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Augusta Prep welcomes new teachers
Veteran teacher Lynn Beard began looking for a school to call home when her family moved to Augusta from Connecticut last year. She didn't need to look much further than Augusta Preparatory Day School.

Orientation helps students get focus
The reason Keith and Merlene Burnette and their son Michael came to the junior and senior orientation at Harlem High School Tuesday night was simple:

New Hope emerges for at-risk pupils in county
Craig Flick, a rising junior at Hope Christian School in Martinez, has to work hard this school year. He wants to keep his grades high enough to enter a technical school after he graduates. Flick, 16, hopes to become a mechanic.

Police invite residents for Night Out
Grovetown Department of Public Safety Capt. Gary Owens wants Grovetown residents to lock their doors Aug. 5, turn on the porch light and head to the firehouse.

Evans teen charged in break-ins
An Evans teen-ager has been arrested in a recent string of vehicle break-ins.

Panel defends stance on chairman
Though a task force's study opposes the concept of an at-large elected school board chairman, the group's members say they wouldn't object to people voting on it again.

Year starts with changes at Augusta Christian
Augusta Christian Schools pupils are starting school a week earlier this year, and they soon may be able to tell you how their day was in Spanish.

Rising senior places at Junior Miss
Evans High School rising senior Ashley Lauren Foster recently competed in the 2004 Georgia's Junior Miss scholarship program for one reason - to be the best she could be.

Local mothers harness the power of prayer
Janet Mackert knows the power of prayer. As the newly appointed state coordinator for Moms In Touch International, Mackert hopes others also realize the power of prayer.

Faith guides determined Evans teen
Mary Green is grounded in her faith. The Evans High School freshman is a firm believer in God and the fruits of the spirit.

Concerns persist over fire study
A lack of county water continues to be a major concern for rural residents who weighed in Thursday on the county's fire services study.

Naval Academy graduate
Christopher Hogan (left), a 1999 Evans High School graduate and son of Robert and Marlys Hogan, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on May 23.

Property transfers
Wayne F. Thompson and Catherine R. Thompson to Glenn R. Todd and Shawna L. Todd, 771 Sweet Bay Court, $278,000.

Police blotter
A 16-year-old driver was charged July 27 with two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide resulting from a June 8 accident in which two teens were killed.

Wal-Mart donations
Wal-Mart manager Clifford Patrick (center) presented checks to Terri Jackson and Jillian Rumbaugh (from left), Columbia County 4-H Club, $500; Stacie Adkins and Al the Alzheimers Association mascot for Alzheimers disease and related diseases, $1000; and Denise McCorkell, Lewiston Elementary School, for playground equipment, $1000.

Current events
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Pleasant Home Road will open registration for its Mother's Day Out program today. Registration will be Aug. 3 in the church social hall after the 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Masses.

Off to school
Moms and dads, are you planning to take pictures of your child's first day of school?

Lakeside leaders
Lakeside High School students Jackie Cadle (left) and Ashley Baum (right) accompanied faculty adviser Sandi Taylor (center) to the National Leadership Meeting of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, held July 5-11 in Philadelphia.

Bright tribute
Residents of Woodbridge subdivision in Evans hung lights from the bridge as a memorial to Ralph Moore. Moore, 65, recently died and hung lights on the bridge for the community every Christmas.

Checking in
Katie Hegarty smiles at her father, Jeff Hegerty, as she registers for eighth grade at Riverside Middle School with school secretary Virginia Berkhimer.

Those 9,600 voters aren't stupid
Politicians are rarely on the cutting edge of governmental change. After all, if theyre in office, that means theyre on the winning team. And since when do winners in any competition suggest changing the rules?

Even Christians have feet of clay
In a perfect world there would be no controversy large enough to divide a church - or a family, community or company with more than one employee. Learned or nave, rich or poor, pagan or filled with faith, human beings have a built-in reservoir of treasured opinions that, when provoked, rise to the surface like cream on a bowl of raw milk.

Hat finally hits ring for Sonny
A couple of years ago, Sonny Pittman rode with me to Atlanta for the Augusta delegations annual legislative barbecue.

District champs
The Martinez-Evans Little League (MELL) Baseball 13-14 All-Stars won the District 6 tournament June 28-July 7 and advanced to the state championship.

Family karate team wins big in Las Vegas
Eric Hensley and his children, Falon and Aaron, took a recent trip to Las Vegas, and despite a family feud, victory was in the cards.

Georgia Rockers rock
The Georgia Rockers, an under-16 girls traveling softball team, won first in the under-16 category and second in the under-18 category at the World Series Invitational held by the United States Specialty Sports Association in Charlotte, N.C.

Floor plans
Keith Presley, owner of Southeastern Building Services, works on the new floor in the gym at Harlem High School.

Players in minors showing their skills
Columbia County currently has five athletes playing minor-league baseball, ranging from an 18-year-old who graduated from high school two months ago to a 26-year-old who spent three years at Vanderbilt University before signing a professional contract.

Sports briefs
Greater Augusta Swimming member Katie Croft was recently recognized as an all-star by Georgia Swimming. The Columbia County athlete received the award for recording times that placed her in the top 15 percent nationally among swimmers from her age group.

Lions are ready to roar to victory
The Augusta Christian Schools football team got the preseason rolling by taking a trip, but the players were right at home.


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