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Take steps to prevent termites
Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage to homes each year in the United States, according to statistics from the National Pest Management Association.

Fees set for rentals in park
Even though construction on a new park in Evans is ongoing, Columbia County officials decided Tuesday to set fees for renting facilities at the park.

Granulated ambrosia beetle does lots of damage boring into trees
With all the cicadas out this year, I would say that so far this has been the year of the insect. I also have seen more caterpillars this year than I have in the past. Some of these are caterpillars we see every year, but others are here in larger numbers than before.

Make art or just observe at annual Arts in the Park
Columbia County artists will show off their talents Saturday at the annual Art in the Park festival.

Compromise is sought on lights at football field
Columbia County commissioners are seeking a compromise that would allow Augusta Preparatory Day School's football team to play on Friday nights under lights.

Captain resigns after missing message
A captain of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office resigned last week after discovering he inadvertently deleted a voice message requesting a deputy at a Belair Conference Center party where an Augusta teen was fatally shot.

Augusta Pops Under Stars back in Evans
Musicians from the Symphony Orchestra Augusta will give Columbia County residents a taste of their music Saturday with the seventh annual Pops! Under the Stars concert.

Mother's boys
A young Kim Maddox told her parents that she wanted lots of children when she grew up.

Bill allows 911 fees to be used to upgrade emergency system
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Thursday that allows counties to have broader leeway in how funds from the 911 telephone tax are spent.

River Ridge Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Josephine Aguado ,Natalie Badir, Brooklyn Butterworth, Jacob Cantrell, Darcie Dalafave, Caroline Dixon, Lindsey Cartledge, Julianne Coughlin, Zach Duffie, Berk Eroglu, Alexis Fox, Ellie Gilliard

Six Columbia County students served as Pages for state Rep. Ben Harbin in March. Pictured are Reagan Britton (from left), Harbin, Alex Crow, Amanda Wolfe, Madison Samples (seated), Emily Crow, Carly Crow and House Speaker David Ralston. Carly, Amanda, Reagan and Madison are freshmen at Greenbrier High School. Alex and Emily are eighth- and seventh-graders, respectively, at Riverside Middle School.

Sarah Hoffman and Jeremy Hoffman, April 28, 2011.

North Columbia Elementary Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Trent Bruyninckx, Cameron Carr, Hailey Deas, Shelby Hankal, Laney Johnson, Aaron Long, William Sherman, Jayce Swim, Dylan Williams, Gabby Willis, Cammie Armstrong, Nathaniel Carrion, Eli Fox, Lilly Hartley, Emma James, Chase Johnson, Kam McDaniel, Will Simons, Kasey Campbell, Valen Caster, Savannah Hamilton, Charles Haney, Parker Powell, Cameron Tiedeman and Haleigh Yount.

Marriage Licenses
Xaiquiri Addison Matthews and Anna Lauren Gahman applied for a marriage license on March 31, 2011, and were married April 2, 2011, in Evans.

Property Transfers
Mary L. Rutti to Emily A. Powell, 4583 Oxford Drive, $170,000.

Pet Adoption Showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the 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, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to www.heartsong

Educators retire
Evans teacher and coach Russell Lee (right) and his wife, Teresa, visit with school board member Mike Sleeper and superintendent Charles Nagle at a retirement reception at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Lee is retiring after 33 years with the school system.

Forestina Lynn, 55, of the 2100 block of Will Haven Drive in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on Jan. 30, 2011, and was fined $810.

Mothers's Day Art
Ja'karee Mabry, 11, a sixth-grader at Grovetown Middle School, won The News-Times' Draw Your Mom Coloring Contest with her portrait of her mother, Valressee Drew-Mabry. The two win prizes from Mainstream Boutique and Putt-Putt. Winning second place is Ava Strickland, 6, of Appling, for her picture of Becky Tankersley, while third place goes to Bethany Sumner, 10, of Martinez, for her picture of Susan Sumner.

Police Blotter
Prosecution will continue in water plant shooting

Current Events
The Alzheimer's Association will hold a free lunch program, "Tools and Strategies for Caregivers," at noon Tuesday at the MCG Alumni Center, 919 15th St.. Reservations are due by noon Monday by calling (706) 731-9060.

A welcome upgrade for 911 service
A voice mail message, inadvertently deleted from an email queue, led to the resignation of Sheriff's Capt. Bill Probus.

Kennels aren't that expensive
Sheriff Clay Whittle wants to correct a misperception the news helped create: Columbia County is not spending $100,000 in leftover sales tax money to build a dog kennel for the sheriff's office.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, May 8, 2011.

One cop who shouldn't have quit
Let he who has never accidentally deleted an email cast the first stone.

Here's to a happy 18th Mother's Day
Today marks Mother's Day for my mother, and also is my 18th birthday. Finally, Georgia law will consider me a legal adult.

Golf tour gives kids chance to compete
The decision to pursue or not to pursue a spot on a college golf team is complex.

Sports Calendar
YMCA Splash, a free program designed to help boys and girls ages 3-12 learn how to be safer around water, will be held at Camp Lakeside, the Wilson Family Y and several other Family Y locations Monday through Friday. The program will be taught in five 30-minute sessions and will conclude with a pool party at the Wilson Family Y on Friday. Registration is available online at or at any branch.

Sports Camps
Baseball: The Evans High School Youth Baseball Camp for ages 5-14 will be held June 6-9 and June 20-23 at the school. The camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon daily. The cost is $80 per session or $140 for both sessions. For information, email coach Ricky Beale at

Lacrosse team was especially happy to beat rival
Simply making the playoffs was a thrilling accomplishment for Greenbrier High School's boys lacrosse team this season.

Grovetown, Greenbrier make state quarterfinals
The second round of the state soccer playoffs is widely considered to be the make-or-break phase of the postseason.

Prep Calendar
Soccer: Monday: Augusta Prep girls vs. Westfield in the first round of the GISA Class AAA state playoffs, 5 p.m.

Reville to play lacrosse at Huntingdon
With just one year under his belt, Mickey Reville actually has Huntingdon College beat in lacrosse experience.

Lakeside quarterback will be one to watch this season
Spring football practice is in full swing, and one of the big stories to watch is the play of Lakeside High School senior quarterback Mark Weidenaar.


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