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Having a (snow) ball
Columbia County children out of school made the most if it by heading outdoors to enjoy the snowy winter weather Monday.

Commissioners vote to extend ordinance on temporary signs
An amended ordinance giving Columbia County businesses more flexibility for temporary signs could be extended for another year.

Grovetown council meeting delayed
Monday's Grovetown City Council meeting, in which city leaders expected to appoint two new council members, was postponed because of snow and ice and will instead take place this evening.

Goodwill touts its culinary program
While many flock to downtown Augusta to celebrate First Friday, Goodwill Industries recently started emphasizing the second Friday of each month.

First series concert of 2011 will have international flavor
The first concert of the 2011 Columbia County Music Series will bring a lively show to the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center this weekend.

Couple who witnessed quake continue outreach to Haiti
One year ago today, Donnie and Cindy Rogers witnessed the most devastating natural disaster of this century -- the Haiti earthquake.

McBurney is honored for her 'true compassion and caring'
Elizabeth McBurney enjoys the daily challenges of her job.

Polar Bear Plunge
Residents of the Villages of Rivershyre in Evans leap into their neighborhood pool for their third annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday. Jumping into the 44-degree water are Morven Davidson (from left), Ewan Davidson, Rivershyre Homeowners Association President T.M. Weisz, Carys Behnke, Rebecca Troutman, Angela Shay, Kelly Shay, Christy Shay, Patrick Shay and Christopher Shay.

Chipping the tree
Davis Reville, 10, of Evans, carries a Christmas tree to be dropped off Saturday at Columbia County's Bring One for the Chipper tree recycling event, which was held at Home Depot in Evans.

On Vacation
On Jan. 4, Alexandra Yu visited Walt Disney World, where she wore a Cinderella-rags dress for her visit to the castle.

Time Capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, January 11, 1968.

Wounded Warrior
Harlem soldier Sgt. Darryl Wallace, Dewey Galeas (back left) and Michael Wiltse hold an Army Airborne flag that was installed in Wallace's front yard Saturday. In honor of Gov. Nathan Deal's inauguration, volunteers spent the day performing renovations at the home of Wallace, who lost both legs in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

Newsmakers
North Harlem Elementary held its annual spelling bee Dec. 15. The winner was fourth-grader Taylor Gray, and the runner-up was fifth-grader Anasja Sanders (shown with principal Kirk Wright). The winning word was "surmountable."

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org.

Current Events
Reed Creek Park in Martinez will hold a nature walk for 3- to 5-year-olds accompanied by adults from 10-11 a.m. today.

Also read Georgia's Constitution
Like many conservatives, I hope last week's reading in Congress of the Constitution was more than just political theater.

Politicians will give us more of the same
Watching Georgia's politicians operate under the Gold Dome this year will be like watching a rerun of a TV episode you've already seen two or three times.

Emergency officials keep county safer
Cartoonist B.J. Wood's piece today lampoons Howard "Bubba" Willis, because Richmond County's emergency management director didn't respond to media inquiries Friday even as the public anxiously was preparing for a severe winter storm.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

Getting pinned down
Greenbrier's Gabe Moorhead (left) tries to counter a move by Richmond Hill's Brandon Mason.

Sports Calendar
The annual Disc Golf Ice Bowl will be held Saturday at Patriots Park. The entry fee is $20 and a donation of nonperishable canned goods for Golden Harvest Food Bank. Mulligans are available for $1 each.

Athlete Spotlight - Carolyn Hennecken
Whenever an athlete suffers a serious injury, it's critical to focus on making the situation as positive as possible.

Wolfpack open region play with win over rival Knights
A big first quarter was the difference as the Wolfpack opened Region 2-AAAA North play with a win over the Knights.

2011 Panther Pack Invitational
Note: All race winners and Columbia County schools' top-10 finishes listed for individual races; all race winners and top finish for each Columbia County school listed for relays.

Prep Calendar
Note: Some events were rescheduled because of the weather.

Greenbrier drill team hoping to book ticket to nationals
After Greenbrier High School's Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps achieved a first in program history, instructor Master Gunnery Sgt. Tony Howard has them thinking even bigger.

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