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Getting rid of bad gas turns out more complicated than anticipated
Here is the dilemma, which I suspect is a common one. We have six gallons of "old" boat gas, 2-year-old premium, mixed with oil and stabilizer. our boat guy (names will not be given, to protect the innocent and/or naive) said absolutely do not use it, that it would gum up the carburetor on my engine.

Bean Baskette gains contract as new vendor of library cafe
Patrons of the Columbia County Library soon will have a new coffee shop operating in the library's front lobby.

$8.5 million bid earns vote to build school
The Columbia County school board Tuesday awarded a bid of $8.5 million for construction of the county's next elementary school.

Residents invited to weigh in on growth
Columbia County residents are invited to give their input Tuesday on future development in the county.

Maintain lawn and save water
Rain might have come down in the area earlier this week, but according to the National Weather Service, the CSRA is still experiencing a rain shortfall that has led to outdoor watering restrictions for the past several years

County, schools prepare for further revenue drop
Columbia County government and school system officials this week presented proposals for next year's spending as budget hearings for the county commission and school board begin.

Fireblight attacks trees, shrubs, causing limbs to blacken, die
I recently saw a problem on some pear trees that I didn't think we would see much of this year. The ends of the trees' limbs were dead, turning brown and then black.

Flights of fancy
Children watch Scott Courdin, a wildlife curator with Georgia Southern University's Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q. Ball Jr. Raptor Center, bring out a Colombian red tail boa.

Pet Adoption Showcase
List of local pets available for adoption.

College Basketball
Former Augusta Prep basketball star Laura Kopald recently completed her second season with the Guilford College basketball team. Kopald, a 5-foot-10 guard, appeared in four games for the Quakers and recorded one rebound. She has 20 points and 12 rebounds in 11 career games.

List of local divorces.

Current Events
Calendar of local events.

Mother's Day art contest winner
Holly Chafin, 11, of Martinez, is pictured with her mother, Carolyn. Holly won The Columbia County News-Times Draw Your Mom Coloring Contest. She wins a pizza party at Putt-Putt. Her mother wins prizes from Wild Birds Unlimited and Mainstream.

List of local residents charged with DUIs.

For Mom, from the heart
South Columbia Elementary first-graders Mackenzie Kerns (left) and Emma Cooper decorate cups to use as flowerpots for Mother's Day. Each pot is going to contain a marigold and be decorated with a paper butterfly. At top, South Columbia Elementary first-grader Kinley McDaniel works intently on a drawing to present to her mother today for Mother's Day.

Property Transfers
List of local property transfers.

Look to the future
Jackie Lee Rodgers, an infusion nurse with Home Choice Partners, shows Greenbrier Elementary School fifth-grader Andrew Mumford how a syringe is attached to a line to inject medicine into a patient during the school's career fair.

On Vacation
During Spring Break, Ben Barber (from left), Cathy Barber, and Lauren Swearingen hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, stayed one night at Phantom Ranch, and hiked back up to the South Rim for a total trip of 20 miles.

The Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport (FLAIR) named DiAnne Johnson, a Spanish teacher at Evans High School, the 2010 FLAIR Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Johnson received a check and a plaque on March 2 at the induction ceremony at Augusta State University.

School Lunch Menu
Lunch menu for local schools.

Police Blotter
The following are blotter entries received from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office

Draw Your Mom Entries
Entries for the Draw Your Mom Contest.

Sports Calendar
List of upcoming local sports events.

Jump for joy
Sandra Johnson, Debbie French and Judy Wall were honored by friends, family and staff of Martinez Elementary School at a retirement party April 17 at Martinez United Methodist Church. The three retirees had a total of 77 years in Columbia County schools.

Get Up & Go
List of local events and activities.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, May 9, 2010.

What all moms want on Mother's Day
Obviously I am not a mother, so I do not speak from experience. But I have two women (mothers) in my life who help me to know what every other mother wants

First daughter, first graduate
It's been nearly 10 years since my mother died, so Mother's Day for me is celebrated more on behalf of the mother of my children.

Remember, again: Lock those car doors
Law enforcement officials say thefts from cars are on the rise again.

Ex-Harlem baseball standout excels at Winthrop
Former Harlem baseball standout Patrick Gamblin is closing in on the end of his freshman season for Winthrop University. It looks like he is going to finish with a bang.

Knights rally late, win on penalty kicks to advance
The Evans High School boys soccer team is putting its coach through a lot of stress this postseason.

In high school baseball games, every out is a thrill
The atmosphere at a Major League Baseball stadium is hard to beat. Some 30,000 fans chanting together, anticipating a home team triumph makes for great theater.

Lacrosse playoffs
Chandler Crouch (left) and Sarah Veneble (right), of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, converge on Lakeside's Ashlee Williams during Tuesday's first-round state lacrosse playoff game at the Golden Bears' stadium in Atlanta. It was the first time either school made it to the playoffs. Holy Innocents' won 19-10. Lakeside's boys team also made its first trip to the state playoffs, and lost 12-2 to Westminster of Atlanta.

Kailyn Blackmon Clark: Atlanta University
Crystal Braud held an open tryout for the volleyball squad at Clark Atlanta University in November.


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