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Planting, preparing now will yield a plentiful springtime fruit harvest
One of the joys of gardeners is growing their own vegetables and fruit.

Greenbrier Middle rewarded for gains and performance
A number of Columbia County schools received awards last week for outstanding performances on benchmark exams, but Greenbrier Middle School was doubly honored.

Lower fee aims to boost traffic at park
Columbia County officials added a new fee on Tuesday for a Martinez rental facility but lowered the cost for passes to a lakeside park.

Solving problems
In an emergency, police, fire and medical first responders want to get to the scene as quickly as possible.

Survey seeking opinion on mall
Columbia County planning staffers want to know if area residents would like to see an outlet mall inside county limits.

Parents can request school transfer next week
Parents unhappy that their children were rezoned for a new school that opens in August now have a chance to reverse that circumstance.

Mistletoe benefits from the skills of volunteers, friends
It takes a lot of people to make Mistletoe State Park what it is, and one group in particular is doing their part to help.

Construction projects abound in county
Numerous county government and school system construction projects planned for 2011 will change the landscape of Columbia County.

Marriage Licenses
Randy Allen Shelton and Maria Star Henderson applied for a marriage license on Dec. 16, 2010, and were married Dec. 16, 2010, in Evans.

Time Capsule
As reported 56 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Jan. 2, 1954:

Photos: Newsmakers
South Columbia Elementary students Alexis McCray and Antwuan Rolling work on the art project for the pediatric intensive care unit at the MCG Children's Medical Center.

David Arnold Sward Jr. and Julie Catherine Sward, Dec. 23, 2010.

Veterans visit
Fourth-grader Bennett Crow invited four of his favorite veterans to a breakfast and ceremony at River Ridge Elementary School on Nov. 11. With him are family friend Bob Russell (from left); his grandfather Larry Sprague; uncle Dick Crow; and dad Tom Crow.

Pet adoption showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered, and cats are litter-box trained before placement. To adopt, donate, or for information, call Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to

Current Events
Bible Fellowship Church, 3071 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez, will celebrate its ninth anniversary at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with guest speaker Dr. Larry Guido, brother of Michael Guido, The Sower from Metter, Ga., with guest vocalist Grammy nominee Archie Jordan.

Property Transfers
John A. Kidd to Dustin Sneeden, 1002 W. Willowick Drive, $104,900.

Martinez Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Police Blotter
Police arrested a Martinez man on Thursday and were searching for another man in connection with a drug deal turned armed robbery in the parking lot of a Martinez restaurant Wednesday.

Columbia County Clerk of Superior Court Cindy Mason has completed the requirements of the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government and is now recognized as a certified clerk of superior court in Georgia. Shown are Pat Anderson (from left), chairwoman, Superior Court Clerks Training Council; Mason; Dena Adams, president, Council of Superior Court Clerks; and Chess Fountain, president, Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Association.

Two hundred thirty-three students in the Columbia County School System have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, January 9, 2011.

Contact your Columbia County lawmakers
Contact information for Columbia County lawmakers.

Less money should have fewer strings
There's been a tremendous shift in the past couple of years in the way different levels of government interact, particularly local entities with the state.

January is a time to look both ways
"January is the quietest month in the garden, but that does not mean nothing is happening there. The soil is absorbing sunlight and rainfall, tilled-under fodder is converted into nutrients for the next crop (and) tunneling earthworms aerate the soil and wait for the seeds and roots to come."

New inspector is an Evans grad
As a new administration takes over in Georgia Monday with the inauguration of Gov. Nathan Deal, a young man from Columbia County also will be heading to high office in the Capitol.

Disc golfers play Ice Bowl no matter the conditions
Ice Bowl organizers have just two rules.

Sports Calendar
The annual Disc Golf Ice Bowl will be held Saturday at Patriots Park.

Evans' Foreman exceeds expectations this season
I figured Evans High School guard Trevor Foreman would be one of the better basketball players in Columbia County this season, but I must admit he has surprised me a bit.

Swim Results
Richmond Academy 365, Grovetown High School 229, Josey High School 26

Numbers prove that defense does indeed win championships
On Tuesday night, Augusta Prep's John Paul Lynn said something that piqued my interest.

Grovetown Football Awards
Football awards were presented at Grovetown High's Fall Sports Banquet. Receiving awards were: Jamal Cummings, most improved offensive back; Tae Miller, most improved defensive back; Stephen Holden, most improved offensive lineman; Terrell Hughes, most improved junior varsity offense; Jaylain Lewis, most improved JV defense; Caleb Turner, most improved defensive line; Chris McElhaney, most improved linebacker; Travon Biggers, most improved wide receiver; and Jessie Maya, most improved special teams player. Coaches awards were presented to D.J. Tyson, Xavier Crain and Devin Linder.

Prep Calendar
Listing of prep sporting events.

Augusta Prep's Lewis frustrates taller foe
The guard matchup between Augusta Prep's Daron Lewis and John Milledge Academy's Cody Wood looked like a mismatch.


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