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Korean evangelist to appear
A Korean evangelist and broadcaster who has preached throughout the world will speak this weekend at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

STAR Student, favorite teacher in sync
Evans Christian Academy STAR Student Johnna Kelley used to intimidate her choice for STAR Teacher, language arts instructor Alex McClain.

String quintet will close out Augusta symphony's series
A South Carolina native and graduate of The Juilliard School will perform with a string group Saturday in Columbia County after bringing the joy of music into the classroom.

Empty Bowl fundraiser will celebrate 10 years
Empty Bowl has come full circle in the 10 years that it has been in existence.

Lower price for park pass leads to increased sales
A decision in January by Columbia County officials to try and sell more annual passes to a Clarks Hill Lake park by charging less seems to be working.

Another trip to D.C.?
Columbia County spelling prodigy Rachael Cundey hopes to pull off another trifecta Saturday when she again competes for the regional spelling bee crown.

Area plant expanding ahead of schedule to meet demand
A Grovetown dietary-product manufacturer that strives to help customers get smaller is increasing its operations.

Current Events
Vendors are being sought for the Southern Strongman Challenge and the Third Annual CSRA RV and Boat Show, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 at Wildwood Park. Vendor spaces cost $50 and are available by calling Jeb Bell at (706) 541-3761.

Police Blotter
A Superior Court judge ordered at a Monday hearing that former Commissioner Scott Dean's female children be removed from the family's Harlem home.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., welcomed Augusta Christian Schools student Wesley Colston to Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10. Broun sponsored Wesley, of Appling, to serve in the Spring 2011 Congressional Page Program. Pages are students in their junior year of high school hired to serve as support staff for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Playing their cards for charity
The students and teachers of Brookwood Elementary School formed a heart on the playground as part of their Anti-Bullying Week campaign.

Pet Adoption Showcase
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. weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

School Contacts
High schools: Evans: (706) 863-1198

Evans Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
The following students have been named to the honor roll for the second nine weeks at Evans Middle School.

School Lunch Menus
Today: soft or crunchy taco, cheese quesadilla, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Spanish rice, mixed vegetables, chilled fruit cup, frozen juice bar, milk

Privatization: Foot in the door for unions
During the past couple of weeks we've all been treated to 24-hour coverage of unionized government workers protesting and shutting down schools in Wisconsin, with their allies in the legislature fleeing the state to thwart budget reforms designed to rein in runaway public-union costs.

Georgia Legislature surrenders to utilities
If you read through the bills introduced each year by our legislators, you will find some measures that are intended to accomplish one thing and one thing only: they transfer money or power to someone who already has plenty of both.

Loudmouth's 'joke' falls flat
With the exception of a couple of members of the audience who mistook their long-winded oratory for questions to the congressman, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun had a pleasant visit in Evans last week.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011.

Grovetown's season ends with defeat in first round
Grovetown High School girls basketball coach Jaime Echols knew that the torch would soon be passed from a pair of standout seniors to an outstanding freshman point guard and her young teammates. He just hoped it wouldn't happen this soon.

Sports Newsmakers
Hunter Dunagan (right), of Martinez, tied for second in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Johnson & Wales University Series on Jan. 8-9. Dunagan shot rounds of 84-85 at Amelia National Golf & Country Club in Fernandina Beach, Fla., and finished 14 shots behind winner Cameron Barrett (left) of Longwood, Fla.

Wolfpack, Lady Warriors shouldn't hang heads
The boys of Greenbrier High School and Grovetown High School's girls should be extremely proud of their 2010-11 basketball seasons. I know losing stings, especially when it ends your season, but both teams should hold their heads high.

Pair works to keep Gordon Park open
When Lenny Hobbs heard that the people running Gordon Park Speedway had decided they could no longer do it, the issue hit home for him.

More Sports Newsmakers
Evans High School junior varsity softball coach Eric Leiden presented Carrington Gray (left) the Most Valuable Player award and Angel Briley the Coaches Award at the Softball Banquet on Jan. 6.

Sports Calendar
The 2011 Spring Training Shootout baseball tournament will be held March 19-20 at Riverside Park. The registration deadline is March 14. Teams will get a minimum of three games. The age group and registration fees are 8U-9U ($250), 10U ($275), 11U-12U ($300) and 13U-14U ($300). For information, call Kelvin Lampkin at (706) 312-7410.

Bulldogs take bite out of Knights
Thomson's Jesse Usry looks for the call after being tagged out at second by Evans' Glenn Cassedy.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Wednesday: Greenbrier at Grovetown, 5 p.m.

Athlete Spotlight: Carly Ray
In a sport in which year-round play from a young age is viewed as the norm for top players, Carly Ray is the exception to the rule.


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