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of middle-school Spanish class shouldn't be 'a done deal'
Well, it looks like the middle school athletic programs have been saved from the chopping block, at least for now. The Columbia County Board of Education met recently, and there were obviously enough calls and e-mails by concerned parents that they decided to give the athletic program another year while they analyze the costs to the budget.

Event to tell public about methamphetamine perils
Methamphetamine is a growing problem across the country, and Columbia County Community Connections is hoping an upcoming event will inform residents and help curb usage of the drug.

Revised ordinance allows developers to clear, grade lots
Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday approved a revised tree ordinance that allows developers to grade sites before selling lots to builders.

Curtain call
Margaret Wiggins ended her career the same way it started, by staging a performance of Cinderella.

Workshop to teach creative camp cooking
Using nature to inspire cooking has long been a fact of life, particularly for pioneers. But visitors to Mistletoe State Park will get a lesson in cooking on a rock, baking in a cardboard box and making omelets in plastic bags.

County construction projects delayed
While some Columbia County construction projects, funded with bonds sold last year, are underway, others are taking longer to get started than initially reported.

Harlem could get walking trails
The formation of a new Harlem government committee could result in the creation of walking trails inside the city.

Grovetown works to improve sewers, build water capacity
Ongoing water and sewer improvement projects in Grovetown are causing outdoor watering restrictions, but with the goal of eventually solving such restrictions.

Pupils head to summer school June 1
Hundreds of Columbia County pupils will get a second chance to pass a failed course or state exam at summer school, starting June 1.

Get to root of your garden problems
One of the problems gardeners have is what to do about tree roots.

County weighs needs for $14.5 million
Columbia County commissioners have a lot of sales tax money coming their way and have started seeking ways to spend it.

Cuts likely to spare middle school sports
Columbia County school board members on Wednesday likely will adopt a budget of about $165 million that includes millions of dollars in classroom cuts but protects middle school sports.

Eagle Sports teams win state tournaments
The Eagle Sports middle school girls team won the South Carolina Home School State tournament on March 6 in Taylors, S.C. Team members are Abby Law (from left), Caroline Page, Megan Miller, Samantha Stewart, Morghanne Sitton, Ella Brucker, Julia Hatcher, Coach Lori Miller, Madison Padgett, Abby Mauldin, Amy Vincent and Katherine Birdsong.

Property Transfers
List of local property transfers.

Pet Adoption Showcase
List of local pets available for adoption. Special Photos Tipper is a 1-year-old male Australian shepherd.[CAPTION] Amber is a 1-year-old tortoiseshell tabby.[CAPTION] Buddy is a 2-year-old male Jack Russell terrier.[CAPTION] Smooches is a 5-month-old female boxer/hound.

Newsmakers
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 192 recently held an Americanism contest at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Grovetown.

Exchange Club donations
The Columbia County Exchange Club presented a check for $500 to Hope House

Get Up & Go
List of upcoming events and meetings.

Duathlon
List of local summer camps.

Sports Calendar
Calendar of local sports events.

Marriage Licenses
List of recent local marriage licenses.

On Vacation
Paige Blackwell and her mother, Tanya Renew, swim with dolphins at Marineland while on vacation in St. Augustine, Fla.

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

Divorces
List of recent local divorces.

Time Capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News on Thursday, May 26, 1960:

Current Events
Calendar of upcoming local events.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, May 23, 2010.

summer driving, 'Click It or Ticket'
It's "Click It Or Ticket" time in Georgia, and anyone who complains about getting a ticket for not buckling up deserves a crash-course in road-reality

Silence disappointing, but understandable
Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle gave an impassioned speech the other day, both defiant and scolding, toward parents who likewise have been passionate in their defense of middle-school athletics yet quiet about other budget-cutting actions.

Grads' history in the making
Newspapers are keepers of history, and this newspaper's archives record that Trinity Bass received the first diploma awarded by the new Grovetown High School

Greenbrier standout signs with Newberry
One of soccer standout Luis Thompson's more memorable performances came this past year in his club team's Tournament Showcase.

Panthers fall in first game, rally vs. Vikings to advance
Lakeside High School has not made it easy during three rounds of the state baseball playoffs.

Lakeside grad to intern with MLB
Special to The News-Times

Lakeside faces tough semifinal test in Wayne County
For the third consecutive series, Lakeside High School came up big in a decisive Game 3 to keep its season alive. The senior-laden team is now headed to Wayne County tomorrow to begin the best of three state semifinal round.

Lakeside 's success comes from solid defensive play
How important is a good defense in high school baseball?

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