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Commission gives OK to developers to grade lots
The Columbia County Planning Commission gave developers approval Thursday to grade lots in two subdivisions.

Boaters should know the proper way to dock
It has been said that the first rule of boating is to approach the dock at the speed at which you are prepared to ram it.

Forum to eduate public on predators
The arrest last month of an Evans man on enticement charges prompted a group of parents to conduct a public forum today to educate other parents and children about signs and behavior used to detect sexual predators.

Fairgrounds land deal fails
Failure to reach a land deal at the Columbia County fairgrounds means county officials likely will abandon plans for a multiuse facility at the site.

Three area pupils receive top honors in history competition
As a veteran teacher of more than 20 years, Bill Mundell knows a good pupil when he sees one. When three of his eighth-graders received top honors in Georgia Humanities Council's National History Day regional contest, Mundell wasn't surprised.

Clinics consolidate in new building
The doors to the remaining Columbia County Health Department clinics will close Friday for two weeks while staffers move into a new, centralized location.

Area pupil wins first place in regional poster competition
Emmie Reeves' artistic talent is evident in the sketch pad in which she spends hours drawing.

Police Blotter
A two-time convicted felon released from prison less than two months ago is being held without bond for the weekend robbery of an Evans convenience store.

Pet Adoptions
Female black/tan hound mix

Grovetown Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Roberto Anderson-Navarro, Bryce Gopaul, Jazmyne Greene, Jarrett Johnson, Madeline Marsh, Joshua Powell, Chayanne Rock, Deja Tregre, Geena Turbovsky and Genesis Wolford

Giving it a twirl
The twirlers of Revolutions Baton Twirling Academy held their inaugural recital on May 12. Participants were University of Georgia twirler Melody Meyer (front, from left), Cammie Armstrong, Anya Blumer, Madelynn Griffin, Lindsey Baker, Julianna Owens, Brentley Serigney, Ellie Fuller

Cub Scout Pack 156, Martinez, supported Relay for Life, raising more than $1,090 for American Cancer Society.

Columbia Middle School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Sixth Grade A: James Barton, Samuel Broach, Allison Byler, Mary Rebecca Deppen, Kevin Dowd, Hunter Encapera, Chelsea Harrison, Benjamin Houser, Kyle James, Gregory Jones, Danielle Kennedy, Christian Leep, Jalen Luke, Hannah McIntire, Elizabeth Metress, Krislyn Murphy, Alexander Murton, Mary Pacheco, Amanda Perkins, Patrick Pryor, Abigail Puckett

Lakeside Middle School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Sixth Grade A: Shelby Arnold, Christa Belle-Isle, Angel Bhardawj, Megan Blackwell, Cassi Blitchington, Shaelee Bowers, Casey Carter, Rachael Cundey, Joey Doran

The Jenn, at 4114 Evans to Locks Road in Evans, held a grand opening ribbon cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on May 6.

Current Events
MCGHealth Children's Medical Center presents the final free Movie Under the Stars with Despicable Me on Friday at the Columbia County Amphitheater. Gates open at 7 p.m., and movies begin at dusk. Call (706) 721-5736, or go to

Your photos
Beth Frits, of Martinez, stands under the upturned roots of a giant oak tree that blew over in her yard during last week's storm.

Riverside Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Mohamed Atamna, Amber Bartlett, Johannah Bodkin, Dylan Carter, Matthew Dube, Anna Kate Hefner, Claire Murdock, Rachel Smith, Tucker Thomas, Kyler Cook, Michael McGrath, Anna Trachl, Josh Baylor, Abby Bryant, Carter Daly, Sydney DeBow, Jada Farrell, Caleb Moore, Ryder Tetreault, Emma Sautman

Tragic lessons from two fatal crashes
There is an eerie similarity in two recent fatal crashes in Columbia County.

Unfortunately, there's just one Ira Davis
Call him what you will - gadfly, watchdog, royal pain - but no one who knew Ira Davis would deny that he was quite a character, one of the more memorable ones I've met in my years in the media.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Politicians rarely mean what they say
When President George W. Bush delivered his state of the union address in 2006, he made the bold promise that technological breakthroughs in alternative fuels would enable the U.S. to "replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025."

Rec department is rearranging staff
When Stacie Adkins started working with Columbia County about 10 years ago, her job was in special events under the recreation department.

Camps Calendar
Baseball: The Greenbrier High School Baseball Camp for boys in grades 2-8 will be held Monday-Tuesday at the school from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily. The cost is $50 ($25 for additional siblings). Team rates are available. Call coach Chris Wilkins at (706) 650-6040, ext. 5921.

Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School
Jamie Galvin is the kicker for Evans.

Ex-Lion Whitaker having strong first full season of professional baseball
Former Augusta Christian star Josh Whitaker is having a great first full season of pro baseball.

Sports Newsmakers
The Augusta A's 15U travel baseball squad is comprised of boys from Greenbrier, Evans and Lakeside high schools. The A's won the seventh annual S.C. State Directors Global Sports Qualifier, held May 14-15 at Diamond Lakes. The A's went undefeated in their first eight games. Players and coaches are Harry Kortick (front row, from left), Connor Hoover, Chris Michals, Joseph Kortick and Cody Turner; coach John Buchwitz (back row), Zack Miller, Michael Bega, Michael Weiksner, Brooks Mischel, Patrick O'neal and coach Dallas Kirkendohl. Special Photos The Augusta A's 15U travel baseball squad traveled to Rock Hill, S.C., and won the USSSA Mayfest Mayhem Global Sports NIT tournament, held April 30-May 1. Players and coaches are David Rivera Jr. (front row, from left), Chris Michals, Felipe Rivera and Connor Hoover; coaches John Buchwitz (back row, from left), coach Dallas Kirkendohl, Michael Bega, Zack Miller, Cody Turner, Michael Weiksner, Brooks Mischel, Jesse Ibarra and coach David Rivera Sr.[CAPTION] The top three girls in the 14-18 age division in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour tournament at Bartram Trail Golf Course were Ansley Bowman, third place (from left); Sloan Shanahan, first place; and Eunice Yi of Evans, second place. [CAPTION] The top boys in the 13-14 age division in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour tournament at Bartram Trail Golf Course were Tyler Barker of Evans, second place (from left); Jake Carter, first place; and Graham Farmer, third place. [CAPTION] The Evans-based Georgia Spikes 10 and Under Baseball Team placed second in the Mayfest Mayhem tournament in Aiken on May 1. Pictured are Lane Smoak (front row, from left), Greyson Jones, Joshua Lanham, John Parrish and Tyler Wilson; Jared Szabo (second row, from left), Alex Digby, Ridley Symon, Bryce Melear and Ryan Galanie; and coaches Craig Parrish (back row, from left), John Galanie, Desmond Lanham and head coach Dewayne Smoak.

Sports Calendar
Soccer: The Family Y will hold youth soccer registration for ages 3-14 through Sunday. The season begins in August. Games are played on weekday evenings and on two Saturdays. Cost varies by age, and there will be a discount for additional siblings. For information or to register, go to or visit any branch.

Volunteers, kids have blast at Adaptive Water Skiing Clinic
A smile quickly appeared on Ruby Bland's face as she whipped around Clarks Hill Lake Saturday on an adaptive water ski.


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