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Mistletoe will loan gear to anglers
Ever been caught at the lake without fishing gear? Ever thought that it would be nice if there was some place that loaned equipment when such incidents occurred?

Other insects are replacing cicadas
This past week was a lot quieter than the past month. The cicadas are down in number and soon should be gone completely.

Bounce into summer
A variety of summer camps and activities offered in Columbia County are sure to keep children busy during the summer break.

Evans grad dies after Thursday crash
An Evans teen who graduated from high school Saturday was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle wreck.

15 acres will be home to Evans Elementary
Land purchased last week by the Columbia County school board will become the site for a new, two-story Evans Elementary School scheduled to open in 2012.

Lakeside Middle pupil going to national spelling bee again
Regional spelling champion Rachael Cundey left for Washington today for her third shot at spelling glory.

County has plenty of ways to get wet
As mild spring days quickly turn to the oppressive heat of summer, Columbia County families looking for ways to cool off have multiple options throughout the community.

Property tax cut by county is discussed
Although the Columbia County school board voted Tuesday to raise taxes, the county commission is considering lowering them.

Police Blotter
A Magistrate Court judge on Tuesday sent the cases against four Augusta men charged in the March slaying of a Belair Conference Center employee to Superior Court.

Current Events
This Hope will appear in concert at 6 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans. Admission is free, with an offering being taken. Call (706) 868-9729 or go to

Kimberly Ann Cady tand William Vernon Cady, March 21, 2011.

Marriage Licenses
Charles Richard Vieira and Laura Alison Ashcraft applied for a marriage license on May 5, 2011, and were married May 5, 2011, in Evans.

Rotary training
Area Rotary president elects for 2011-12 attended training at the Peach State PETS in Atlanta. Pictured are Kevin Wade, Augusta president-elect (from left); Kelli Simon, Augusta West president-elect; Pam Lightsey, assistant governor District 6920, of Martinez; 2011-12 First Lady Binota Banerjee; and Rotary International 2011-12 President Kalyan Banerjee from India. Wallace White, Augusta South, of Grovetown, was also in attendance.

Flag line for fallen soldier
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders formed a flag line at Platt's Funeral Home Thursday during the funeral of U.S. Army Specialist Matthew J. Hodges, 26, who died May 19 at Fort Bliss, Texas. The motorcycle group then escorted the funeral procession to Bellevue Memorial Park, where Hodges was buried with military honors. Hodges, a native of Columbia County, was a graduate of Evans High School and had served a tour of duty in Iraq during his three years in the Army. He was the fifth generation of his family to serve in combat. His death remains under investigation.

Pet Adotions Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit, licensed animal-rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to

Property transfers
James E. Schaffer to Kay B. Stevens, 3637 Pebble Beach Drive, $260,000.

Conservative might be the new cool
We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

Mixed grades from chamber
The report cards are out, and one of our guys flunked.

Enjoy the weekend; the bill has been paid
Between this weekend's Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration and Monday morning's gathering at the Memorial Wall in Grovetown, there are plenty of opportunities for formal observances of Memorial Day.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, May 29, 2011

All-Region Selections
Region 3-AAA

Padgett set precedent for Cavaliers during his record-breaking season
Augusta Prep came into this baseball season with just four wins in the past three years.

New golf tour wants to be springboard for its players
When Drew Belt and Carlos Santos took over the junior tour from the now-defunct Augusta Junior Golf Magazine , they made plans for a golf tour that would be a springboard to bigger and better things.

Camps Calendar
Greenbrier High School's second annual Fast Break Lacrosse Camp for boys in Grades 4-8 will be held June 6-10 from 6-8 p.m. at Greenbrier. The cost is $65, which includes a T-shirt for those who register by Friday.

Ex-Panther worthy of recognition by Furman
On Oct. 8, Furman University will enshrine three new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held on campus prior to a home football game with Samford.

Sports Calendar
The Augusta Rowing Club will hold its 10th Annual National Learn to Row Day on Saturday 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.

Spring Spectacular champions
Columbia County Bulldogs 11U won the Spring Spectacular NIT 12AA tournament in Lexington, S.C. April 16-17. Team members are Kyle McNutt (front, from left), Eric Becker, Blake Teston, Blake Beggs and Hunner Jones; Patrick Tom (center row, from left), Zachary Wilson, Dantavian Stephens, Levin Lackey and Davis Battle. Coaches are head Wesley Teston (back left) and Jeff Becker.

Quite a catch
Ossie Cameron holds up his catch while participating in a fishing rodeo for veterans and wounded warriors sponsored by the Augusta Elks.

Cavaliers' football program sends players off to college
If Michael Lirette's friends and family are struggling with the decision regarding what to give the Augusta Prep senior for graduation, he might suggest a time machine.


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