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Burger chains 'hormone-raging ads' 'violate... community standards'
Augusta's youth have enough problems without our local media promoting sex in the classroom. The media needs to be responsible, not promote hormone-raging ads to sell hamburgers!

Heart of a champion
Henry Kuhlke's mother says her son is one tough kid. The 2-year-old Augusta resident endured three open-heart surgeries, including an aortic valve replacement, during his first nine months.

Candidate for council runs unopposed
Two candidates met Wednesday's deadline to enter the Nov. 6 race to complete the unexpired term of former Grovetown City Councilman George James, but only one will run.

Board approves appeal process
The Columbia County Board of Education has approved a change in its policy for suspending or terminating auxiliary employees.

Pests often tear up lawns during fall when digging for food source
Last week, I received numerous calls about animals digging and tearing out huge patches of grass in yards. The digging occurred at night, and no one saw the animals.

Lewiston bridge work could start soon
Construction to improve the Interstate 20/Lewiston Road interchange outside Grovetown could begin soon, Georgia Department of Transportation officials say.

Teacher receives chemistry award
Marcheta Sherer, a chemistry teacher at Augusta Christian Schools, recently received the Denise L. Creech Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award from the Savannah River Section of the American Chemical Society.

5 students in running for scholarship
Five students in Columbia County schools are semifinalists in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program: Augusta Prep seniors Amanda Matheson, Joshua Segura and Trevor Terris, and Lakeside High School seniors Benjamin Chan and Linda Yi.

Divide plants to ensure they remain healthy
Blue salvias, day lilies, phlox or whatever your perennial of choice, all have something in common: Sooner or later, they will need to be divided.

Vendors spots are filling up fast
Organizers of the Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem are gearing up for the 19th annual festival and are taking applications for vendors and parade participants.

Helping is part of girl's life
Not wanting to know what it would be like if everything went awry, young Elizabeth Burton has turned to helping others as selfishness runs rampant.

Country club celebrates renovations
The members of West Lake Country Club are enjoying some new digs. They celebrated the renovation of to the community's clubhouse with a Columbia County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Monday.

Property Transfers
GB Development LLC to William D. Allen Jr., 724 Creekside Drive, $96,605.

Time capsule
As reported 27 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1980:

Police blotter
A Thomson man accused of molesting three Columbia County girls was sentenced Wednesday to 48 years in prison.

Photo: Augusta OB/GYN opens
Dr. Rod Lemon, nurse practitioner Maria Thomae, Dr. Rafael Jordan and Dr. Christian Thomae cut the ribbon to Augusta OB/GYN Specialists on North Belair Road during an opening ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Photo: Greenbrier cross country competes
Greenbrier High School senior Chelsea Maxwell ran away with the individual first-place award, and the rest of the Wolfpack runners followed, for an impressive performance at the Mercy Invitational in Fairburn, Ga., on Sept. 8.

Photo: Patriots win tournament
The Columbia County Patriots U-9 Boys placed second in the finals for the Aiken Cup Soccer Tournament held at Citizens' Park on Aug. 25-26.

Get up and go
A discussion of the Christian themes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the office of Church of the Holy Comforter, 1105 Furys Lane, across from Publix. The discussion will be led by the Rev. Cynthia Taylor. For information, call (706) 210-1133.

Jonathan Dillon Quick, 19, of the 200 block of Caribe Drive in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 12, 2005, and was fined $810.

Greyhound of the week
Deluca is a 5-year-old white and fawn-spotted greyhound that has beautiful Egyptian eyes. Deluca does well around children and other dogs and is cat-safe. Call Cindy Loar at (706) 831-2657 or go to if you are interested in learning more about Deluca or other available greyhounds. CSRA Greyhounds is always looking for families willing to foster dogs, and would like to give a special thanks to the Core Center for its support of CSRA Greyhound Adoptions.

Vacation photos
Nicholas Brucker and his grandmother Roxann Bustos visited Colorado, where he attended the weeklong Suzuki violin institute in Beaver Creek.

Melanie Malaviya (from left) and her daughter Mikaela Orchard, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rowena Fickle and her daughter Shari Russ, of Martinez, are part of five generations of the same family.

Class reunions
The Evans High School class of 1997 will hold its 10-year reunion Oct. 12-13. For information, e-mail

Current events
Limited spaces are available for food and craft vendors for the annual FireFest, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, in Evans. For information, call Kathy Watkins at (706) 860-6166.

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for schools serving the Columbia County area.

Patriot Day photo gallery
Columbia County sheriff's deputies and Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue personnel participate in the Patriot Day ceremony in Evans.

Thomas E. Widmann and Sandra Widmann, June 5, 2007.

Vacation photos
Bobby, Denise, Patrick and Madison McCorkell of Grovetown went on Disney Magic's first 11-night cruise of the Western Mediterranean.

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

Now playing: The kings and I
We were very different, Aron, Lou and I, yet we had much in common.

Maybe a sign will ease fears
Let's settle this issue before one more e-mail is forwarded: There is no creepy man in a white van stalking little girls in Walnut Hill or any other Columbia County subdivision.

Citizens, sheriff's office clean up community
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office routinely puts up some stellar stats for its success in keeping the community safe. Even as population in the county grows, a strong focus on neighborhood policing has helped decrease the crime rate in most categories.

Prep Calendar
Prep sports taking place in the Columbia County area.

Softball teams combine for 46-2 score on day of domination
Last Tuesday might have been the best day in the history of Columbia County softball.

Wheelchair athlete initiates change
Kurt Lawton, a 2006 Greenbrier graduate, was one of many high school athletes from the state of Georgia who packed their bags and headed off to compete in sports at the college level.

Sports calendar
The 18-U Dominators fastpitch travel softball team will hold tryouts Sunday at Patriots Park at 9 a.m. For more information, call (706) 541-1070 or (706) 556-9003.

Greenbrier alum shines in college
Former Greenbrier soccer star Brooks Duff has found success early in his college career at Furman. The freshman was named the Southern Conference Co-Men's Soccer Player of the Week last week after helping his team win a tournament championship.

Loss won't hurt team
Any loss to a rival is definitely undesired. Augusta Prep's 4-0 loss to Westminster, however, didn't come with the full sting of a rivalry defeat.

ACS star blossoms as Blue Hose pass rusher
Former Augusta Christian Schools standout Adam McKinney is entering his junior season as a defensive end for the Presbyterian College Blue Hose.


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