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Panel wants to hear from potential buyer
Columbia County Planning Commissioners tabled a rezoning request Thursday for property on Washington Road that they had initially rejected.

911 is meant for emergencies
Dispatchers in the Columbia County 911 Communications Center are ready and waiting to send emergency assistance to those in need. The dispatchers fielded 47,395 calls to 911 in 2009, said Lt. Andy Shedd, the communications center supervisor, but many of those callers didn't need to dial 911.

Building will centralize health services
Linda Graves understands the importance of caring for others. The head of the Columbia County Health Department said her passion for nursing is inherited from her mother, a certified nursing assistant.

Brass quintet to kick off recital series
The Columbia County Orchestra Association will hold its first concert of a new recital series this weekend.

Churches celebrate expansions
While one Columbia County church recently completed a multi-million-dollar expansion and opened its doors, another church in Martinez will soon do just the same.

Retreat focuses on child safety
Parents wishing to learn how to better protect their children and improve their academics might want to attend a retreat on Saturday at Evans Middle School.

Evans Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

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Chili challenge crowns champion
Paul Miller, of the Columbia County Community Connections team, gives Appling resident Lisa Cooper a cup of chili to sample Saturday during the fifth annual Mayor's Chili Challenge, held next to the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem.

Blue Ridge Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Police blotter
Two juveniles argued with an Evans woman's teenage daughter and mooned her Saturday.

Current events
The Indo-American Cultural Association will hold an evening of dinner, dance and entertainment at 7 p.m. Friday at the Belair Conference Center. Tickets cost $25, with sponsor tables available for $500. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.

Adoption spotlight
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens cost $20.

North Harlem Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Vacation photo
Sue and Mike Meehan visited Herodian, Israel, during a tour with Jim Fleming, archaeologist, and Hannaniah Pinto, lecturer. Fleming is the founder and CEO of Explorations in Antiquities Center, a museum of daily life in Biblical times located in LaGrange, Ga.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, February 24, 2010 edition of the Columbia County News-Times.

How does the state get out of this mess?
Georgia's legislators have gotten themselves into another fine mess with the state budget. The question is: How do they get themselves out of it?

Gala is must-attend event of the year
This year's Columbia County Arts Charity Gala wouldn't be nearly as intriguing without the incredible artwork promoting Saturday's upcoming event.

Bad timing for test cheaters
Maybe I just missed it. But has anyone else seen warning signs for Gov. Sonny Perdue's pay-for-performance teacher salary proposal embedded in the budding scandal over standardized test cheating?

Lacrosse season opens
Lakeside High School's Stacie McBride fires a shot during the girls lacrosse season-opening scrimmage Saturday at Greenbrier Stadium. Lakeside defeated Greenbrier 15-9, and Lakeside's boys varsity team beat Greenbrier's boys 10-2.

Jags do well in softball tournament
Augusta State University finished the final day of the University of Alabama-Huntsville Softball Tournament strong. ASU picked up a pair of wins Sunday, giving them five consecutive victories at the event after dropping the opening game Friday.

Sports Calendar
Pride Athletics will hold an adult one-pitch softball tournament March 12-13 at Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Frontage Road, Augusta. Cost is $175 per team.

Area teams earn trip to state playoffs
Lakeside High School's girls basketball team enjoyed a historic moment. The Evans boys team did just enough. Those were among the high points for Columbia County teams during the Region 3-AAAA tournament, which finished Saturday at Richmond Academy.

Greenbrier's Padgett to play at Newberry
Matt Padgett faced a problem of small or large proportions when deciding his college future in recent weeks. The Greenbrier High School senior could attend a big university and enjoy all its benefits, or he could play football at a smaller school.

Prep calendar
Upcoming prep sports matchups in the Columbia County area.

Athlete Spotlight: Kendrell Germany
Harlem senior Kendrell Germany, a quiet guard with a slight frame, did what he could his final year in leading Harlem through a tough season.

Burdette hopes to walk on team
The presence of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun at Greenbrier High School hinted the ceremony was different than most. Greenbrier senior Nicole Burdette accepted an appointment Friday to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Players may get chance to start
Greenbrier High School celebrated its soccer seniors when six Wolfpack girls and boys team members signed to play in college. Greenbrier's cafeteria was festive and packed, but the scene could have been bigger.

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