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Before sending so much help to foreign countries, save America first
We are now sending help and funds to Libya. Before this, a few weeks ago, we also took every means it took and sent it all to Egypt. That is all the more reason to take care of us (the U.S.A.) first, and then see what we can do for other countries.

Sarah Washington was key figure in county's schools
Columbia County lost one of its more admired former educators last week.

Broadway couple are returning to Harlem
Two Broadway performers will come to Harlem High on Monday to teach and perform as part of a student fundraiser.

Trunk Junkies will open this year's Blues, Brews & BBQ
The Trunk Junkies are looking to bring some soul to Columbia County for the first installment of the 2011 Blues, Brews & BBQ concert series.

Raptors will again highlight annual Earth Fest celebration
Area residents can celebrate Earth Day on Saturday by attending an annual Columbia County festival.

Teacher's story inspired Lakeside STAR student
Wendy Xiao said two men inspired her to seek Lakeside High School's STAR student title. They were Lakeside High educator John Cato, Wendy's choice for STAR teacher, and Eric the Eel.

Rained out
Last week's violent thunderstorm has temporarily evicted Grovetown's senior citizens from their community center.

Easter Bunny's going to be hopping, starting Saturday
The Easter Bunny will start hiding his colorful eggs around Columbia County this weekend.

School Information
April 19: Progress reports

Current Events
Thursday is the deadline for applications for grants from Savannah River Remediation LLC to support area elementary teachers in mathematics and science. Interested teachers should contact their school principals.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. Call (706) 541-4077 or visit www. columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Services.

Get Up and Go
Bible Fellowship Church, 3701 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez, will hold a free gospel sing at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Time Capsule
Columbia County STAR students and teachers for the 1975 school year were recognized and honored by the board of education at its regular monthly meeting.

Harlem Middle School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Sixth Grade A Honor Roll

Newsmaker
Trevor Paulos, of Evans, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

School Lunch Menus
Today: Corn dog, BBQ sandwich, peanut butter, jelly sandwich, mashed potatoes, green beans, chilled fruit cup, strawberry shortcake, milk

School Councils
The Harlem High School council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Police Blotter
A Martinez man was arrested Friday and charged with attacking his live-in girlfriend and molesting her daughters.

Westmont Walk
Westmont Elementary School did a loose-change drive to raise money for research of multiple sclerosis. Over the course of eight days, students and staff donated $543 for MS research. Many of the teachers participated in the MS Walk on March 19. They were part of TEAM Z and raised more than $4,400 for MS research.

Westmont Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A Honor Roll

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

A prisoner of tough politics
John Wayne Siple died April 5 in the Columbia County jail, a political prisoner.

Diogenes would feel lost in Atlanta
The Greek philosopher Diogenes, as the story goes, was known to walk around Athens with a lamp and tell people that he was "looking for an honest man."

Tax 'reform' averted, at least for now
For Georgia taxpayers, crisis averted. For now.

Senior lifts Lakeside to important victory
Just at the time when Lakeside High School needed a leader to step up, a senior did.

Black Knight promotes line of wine
Three-time Masters Tournament champion Gary Player made an appearance Saturday at Vineyard Wine Market in Evans to promote his Championship series of wines.

Prep Calendar
Track and Field: Thursday: Columbia County Championship at Grovetown High School, 4 p.m.

Champion recognized
Rep. Lee Anderson recognized Champions Made From Adversity co-founder Scott Winkler with House Resolution 346 in an expression of "profound appreciation ... for his service to this nation and the incredible sacrifice he has made for us" and to "commend his remarkable achievements as a world champion shot putter."

Sports Calendar
The Jones Creek Golf Center Junior League will hold a tournament each Saturday through April 30.

Bike event offers variety of lengths, terrains for riders
When Phil Cohen reels off a list of those who help him pull off the Best Dam Ride Ever event each year, one among them stands out right away.

More banner days at Haydens
The Haydens senior teal competition cheerleading team competed at the Athletic Championships March 12-13, in Sevierville, Tenn. They won first place in their division, best stunts award, and were named Level 4 Grand Champions. Team members are McKenzie Allen, Kenya Brown, Tatum Brown, Emily Cook, Jasmyn Cornell, Payton Duke, Maria Durrwachter, Amanda Hall, Maggie Hines, Summer Huffin, Daly Jackson, Schanequa Jones, Brittni Kotas, Christie Linton, Courtney Miller, Lindsey Price, Laura Ashley Ross, Prater Thigpen, Tiffany Todd, and Alison Wedereit. Team coaches are Leslie Anderson and Devin Floyd.

Former county stars lighting up Peach Belt
Several former Columbia County high school baseball players are enjoying terrific seasons in the Peach Belt Conference.

Athlete Spotlight: Robert Anderson
Every spot on a high school tennis team is important.

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