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County should 'throw a little tax money' at pleasing current residents
As a lifelong resident (and voter since 1983) of Columbia County, I agree the home-building industry is important. However, it appears to me that the county government finds home building, or rather the building of any building, to be the highest priority.

Newcomer, veteran win pageant crowns
A newcomer and a pageant veteran took home the top teen titles at the Miss Augusta Pageant.

Snowstorm welcomed by many
Columbia County residents woke up to something quite unusual Saturday -- a winter wonderland. A winter storm that moved into the area Friday left between 5 and 7 inches of snow throughout the county, according to the National Weather Service.

Couple lead volunteers in feeding community
The hearts of Bea and Art Sanders remain open all year long, past the month of February. Through their organization called Concerned Women Inc., the Grovetown couple provides assistance to those in the community needing a helping hand.

Chili cooks to face off at annual cook-off
Though outdoor temperatures might be chilly, Harlem hopes to heat things up with chili on Saturday at the city's fifth annual Mayor's Chili Challenge.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at

Pet of the week
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20.

Vacation Photo
Chris Overstreet and his daughter Kirsten spent the weekend of Jan. 15-17 at Banner Elk, N.C. ,where they went tubing and outdoor ice skating. Kirsten insisted that she make some snow angels, and challenged her father to a snowball fight.

Nick Brown and Kyle Smith were winners of Greenbrier's Got Talent. They received a $100 cash prize for their performance of Grey Street by the Dave Matthews Band. Emily Johnson was runner-up and received $75. The contest was held at Greenbrier High School on Jan. 14.

Locks of Love
Lakeside Middle School pupil Charles Joseph "C.J." Hill grew his hair over the past year and a half in order to donate to Locks of Love in memory of his grandfather, Papa Charlie, who passed away from cancer in 2005.

School lunches

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

Time capsule
As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Thursday, Feb. 9, 1976:

FCCLA action
Evans High School's Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America chapter gave a check for $3,000 to the Medical College of Georgia Children's Miracle Network on Feb. 5.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, February 17 edition of the Columbia County News-Times.

Drug tests for dole recipients? Great idea
While there undoubtedly are dozens of devils lurking in the details, state Rep. Ben Harbin's House Bill 1163 is the sort of legislation about which most people wonder: What took so long?

Washington really did sleep here
It's true. George Washington did sleep here - somewhere "on the eastern edge of the town of Augusta." But it surprised me to learn that at least 10 more of our 44 national leaders are known to have touched down here for a few hours, stayed a night or two or, in one case, remained for the winter.

How do you like him now?
The White House announced Monday that President Obama will visit Georgia with a stop March 2 in Savannah.

Top-notch shooting helps Greenbrier top rival Evans
Strange circumstances enveloped the latest Evans-Greenbrier hoops rivalry.

Six Greenbrier seniors sign letters to play soccer in college
The Greenbrier High School cafeteria is usually crowded during the school's signing ceremonies. But the festivities on Feb. 11 drew a larger-than-normal attendance. Six Wolfpack soccer players signed letters of intent before heading into winter break.

Next year looking good for Wolfpack
Greenbrier High School completed the 2009-10 regular boys basketball season with a 12-12 record overall and 5-8 in Region 2-AAAAA. Neither mark is cause for fanfare, but a closer look at this year's team should create some excitement for Wolfpack fans.

Tennis tourney honors cancer victim
Mitchell Hauff, a Lakeside student who sponsored a tennis tournament to raise money for the American Cancer Society as part of his senior project, presents a check for $2,034 to Summer Garrison of the American Cancer Society in Augusta.

Sports calendar
Crappie USA Inc. will hold a Kids Fishing Rodeo at Wildwood Park on Saturday.

Athlete Spotlight: Michael Punch
The premise of Lakeside High School boys basketball this season has been nailing the basics. The Panthers want to box out, denying opponents second-chance opportunities, limit turnovers and run the floor to cut off easy baskets.


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