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Commission District 4 election margin proves that every vote counts
Editor:Events in Columbia County over the past month led to the runoff "victory" of an educator to take the seat of the county commissioner in District 4. Appropriately, there seem to be teaching and learning points to be passed on from the experience. Dick Manion, Grovetown

Grasses are susceptible to disease now as they emerge from dormancy
As I rode around last week I noticed many yards with dead areas of grass or grass that was turning yellow.

Sacred Heart festival puts focus on vegetable gardens
The Sacred Heart Garden Festival, touted as a favorite among area gardeners, starts with a preview event today and runs through May 1. The annual event will showcase a number of gardens and feature several professional speakers.

School population to rise by about 500
Though Columbia County school officials expect the pupil population to grow by more than 500 next school year, only a dozen new teaching positions will be added.

Increase in street light fees by $3 per year appears likely
A plan to trim the losses suffered by Columbia County government for street lights might include another increase in street light fees.

Results confirmed
Bill Morris sat patiently Thursday morning in the Columbia County Board of Elections office meeting room to wait out the results of a recount.

Leftover SPLOST money could lead to some moves
Possible allocations of some leftover 1 percent sales tax funds might prompt moves for several area agencies.

Grovetown readies for festivities Saturday
Grovetown is the place for family fun Saturday.

Student participates in career day
Dinah Harrison of Appling, a student at North Georgia Technical College, participated in PLANET's 35th Annual Student Career Days competition. An environmental horticulture student, Harrison placed 34th with the Landscape Plant Installation team and 63rd in Business Management. Pictured are Landscape Installation team members Kent Cantrell (from left), Harrison and Tim Payne.

New Zaxby 's location special to owner
George Duehring will open his fourth Zaxby's restaurant in Columbia County, just down the street from where it all started more than 15 years ago.

Islamic Society's new center may be finished next spring
Construction on a new place of worship for those of the Muslim faith might conclude by the spring of next year.

Inmates might work on projects in county
Some work crews on Columbia County construction projects might soon retire to a jail cell after a hard day's work.

Lakeside wins Literacy Meet
Lakeside High School students won the Georgia High School Association's Class AAAA state Literacy Meet on March 19 in Warner Robins. Attending the event were Zach Stone (from left); Alec Leeseberg, first place Boys' Quartet; Varun Anand, second place Boys' Extemporaneous Speaking; Will Kuzia; Collin McCoy; Wendy Xiao, fourth place Girls' Extemporaneous Speaking; Stacy Branch, Lakeside choral director; Ben Erwin, seventh place Boys' Essay; and Elaine Griswell, Lakeside language arts teacher. Not pictured is Emily Ann Cowart, first place Girls' Solo. Lakeside earned more points as a Class AAAA high school and was awarded the first-place trophy.

Toy Town emphasizes learning, fun
The newest toy store to open in Columbia County specializes in educational games and learning tools as well as traditional toys.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia

Marriage licenses
Matthew Hadden Tiner and Hillary Elizabeth Walden applied for a marriage license on March 11, 2011, and were married March 19, 2011, on St. Simons Island, Ga.

Pet Adoption Showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue its 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 prior to placement. To adopt, donate, or for information, call Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to

Greenbrier Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Time capsule
As reported 55 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 19, 1956:

Michael Dockery, a French teacher at Greenbrier High School, was named 2011 FLAIR Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport.

Maner Builders Supply, at 3787 Martinez Blvd., Martinez, held a 60th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 25.

On vacation
In February, Richard and Betsy Borgatti and Richard and Kathy Bush enjoyed a two-week cruise on the Norwegian Cruise Line to the Caribbean. They traveled to Cozumel, Santo Tomas, Belize City, Key West, Nassau and St. Thomas.

Current events
The Rev. R.L. Jordan will be the guest speaker as Bible Fellowship Church holds its spring revival with services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Property transfers
North Star Home Builders LLC to Glen A. Davis and Angela Davis, 1011 Winding Trail, $268,900.

Jason Swan Wren and Christi Carter Wren, April 4, 2011.

Columbia Middle School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Berries even better when you pick them yourself
Maggie Dupree, a pupil from Appletree Academy No. 1, picks strawberries at Gurosik's Berry Plantation in North Augusta on Wednesday.

Best choice takes a seat
One of the more difficult internal conflicts I've ever faced was the struggle over Vernon Thomas' candidacy for Columbia County Commission District 4.

Obama's vision of big government
Near the end of his fiscal policy speech at George Washington University on Thursday, President Barack Obama stated, "This larger debate we're having, about the size and role of government, has been with us since our founding days."

Constructive future for District 4 ahead
Given the divide between perception and reality that seems to exist within Columbia County Commission District 4, it's perhaps appropriate that the runoff election Tuesday resulted in votes almost evenly split between the two candidates.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, April 17, 2011.

Lee will still be coaching recreation teams
When his head coaches start to list the coaching duties Russell Lee has performed in the past 33 years, the process can take a while.

Alabama made right decision signing Hunt
Former Greenbrier High School softball star Kaila Hunt had a terrific prep career. She started for four years on the varsity and helped Greenbrier reach the Elite 8 all four seasons.

Sports calendar
Augusta Prep's ninth annual summer volleyball camps will be held June 6-9 and July 18-21. There are two sessions per camp: middle school grades from 9 a.m. until noon and high school grades from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $130. For information, contact coach Rich Bland at (706) 414-6145 or

Pirates' late-game strategy in victory was mighty clever
You probably missed it.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Program aims to grow lacrosse in area
Growing up amid hardship in New York, Paul Meyer was on his own by the age of 15.


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