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Create trip plan to make search and rescue easier
Search and rescue (SAR) is a term used by the Coast Guard and others to name the exercise performed when a boat is overdue and presumed in jeopardy.

Orchestra will play music of the world
An orchestral concert on Saturday will encompass musical selections from countries both near and far.

Invisible Children team brings lesson to life
To wrap up school Spirit Week, Columbia Middle School pupils saw a first-hand portrayal of the life and death plight of their peers in Africa.

County unit aids battered Ringgold
When the Georgia Mutual Aid Group sent out a call last week for help in the tornado-ravaged areas of north Georgia, Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue mounted up and rushed to help.

Highway wish list to be pared
Columbia County officials recently produced a nearly $1 billion wish list of projects they would like to include on a 2012 regional referendum for the state's proposed new 1-percent transportation sales tax.

Evans native is big 'Deal ' on TV show
Candace Wood moved to Hollywood last fall to pursue an acting career.

A gleeful noise
A recent performance of the Lakeside High School Show Choir can be likened to a mini-Broadway show, but not necessarily to the popular Fox network teen drama Glee.

North Harlem Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Casey Allen, Amelia Asterita, Jaylen Bates, Chase Calahan, Gillian Carn, Camden Carter, Macy Estes, Cameron Faile, Brent Freeman, Noah Harman, Jordan Irwin, Nathaniel Little-Gomez

Gearing up for summer
Bricks 4 Kidz owner Jeremiah Griffin talked to Marilyn Beasley and her 10-year-old daughter, Sydney, on Saturday during the inaugural Summer Camp Expo 2011, sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Family Magazine.

Harlem Relay for Life
Steve Clayburn helps his granddaughters Aireal McCauley, 7, and Whitney McCauley, 3, make crafts Friday at the 10th annual Harlem Relay for Life at Harlem Middle School.

Grovetown Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Roberto Anderson-Navarro, Ethan Ford, Jarrett Johnson, Madeline Marsh, Joshua Powell, Chayanne Rock, Deja Tregre, Geena Turbovsky, Mekhi Wearrien and Abby Webster.

Best 9 Sports Academy, 472 Flowing Wells Road, Suite D, Martinez held a ribbon cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on April 20.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services, 6337 Columbia Road, Appling. Call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. 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. on weekdays.

Police Blotter
A Columbia County Grand Jury indicted six men in connection with dozens of stolen televisions and computers being sold from a Mexican restaurant in Martinez.

Current Events
Musicians are needed for the Columbia County Youth Orchestra, which will meet on Tuesday evenings starting June 7 at the Augusta Christian Schools Band Room, 313 Baston Road, Martinez. Cost is $25. College students also are needed as mentors. For information, go to

Festival welcomes spring
Columbia County master gardener Carol Finch kept her plants watered during the inaugural Riverwood Local Fest on Saturday at the field behind Riverwood Town Center.

Martinez Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Kacy Brower, Tyler Cale, Chandler Corley, Hannah Faircloth, Panthea Fernandez, Erica Hargis, Katherine Hill, Josiah Lane, Nelide Marquez

Another roundabout? They're joking, right?
What a bunch of kidders. Sworn in just last week, Bill Morris is the freshman on the Columbia County Commission. Like a fraternity pledge, he's due for a little friendly hazing to welcome him aboard.

Universities, lawmakers need a truce
For the past few years there has been a war between the University System and the members of the Georgia General Assembly. It is time to end the hostilities and negotiate a peace settlement.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

Another date to remember
Pretty much everyone who was alive at the time remembers where they were when we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

Sports Calendar
Golf tournaments: The Third Annual East Georgia Classic benefiting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be held Monday at Gordon Lakes Golf Course at Fort Gordon. Registration will start at 11 a.m., followed by the tournament at 12:30 p.m.

Panthers pound rival
In advance of Friday night's rivalry clash with Greenbrier, Lakeside's girls lacrosse team put in more work than usual on one aspect of the game.

Prep Calendar
Soccer: Today: Greenbrier boys at Houston County in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs, 5:30 p.m.

Athlete Spotlight: Brandon Whisman
When opponents get set to walk into Greenbrier High School's baseball stadium, they're quickly reminded of the Wolfpack's five state titles.

Harlem comes up short in bid for region title
Jason Osborn has plenty of respect for what Harlem can do on the baseball field.

Sending it back
Greenbrier's Blair LaSure competes in the No. 1 singles match during a recent tournament at the school.

Three Columbia County baseball teams begin quest for state championships this weekend
The state high school baseball playoffs get under way Friday in Georgia, and three Columbia County teams will be in action. It will certainly be odd not having Evans or Lakeside in the state tournament, but Grovetown, Harlem and Greenbrier will be carrying the torch for the county.


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