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After Katrina
Former Ocean Springs, Miss., residents Tony and Peggy Dean say they had a plan in place to evacuate when a Category 3 or greater hurricane threatened their home.

Leader expands Family Connection
In the three years since Julie Miller took the lead of Family Connection of Columbia County, the program that supports children and families has grown by leaps and bounds.

Family films hit big screen
Three family classics will return to the big screen beginning this Saturday with Columbia County's first Screen on the Green.

Rodent race to be run
If rodents are seen running around an Evans pet store Saturday and children and adults are heard screaming, don't be alarmed.

Rental facilities popular
Columbia County's newest rentable facilities have been a hit with the public, officials say, offering numbers to back up the claim.

Volunteers give emergency translations
Despite his Puerto Rican and French background, Ralph Marcano does not speak a foreign language.

Church fair puts emphasis on safety, disaster planning
A Martinez church will hold a safety fair and blood drive Saturday to introduce residents to first responders and help the public prepare in the event of an emergency.

Pigskin Picks Winners
Here are the Pigskin Picks week one winners.

Record-setting session
South Columbia Elementary media specialist Pamela Aban reads The Little Engine That Could to a class of first-graders as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record Day. Four hundred thirteen South Columbia pupils and teachers participated in the Aug. 24 event that helped set a world record for having the same story read to the most children on the same day.

Places to Go
The Greenbrier High School Pack Players will present the comedy Beau Jest at 7 p.m. Sept. 14, 15 and 16 at the high school auditorium. For more information, call (706) 650-6040.

Lessons in dog training
Columbia County Deputy Judy Thomason kneels next to Hondo, the bomb dog, with third-graders at Westmont Elementary School. The event was in conjunction with a story the third-graders were studying called Officer Buckle and Gloria. The deputy shared commands and aspects of the dog's training with the pupils to help them better understand how the canine unit helps residents in the community.

Current Events
Augusta's First Baptist Church will hold a series of discussions about the life and legacy of the late theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was one of the first voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. The event will include discussions, a movie and a dramatic performance, and will be held at 6 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and on Sept. 13, 20 and 24. For information, go to, or call Dr. Rodger Murchison at (706) 733-2236.

Taking arthritis in strides
Rena Zembiak signs the Arthritis Walk Wall of Heroes at a fundraising event Sept. 2 at Patriots Park in Grovetown.

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

Georgia fans show their spirit
Dawkins Varner, 18 months, and Cathryn Joy Varner, 3, try on their Georgia outfits before the first Georgia game. Both were born in Augusta. They moved recently to North Carolina. Their grandparents are Ronnie and Kathy Varner, of Martinez.

Golf family
Austin Vick (center), the son of Russell and Shannon Vick, of Evans, competed in the GSGA Junior Sectional Golf Tournament at Field's Ferry Golf Club in Calhoun, Ga., on July 24-25, He placed third with a two-day score of 153. He is pictured with his mother (from left), great grandparents, Billy and Doris Field, and his grandfather Max Field.

Things to Do
Michael Guido, "The Sower" from Metter, Ga., will be the guest speaker at 10 a.m. Sunday as revival services begin at Bible Fellowship Church, which meets in the Belair Conference Center, 4083 S. Belair Road. For information, call (706) 651-1971.

Time Capsule
As reported 26 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1980:

Pet of the week
This young female lab mix is playful and good natured. She is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 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 the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

All's well that ends, period
For all the hullaballoo over the discovery of discarded school papers in the old Evans Middle School building, the end of the investigation is just so much fizzle.

Maybe there is a free lunch available
I have a new watch. Oh, it's nothing like the dainty, gold-plated Bulova my parents bought me for graduation eons ago, but it keeps perfect time. It was also free.

'Few' reasons for candidacy
Man, what is it about people who don't live in Augusta trying to run for office there?

Acknowledge poverty to fight it
A 2005 series of stories in The News-Times noted the difficulty of dealing with poverty in Columbia County because of its stereotype as a wealthy community.

Week will see heated matchups
Here are my picks for the victors in this week's football action:

Athlete Spotlight
Evans seniors Lauren Middleton and Brittany Gray aren't the violent type, but the reason Evans beat both Lakeside and Greenbrier this season has something to do with their kills.

Football Briefs
Lakeside's season opener at Aquinas saw a new tailback take over the Panthers spotlight. Junior Patrick Tynan rushed for 85 yards on 13 carries, including a 9-yard touchdown run in an eight-point Lakeside win. The Panthers shutout Aquinas in the first half, and Lakeside place kicker Dmitri Pelaez hit two field goals from 26- and 21-yards out.

Man is VIP at Braves game
Todd Brantley said his daughter Krista was the lucky one in the house.

Prep Gridiron Previews
A look at what to expect Friday night in Columbia County high school football action:

Sports Calendar
The second annual Tony Molini Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Sept. 30 at the Gordon Lakes Golf Course in Fort Gordon. The tournament is being sponsored by the Augusta Nuclear Technology Society and requires a $50 registration fee that includes 18 holes of golf and lunch.

Knights dominate home field
Not everything went right for Evans High School in its season opener Friday night, but compared to last year it seemed perfect.

Evans dominates first county showdown
Thursday night's Greenbrier-Evans showdown on the volleyball court completed the first half of competition between Greenbrier, Evans and Lakeside.


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