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Spotlight will be on Columbia County Chamber at GreenJackets game
Editor:Columbia County will be shining bright on Saturday when the spotlight turns on our Chamber of Commerce at the GreenJackets stadium.

Augusta should make a tribal deal, turn Regency Mall into a casino
Editor:Recently I sent the president and several member of Congress electronic mail concerning a national lottery. In my analysis I discovered that 45 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have state lotteries.

Pets get to prance around in park
Columbia County's Amphitheater and Memorial Gardens went to the dogs Saturday.

Boom of businesses tantalizes taste buds
The Evans area keeps adding new places to eat to its menu.

Art students set up shop in church
For the second time in less than a year, the Columbia County satellite of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art has christened a new location.

State officials to review updated Growth Management Plan
The city councils of Grovetown and Harlem recently voted to send portions of a draft 10-year Growth Management Plan update to state officials for review.

Harlem sees the money
Two Columbia County programs will reap the benefits from a $500,000 state grant that the city of Harlem was recently awarded.

One bad turn
Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Erik Napier talks with Stephen B. Winfrey, 25, of Evans, who was driving a Ford Ranger that struck this Nissan Sentra on Washington Road at Halali Farm Road. Deputy Napier said that just before 5 p.m. Friday, the driver of the Sentra, Cierra Baker, 17, of Evans, was trying a left turn out of Halali Farm onto Washington into the path of Winfrey's truck. Winfrey was not injured. Baker was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Baker will be charged with failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign, Napier said.

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

Get Up and Go
The Red Hot Flashers of Martinez, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, will hold "A Red Hatters Tea Party" luncheon, tea, fashion show and silent auction from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 7, with proceeds to benefit three local charities. Cost is $30 per person. For information, call (706) 825-3484, or e-mail

First day of school
Nolan Gough is in third grade and Landon Gough is in kindergarten at Euchee Creek Elementary.

Pet of the week
This male Dalmatian is friendly and loves to give kisses. He is about 4 years old and is neutered. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Time Capsule
As reported 30 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1976:

Kai-Cheng Ho, of Evans, graduated from Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., at commencement ceremonies May 28. Kai-Cheng received a Founder's Medal at the ceremony, which honors young men who have served the school with distinction throughout their scholarly careers at Avon.

Vacation photos
Noah Knight poses with Green Bay Packer Bill Schroeder during the Green Bay Packer Youth Football Camp in Green Bay, Wis.

Current Events
What do you want to be when you grow up? Children offer their career choices.

Filling the boot for charity
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighter Austin Reid gives a sticker to Tracey Cortez, of Augusta, after she made a donation to the department's Muscular Dystrophy Fill-the-Boot Drive at Kmart in Martinez.

What I thought you said
Double-entendre, a word or phrase with two or more meanings, usually refers to something the naive will take one way, and the worldly-wise another. Who hasn't suffered the embarrassment of using just such a word in total innocence, only to discover by the reaction of those around you that you had earned a mouthful of soap to go along with your foot?

Baseball initiative builds on county history
Before baseball season began this year, representatives from Ripken Baseball Group visited the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce bi-monthly breakfast to talk about their new ownership of the Augusta GreenJackets minor league baseball team.

Serenaded by the tone deaf
My coworkers think I'm taking the day off today because I just wanted to goof off on my birthday.

Danger rises as football fever sets in
At 10:15 he came upstairs scowling and pouting. "Do you remember 2004?" "Parts of it," I replied. I declined to commit in absolute until I determined why he inquired.

Lions face tough task in Week 2
Here's a preview of the football games scheduled for this weekend:

Football Boxes
A look at what to expect Friday night in Columbia County high school football action.

College ranks put brothers at odds
David and Thomas Knerr have often found themselves on the same soccer field in past years as members of the Augusta Arsenal and teammates at Augusta Prep. However, Saturday's home opener for the Georgia Southern men's soccer team in Statesboro, Ga., was a unique setting for a family reunion.

Athlete Spotlight
When the first serve went over the net last week in Augusta Preparatory Day School's season-opening volleyball game, the grin on Nicole Abbott's face stretched from ear to ear.

Lakeside is off to a rolling start
Area high school softball teams began preseason practices in August with no more than two weeks to prepare for the start of the regular season. The limited practice time meant the first few games of the season would start before most coaches completed their full evaluation of this year's talent.

Game for fans to be Saturday
As the Augusta GreenJackets baseball team prepares to close its 2006 season, Columbia County fans are expected to swell the stadium Saturday for Fan Appreciation Night.

Augusta Christian grinds out season-opening win
When the final horn sounded on Augusta Christian's first game of the season on Friday, head football coach Bruce Lane had good and bad things to say to his team.

Sports Calendar
The 2006 Banana Open Tennis Tournament will be Sept. 7-10 at the Petersburg Racquet Club in Martinez. Players in men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed divisions will compete to qualify for the Banana Open Challenge in Hilton Head Island, S.C., in October. The cost to participate is $30 for the first event and $15 for the second event. The deadline for entry is Sunday at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call (706) 860-9288.


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