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Proper planting is key for flowers
Tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are some of the flowers that say winter is gone and spring is on the way. But if we want to have these spring flowers, we need to plant them now.

Designer provides ideas for wreaths
Master Gardener Mary Louise Hagler has long had a flare for holiday decorating.

Fire stations to be dedicated; school artifacts go on display
The public is invited to attend the dedication of two new fire stations Monday, when a memorabilia room for Leah High School also will be unveiled.

Augusta Prep's leader is leaving
Once this school year ends, so does Jack Hall's tenure at Augusta Preparatory Day School.

Election produces few surprises from electorate
Martinez resident Kristi Baker dominated the race for Columbia County school board District 2 on Tuesday.

Fundraising efforts for center continue
Fundraising efforts for a proposed arts center in Columbia County will continue despite donations falling short.

Family Y is among tax-funded projects
The Columbia County Commission selected numerous projects last week for millions of dollars in nondedicated sales tax funding.

Driven to help
A desire to work with children prompted Billy Wilkes and Ann Mills to seek careers transporting pupils to school.

Police blotter
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy was fired and arrested Wednesday following an investigation into a claim that he sexually assaulted a woman in custody.

Pet adoption showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, Inc. is a 501-C3 nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Company on Bobby Jones Expressway. Please contact Barb at (706) 955-0438 or browse our Web site ( for information about the group or the featured animals.

Current events
Donations of archival and historical material are being sought for the Leah High School display at the new Leah fire station, opening Monday. For information, call Gary or Nancy Blanchard at (706) 541-0043.

Young voters
Stevens Creek Elementary third-grader Judson Dekle casts his ballot for student council offices on election day as his classmates await their turn.

Kerri L. Buckland and Michael D. Buckland, Nov. 1, 2010.

Property transfers
R.T. Bailey Construction Inc. to William R. Jones and Donna F. Jones, 1154 Sumter Landing Circle, $321,340.

Lance Ranger McAnly, 40, of the 400 block of Little Falls Way in Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on Aug. 1, 2010, and was fined $810.

Ribbon cuttings
Toki Japanese Hibachi & Sushi, at 362 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, held a grand opening ribbon cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 23.

The University of South Carolina Aiken recently named Preston Sparks director of marketing and community relations. Sparks, former news editor of The News-Times and Columbia County Bureau chief of The Augusta Chronicle, is a Martinez resident. He has more than 13 years of experience in the field of journalism as a writer and editor, most recently serving as the education editor at The Augusta Chronicle. Sparks holds a bachelor of English degree from Augusta State University.

Time capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 6, 1964:

Columbia Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

North Columbia Elementary First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Nothing bugs him
Jeffrey Ball, son of Jim and Kim Ball, of Grovetown, was a yellow jacket in the Bugz musical at Brookwood Elementary. The musical was directed by Kim Chavous.

Young people: Stand up to bullying
I was once in middle school, though back then we called it junior high. What a crazy time.

Write-ins waste votes, send messages
Nearly 52 percent of Columbia County's voters set aside time on election day or during the early voting period to fulfill one of the duties of their citizenship.

Fast-forward to races' end
Election coverage this past week gave me an epiphany. And extra sleep as a bonus.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, November 7, 2010.

Grovetown's Threatt gets great opportunity with Jags
Former Grovetown High School basketball standout Toney Threatt will play on the collegiate level at Augusta State University.

Sports calendar
The Evans High School baseball team will hold its annual golf tournament Nov. 14 at Gordon Lakes Golf Course. The event will start at 11 a.m. with lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Sports newsmakers
Augusta Christian junior varsity boys swim team members Will Thompson (from left), Jacob Watts, Nick DeLorme, and John Talman won at the Wilson Hall Swim Meet on Sept. 18 in Sumter, S. C. The time for the event qualified them for the state meet, which was held on Oct. 2.

Army, SORBA join in bike trail maintenance
Scott Hyatt says he knows the local mountain bike trails from managing them as operations project manager for the J. Strom Thurmond Project, a division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Strom Thurmond Lake.

Wolfpack's surprising journey finishes with trip to state finals
After losing three consecutive games in a midseason tournament in Oconee County, Greenbrier's softball team found itself in an unfamiliar position.

Play-in format is not as complex as it may seem
At first glance, the football playoff format adopted by Georgia High School Association Regions 2-AAAA (with Lakeside, Greenbrier and Evans) and 3-AAA (with Grovetown and Harlem) appears complex.


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