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Pairs find new meaning in partnership
Steven and Missy Williams think working the family business is sweet. The couple spend their days side by side running Williams Bakery and Pizza in Harlem, which they opened in late 2008.

Bands will again battle at Lakeside High
Bands wishing to reign supreme in the rock scene at Lakeside High School need to sign up by Tuesday.

Commission likely to award bid for five wireless towers
More work might soon get under way on expansion of Columbia County's broadband network.

$50,000 incentive grant may help fuel dealership's plans
A Martinez car dealer might get a big check from Columbia County taxpayers to help with a business expansion set to start this week.

Longer, milder days call for pruning, herbicide application
Each season brings different jobs or activities that need to be done in the garden or landscape. Late winter and early spring are among the busiest times of the year.

Augusta Prep senior named STAR Student of the county
Augusta Preparatory Day School senior Hutton Brandon on Thursday won Columbia County's top honor for producing the highest score on the SAT.

Special election money on hold
Columbia County commissioners decided Tuesday to hold off on committing money to a March special election until they know the full cost.

Proper care extends roses ' life
Hundreds, if not thousands, of roses will be delivered on Valentine's Day to recipients who will strive to keep them alive for as long as possible.

School 's name: Baker Place Elementary
The Columbia County school board selected a name Tuesday for a new elementary school on Baker Place Road: Baker Place Elementary School.

Registration for pre-k to start Monday
Registration starts Monday for pre-kindergarten classes in Columbia County.

Greenbrier Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Sixth Grade A: Lauren Abelman, Anthony Agcaoili, Ryan Anderson, Danielle Baggett, Megan Benedict, Riley Campbell, Mary Christine, Meghan Coggins, Nicholas Culpepper, Alyssa Deangelo, Bailee Doggette, Madison Drummond, Jacob Everhart, Juliann Fuller, Carter Gibbons, Sydney Grayden, Sarah Hamm, Regan Harrison, Helena Haynie, Lauren Helling

New Brenau University building
On Jan. 18, Brenau University held a joint ribbon cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce for its new building at 115 Davis Road in Martinez.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a 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 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. During February, all cats older than 6 months are available for adoption for $50. Valentine pet photos are available today during adoptions at Tractor Supply. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to

Garden of promise
The Pioneer Garden Club of Harlem sponsored an outdoor garden complete with bird feeder at Cedar Ridge Elementary. The garden was designed by pupils to encourage environmental awareness and to teach math skills by having pupils calculate perimeter and area of the garden. Winter-hardy plants, such as violets, verbena, and an herb garden with thyme, rosemary, lavender and parsley were planted.

Optimist appreciation
Mark Shriver (right), past Optimist International president, accepts a personalized Optimist mug from local president David Simoneau. Shriver spoke at a new-member meeting of the Martinez-Evans Optimist Club on Jan. 27.

Violet Mae Turner and John Faaborg, Jan. 31, 2011.

Property Transfers
Homesales Inc. to Sheryl P. Puckett and Franklin E. Payne Jr., 212 Oleander Trail, $212,850.

Extreme Girl Scout Makeover
Girls Scouts and leaders from Troop 20342 of Columbia County pose with Michael Moloney of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at the "reveal" of the new cabin at Camp Tanglewood. Shown are Emily Ball (front, from left), Juliane Frye, Sarah Martinez and Shelby Blanchard; Peggy Frye (back, from left), Moloney, Maddi Dorrill, Emily Inglett and Amy Dorrill.

Current Events
Oakey Grove Baptist Church, 911 North Belair Road, will celebrate its annual Family and Friends Day Program at 2 p.m. today with the Rev. Stephen Bratton of Doyle Grove Baptist Church as guest speaker.

Duck and cover
Evans Elementary pupils get in position in the hallway during a countywide tornado drill Wednesday during Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Kathryn Elizabeth Gilmer, 39, of the 2300 block of Redwood Drive in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 2, 2010, and was sentenced to 12 months' probation and fined $810.

Evans Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Lauren Brill, Claire Cates, Katy Cliatt, Nick O'Neal, Ansley Wood, Adam Wright, Anthony Behring, Jack Davis, Heru Graham, Macey Johnson, Aubrey Ridenour

Police Blotter
An arraignment hearing for former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean is scheduled for Friday, according to a court calender released last week.

Thoughts from the beach, in winter
"Back to the Swinging Sixties." - The Island Packet, Hilton Head, S.C., reflecting a return to warmer temperatures after a very cold month

More kids should hear tough message
For several years, Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan has traveled to each of the county's elementary schools near the end of the year.

A quick race, unless there's a runoff
The upcoming District 4 County Commission race is likely to be the fastest election campaign in Columbia County history.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, February 13, 2011.

Warriors-Hawks is dream matchup
Additionally, Fairway Ford will be a sponsor for the fifth annual Adaptive Water Skiing Clinic.

Sports Newsmakers
Evans basketball coach Kevin Kenny (left) congratulates former Evans High School student and coach Danny Black as Black's photo is added to the Evans High School Wall of Fame.

Sports Calendar
Football: The CSRA Cobras minor league football team will hold 2011 tryouts at Willie Whaley Park in Burnettown, S.C., each Saturday through Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. The location is off Aiken-Augusta Highway at the Citgo gas station from Anthony Drive to Carline Road. Athletes 18 and up are eligible to try out and must bring cleats. The fee is $55. For information, visit or call (803) 634-2731.

Johnson, Harlem have off night in home loss
It could be argued that Darius Johnson has set the bar too high.

Cross country, track star will try to build legacy at Georgia
With everything Lakeside has achieved in cross country the past few years, coach Jerry Meitin has plenty of young runners ready to add to the legacy.

Lakeside trio looks forward to college-level competition
A year ago, Julian Dickenson received potentially devastating news.

Prep Calendar
Monday: Region 2-AAAA Tournament at South Effingham, girls first round

Former county stars make impact with USC Aiken
USC-Aiken opened its baseball season last weekend against Lincoln Memorial. The Pacers, ranked No. 20 in the nation, took two out of three to win the opening series against the Railsplitters.


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