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Rep. Broun visits Grovetown
Newly elected 10th Congressional District Rep. Paul Broun paid a house call to Grovetown Thursday during a town hall meeting.

Gaining ground
Columbia County Humane Society President Donna Evans says her organization is closer than ever to building their long-awaited spay-neuter clinic and dog park in Appling.

Patrons can download books
Columbia County library officials are introducing a new service that will make audio books more accessible and portable.

Women's group to sponsor event
Betty Felton (from left), Kim Cain and Rose Harvey are members of Harlem Aglow, the local chapter of Aglow International, which offers Christian ministry to women.

3 movies coming to outdoor screen
When the sun sets the next three Saturdays, movies will begin at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

Girl Scouts volunteer at Aiken Horse Rescue
Girls from Junior Troop 133 earned their bronze award by volunteering at the Aiken Horse Rescue. They spent time cleaning paddocks, washing water tubs and bathing and grooming horses.

Get Up and Go
The Republican Women of Greater Columbia County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand China Buffet, in Evans. The nominating committee will present its recommendations for officers for the coming year.

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

Pet of the week
This 3-year-old cocker spaniel mix is playful and loving. She is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 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. The adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Time Capsule
As reported 30 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1977:

First day of school
Readers' pictures from the first day of 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 cnt@newstimesonline. com. Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

Current Events
The Democratic Party of Columbia County will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Columbia County Government Complex Auditorium, in Evans. For information, call Rosemary Fitzpatrick at (706) 231-1513.

Playing up to Athens crowd hurts our future
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood has been dead just since February. While he is far from forgotten here in his hometown, a vocal protest group from north Georgia would like part of his work to die with him.

Demonstrate respect for the police
Standing in line at the grocery store, bored with the long wait, I caught myself scanning tabloids for the latest on Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. The mother of a little boy in front of me was frantically replacing packages of candy that her little boy was just as diligently taking off the display rack and dropping into the cart.

Tech school coming. Really.
Ring the bells, put on your party clothes, run into the streets and cheer: The groundbreaking for Columbia County's campus of Augusta Technical College will be held next Friday.

Rivals to be well-rested for region match-up
Softball season began three-and-a-half weeks ago, but the real games start this week.

Sports Calendar
The Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the 2007 Walk for Autism and the First Tee of Augusta has been moved to Oct. 22 at the West Lake County Club. Call Lori Moczadlo at (706) 863-8443.

Can rivalry games give momentum for playoffs?
Football season in Columbia County doesn't get any better than the next three weeks. Let the Region 3-AAAA rivalry games begin.

Pigskin Picks Winners
There were 110 Pigskin Pickers who correctly chose seven or more winning teams in week 1; just 10 picked fewer than seven winners correctly. Only one player, Ben Moore, of Harlem, picked all 10 games correctly.

Athlete Spotlight
Name a state. Chances are, Kaila Hunt and Ashlyn Masters have played softball there.

Greenbrier, Lakeside, Evans pick up wins
Columbia County's football season got off to a strong start Friday as Evans, Greenbrier and Lakeside all picked up wins in their season openers. Evans knocked off Harlem 21-7, Greenbrier took care of Westside 24-14 and Lakeside beat Aquinas 15-8.

Evans wins despite slow beginning
Playing in its season opener at Harlem, the Evans Knights needed a quarter to warm up Friday night. That didn't keep them from marching to a 21-7 victory.


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