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Illegal immigration issue should be handled at federal level, not state
Editor: I see where our legislature passed one bill and killed another in committee.

Sunrise to brighten Easter worship
As the sun peeks over the horizon on Easter Sunday, the Rev. Carolyn Moore expects geese to fly over and settle onto the pond behind the Columbia County amphitheater.

Coast Guard provides assistance to boaters on lake
Thurmond Lake is large, some 45 miles long, with an extensive shoreline. The lake is sparsely populated along the shoreline, and has relatively few recreational boats on it.

A sound choice
When asked a question, Hannah Lowndes sometimes looks to her father before answering.

Author recalls time in grandma 's kitchen
A Columbia County native shared her childhood Easter memories and some country recipes in the April edition of Country Living magazine.

Seventh annual Rodeo Nights will offer triple performances
Residents will have an extra night to enjoy the rodeo at the Columbia County Fairgrounds this year.

Chamber brunch will honor 'superwomen'
An upcoming brunch honoring successful businesswomen in Columbia County will feature a motivational speaker from North Carolina.

Stevens Creek Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Rishab Agarwal, Micah Anderson, Pierce Bagby, Zach Bedell, Andrew Best, Sara Bledsoe, Emory Burch, Patty Callaway, Elizabeth Chen, Abby Colvin, Ansley Colvin, Lauren Culbreath

Report Card
February reports of major crimes

Police Blotter
Two teens were charged with having drugs at Evans Middle School Thursday.

On Vacation
In mid-January Bill and Marcia DeHaven enjoyed a 10-day vacation in Costa Rica. They cruised through rivers and canals in the jungle to Tortuguero Park on the Caribbean side of the country in Central America. They climbed a volcano, walked through hanging bridges in the rainforest and spent three days on Costa Rica's beautiful Pacific Coast. Among the things they saw were howler monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, tropical birds, flowers and butterflies.

Book signing
Laura Tinney poses with her son-in-law, William Barry, at a book signing at Bogart Library. Barry is the author of "Sebastian and the Afterlife," which is being published by The Writers Coffee Shop. The book can be purchased at

Current Events
Harlem High School Drama will present Cotton Patch Gospel at 7 p.m. April 27-30 and at 3 p.m. April 30. For information, call (706) 556-5980 or go to www.harlemdrama. com.

Where cars are classic
Lee Sweat (left), of Hephzibah, and Travis Jones, of Grovetown, look under the hood of a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Cross Ram at the Evans Lions Club's fourth annual Jim Metts Memorial Car Show at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Prom night
Dean Walton (from left), Dalton Horton, Milan Mogianesi, Clay Adams, Ansley Turner, Austin Vickory, Cecily Scott, Cody Garmany, Ansley Widener, Daniel Shaffer and Jusin Sasser attended the Greenbrier High School prom.

Pet Adoptions
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. It costs $25 to adopt adult animals, $20 for puppies and kittens. 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.

Time Capsule
As reported 51 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 21, 1960:

Good changes for future elections
The better news is future elections should be even cheaper.

Bringing out the kindness in others
When Ash Wednesday was fresh on our minds, nearly everyone I met wanted me to know what they were giving up for Lent. You know, like New Year's resolutions, sincerely made, intended to be kept - before that subject, too, gives way to other concerns.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

Stick to candy for Easter gifts
Georgia's new agriculture commissioner held his first press conference Monday. He talked about several agriculture-related issues and touched on the recent legislative session.

Wells makes it official
After committing to play basketball at Florida State University at the end of Grovetown High School's basketball season, standout forward Ebony Wells made it official Thursday by signing a letter of intent. She was joined by Lakeside head coach Jaime Echols (from left), her father Jerold Wells, sister Nicole Wells, mother Sonya Wells and assistant coach Trovaris Tremble.

Victory propels Evans to region playoffs
As Evans High School celebrated its comeback victory over Lakeside on April 12, the Knights players and coaches knew how big the 7-6 win was.

Athlete Spotlight: Caleb Collins
Caleb Collins was the first of 237 competitors to shoot the sporting clays discipline at the national collegiate event in early April.

Henderson holds off Brindle to capture Starrette Memorial
Gordon Park Speedway played host to the inaugural Jack Starrette Memorial Ultimate Super Late Model Race on Saturday.

'Pack are regional champs
Greenbrier's Blaire LaSure prepared to hit a forehand against Lakeside's Kayla Hergott during their No. 1 singles match when the two teams played March 17. Greenbrier prevailed that day, then went on to win the Region 2-AAAA Tournament over runner-up Lakeside last week. On the boys side, Evans took the region crown while Lakeside finished third.

Rowland, Whitaker get first full stint in minors
Former Greenbrier High School standout Jeff Rowland and Augusta Christian star Josh Whitaker are getting their first full season of professional baseball under way.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Thursday: Augusta Christian at Ben Lippen, 6 p.m.

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

Wolfpack girls, boys teams win crowns at county meet
Greenbrier High School's girls squad held a lead before Thursday's Columbia County Championship track and field meet at Grovetown even began.


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