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Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta GA 30903-1928.

County to make flu crisis plan
Columbia County has an emergency plan for nearly everything from natural disasters to man-made emergencies, including a biological terrorist attack or chemical spill.

The new Army
Gen. William S. Wallace, the commanding general for Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., was at Fort Gordon on Aug. 1 to talk with post leaders about changes that are coming in the recruitment and training of soldiers.

Columbia County Schools Information
School calendar, meal prices, telephone numbers, news update and Board of Education information for schools in Columbia County.

Harlem Middle School assembly open to all
The community is invited to a Harlem Middle School assembly, A Celebration of School, at 9 a.m. Friday.

Everyone can play together
When the Blue Ridge Elementary School PTO decided to upgrade the school's 1980s-era treated-lumber playground, members agreed that the new equipment should benefit the entire community.

Tax payments are due by Nov. 15
Tax bills will be mailed Monday to more than 53,000 owners of Columbia County property.

Fire stations just 5 miles away
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue officials opened the first 24-hour staffed station on Aug. 4 in the Winfield community of northern Columbia County.

Keys are selection, proper hydration
From planting just the right thing to employing the proper watering technique, it's possible to maintain a garden right through the dog days of summer.

Lakeside Middle School council takes nominations
Lakeside Middle School will hold nominations for parents to serve on the School Council from Monday through Friday.

Late harvest crops often easy to grow
One hundred and four degrees. That is the temperature outside as I start to write this article. That's hot.

Military milestones
Army Pvt. Brian A. Santana, son of Yvonne Santana, of Augusta, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia.

Post commander will have a grander house
One of the few remaining buildings original to Fort Gordon met its end July 26 when Quarters 1, the home of the commanding general, was torn down to make way for a new residence.

Expo to let newcomers learn area
Preparations are under way for an annual event targeted at new residents to the area.

Nonprofit offers school clothes
While many parents are scrambling to purchase trendy items for their children going back to school, there are some families in Columbia County who are in dire need of basic clothing.

First school day is already here
The carefree days of summer will end for pupils Monday as they return to school for the first day of Columbia County's 2007-08 academic year.

Girl receives first Clark scholarship
At age 12, Megan Wren is seeing the positive that can be found in a tragedy.

Schools' nutritionists meet
About 200 Columbia County school system nutritionists had a full day at their annual in-service program Aug. 3 at Greenbrier High School.

Vacation photos
Taking a trip out of town, or just visiting the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to

Time capsule
As reported 44 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, August 8, 1963:

Class Reunions
Evans High School's class of 1987 will hold its 20-year reunion Friday and Saturday. For information, call Jennifer Sprague Crow at (706) 394-3731, or e-mail, or go to

Marriage licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for schools serving students in Columbia County.

Current events
Tagging along with your child on that all-important first day of school? Send us a photo for an upcoming edition. E-mail them to

Summer fun photos
Garrett Sisson (second from right), of Evans, visited with the Hamilton family during his stay in New Zealand. Garrett, an eighth-grader at Augusta Christian, served as a People to People ambassador this summer.

Photo: MedExpress opens
Dr. Frederick Merrill and Phil McElhaney joined with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony of their new business, MedExpress, on July 20.

Police Blotter
An Evans motorist involved in a wreck that killed a Columbia County priest was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence and driving with an open container of alcohol, police said.

Property transfers
Medallion Construction Co. Inc. to Linda Schindler, 210 Rainbow Falls, $169,900.

Greyhound of the week
Deluca is a 5-year-old, white-and-fawn female greyhound who is not cat- or small-dog safe but makes a great companion. To see Deluca, call Cindy Loar at (706) 831-2657. CSRA Greyhounds is always in need of foster homes.

Photo: Cedar Ridge Elementary opens
Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle and board chairwoman Regina Buccafusco cut the ribbon to open Cedar Ridge Elementary in Grovetown on Thursday.

Temple's local ties evaporate
It's a little sad in a weird way, I suppose. Buried in the columns of The News-Times "Property Transfers" a couple of weeks ago was an item signaling an era ending with a whimper rather than a bang.

Time to pay your share of $92.5 million
The numbers from the Columbia County tax office are a hefty chunk. Monday morning, the office will drop 53,392 bills in the mail for this year's taxes. The county's property owners will have three months to come up with $92,469,863 to fund the government.

School begins, and world resumes rhythm
Wasn't it just day before yesterday that summer started? Yet here we are with school starting Monday.

School system dedicated to success
As the new superintendent of the Columbia County School System, I continue to express my deepest appreciation for the honor and privilege of serving this great community and look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Softball season opens with player pool dwindling
Softball season in Columbia County officially begins Tuesday when Evans and Lakeside start their regular-season play with home openers.

Season will spotlight comeback kids' game
As the 2007 football season looms, here is a look at my top 13 returning players (in no particular order).

Boys tie for fifth place in World Series
Another Columbia County Recreation Department All-Star Team returned home last week after a strong postseason performance.

Lakeside grad ranked No. 11 shot putter
Columbia County's top track and field star is at it again. Reese Hoffa, a graduate of Lakeside High School, has long been considered the best shot putter in the history of the county after he won a state championship 10 years ago.

Gordon Park Race Results
Gordon Park Speedway Race Results from Aug. 4

Like him or not, most tuned in for Bond's record-breaker
Barry Bonds did it. No, not steroids. Well, at least not to where anyone could prove it. I'm talking about what Bonds did Tuesday night in San Francisco.

Teams keep cool with early and late practices
Nearly unbearable heat greeted football and softball teams last week. Though high school coaches tried to get their teams ready for the fall sports season, the summer sun had other plans.


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