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Message of Sept. 11 events: 'We will never forget'
Dozens of people gathered along the grassy levels of the Columbia County Amphitheater on Monday evening to remember the fallen heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, and to thank the county's emergency responders who work each day to protect and serve.

Company to perform Wilde story
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross' slip of the tongue proved prophetic for a local arts group.

Residents lose fight over speed bumps
A group opposed to the installation of speed humps in their Evans subdivision lost their battle Tuesday with the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.

Ministers counsel first responders
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Chaplain Richard Thigpen says there came a day six years ago when something had to be done.

Renovation work is steady at theater
Ann Blalock said that whenever a trash bin sits in front of the theater in downtown Harlem, progress is being made.

Judge launches teen, parent seminar
More than 300 parents of teens filled every seat and lined some aisles of the Columbia County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday to learn how the law affects their children.

Chamber wants golf event to grow
For the second consecutive year, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will hit the golf course.

Input on growth plans sought
City officials from Grovetown and Harlem are asking for help from residents to plan for future growth of the cities.

Teen glimpses future at camp
John Klement has attended numerous science camps over the past few summers, but the Duke Talent Identification Program camp at Davidson College near Charlotte, N.C., gave him a greater glimpse into the life he wants to someday lead.

Grovetown park expansion is planned
Grovetown city officials announced expansions of two city recreation areas at Monday's semimonthly city council meeting.

Seniors calendar
St. Joseph Hospital offers a program for people 50 and older. Senior Advantage has bingo, canasta, health and educational programs; $10 membership fee per year; (706) 481-7232

Property transfers
Jack B. Carter to Leslie T. Butler and Julie M. Butler, 3516 Preston Trail, $540,000.

Police blotter
Columbia County authorities released video surveillance images Wednesday of a man accused of robbing a Martinez discount store at gunpoint Tuesday night.

Current events
Augusta's First Baptist Church is holding a series of discussions about the life and legacy of the late theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

Photos: Kindergarteners greet grandparents
The children in Anne Bared's kindergarten class at Stevens Creek Elementary School welcomed their grandparents to Grandparent's Day in the lobby of the school Wednesday. The children dance the Macarena for their grandparents, who were observing the class.

Eman Sharaway and Brian Keith Booker, Sept. 8, 2006

Get up and go
Absentee voting for the Nov. 7 General Election will begin Sept. 25 at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For details, call (706) 868-3355.

School lunch menus
Columbia County school lunches for the upcoming school week.

Places to go
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Rev. Robert L. Ramsey at 2 p.m. today, with guest minister the Rev. Dr. John D. Fuller, pastor of Lewis Chapel Baptist Church, in Fayetteville, N.C.

On the record: DUI
Robert Jerome Walton, 43, of the 2300 block of Helsinki Drive in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 25, 2005, and was fined $810.

Vacation photos
Taking a trip out of town, or just planning to spend some time at the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times.

Alcohol sales up, but DUIs down
Columbia County has had a long, tumultuous, history involving alcohol.

The things that divide and unite us
Columbia County has had a long, tumultuous, history involving alcohol.

Volleyball teams ready for tourney
As the volleyball postseason approaches, local teams are stepping up preparations for the Area 3-AAAA Tournament.

Tough schedule should help 'Pack at playoff time
Greenbrier has built quite a reputation in fast-pitch softball throughout Georgia. Garrett Black's squad claimed the 2004 state title and has dominated the region for the past 10 years.

Prep calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Prep at Westminster Christian, Monsignor Donovan

Sports calendar
The 2006 Evans Baseball team's fall fundraiser will be held on Oct. 8 at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.

Gymnastics results
Haydens International Gymnastics scores

Gridiron success is in the air for county
Football season is upon us, and a telling fact has emerged in Columbia County this year.

Paddle is prize in new rivalry
A new football rivalry was born Friday night when Augusta Christian made the quick trip over to North Augusta to face Fox Creek High School.

New balls donated for soccer
Local boys and girls in the Columbia County Recreation Department's soccer program will receive new soccer balls this month donated by Uniroyal Tire and Marc Yount's Tire.


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