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Members of 'The Big Ed Club' mourn passing of breakfast partner
On Aug. 18, my friend "Big Ed" Chatham went home.

Brown to visit Grovetown
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, will be coming to Grovetown on Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. public reception at City Hall.

Family is seeking lost parrot
Pandora's box has been opened in Martinez, resulting in a swooping, shrieking parrot diving at passers-by along Oakley Pirkle Road.

New park is set for opening
Work crews are busy putting the final touches on the first phase of Blanchard Woods Park in Evans in time for the soccer complex's Sept. 15 grand opening.

Heat forces school bands inside
Evans High School marching band members grabbed their instruments and headed to a student parking lot Thursday afternoon for what would be their second outdoor practice since school began a week-and-a-half earlier.

Retiring vet watched changes in area, medicine
Dr. Horace Blalock's Friday began at dawn, when he gave pregnancy tests to a herd of cows.

Firefighters hope to fill their boots
As Columbia County residents shop for supplies for Labor Day barbecues, pool parties and lake trips, they'll be greeted by firefighters hoping to fill their boots with donations.

Photo: Film credit
Evans resident Paul Hickey thanks those who volunteered to help him make his movie, Remembering Heroes, during the film's premiere Saturday at the Evans Diner.

Photo: Outlaws win title
The Outlaws 14U USSSA tournament team took first place in the Atomic City Summer Blast USSSA baseball tournament in Aiken on Aug. 18-19. The team finished the tourney 3-1.

Pet of the week
This male black Labrador retriever is smart and very friendly. He is between two and three years old and is available for adoption Thursday from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit

Vacation photos
Michael Crowley took a trip to Dollywood with his grandparents Barbara and Dennis Crowley and his uncle Dennis Crowley.

Photos: Paddlefest on the Savannah River
A group in a canoe launch from Savannah Rapids Pavilion during the Paddlefest.

Current events
Columbia County's Sunset Music Series at the Evans amphitheater continues at 7 p.m. Thursday with jazz artists Preston and Weston, blues-rock musicians The Vellotones on Sept. 6, and The Groove Masters for the Sept. 13 finale, with tables for four at $25 each.

School photos
Logan Wood, 6, a first-grader at Grovetown Elementary, and Grayson Wood, 2, a preschooler at Lewis Memorial Methodist Church, are ready for the first day of school.[CAPTION]

School Lunch Menus
Lunches for students attending Columbia County schools.

Police blotter
An Augusta man was sentenced Monday to time served and just over nine years' probation for a drug charge connected to a case in which a deputy shot a Hephzibah man.

Rescued strays make the best pets
I tried to count all the dogs that have been in our household in the past 40 years and honestly could not remember them all. Why?

Drama: When coyotes attack
Here's a strange way to start a Saturday. I was taking the dog out to the yard early Saturday morning and heard a loud honking from the creek bottom down the street.

Columbia County: Home of champions
The most astonishing story in Columbia County sports history just played out during the past two weeks, and it all happened on the other side of the world.

Three schools start play at home
Football season begins Friday for Columbia County's four public school teams. Three of the schools will kick off the season at home.

Athlete Spotlight: Anna Bowles
Rumors of a new girl spread quickly at the first cross country meet of the year Saturday at Greenbrier High School.

Cross country meet is moved
Cross country season began flawlessly Saturday morning as the first meet of the year took place at Greenbrier High School. That wasn't bad for two days of planning.

Wins help Lady Wolfpack move up in state poll
Greenbrier's girls volleyball team had been waiting for a chance at revenge since mid-October of last year.

Lions win opener, gear up for Charlotte-Latin rematch
Augusta Christian's first football game of the year was over almost as soon as it began.

Old rivals to strike up fierce play in Game 1
Here are my week one predictions for high school football:


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