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Rather than promoting more business growth, county should fix traffic
Columbia County is installing fiber optic cable throughout the county. There are already fiber paths all over the county provided by AT&T, Knology or Comcast. We have many more problems, the worst being traffic congestion, to be concerned about than bringing more businesses to the already booming area. This road infrastructure won't support more growth.

Registration will begin Monday for kindergarten
Kindergarten registration for Columbia County elementary schools starts Monday.

Evening garden clubs are proving popular in county
A new garden club is putting down roots in Columbia County.

Crime and growth
Columbia County law enforcement faces the challenge of staving off crime as the population increases.

Commission candidates will meet in forum
Columbia County Commission District 4 candidates Bill Morris and Vernon Thomas Sr. will appear in a forum in Grovetown on March 31.

Commission gives approval to tattoo parlor regulations
Columbia County commissioners gave final approval Tuesday to a new ordinance imposing stiffer regulations on area tattoo parlors and their employees.

Harlem automotive students take part in state competition
Five Harlem High School automotive students earned the right to participate in a state-wide competition to test their mechanical skills.

Warmer weather has created many pest-control problems in landscape
Today is the first day of spring.

City restricts builders' hours
After numerous complaints about noise, Grovetown officials imposed a temporary restraint on homebuilders' work hours at a Monday city council meeting.

Cassie J. Coley and Jeffrey Lee Coley, Feb. 16, 2011.

School Lunch Menus
Monday: Chicken nuggets with roll, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, mashed potatoes, steamed peas, chilled fruit cup, brownie, milk

Property Transfers
Federal National Mortgage Association to Christopher Everette, 744 Michelle Court, $119,000.

Tricia A. Fralick and Chasity B. Smith, both of Evans, and Michael T. Maples, of Martinez, made the Merit List at Darton College in Albany, Ga., for the fall semester.

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, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to

Current Events
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will hold its annual education and scholarship program at 1:45 p.m. today, with guest speaker Michael Johnson, principal of Evans Middle School. For information, call (706) 860-7091.

Miss Evans Middle School
The winners in the Miss Evans Middle School pageant were Jessica Caron, Miss Evans Middle School (from left and above); Jade Merritt, People's Choice Award; Madeline Miller, Best Interview and first runner-up; and Leigh Longley, Spirit of EMS.

Get Up and Go
Stevens Creek Elementary will hold a kindergarten preview and registration night from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Tuesday for parents. For information, call Susan Hadden at (706) 868-3705.

Police Blotter
An Appling man staying in Renton, Wash., on business has been charged with possession of child pornography.

More Newsmakers
Cmdr. Richard Sundland, U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Charleston, administers the oath of office to Pat McMenamin and John VanOsdol, incoming flotilla commander and vice commander, respectively.

Marriage Licenses
Kevin John Colestock and Laurel Lark Picone applied for a marriage license on Feb. 18, 2011, and were married Feb. 18, 2011, in Evans.

Vote survives teen terrorist
Elections around the world often require armed guards to prevent terrorist attacks at polling places. Yet even bombs, bullets and bullies generally fail to prevent brave citizens of faraway lands from choosing their leaders.

Fortunate outcome despite non-voters
Few can deny the race to replace ex-commissioner Scott Dean is important to Columbia County and to District 4.

Getting by with a little help from my friends
I have back problems. Everyone who knows me acknowledges that.

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

More Sports Newsmakers
Former Greenbrier standout runner Bridget Lyons has earned the Atlanta Area Council of the Boys Scouts of America's Peach of an Athlete Award while competing with the University of Georgia's track and field team.

Former Lynx player wins in every aspect of his life
Many of you might not know the names Steve and Casey Munn. If you follow local sports closely, you might remember Steve as a hard-nosed defenseman for the Augusta Lynx during the 2004-05 season.

Sports Calendar
AthElite Sports Training Academy will hold its Speed and Agility Camp for ages 7-14 on Saturday.

Wolfpack player has impact on coach's son
Get to know Jake Sandlin and you'll discover a unique high school athlete.

Competitors will flex muscles at Strongman event
Those who visit Wildwood Park this weekend for the Southern Strongman Challenge will see competitors who are not unlike themselves.

Wolfpack offense remains on tear in rout of Panthers
Chris Wilkins came into this baseball season knowing his Greenbrier High School team could hit.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Tuesday: Augusta Prep at Trinity Christian (doubleheader), 3 p.m.

Sports Newsmakers
The Haydens Senior Purple competition cheerleading squad won first place for Senior Level 4.2 teams at the Cheersport Grand Championships on Jan. 30 in Columbia.

Knights pound Warriors
Evans' Garrett Wilkinson gets trapped between first and second, but manages to reach second base safely in Monday's game against Grovetown.


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