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Town Center Park is from 'someone with too many grandiose ideas'
Editor: I absolutely agree with The Feb. 9 News-Times editorial about Town Center Park, "A good idea, taken much too far."

Blood center's donations spike in new location
As Shepeard Community Blood Center recognizes its first anniversary in its new Evans location, those with the organization have plenty to celebrate.

STAR student is motivated to excel
Hutton Brandon welcomed the challenge of a difficult course schedule his senior year at Augusta Preparatory Day School.

Nothing 's casual
Esha Johnson thrives on the controlled chaos of her life.

Sixth Chili Challenge draws near
It might be chilly outside, but Harlem hopes to fire things up Saturday at the city's sixth annual Mayor's Chili Challenge.

Hearts will be in right place at expo
In honor of Heart Health Awareness month, University Hospital is offering its annual Smart Heart Expo on Saturday.

The Evans Middle School Academic Team took first place in Division A for the PAGE Region 7 Academic Bowl Competition on Jan. 8. Members are Kiara Williams (front row, from left), Bailey Booth, Kate Sandlin, Jennifer Kye and Katie Bruss; sponsor Jenny Walsh (back row, from left), Alexis Johnson, Ally Walsh, Lily McInnis, Jenna Cliatt, Rebekah Breithaupt, Austin Cale and sponsor Kathy Noyce. Not pictured are Grayson Walker, Emily Johnson, Amanda Yi, Daniel Oliver, Mitchell Petras and A.J. Allen.

Grovetown Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Jake Butler, Zachary Cox, Ethan Ford, Madeline Marsh, Joshua Powell, Luke Shelton, Deja Tregre, Geena Turbovsky and Jaci Woodard.

Current Events
During February, all cats 6 months and older are available for adoption from Happy Tails Rescue for a reduced fee of $50. The rescue holds adoptions from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway. For information, call (706) 955-0438, or go to

Grovetown Middle School Second Nine Weeks Hnoor Roll
Sixth Grade A: Kailee Acosta, Kara Acosta, Morgan Aquilar, Kaitlyn Baker, Alyssa Barnes, Cameron Boatwright, Aubrie Bowyer, Haley Branch, Brianna Brooks, Skylar Buxton, Elizabeth Carter

Police Blotter
An Evans High School junior was killed Monday when her SUV crashed into the rear of an AT&T utility truck.

Pet Adoptions
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

We'll be back after these messages
We'll be right back after these messages. We have all heard these words over and over again on television. My problem is I don't understand what comes after that.

District needs end to quitters
With the Columbia County District 4 special election coming in just four weeks, the candidates are in for a sprint.

Out with the old, in with the tacky
A little more than a year ago, in response to a minor conflict over a roadside shrine set up in memory of a pedestrian's death, Columbia County officials settled on an even-handed policy for handling those memorials.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

Several stars from county diamonds start action in Division I baseball Friday
I have recently written about local players suiting up for the Augusta State University and USC Aiken baseball teams this season. During the next few weeks, I will try to provide updates on every Columbia County player who will be on a college diamond this season.

Sports Newsmakers
The Grovetown junior varsity girls capped a 14-1 season by winning their second consecutive Columbia County JV Tournament championship. Grovetown defeated Evans 28-25 in the final. Team members are Alexis Thompson (from left), Josalyn Leverett-Scott, coach Trovaris Tremble, Kristi Sammons, Alayah Canteen, Ashley Gagnon, Maggie Haney, Karenya Garrett, Sam Peka, Heaven Garey and Shannon Garrett.

Sports Calendar
The Augusta Diving Club offers springboard diving lessons, coaching and training to students ages 8-18 to prepare them for AAU (Junior Olympics) and Georgia high school competitive diving. For information, contact Jim Tingen at (706) 726-6805 or

Greenbrier feels ready for tournament
With Effingham County already having sewn up the Region 2B-AAAA regular-season crown, Greenbrier was hoping to use Friday night's home game as a measuring stick for this week's Region 2-AAAA Tournament.

Harlem opens new baseball, softball facility
Several years ago, while heading the Harlem High School athletics booster club, Greg Aplin and Steve Beasley saw a disheartening trend.

Soccer players will take game to college level
Greenbrier High School coach Chip Warren has seen the chemistry Thomas Hamilton and Hunter Norton have on the soccer field.

Sean Gaddy Lakeside High School
As a junior, Sean Gaddy still has another year to perfect his craft as a wrestler.


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