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Use of atomic bombs saved 'millions of lives'
The anniversaries of the A-bomb explosions on Nagasaki and Hiroshima have become an annual exercise in self-recriminations by many Americans. These same Americans were not facing the uncertainty of combat, staring death in the face.

Pupils, teachers start school
There would be no tardy slip for Kylie Gordon. Wearing her new Spongebob Squarepants book bag, Kylie, 7, and her mother, Jonelle Gordon, arrived at the new Lewiston Elementary School at 7:25 a.m., more than an hour early, on the first day of school Wednesday.

Residents trained to handle danger
How many Columbia Countians know how to use a fire extinguisher? How many residents have ever used one on a fire? How many could use one to save lives in a diaster situation?

Men's store is moving out of Evans
Barksdale's Menswear soon will leave its Evans location for a new site just across the Richmond County line.

Officials dedicate Lewiston Elementary
Mildred Blackburn wore a huge grin as she used oversized scissors to cut the ribbon officially dedicating Columbia County's 15th elementary school.

County urged to reconsider pet cremations
Expressing fears of unfair competition, a Richmond County-based kennel owner is asking Columbia County commissioners to reconsider entering the pet crematorium business.

Man's musical experiment is still going strong
A musical experiment begun by a retired dentist in the 1990s is celebrating its fifth anniversary as the Columbia County Choral Society prepares for another season.

Teen's life balances art, science
April Storm wishes she had more students like Katybeth Roth, a student she calls Miss Personality Plus.

Artists provide room with a sunrise view
Customers at the Sunrise Grill can enjoy eggs and pancakes while gazing at a glowing country sunrise any time of day, thanks to three Columbia County teens.

Property transfers
Three A.M. LLC to Michael A. Mode, 305 Evans Lake Way, $67,900.

Building hope
Emily Moore, 8, her brother J.J., 5, and their mother, Kelli, all of Martinez, help sort donated toiletries for the Hope Soap project Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Augusta.

First Day of School
Photos from the the first day of school in Columbia County.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Get up and go
The Church of the Holy Comforter will hold its second annual Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, Aug. 17, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion at 3300 Evans to Locks Road. Pupils and school personnel are asked to bring their backpacks, briefcases, book bags and luggage pulls to receive a special blessing for the start of the school year. Participants in the Blessing of the Backpacks are asked to bring school supplies, which will be distributed to pupils in need. For more information, call 210-1133.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 34 years ago on Thursday, Aug. 14, 1969.

Players plan tribute to ex-coach
he summer months are a popular time of year for holding high school class reunions. Ive attended three, over the years, and Ive really enjoyed the opportunity to reunite with good friends from my younger days.

We all have our battles
Had I arrived at the garden center at a busier time, or when I was in a hurry to get away, I might not have exchanged more than a hello with the lady at the check-out counter. But when I couldnt find what I needed by myself, she offered to walk the block-long aisle with me. She found the item right away, and I found out she had more than customer relations on her mind.

Improvement starts at home
After escaping the controlled chaos that is elementary school open house, we soon were laughing and clapping along with the mariachi band brought in for Monterreys fourth anniversary party in Evans.

Don't stop businesses from flying flag
How free is your land - or your community - when a private citizen can be told that the American flag theyre flying is too big?

Sports briefs
The Aiken-Augusta Lacrosse Club will conduct a clinic for men and women, minimum age 15, Aug. 17 at Citizens Park in Aiken. The clinic is at noon. Experience and equipment is not required. For more information call 733-4271 or 854-1908.

Ex-Panther's dream takes wing at training camp with the Falcons
Former Lakeside High School star David Rivers may be fourth on the depth chart at quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, but Atlanta's coaching staff really likes the 6-foot-3, 220-pound play-caller.

Lakeside cheerleader makes national all-star team
Samantha Riddle wants to dispel the myths that cheerleaders aren't athletes. The 16-year-old junior runs laps, lifts weights and must stay in top physical condition to participate and compete in a sport that attracts millions of young girls and women and men across the United States.

Spirited squad
The Lakeside Middle School cheerleading squad received the Motion Award, Excellent and Superior evaluations, and was awarded the Spirit Stick each day at the National Cheerleaders Association camp, which was this summer at the University of Georgia.

All-American Cheerleaders
Four Lakeside Middle School cheerleaders were named All-American Cheerleaders by the National Cheerleaders Association at the NCA summer cheerleading camp, which was held in Athens at the University of Georgia July 17-20.

Shining Stars
The Columbia County Stars finished ninth out of 74 teams competing in the 12-and-under United States Specialty Sports Association World Series in Hutchinson, Kan.

Harlem senior shows knack for triple-option at quarterback
Harlem High School football coach Jimmie Lewis thinks he's seen the second coming, and we're not talking about a religious experience.

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