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Elimination of 'minor' middle-school sports 'will leave a major hole'
I attended a booster club meeting at Harlem Middle School and was dismayed to learn of the proposed budget cuts on the table at Columbia County Board of Education.

Graduation bittersweet for official
For more than a decade, Columbia County school board member Mickie Blackburn has shaken the hands of the school system's high school graduates. She'll repeat that task one last time during graduation ceremonies Saturday at Augusta's James Brown Arena.

Spooner Drive residents reject water line proposal
A proposal to extend water lines down an Evans street has been nixed by residents.

Pupil creates initiative to aid other children with epilepsy
Jamie Bacigalupo has spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital.

Park cleanup part of national effort
Columbia County is encouraging residents to battle litterbugs Saturday as part of the Great American Cleanup.

Riverside Park area to be set for dogs
A Columbia County park is going to the dogs.

Program gets kids to read in summer
As the school year comes to an end, Columbia County library staffers are gearing up for the annual Summer Reading Program.

Foundation meant to help fundraising
The inaugural class of Leadership Columbia County wanted to make a lasting impression with its class project.

Book fair at Brookwood Elementary
Tucker and Colton Pressley posed with the Sonic Hotdog during Book Fair Family Night on March 25 at Brookwood Elementary. Families were invited to shop at the book fair and eat hot dogs as a PTO fundraiser.

Revved up for reading
Nicholas Caron, a second-grade student, dressed up for The Tale of Three Trees, displaying pictures of his second-grade teacher, Suzy Thigpen, and parapro, Stacey Highfield, as major influences in his life.

Time Capsule
As reported 40 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Wednesday, May 6, 1970.

Legacy of Bulldog shortstops
Brothers Darryl James (from left) and Doug James (holding his jersey) and Doug's sons Rusty and Tyler James all played shortstop for Jimmie Lewis at Harlem High School. Doug played from 1978-80 and during Lewis' first win against Richmond Academy. His team won the state title in 1978 and 1979. Darryl played from 1981-83 and won the state title all three years. Rusty played from 2002-05, which included Lewis' 500th win. Tyler played from 2007-10, which included Lewis' 600th victory, also against ARC.

Kool Kafe to close
Betty Kelley is surrounded by some of her current and former pupils in the Kool Kafe at North Harlem Elementary School. She is retiring, so this will be the final year for the cafe, which was operated by her second-grade pupils.

Sports Calendar
Calendar of local sports events.

Gordon Park Speedway Race Results
Results from local races.

On Vacation
Mark and Jessica Williams (right) and Richard and Debbie Callan were part of the Columbia County Relay for Life team sponsored by the Bel Air Elementary School student council.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Pet Adoption Showcase
List of local pets available for adoption.

Get Up & Go
List of local events and meetings.

Dancers bloom during Mayfest
Columbia County Ballet student Kate Hodnick, 5, smiles after receiving a flower during the Martinez ballet studio's celebration.

Lakeside places fourth
The Lakeside High School girls placed fourth in the Georgia High School state track meet in Albany, Ga. Competing were Sarah Bowles (from left), Anna Bowles, Brittany Henthorne, Katie Townsend and coach Derrick Myers. Anna and Katie placed first and second in the 3,200-meter finals. Anna's performance was the fastest for all classes in the 3,200 meters, with a time of 10:46. Katie was the second fastest for all classes with a time of 10:52. Their performances ranked seventh and 12th on the all-time girls 3,200-meter list for GHSA competitions. Anna Bowles and Townsend placed second and fourth in the 1,600-meter finals. Sarah Bowles placed fifth in the 800 meters, and Henthorne's eighth-place finish in the shot put helped lead Lakeside to its fourth-place finish, a first for the Lakeside girls.

Current Events
Calendar of local events.

Summer Camps
List of summer camps available in the area.

Quitter Cox desserts office
In January, columnist Tom Crawford declared 2009 the "Year of the Quitter" in Georgia politics.

Tree rules could be improvement
In this space we recently expressed skepticism about an ongoing discussion of relaxing some of the county's sign ordinances.

Budget protests aim at wrong target
Dozens of parents and students showed up at Cobb County's Allatoona High School last week to protest the dismissals of their favorite teachers and coaches.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Lakeside hopes to keep up momentum with new coach
Expectations are at an all-time high for Lakeside High School's football squad after last season, when its defense produced seven shutouts in 12 games and the team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

Bassmasters back at Thurmond Lake
The ESPN Bassmaster Elite Series returns this weekend for the Pride of Georgia event, the tour's fifth trip to Thurmond Lake after taking a year off in 2009.

Evans High baseball champ followed his dreams
During the late 1980s, Evans High School baseball was taking off. The 1985 squad nearly won a state title with three freshmen starting in the infield. That trio of Craig Cassidy (shortstop), Lenny Springs (second base) and Ben Hayslip (first base) led Evans to its first state championship during their senior year in 1988.

Indoor soccer clinic offered at park
There are some sports fans who can't get into soccer because of its slow, deliberate nature.

Athlete Spotlight
Chelsea Brown and her friends have a running joke -- no pun intended -- about her aspirations of track success.


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