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Schools suffer from unfair stigma when labeled 'under-performing'
Local school exceeds all state academic standards; Hundreds of local elementary students love learning due to the dedicated efforts of committed faculty and staff"; Community rallies around its school.

Student spells success in any language
If there's one word to describe David Szerlip, it would have to be "focused."

SAT scores beat state, U.S. averages
Columbia County's SAT average scores increased 12 points overall to 1,037 - above the state and national average.

Troupe starting 'Rumors' again
To begin his new performance season, Stage 3 Executive Director Fred Elser decided to go back to where it all began with Rumors.

Public safety workers often take second jobs
On Monday, Kevin Palermino was dressed in a gray T-shirt, khaki shorts and baseball hat, surrounded by skateboards and customers.

County prepares to ship out its sludge
Columbia County will seek state permits to allow sludge from its three wastewater plants to be trucked to Jefferson County, Ga., and land-applied as fertilizer.

Schools helping burned pupil
One school rolled up its sleeves. Another donned pajama pants and slippers. They both were trying to help a family in need.

Firefighters boot up for charity
Martinez Fire Chief Doug Cooper cannot remember a year in his more than 30 with the department that local firefighters didn't canvass the community collecting money in their boots.

Pictures: First day of school
Parents send their snapshots showing their children's first day of classes

Police blotter
A Martinez delivery service lost one of its vans Tuesday only to find it on the side of Interstate 20 that afternoon.

School lunches
Columbia County School lunch menus

Daniel Joseph Urschel, 30, of the 1300 block of Shadow Oak Drive, Evans was charged with driving under the influence on April 26 and fined $700.

Get up and go
Harlem reunion

Property transfers
Joe and Deborah Bennett to Franklin and Rachel Dines, 776 Seven Lakes Blvd., $266,000.

Questioning monument removal
Both my sons have these bracelets, though I havent seen them worn lately. I guess theyre no longer cool, no longer in style. Despite their sincere and meaningful purpose, they must have gone the way of leisure suits, pet rocks and waterbeds.

Patience for new library wearing thin
To be diplomatic, we could describe Columbia County commissioners rejection this past week of construction bids for the countys new main library as a temporary setback.

Single-gender schools here?
A story the other day reported sixth-grade kids at King Middle School in Atlanta were surprised when they arrived for their first day of school and found most classes split up, with girls in one and boys in the other.

Unheralded cross country delivers fierce enthusiasm from athletes
Complex questions sometimes require the simplest answers.

High school sports schedule
Tuesday Cross country: Evans, TBA; Augusta Christian at Ben Lippen, 4 p.m.; Lakeside at Greenbrier, 5:30 p.m.

In middle-school football, not all players make team
When Evans Middle head coach Carter Morris held football tryouts earlier this month, his school didn't have enough uniforms for the large number of players.

Sports briefs
The Evans High School Cheerleading Clinic will be Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school. The cost is $40, which includes a T-shirt and a snack. Participants will get to cheer at the Evans football game Sept. 26 at Blanchard Stadium. The clinic is limited to the first 60 girls, and pre-registration must be completed by Sept. 15. For more information call Evans High School at 863-1198.

County's football teams fare badly in power rankings
The Georgia Varsity Sports Vent ( has released its high school football power ratings for 2003, and aside from the Augusta Christian Lions, no Columbia County team cracked the top 40 in their respective classifications.


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