyssa Lamb (left) and her sister Kayla, both seniors at Greenbrier High, try on prom dresses during the Formally Yours event at Crossbridge Baptist Church. Brianna Murphy, a senior at Lakeside High, organized Saturday's dress giveaway as her senior project.

Finding help caring for kids
The Evans chapter of MOMS International held its second annual Preschool and Mom's Morning Out Fair on Friday at the Patriots Park gym. Above, representatives from preschools were on hand to answer questions and give information to parents. At left, Kristen Berry hands out balloons at the Piggytoes Christian Care booth.

Time Capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia County News-Times, Thursday, Feb. 2, 1961:

Riverside Middle School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks.

Pets of the week
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services.

Current Events
Area Rotary clubs are helping raise money and collecting "shelter boxes" through www.shelterboxes.org. For information, call Pam Lightsey at (706) 840-2087.

Voters should demand change in tone
Set aside for a moment the fact that two-thirds majorities in the Georgia House and Senate aren't likely to approve Gov. Sonny Perdue's legislation eliminating elections for four statewide officials.

Big changes ahead in Georgia? No
Gov. Sonny Perdue is nearing the end of his time as governor, but he had one more big idea to throw out for discussion.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, February 10, 2010.

Petition saved faltering plan
From the moment Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle announced a sweeping plan to raze and rebuild eight county schools, it seemed the biggest obstacle wouldn't be local.

Sports Calendar
The Panther 5K Challenge will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Lakeside High School.

Sports Newsmakers
The Augusta Arsenal U13 Girls team was finalist at the CGSA Girls Rock Tournament held January 23-24 in Savannah, Ga. Team members are Grace Huber (front, from left), Chelsea Kulling, Catherine Jackson, Kallie Beckham, Erika Knight, Anna Plunkett and Ashlyn Shields; Coach Tommy Jackson (back, from left), Logan Williams, Ashley Martin, Devin Haygood, Caroline Davis, Alyssa Mosley, Mariana Gonzalez, Nettie Jester and Holly Knippers. Special Photo Augusta Arsenal U14 Gunners Gold 3v3 Team took fifth place in the 96 Male Gold Bracket at the Kick It 3v3 Soccer: World Championship held Jan. 16-18 at the Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Over 25 teams competed in the U14 age bracket. Players are Daniel "Zee" Zaremba (from left), Ian DeMass, Joshua Baker, Kevin Huggins, Eric Older and Coach Havird Usry.

Athlete Spotlight
Amaura Brandt sounded as though she knew what path the questioning would take next.

Davis kicks off college career with 2-run homer
Former Greenbrier High School baseball standout T.D. Davis made quite an impression in his first collegiate at bat. The left fielder launched a two-run homer in his first plate appearance for Georgia Perimeter Junior College, and helped his team to a 11-5 win over Southern Union Junior College in Wadley, Ala.

Soccer star Allen signs to play for Blue Hose
It's not often difficult to pick Stephanie Allen out from a crowd. She's usually the one with the knee brace.

Lakeside standouts sign to play college ball
Recent rains have soaked Lakeside High School's baseball fields and rendered them all but unplayable the first week of practice, but the Panthers have busied themselves off the field. Among the activities were two seniors signing Friday to play college baseball next year.

Prep Calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

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