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'Great integrity, high moral character' make Morris best for District 4
There have been previous letters of support for Bill Morris, who is running for the District 4 seat on the Columbia County Commission. I would like to add one more letter.

Gateway abuzz with construction work
Construction now under way at the Gateway shopping center near Interstate 20 will bring more retail to the area.

Bird-watchers need to get well beyond the backyard
Nearly 300 species of birds pass through Georgia each year, according to one expert, and local birdwatchers are privy to some of these birds in their own backyard.

Area is crawling with tent caterpillars
The beauty of spring has arrived with the dogwoods and azaleas in full bloom, but I recently have received many calls about all the caterpillars that were crawling everywhere.

Lions Club honors memory of co-founder with car show
An annual car show on Saturday will honor former Evans Lions Club member Jim Metts and his love of cars.

More room to play
When Masters Tournament visitors return next year, they'll likely discover more to do in Columbia County.

District 4 voters will choose on Tuesday
A prolonged campaign to select a new commissioner for Columbia County's District 4 ends Tuesday.

Storm damage
The owner of this home on Wilkins Road was not home when the storm Tuesday uprooted several trees and blew them onto her house. Power to the entire road was knocked out.

Clinton Ward Watts, 43, of the 100 block of Booker Street in Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 18, 2010, and was fined $810.

Turtle crossing
Jay Harris, of Jacksonville, Fla., tries to entice a large female snapping turtle off the causeway and back into the pond in Stevens Pointe subdivision. Harris, who was in the subdivision visiting his parents, made sure traffic didn't hit the turtle and he used the soft grip end of a golf club handle to nudge the turtle out of harm's way.

Marriage Licenses
Duane Lee Hensley and Wanda Denise Jansen applied for a marriage license on Feb. 21, 2011, and were married March 12, 2011, in Savannah, Ga.

Military Newsmakers
Air Force Airman 1st Class James A. Richardson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Jim and Yvon Richardson of Evans and a 2003 graduate of Evans High School.

Property Transfers
Sumter Landing Associates LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 4005 Backwater Court, $61,380.

Pet Adoptions
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to

Jessica Michelle Judy and Jonathan Edward Judy, March 25, 2011.

Police Blotter
The sister of an Evans man who died Tuesday in custody said her brother didn't receive proper medical care.

Members of the Lakeside High School Show Choir Soundsation won First Place in Division AA and were named Grand Champions of the Hub City Classic in Hattiesburg, Miss., on March 12.

Time Capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 20, 1961:

Current Events
The Leah High School and Community Museum, located at the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue station at 3653 Ray Owens Road in Appling, is now open from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Tuesday of each month and on Saturdays by appointment. Donations of archival and historical material are still being sought. For information, (706) 541-0043.

Officers installed
The Garden Arts Garden Club recently held its installation of officers. Pictured are Margaret Williams (from left), first vice president; Mary Weaver, second vice president; Jill Korn, president; Ann Alston, corresponding secretary; Kathy Baltzell, recording secretary; and Lou Bricker, treasurer. Garden Council President Pat Hathaway installed the officers of the club, which was organized in Augusta in 1963 and provides study of plant life, develops civic beauty and provides social service funds for those in need.

It's a big party for Georgia lawmakers
It's not an original observation to compare the Georgia General Assembly to a fraternity house, but it's still an accurate one.

Plenty of time for mischief
The good news for Georgia taxpayers is that there are only three days left in this year's session of the General Assembly.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, April 10, 2011 Columbia County News-Times.

Finish the job: Elect Morris in District 4
On Tuesday, Columbia County Commission District 4 voters need to finish what they started on March 15 by electing Bill Morris in the runoff election.

Greenbrier 's depth makes it a favorite
Last season, Greenbrier High School came as close to a state golf championship as you can get.

Sports Calendar
Best Dam Ride Ever 2011 will be held April 17, with bicyclists starting from Thurmond Dam and ending at the Clarks Hill Picnic Area. The entry fee is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. Registration will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. and there will be a continental breakfast during that time. Participants can opt to ride the 25, 60, 80 or 100-mile course. To register or for information, call (706) 855-2024.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Tuesday: Augusta Prep vs. John Milledge, 4:30 p.m.

Wolfpack, stars continue on paths to the major leagues
Former Greenbrier High School and Georgia Tech standout Brandon Cumpton, who is now in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, has been assigned to the Pirates Class A affiliate in West Virginia.

Raider competition will be grueling
Michael Kirkland did an inordinate number of push-ups during his freshman year at Lakeside High School.

Golf Tournaments
The Jones Creek Golf Center Junior League will hold a tournament each Saturday through April 30. The cost is $10 per round for Jones Creek members or $20 per round for non-members. For information or tee times or to sign up, call Drew Belt at (803) 530-0759 or Carlos Santos at (706) 825-3908.

Little League provides fun for all at 19th annual Betsy Bingo
>A year later, Leila Williams still keenly remembers the first time she brought her son to Betsy Bingo.

Kicking it with the pros at soccer camp
Four-year-old Brooks Quinn gets an autograph from Tracey Mathis. The camp, put on by the Georgia-South Carolina Bulls organization, featured several current and former professional soccer players, including former United States men's national team star Clint Mathis.


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