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Law would regulate tattoo artists
Columbia County body artists, including tattoo artists and piercers, might soon have to follow county health department mandates as well as state laws.

Apartment action may affect some land values
The value of property already zoned for apartments could rise in coming months if a proposed planning ordinance is approved by Columbia County officials on Tuesday.

Schools have more custodians than they need, controller says
Columbia County school officials were told Tuesday that the system employs too many school janitors and pays them too much.

Signs of spring are all around
The calendar might indicate that spring is weeks away, but the first blooms of the season and the warmer temperatures last week tell a different story.

Arts center could give groups more production options
Columbia County officials will consider giving clients of the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center more options to serve their production needs.

Partial privatization of buses is on table
Columbia County school officials are researching the idea of sending pupils to school on buses driven by private contractors.

Ornamental grasses are among plants that need attention now
This time of the year, there are certain jobs that need to be done in the landscape. Pruning is one of them.

School Councils
The North Harlem Elementary School council will meet in the media center at 4:15 p.m. March 10.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc., a nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group, holds adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 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. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to

Property Transfers
Park Ridge Builders Inc. to Phillip W. Maxwell, 308 N. Sandhills Lane, $283,790.

Marriage Licenses
Daniel Kenneth Amrhein and Carolyn Margaret Horne applied for a marriage license on Jan. 21, 2011, and were married Feb. 5, 2011, in Augusta.

Police Blotter
A Magistrate Court judge said Wednesday that there is enough evidence against a Harlem teen accused of murder for the case to go to Superior Court.

Making donations
Barbara Bohannon was assisted by Brandalyn Rouse of Shepeard Blood Center as she donated blood at the Evans Government Center on Thursday during the Columbia County EMA Blood Drive. A total of 184 donors participated in the semi-annual drive.

Orthopaedic Associates of Augusta held a Ribbon Cut on Jan. 18 with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. They are located at 2511 Associates Way in Evans.

Drive for the kids
Mike Beckham, of Milton Ruben Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep, presented Evans Elementary PTO with a check for $660 from the Chrysler Drive for the Kids. Pictured are Beckham (from left), principal Naesha Parks and carnival co-chairwomen Chris O'Brien and Jane Velez.

School Lunch Menu
Monday - Munchables, corn dog, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, mashed potato smiles, fresh veggies with dip, fresh fruit, goldfish crackers, milk

Nicole L. Powell and Joshua K. Powell, Feb. 2, 2011.

Zell Miller's legacies are fading away
When Zell Miller stepped down as governor in 1999, he had accomplished two things that would stand as his legacy: the HOPE scholarship program that financed a college education for high-achieving students, and criminal sentencing laws, notably the "two-strikes" legislation, that would keep people in prison for many years.

State senators hid from duty
Hiding from the public. Shirking their elected duties. Thwarting the legislative process. All of these are fair criticisms of the Democrats who fled Madison to prevent the Wisconsin Legislature from taking action on changes to teacher compensation.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011.

End to county's pre-K likely
Four years ago, after a scandal at one of the county's elementary schools involving the drawing for slots in the pre-kindergarten program, Columbia County's school board made a bold move: They voted to get the county out of the pre-K program altogether.

Parks first Warriors wrestler to place in state
Grovetown High School wrestling coach Mike Meyer admitted earlier this season that getting a new program going at the second-year school has been tough.

Grovetown's Wells commits to 'Noles
When Grovetown High School basketball star Ebony Wells made her official visit to Florida State last weekend, there was something different about the Tallahassee school than the others recruiting her.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Monday - Greenbrier at Hephzibah, 5 p.m.

Sports Newsmakers
Augusta Arsenal Gunners U11 girls won first place in the 3V3 World Soccer Tour tournament in Macon, Ga., Dec. 11. Team members are Peyton Day (from left), Emilee Shields, Mary Michels, Erin Rush and Nina Pantano.

Panthers pick up rare victory against powerful Wolfpack
Considering it had been seemingly forever since Lakeside High School's boys had beaten Greenbrier, a one-goal advantage in the second half was far from a comfortable lead.

Sports Newsmakers
The GA-SC Bulls U8 boys were Black Division champions of the CESA Fall Challenge in Greenville, S.C. Team members and coaches are coach Aaron Myers (front, from left), Thomas DeMedicis, Shane Sloan, Parker Daniels and coach Jason Abbott; Hailey Roth (back row, from left), Nicholas Tuemler, Fabian Avilla, Leo Myers, Gavin Keenan, Jordan Myers, Marissa Gallo.

Lakeside baseball going through rebuilding process after losing eight starters
When a single senior class has two or three college recruits in a sport, that class is viewed as highly successful.

Evans knocks off Harlem in opener
Though Evans High School led comfortably entering the final inning Tuesday night, Knights coach Ricky Beale knew to expect a fight.


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