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Unexpected reunion special for returning soldier's family
When Deanna Shenk walked into Greenbrier Middle School's gymnasium for a pep rally Friday, she had no idea what awaited her.

Call safety meetings before passengers board boat
Boarding an airliner assures that we will get a safety briefing before we take to the air. Further, so as not to miss anything, the flight attendant either reads the briefing or has it memorized. Nowadays, it usually is recorded -- guaranteeing that no part of the briefing is left out.

A model program
You open the tap, wet your hands, pump soap into your palm from a dispenser, rub your hands together, rinse them off, close the tap and dry your hands with a towel.

After service academies, duo will go in opposite directions
Greenbrier High School seniors Robert "Beau" Allen's and Rick Mersereau's mutual goals of earning appointments to military academies might take them to opposite extremes.

Pizzeria owner gets approval for 'lively ' sign at restaurant
The owner of an Evans pizzeria soon hopes to draw even more attention to his restaurant.

Notices precede county's tax bills
When property tax assessment notices start arriving in Columbia County mailboxes, county officials want to make sure residents know they are not bills.

Stallings Island Middle School Third NIne Weeks Honor Roll
Sixth Grade: Jay Bates, Elizabeth Benton, Brett Brannon, William Brown, Christopher Carlisle, Holly Chafin, Eric Choi, Sristi Das, Shea Fincher, Isabella George, Samuel Han

Augusta South Rotary club members presented Augusta Technical College a check for $500 for the GED program. Pictured are Diane Cook-Jackson (from left), Augusta Tech President Terry Elam, Augusta South President Jo Anne Robinson, of Evans, Rotary District 6920 Assistant Governor Pam Lightsey, of Martinez and Augusta South President Elect Wallace White, of Grovetown.

Military Newsmakers
Army Reserve Pfc. Megan M. Perry has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Jason Perry, of Harlem, and a 2010 graduate of Harlem High School.

Pet Adoptions
These kittens 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. 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. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Raptor Flight Show
A crowd gathered at Reed Creek Park Saturday to watch a raptor flight show put on by the Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q. Ball Jr. Raptor Center at Georgia Southern University.

Giant Columbia County Yard Sale
Texas residents Sam and Barbara Guy, who were in town visiting family, browse an assortment of teacups Saturday during the second annual Giant Columbia County Yard Sale at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

School Lunch Menu
Today: Soft or crunchy taco, manager's choice, peanut butter, jelly sandwich, steamed corn, lettuce and tomato, chilled fruit cup, cinnamon roll and milk

Pre-K drawing
Columbia County Board of Education employees Sondra Hogan (from left), Bobby Stapleton and Lisa Soloff record the information as pre-K director Michele Sherman draws the names for placement in Baker Place Elementary's pre-K program Friday. Drawings for all the rest of the county's pre-K programs followed. Due to state funding reductions, Columbia County will offer half as many public school pre-K slots next year.

On Vacation
Ben and Cathy Barber visited the five national parks in Utah: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion.

Camps Calendar
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, e-mail coach Ricky Beale at

Police Blotter
A judge denied bond for an Augusta man charged in the March 19 shooting of a Belair Conference Center employee.

Current Events
Today is the deadline to sign up to compete in the Hattie Mae Marshall Scholarship Talent Show, to be held 5-9 p.m. June 11 at Greenbrier High School's auditorium. Cost for each act is $10. Call Dorothy Shanks at (706) 309-9257.

Grovetown Middle School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Sixth Grade A: Kara Acosta, Kaitlyn Baker, Aubrie Bowyer, Haley Branch, Skylar Buxton, Elizabeth Carter, Summer Clarke, Leann Collins, Matthew Dawson, Hunter Gilstrap, Jason Golubski

Time Capsule
As reported 41 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Wednesday, May 6, 1970 :

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

Precedent set on other side of the tracks?
A largely unnoticed parallel unfolded last week when Columbia County commissioners debated whether to allow Augusta Prep to install lights at its new football field.

Jury pools will now be deeper
One of the things I've heard quite often from people is a sense of discouragement that they've never been called for jury duty.

Georgia's banking collapse ignored
Just before Labor Day weekend in 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) sent out a news release announcing that Integrity Bank in Alpharetta was being shut down by regulators.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Today: Greenbrier vs. Jones County (doubleheader) in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs, 4:30 p.m.

Grovetown team gains experience with loss
When Bill Madigan's boys soccer squad advanced to the state quarterfinals, the Grovetown coach admitted his team was going into "uncharted territory."

Ravens win CAYFA Super Bowl, finish year undefeated
The 6- and 7-year-old Ravens of the Columbia Area Youth Football Association knocked off the Bills 30-14 in Saturdays "CAYFA Super Bowl" to finish the season 11-0.

Harlem overpowers Westover in first round of state playoffs
By the time Jimmie Lewis started substituting underclassmen for his starters, Harlem was well on its way to the second round of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs.

Sports Calendar
Learn to Row Day: The Augusta Rowing Club will hold its 10th annual National Learn to Row Day on June 4 at the Boat House, 101 River Front Drive, Augusta. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the club will offer tours, rowing machine demonstrations and instructions, hands-on lessons on the dock and on-water instructions.

Timms wins Late Model race at Modoc
Seven classes of dirt track racers competed Friday at Modoc Speedway.

Wolfpack falls in state semifinals
In its third consecutive appearance in the state Final Four, Greenbrier's girls tennis team hoped to finally break through for the program's first state championship berth.

Athlete Spotlight: Morgan Taylor and Scott Jenkins
Scott Jenkins and Morgan Taylor already are looking forward to competing in high school athletics.


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