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Mayor, councilmen secure campaigns unchallenged
Come late October and early November, Harlem city residents might not see political campaign signs for Mayor Scott Dean and two city councilmen up for re-election this year.

Men who built I-20 look back at task
Edwin Thompson Sr. thought he was signing up for a three-month tour of duty.

Bid is approved to construct memorial for veterans
City officials approved Monday a bid to construct a memorial honoring Columbia County military veterans.

Petition divides Evans residents
A petition concerning speed humps has recently caused quite a bump in the road for an Evans subdivision.

First day of school photos
Augusta Prep pupils Savannah Fuller, first grade, and Kailey Fuller, seventh grade, begin their first day back to school. The girls are the daughters of Davy and Laura Fuller, of Evans.

Job growth trend found in service industry
Ashley Robinson, of Martinez, will be celebrating Labor Day as a member of Columbia County's labor force for the first time.

Annual food drive seeks neighborhood volunteer organizers
The area's largest annual food drive is gearing up and looking for help.

Greenbrier High posts gains on SAT
Greenbrier High School posted the Columbia County school system's only gain on 2006 SAT scores, according to state data released Wednesday.

UGA student awarded scholarship to study abroad
Mareasa Fortunato's resume reads like a list of Who's Who.

Miss Junior Teen Augusta sees bigger pageants in her future
As the names of the second and first runners-up were called, Brittany Murray began to get a little nervous.

Property transfers
Kenneth S. Helgren to Cherie Lee Portinga and Ralph Nathan Portinga, 4878 Rolling Hill Road, $244,900.

What do you want to be when you grow up!
The Columbia County News-Times asked first-graders at River Ridge Elementary, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Then we asked adults in those jobs what they wanted to be when they were young.

Vacation photos
The Jones family took an end-of-the-summer family trip to Myrtle Beach. Pictured are Madison Williams, Evan Williams and Hana Jones.

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

Current events
First Mount Carmel Baptist Church, in Winfield, will celebrate Pastor Appreciation Day at 10 a.m. today in recognition of the 18th anniversary of the Rev. Roscoe Perry.

Divorces
Steven Wayne Jacks and Nicole Sandra Jacks, Aug. 23, 2006.

Things to do
Violinist David Kim will be featured in the opening of the Augusta Symphony Masterworks Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at First Baptist Church of Augusta

Time capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Sept. 1, 1960:

Get up and go
Pastor anniversary: Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Rev. Robert L. Ramsey at 2 p.m. Sept. 17.

Places to go
A public service and safety fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwatch Community Church.

School lunch menus
Monday: Labor Day holiday.

Driven by higher purpose
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." - II Corinthians 4:7

Playing along with the SAT game
Does Georgia need to take a step back, if it is to ever move forward again? Perhaps the state should considering returning to the era of one-term governors.

Greenbrier achieves No. 1 ranking
In GaSports.com's annual softball preseason coaches poll, the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack was ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA.

Star senior scores on unexpected head shot
This is the second season I've covered high school volleyball. I certainly wasn't an expert on the sport going in, but I had a pretty good handle on the basics, and the rest I learned as the season went on last year.

Sports calendar
Softball tryouts: The Evans Dominators 16U Girls Fastpitch Softball team will hold tryouts at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Patriots Park.

Former Greenbrier standout waived by Falcons
On Tuesday the Atlanta Falcons, in an attempt to trim their roster to 75 players, waived Greenbrier High School product Ryan Bowers.

Evans beats Lakeside 2-0
Volleyballs were flying all over the Evans High School gymnasium Tuesday night. The Lady Knights landed enough of them on Lakeside High School's side of the net to produce an Evans win over the Lady Panthers in a 2-0 victory.

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