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Obama's presence was commendable, but words didn't match actions
Editor: You need not be a member of the Bohemian Club to know that I have been somewhat critical of Barack Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, over the years. In the honorable practice of giving credit when it's due, I am glad to still think that his performance during the 2011 State of the Union was quite refreshing to see.

Renowned string quartet to perform at arts center
A group of string musicians will perform Saturday for the second installment of Symphony Orchestra Augusta's Columbia County Music Series.

Stories to tell
The history of black people in Columbia County goes untold too often for the liking of Joe Williams.

Fair will give at-home parents helping hand
Finding the perfect Mother's Day Out or preschool program might be a little easier as the MOMS Club of Evans holds its third annual Preschool and Mother's Day Out Fair on Saturday.

College fair to be held this weekend
High school students can head to First Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Saturday for information about opportunities available after graduation.

Blossoming artists
The Brookwood Elementary art show attracted 490 people on opening night. The theme was You Can't Spell SMART without ART! Each grade level was assigned a subject from school and required to have their artwork somehow connect to that subject. The fourth grade had history as its topic, and the students did Georgia O'Keefe flowers. Shown are fourth-graders Maclane Guidry (from left), Covan Goodman, Emily Jackson, Miranda Duncan and Joshua Sailors.

On Vacation
Pam Lightsey, of Martinez, Georgia Rotary student trustee (from left); Dilini Dias, of Sri Lanka, a Georgia Rotary student attending Augusta State University; and Kelli Simon, a host mom, spent four days sightseeing in Washington, D.C.

Current Events
Lakeside High School senior Kaitlyn Randolph will hold a fashion show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Augusta at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Marion Hatcher Center in Augusta. For information, go to www.freezetime fashion.com.

Westmont Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Wyatt Hayes, Ana Moore, Anna Videtto, Ethan Quest, Ethan Bishop, Megan Bralley, Taylor Heffernan, Naomi Jenkins, Robert Merriman, Emma Clevenger and Emily Slusher.

School Councils
The Martinez Elementary School Council will meet at noon Friday and on April 22.

Police Blotter
A 14-year-old Harlem boy has been charged with fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl.

School Lunch Menu
Today: Spaghetti with bread stick, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Italian green beans, Garden salad, chilled fruit cup, chocolate chip cookie, and milk

School Calendar
The Martinez Elementary School Council will meet at noon Friday and on April 22.

Blue Ridge Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Taylor Coon, Tommy Edwards, Pooja Patel, Anne Marie Roy, John Arneman, Shaun Bellmer, Julianna Boyd, Alexa Drewry, Dylan Fulmer, Oran Hurst, Grace Lam, Jenna Olson, Camryn Price, Zachary Belle-Isle, Chase Brown, Jessica Chong

Don't wait to build more sidewalks
It's hard to imagine that anyone could be happy with the sentencing this week of Brandon Len Wise.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Government ideas fail, too
Some ideas just don't seem to work the way they were intended.

Georgia's immigration fight is a sham
Lawmakers got the ball rolling last week on the issue that could be the dominating one for this session of the General Assembly: immigration control.

Greenbrier golfer Robertson signs on with Darton College
During Greenbrier High School's state golf tournament last season, Taylor Gove headed to the final hole with an opportunity to force a playoff in the team competition.

Lady Warriors continue hot streak
Grovetown's girls squad has made a habit of dominating the second quarter on its way to big victories.

Athlete Spotlight: Denzell Garrett
Cultivating a true team environment on the basketball court is vital; what happens when the team simply can't find a rhythm?

Sports Calendar
The Augusta Junior Golf League Winter Tournament Series will be held through February at Jones Creek Golf Club. A tournament will be held each Saturday through Feb. 12. The cost is $10 per round for Jones Creek members or $20 for nonmembers. For information or tee times, or to sign up, call Drew Belt at (803) 530-0759 or Carlos Santos at (706) 825-3908.

Disc golfers keeping their cool
Khris Cunningham, of Asheville, N.C., throws a disc in the woods at Wildwood Park during the International Disc Golf Center's annual Ice Bowl. The tournament Saturday benefited Columbia County Cares Food Pantry.

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