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Georgians can have 'a louder voice in Washington' through Web site
Keeping our pledge to America, House Republicans are finding new ways to cut spending and eliminate government waste. With the national debt at $14 trillion, there is much work to be done. However, with the support and continued involvement of 10th District residents, I am optimistic that we can change the culture of outrageous spending to a culture of savings and constitutionally-limited government in Washington.

On the move again
Columbia County Animal Services is shifting again to another department.

Winter plants, animals on hike
The past few sunny days might not conjure up images of winter, but that's exactly what participants in Saturday's walk through the woods along Mistletoe State Park's Cliatt Creek Trail will see.

Broun will give residents hearing
Area residents will have an opportunity to offer comments and ask questions on national issues Thursday during a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Paul Broun.

Commission awards incentives
Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $50,000 economic incentive grant for Milton Ruben Toyota.

Grovetown apartment developer will preserve cemetery, not house
The developer of a Grovetown apartment complex plans to tear down a historic building but preserve a cemetery on the property.

All vegetables require pollination, but not all achieve it the same way
Daffodils are emerging, and some are starting to bloom. Some trees are beginning to show color in their buds, so they will be putting on leaves soon.

Five seeking spot on commission
Five candidates -- two political newcomers and three campaign veterans -- qualified last week for a March 15 special election to fill the District 4 Columbia County Commission seat.

Kenneth Williams Jr. and Christina M. Williams, Feb. 10, 2011.

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
The Augusta Alzheimer's Association will take a bus to the state Capitol on March 15 for Alzheimer's Awareness Day. The bus ride, lunch and a T-shirt will be provided to each participant at no charge. An advocacy training session for the trip will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 1899 Central Ave., Augusta. To register for the training or the trip, call (706) 731-9060.

Police Blotter
A gun, suspected of being a former Columbia County Sheriff's Office weapon, used in a shooting at the Anderson (S.C.) Mall on Feb. 5 has never been registered to the sheriff's office, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

The CSRA Home Education Association MathCounts team won first place at the regional MathCounts competition at ASU on Feb. 5. Kitty Shepherd, Samantha Stewart and Christopher Page took first, second and third in the written individual contest and first, third and second in the oral Countdown round, respectively. It was a clean sweep for the home-school group in a competition with 10 local middle schools and 80 students. The students will go on to the State MathCounts competition at Georgia Tech on March 25. Participating were Sara Beth Asmann (front, from left), Samuel Boyd and Jacob Boyd; Samantha Stewart (second row, from left), Kitty Shepherd, Christopher Page and Justin Enz; Isabelle Coleman (third row, from left), Macey Asmann and Aaron Lang.

Honor Roll North Harlem Elementary School
Third Grade A: Casey Allen, Amelia Asterita, Jaylen Bates, Tyler Beall, Logan Bovee, Nicholas Carpio, Camden Carter, Michael Gramlick, Blaze Greene, Noah Harman, Jordan Irwin, Jackson Leonard, Nathaniel Little-Gomez, Colton Lopez, Kayla Malpass, Dylan McNutt, Macie Palerino, Kaitlin Reese, Brianna Rincon, Lynnethia Shanks, Carson Smith, Austin Tucker, Tynesha Washington, James Williams and Peyton Williamson.

Property Transfers
Regions Bank to Federal National Mortgage Association, 429 Manly Way, $161,991.

Honor Roll Bel Air Elementary School
Third Grade A: Corbin Adriano, Emma Ayres, Parker Basinger, Jack Baughn, Chloee Cain, Ryan Carson, Nathan Clem, Johnathan Duncan, Joshua Holley, Sujay Kamalasanan, Brooklen Latka, Sydney Loflin, Evan McClintock, Sophia Pitman, Hunter Tardy, Joe Wren and Christian Wright.

Chinese New Year celebrated
Martinez Elementary School's fourth-graders celebrated the Chinese New Year on Feb. 3. Retired school board member Mildred Blackburn served as the grand marshal of a parade around the school. Pictured with Blackburn are Lillian Wolfe and Catherine Vega.

Honor Roll Columbia Middle School
Sixth Grade A: James Barton, Samuel Broach, Owen Burns, Allison Byler, Kevin Dowd, Hunter Encapera, Benjamin Houser, Jalen Luke, Hannah McIntire, Elizabeth Metress, Krislyn Murphy, Mikayla Nodorft, Mary Pacheco, Amanda Perkins, Patrick Pryor, Abigail Puckett, Justin Rock, Jessica Stevens, Karch Swaylik, Sean Turnbull and Kelsie Winters.

On Vacation
Pam and Donna Jones visited Disney World during the Christmas holidays to celebrate Pam's 50th birthday.

School Councils
Stallings Island Middle School council will meet at 2 p.m. March 11 and April 22.

Honor Roll South Columbia Elementary
Third Grade A: Meghan Blitchington, Noah Bowers, Nora Bowman, Mallory Brunty, Wyatt Cawley, Melanie Coley, Trevor Creagan, Lenna Cross, Sarah Cundey, Kaitlyn Guzman, Amber Holden, Alexis McCray, Tinsley Mobley, Hannah Muza, Yoonmi On, Emma Peck, Joey Quinton, Joey Reyes, Sam Rittwage, Seth Rusek, Thomas Samaroo, Miranda Taylor, Chris Welch, McKenna Welly and Lamissa Yusufzai.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

Five sign up for District 4
When the dust settled Wednesday, five candidates had signed up to run for the Columbia County Commission District 4 seat.

State right to back off unfunded mandates
Georgia state senators this past week began working on new legislation that would, in the words of a Morris News Service story, "remove state mandates on local government that they say serve no purpose and add costs to local taxpayers."

Perhaps quitters ought to get a bill
Ordinarily we're not big fans of laws passed just for the sake of lawmakers getting to claim credit for passing a new bill, especially when those laws cost us more money or infringe on our freedoms.

Freshman twice edges out Panther
As a freshman, Katherine Huff had an experience at the state swim meet that she'll never forget.

Evans ' Kenny pulling double duty
When Kirby Kenny learned that her father would be taking over as head coach of the Evans High School girls basketball team, she knew just the person to seek out for advice.

Sports Newsmakers
The U15 Augusta Arsenal Gunner Boys won 3rd place in the Copa Division at the Disney Soccer Showcase Dec 27- 30. They had a record of 2-1-1, playing teams from Texas, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Team:Mason Vaughn (front, from left), Iri Sibal, Daniel Zaremba, Ansu Overstreet, Will Doss, Jon Granger and Skyler Lightbody; coach Sachin Patel (back, from left), Phillip Tran, Brandon Crandall, Adam Cundey, Josh Baker, Ian Demass, Harris Malone, Eric Older and Geoffrey Young.

Augusta Christian cheerleaders top own lofty standards
By now, winning national titles has become the norm for the Augusta Christian cheerleading squad.

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

JUCO ball has presence from county
Today I continue to look at former Columbia County baseball players at the college level with a preview of which ones to follow in the Georgia junior college ranks this spring.

Swimming Championships Results
Class A-AAAA Georgia State Swimming and Diving Championships


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