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Euchee Creek media specialist honored
When Columbia County Media Specialist of the Year Trina Galvin gave up the classroom for the media center four years ago, she said she knew immediately she had made the right choice.

Chocolate event helps raise funds for charity
A charity event will spotlight chocolate decadence while helping abused children in the area.

Proper planning, work, time is needed when planting asparagus
When I think of a vegetable garden, I think about the spring, summer and winter vegetables. These are all annual plants that live and grow during one growing season and then die.

Area plastic surgeon returns to open a practice in Evans
Plastic surgeon Dr. Troy Austin plans to bring a piece of Palm Beach, Fla., to his hometown as he starts a practice in Evans.

Keeping positive
Life changed in an instant for Judy Kirkland during Masters Week in 2005 when doctors told her she had breast cancer.

Special needs children could get new playground at library
Disabled children might soon have a playground in Columbia County to call their own.

Annual fall festival will feature apple-bobbing, scavenger hunt
The annual Family Fall Fest at Mistletoe State Park offers fun for the entire family.

DOT awards $117,500 grant to Columbia County school
A $117,500 grant recently was awarded to Lewiston Elementary School from the Georgia Department of Transportation to improve the safety for pupils walking or biking to school.

On Vacation
Janny Siu (from left), Jacob Siu and Richard Siu recently vacationed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Waiting for employment
A larger-than-expected crowd showed up for a job fair at the Evans Government Center on Thursday. The line trailed down Ronald Reagan Drive as applicants waited for an opportunity to talk to representatives from area businesses.

Pet Adoptions
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.

School Councils
Columbia County school councils will meet on the following dates:

Two Columbia County students were recently named recipients of the 2011 Comcast Leaders and Achievers scholarship.

Current Events
Dr. Roy Rogers, state superintendent of the Georgia Church of The Nazarene from Atlanta, will be the guest speaker at Bible Fellowship Church, 3701 Old Petersburg Road in Martinez, at 10:30 a.m. today.

Police Blotter
A Martinez man accused of defrauding a federal mortgage lender was sentenced to prison in federal court Wednesday.

Reagan Centennial Celebration
John and Mary Dewey (from left) and Mike Wiltse pose with a cutout of Ronald Reagan during the Reagan Centennial Celebration on Wednesday. The event in Evans was sponsored by the Columbia County Republican Party.

Marriage Licenses
Beranton James Whisenant Jr. and Ebony Antwionette Broadwater applied for a marriage license on July 1, 2011, and were married Sept. 3, 2011, in Evans.

Propert Transfers
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Jeffrey Parker, 7642 Pleasantville Way, $123,000.

Blood Drives
Shepeard Community Blood Center's blood drives during October include:

Shubha Pandit Sharma and Ajay Sharma, Sept. 23, 2011.

Golf Tournaments
The Evans High School baseball team's annual golf tournament is Oct. 22 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club.

Time Capsule
As reported 42 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1969:

Money for literacy
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy received $500 from Augusta South Rotary to help provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success. Wallace White and Pam Lightsey of the Rotary Club presented the check to Mary Schroer and Sandy Vantrease from the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy. All are members of the Augusta South Rotary Club.

Georgia SAT scores sink to bottom
It is a news story that has become very familiar over the past decade.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.

Pink shotguns for awareness
In many years of expressing my opinions in writing, there have been plenty of times when I've penned pieces that never were published.

Delay helped kill planned medical center
While Columbia County has weathered the marathon economic downturn far better than most communities, an announcement like the one this week still hurts.

Prep Calendar
Football: Thursday: Greenbrier at Evans, 7 p.m.

Former Knight now a big man on the college campus
Former Evans High School standout Jonathan Nicely was a big man on campus during his days on Cox Road. He was a star for the Knights football and basketball teams, and from early in his high school career, he appeared to be a sure-fire college prospect.

Evans Middle School parade
The Evans Middle School football team (top) and cheerleaders (bottom) participated in the school's homecoming parade.

County has three top contenders in softball
As Garrett Black puts it, it's been a roller coaster season for Greenbrier High School's softball squad.

BMX park could be added to complex
When the development of a multi-million dollar athletics complex near Lakeside High School was announced in late March, the proposed design featured a football stadium; fields for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse; an eight-lane track; tennis courts; and walking trails.

Sports Calendar
The 14-U Georgia Shockers Fast Pitch Softball organization will hold tryouts Saturday at 1 p.m. at Riverside Park and Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at Patriots Park. Contact Phillip Buck at (706) 589-6773 or, or go to

Greenbrier rallies past rival after big weekend on court
As Greenbrier High School took to the court Tuesday evening, the Wolfpack volleyball team was fresh off a memorable weekend.


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