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'Patron-centered service' needs to be returned to Euchee Creek Library
Editor: Margaret Ann Hogue's March 27 letter, "'Home-like spirit' is gone since transfer of Euchee library manager," describes well the uncomfortable change in atmosphere at Euchee Creek Library since John Welch was transferred.

Doing right thing and living right way, without Christ, is 'ianity'
Editor: In Barbara Seaborn's March 30 column, "Why not try Christianity for a day?" she left out one ingredient that changes doing the right thing and living the right way, which all religions admonish except Islam, and that is the person of Jesus Christ. Without the name Christ, you just have "ianity," which means nothing.

Harlem to stage musical based on Southern Jesus
That is what a Baptist minister from Georgia did in a series of novels, with one recently rewritten as a stage musical.

Harlem honors Jacob Davis
Harlem officials agreed at a Monday city council meeting to proclaim the day as Jacob Davis Day in the city.

Prepare azaleas now for next year
The azaleas looked great this spring, but now is the time to start thinking about next year's blooms.

Farewell serenade
Students at Augusta Preparatory Day School said farewell to departing Headmaster Jack Hall Thursday by making fun of his wardrobe, calling him a crybaby and dressing him in a red wig.

Expo will showcase summer activities
With the school year winding down, parents can get a jumpstart Saturday on planning their children's summer activities.

Mistletoe 's spring fling will have activities for all ages
Known for the annual Family Fall Fest, Mistletoe State Park hopes to soon earn notice for its spring fling.

Smoking ban might expand
Columbia County officials are considering expanding the parameters of a smoking ban to include all tobacco products and halt the use of any of them at most government- owned properties.

Propert Transfers
Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to Toxey M. Smith LLC, 3818 Blue Springs Trace, $50,000.

Pet Adoptions
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, Inc. is a 501-C3 nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the Augusta area. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Company on Bobby Jones Expressway. Please contact Barb at (706) 955-0438 or browse the Web site at www.csrahappytails.com for information about the group or the featured animals.

Evening of Broadway
Harlem drama students listen as Broadway actors Lindsay and Jared Bradshaw talk about their careers. The couple performed "An Evening of Broadway" at the school on Monday, April 18, as a scholarship fundraiser.

Newsmakers
Frame It Now, at 113 Old Evans Road in Martinez, held a Ribbon Cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on March 15.

Divorces
Rebecca A. Williams and Robert L. Williams III, April 14, 2011.

Current Events
Dunn's Chapel United Methodist Church, 6563 Ridge Road, Appling, will celebrate homecoming at 10:30 a.m. today with the Rev. Jeff Freehof. A covered-dish luncheon follows.

Police Blotter
An employee of the Red Roof Inn called police late Wednesday after he was robbed at gunpoint.

Spitting ban isn't needed
Growing up with pediatric allergic asthma, my oldest daughter was intensely sensitive to anything that interfered with clean air: smoke, dust, pollen, whatever.

Legislature helped rich get richer
William Henry Harrison, who had the bad fortune to serve only one month as president because of his untimely death from pneumonia, could have been talking about the Georgia General Assembly when he remarked: "All the measures of the government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer."

More to Easter than just candy and clothes
There's a tendency in the increasingly secular world to focus more heavily each year on the pagan rituals of the Easter observance and to downplay the holiday's religious significance.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Knights tennis team gets tough second-round draw
Earning the No. 1 seed out of the region is a big deal.

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 prepvolleyball@yahoo.com.

Bulldogs rolling to state
Harlem's Aaron Moore tags out Washington County's Cole Cabe at second base during the first inning of Game 1 of their first-round series in the Region 3-AAA Tournament. Harlem won 3-2 and followed with a10-0 victory to clinch a spot in the state playoffs. Meanwhile, Grovetown also clinched a playoff spot by winning 8-6 in a decisive Game 3 against Burke County.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Monday: Augusta Christian vs. Curtis Baptist at Eisenhower Park, 4:30 p.m.

Lakeside falls just short of region crown
When Cason Belding made the first save in Tuesday night's shootout, it appeared the sophomore keeper would lead Lakeside to the Region 2-AAAA boys soccer championship.

Nonregion games prepare Warriors for playoff grind
Bill Madigan knew his Grovetown boys soccer squad wouldn't get tested the same way in its region as it will once the playoffs start.

Harlem will be dangerous in state baseball playoffs
Several weeks ago, the Harlem High School baseball team was sitting at 1-6 and appeared to be headed to one of the worst season's in school history. I warned fans not to jump off the bandwagon just yet. Those early losses came to bigger schools, and Harlem acquitted itself nicely in Region 3-AAA.

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