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Sheriff's Office earns praise for 'happy ending' in search for lost man
Editor: This past week I was once again shown how lucky we citizens of Columbia County are.

Class of 2011
The graduates went from A to Z, and all points in between. From the time Lakeside High School's Ayesha Ahmad crossed the James Brown Arena stage Saturday morning to when Kelley Michelle Zapata picked up her Greenbrier High diploma, about nine hours later, more than 1,600 Columbia County seniors from public and private schools became high school graduates.

Georgia, South Carolina share similar towing laws
One of the practices we observe at Clarks Hill Lake is the towing of persons on skis, boards and inflatable tubes. We do it often with our grandchildren. It's fun for us and major fun for them.

Planning Commission rejects change to subdivision 's plans
By Jenna Martin

Churches find new homes in county
Two churches recently moved to Columbia County locations to meet demands of growing memberships.

Military salute is set for Saturday
An annual Columbia County event that pays tribute to our armed forces will take place Saturday after rainy weather forced cancellations for two consecutive years.

CERT Graduates
Columbia County's 17th Community Emergency Response Team has graduated. The volunteers are now available to assist in case of emergencies. Members of the team are Diane Sherman (front row, from left), Nichole Liston, Ellen Roland, Jim Leonard, Shannon Covington, Carol Jones and Ram Shetty; Kyree Landers (back row, from left), Richard Boggan, John Stafford, Sheri Luthi, Jonathan Covington, Zachary Stafford, Robert Thornhill and Ginny Dark.

Time Capsule
Columbia County, with a gain of 3,783, has increased in population almost 25 percent in the past 10 years to a total of 13,208.

Current Events
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold blood drives at the following locations: today, 3-7 p.m., Harlem Community, 115 Milledgeville Road; and Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Top Notch Car Wash, 512 N. Belair Road, Evans, with a free car wash and pint of Bruster's ice cream to all donors.

Police Blotter
A Harlem teen accused in the shooting death of his friend and neighbor entered a plea of not guilty in a Columbia County court Friday.

Winning it with heart
Allen Lowe, who is retired from the Navy, lost 45 pounds to win the Petersburg Racquet Club's Cardio Tennis Biggest Winner Challenge. Each participant committed to eight weeks of two-hour clinics of cardio tennis and nutrition education.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. Call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt; puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.[CAPTION] Male black and male orange tabby cats [CAPTION] Female long-haired gray tabby

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

Hope weather cooperates for event
Cross your fingers that the third time, in this case, really is the charm.

Prep fight may not be over yet
It's hard not to feel sympathy for the people of Grovetown whose homes surround the Gordon Park Speedway. County commissioners pretty much ignored complaints from nearby residents and allowed a couple of rezonings over the past decade that significantly ramped up lights and noise from the private facilities.

The merry, memorable month of May
"Let all thy joys be as the month of May . . . Let sorrow, sickness, and a troubled mind be a stranger to thee." - Francis Quarles

Augusta Christian unveils new-look offense in spring
As Augusta Christian Schools opened spring football practice two weeks ago and the offense lined up, things appeared remarkably different from last season.

Camp Calendar
The 2011 Grovetown High School Baseball Summer Camp for those in grades K-8 will be held June 13-16 at the school. The camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon daily, and late registration starts at 8:30 a.m. the first day. Cost is $75. For information, contact Mike Jones at (706) 447-2102, ext. 5833, or

Wesley continues rise in MMA with state title
Former Evans High School wrestler Nick Wesley won the International Sport Karate Association mixed martial arts South Carolina state title in the 145-pound weight class last weekend in Myrtle Beach.

Athlete Spotlight: Hayley Prescott, Tripp Stanton and Nick Fahrion
As Hayley Prescott, Nick Fahrion and Tripp Stanton prepare for the U.S. Rowing Junior Nationals, the three Columbia County residents are drawing upon varying levels of experience on the big stage.

Wolfpack lacrosse has first college signee
As a freshman, Rita Cave was a member of the first girls lacrosse team at Greenbrier High School.

Modoc Speedway
Friday's Results

Sports Calendar
Rowing: The Augusta Rowing Club will hold its 10th Annual National Learn to Row Day on June 4 at the Boat House, 101 Riverfront Dr., Augusta. The event will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Members of the club will offer tours, ergometer (rowing machine) demonstrations and instructions, hands-on lessons on the dock, and on-water instructions. Lunch will be provided.

Beagle Club 's fundraiser to be fun for all ages
The state's oldest Beagle Club will hold its 12th Annual Barbecue and Trade Day fundraiser Saturday at the Winfield Community Center on Highway 150.


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