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Residents should sign up for Citizens Law Enforcement Academy
Editor:Columbia County offers free, to each of us over 18, the opportunity to obtain an understanding of our sheriff's deputies' jobs. I've had the honor and great pleasure of partaking in the Columbia County Citizens Law Enforcement Academy, and acquired great respect and appreciation for these men and women.

County officials seek grants for greenway and trail system
Columbia County officials recently received commission approval to apply for $750,000 in grants for the construction of a greenway around Patriots Park and a trail connecting the park to a nearby school.

Pomegranates require special care
Every time I turn on the TV or pick up a magazine, I see pomegranates.

Commission sends updated growth plan for more review
Columbia County Commissioners adopted a resolution on Tuesday that will send the county's updated growth management plan off for further review.

You are what you eat
Just in time for a holiday that focuses on a big meal, a local food expert recently entertained the pupils of River Ridge Elementary School while praising the benefits of healthful eating.

Camp lets children sample life in pre-Colonial America
Thanksgiving week will afford many Columbia County children the opportunity to learn what it was like to live in pre-Colonial America.

Lawmakers say more cuts in state budget are coming
With the economic outlook for Georgia still looking grim, state lawmakers said last week that they're gearing up for more budget cuts when the General Assembly convenes in January.

Pavilion, stage to be named for singers
Though it might not compare to multiple Grammy or Country Music Association awards, a trio of hometown music heroes were honored last week with a proposed pavilion and stage to be named in their honor.

Dean cites reasons for absences
Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean has been a no-show at county meetings since winning re-election to the District 4 seat.

James Bryon Coats and Justine Sophia Coats, Nov. 16, 2010.

Police blotter
An Evans man was convicted on Wednesday of abusing his two sons and sentenced to 110 years in prison.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit licensed rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. Adoptions are held Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to

Property transfers
R.L. Hayes Construction Inc. to Melissa A. Kapsa, 848 Bryan Circle, $99,900.

Marriage licenses
Brent Lee Ussery and Brittany Anne Dungan applied for a marriage license on Oct. 29, 2010, and were married Oct. 29, 2010, in Harlem.

Current events
The city of Harlem and Columbia County Community Connections are seeking donations of cooked dishes to serve in the Eighth Annual Military Thanksgiving dinner for Fort Gordon personnel unable to go home for the holidays. The event will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Harlem High School. To give a dish, call Pat at (706) 556-0609.

On vacation
Bennett Lemmon, 15, and Brooks Lemmon, 11, spent a weekend fishing for striped bass at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. They caught their limit both days. Bennett brought in the biggest fish, one weighing 24.9 pounds. Brooks' biggest fish weighed 13.2 pounds.

Ribbon cuttings
Designed For Change held an Anniversary Ribbon Cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 13. They are at 139D Davis Road in Martinez.

Gift of life
Kristin Reason prepares to donate blood at the government center auditorium as Shepeard Community Blood Center employee Joyce Tindal preps her arm. The blood drive, held Wednesday in Evans and Appling, brought in 210 donors for Shepeard.

Losses, wins, thanks to me?
My plugged-into-the-wall home telephone seems to provide a useful public service in that it is available as a destination for telemarketers, pollsters and politicians to direct their robo-calls.

Thankful for live in Columbia County
This time of year, I usually write about things and people for which I'm grateful. This will be similar, but more widespread.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, November 21, 2010.

Privatization is worth more study
Columbia County school officials early this year got a visit from a representative of a janitorial services company.

Evans cheerleading heads to state meet
Most might have assumed the days of running cross country at the prep level were finished for Anna Bowles and Katie Townsend after they competed in the Georgia High School Association State Meet.

Sports calendar
Team Power AAU Basketball will hold its TP Thanksgiving All-In-One 2010 Basketball Camp Monday through Wednesday for boys and girls ages 5-15 at Patriots Park. For information, contact Greg Williams at (706) 533-6852 or

Harlem girls battling despite lack of experience on roster
Harlem High School girls basketball coach Mike Hopkins came into the season knowing his team would have its share of struggles.

Signing: Stephanie Bennett, Greenbrier, to Augusta State University
When Stephanie Bennett started playing golf in eighth grade, the last thing she was thinking about was playing in college tournaments.

Swimming Results
Double Dual Meet, Grovetown High School, Lakeside High School, Aquinas High School, Davidson Fine Arts

County produces another large crop of college talent
I didn't realize when I picked last year's All-County baseball teams that 11 of the 13 first-team selections were seniors. Looking back at the list, I also noticed that all 11 players signed to play on the college level.

Signing: Austin Vick, Greenbrier, to Kennesaw State University
Qualifying for -- and playing in -- the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur offered Austin Vick a chance to play against the best high school golfers in the country. It also provided plenty of exposure in front of college coaches.

Signing: Josh Wirsu, Harlem, to Fordham University
Josh Wirsu enjoys hitting, but admits he's not as proficient at it as he'd like to be.


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