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Deputies, patrol officer praised for assistance after single-car accident
Editor: On Wednesday, Aug. 9, I was driving on Interstate 20 on my way to Atlanta to catch a plane to Reno, Nev. for a job.

Candidate for chairman might inspire independent thought on board
Editor: Regarding the Aug. 16 editorial, "Don't expect big school changes":

Young cast will learn a lot performing 'Annie'
The Young Artists Repertory Theater Co. is preparing to bring a favorite orphan back to the stage.

Leaders celebrate new center
County and state leaders and area first responders dedicated Columbia County's new Emergency Operations Center on Friday.

Heroes will be honored
Columbia County will officially honor the heroes and the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001 and area first responders on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Library demand grows
The Columbia County Library is closed today, but not for lack of demand, librarians say.

Commission OKs land rezoning
The developers of Mullins Crossing cleared the first hurdle toward a proposed second phase Thursday with the Columbia County Planning Commission's blessing of a rezoning application.

Norwood speaks on variety of issues at monthly meeting
The House is in order, but the Senate is a mess. That was one of the messages U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Augusta, gave Saturday in a speech at the Columbia County Republican Party's monthly breakfast.

Animania to put bite into weekend
Animania will be unleashed Saturday. The festival is designed for all those who are crazy about their dogs or might even resemble their four-legged friends, says Brooke Willis, Columbia County's Community and Leisure Services event specialist.

Police Blotter
Kelly Stephens, 20, of Grovetown, was treated at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Friday after a crash between her Nissan Altima and a stray horse on Wrightsboro Road near Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

School lunch menus
Here are Columbia County school lunch menus for the remainder of the week.

Vacation photos
Nineteen members of Wesley United Methodist Church's Boy Scout Troop 615, three members of Troop 2 and adult leaders attended a seven-day summer camp at Camp Old Indian Scout Reservation of the Blue Ridge Council near Travelers Rest, S.C.

Time Capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Aug. 25, 1960:

Current Events
All Columbia County libraries will be closed today for staff training. The libraries also will be closed Sept. 2-4 for software and server updates.

First day of school
Angie McQuaig, a River Ridge Elementary School teacher, sees off her son, Zack, a kindergartner, and daughter, Candace, who is starting Pre-K.

Pet of the Week
This female tabby cat is playful and loves affection. She is less than a year old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Fewer teen deaths: A welcome milestone
Say a prayer. Cross your fingers. Knock on wood. Whatever it takes, let's celebrate a significant milestone noted Sunday in The News-Times: More than an entire school year has passed since a Columbia County teen has died in a car crash in the county.

'Full Sturgeon Moon' and other August gems
It's August, it's hot, and everything except the weeds in your garden is moving at a slower pace.

Double breaks come to a halt
Ron Cross is well off. The Columbia County Commission chairman retired as president of a commercial construction company, and spends most days running the county and playing with his grandson. He could probably find $500 in change in the seats of his big collection of old muscle cars.

Bulldogs power up to meet powerhousesharlem high school
Harlem's athletic program opened up a new weight-lifting facility last summer with state-of-the-art equipment, air conditioning and more space than most of the athletes knew what to do with.

The Super Nine
The Columbia County News-Times staff has put together its own "Super Nine," profiling what we see as the nine best football prospects in the county.

Wolfpack begins with new coach, new plan
Since former Greenbrier athletic director and football coach Mickey Derrick announced his intentions to retire after the 2005-06 school year, things have been different for the Greenbrier football program.

Region realignment means longer road trips for teams
Changes have once again taken place in the Georgia High School Sports Association that will affect all county football teams this year.

The Wolfpack in brief
Head coach: Scott Chadwick (first season).

New marching band director takes new approach
As football season gears up, Greenbrier High School's marching band is preparing to expose the elements - Earth, Wind and Fire - during half-time shows this season.

Schools have undergone lots of obstacles, administrative changes
Welcome to another high school football season and another Columbia County News-Times football preview section.

There are no frontrunners this season for gridiron dominance
Who will be king of the football mountain in 2006? That's a good question. In all my years of covering high school football in the county, I cannot recall a more difficult year to attempt to predict how our teams will fare.

Lakeside High School Panthers harness last season's frustration
Lakeside football coach Randy Hill makes it clear when expressing his frustrations about the 2005 season.

Richmond, Columbia counties will meet on field
Many of the Columbia County high schools' football schedules look a bit different this year. Jones County and Baldwin, two far-away teams that have shared a region with Lakeside, Greenbrier and Evans the past two years, are no longer in the picture. Instead, the Academy of Richmond County, an Augusta team, has made the move from Class AAA to AAAA and joined Region 3.

Athlete Spotlight
When high school football begins in Columbia County this fall, hundreds of athletes will take the field. The largest of them will suit up and head for the trenches. On the football field, the offensive and defensive linemen are generally the biggest players.

The Lions in brief
Head coach: Bruce Lane (fifth season).

Lions confident despite bulls eye on back
A three-word motto has followed the Augusta Christian football team from spring practices through summer workouts, at a team camp and to preseason scrimmages.

The Knights in brief
Head coach: Marty Jackson (fourth season).

The Panthers in brief
Head coach: Randy Hill (fifth season).

Band Schedules
What would a football game be without the dazzling halftime show by the school bands? This year, Columbia County's high school bands already have performances lined up.

Knights keep their eyes on state playoff
Finding motivation is not a problem for the Evans football team as the players prepare for the 2006 season.

The Bulldogs in brief
Head coach: Jimmie Lewis (14th season).


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