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Author of work on alcohol abuse to hold book-signing
The local Al-Anon district is holding a book discussion from an author chronicling the beginning of the organization, which helps family and friends of alcoholics.

Recycling event to take old, outdated electronics
Columbia County is offering a way to dispose of outdated, unused electronics with Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday.

Augusta Christian Schools celebrates 50 years
Augusta Christian Schools in Martinez begins a yearlong celebration Thursday in honor of its 50th anniversary next year.

Four finalists on list for new Grovetown position
Nearly two years after Grovetown officials agreed to expand their city government by creating a city administrator position, the list of applicants has been narrowed to four finalists.

Delays didn't dampen spirit of homecoming
Two severe weather delays Friday during Greenbrier High School's homecoming game with Effingham County High couldn't stop the inevitable for Kelly Fitzgerald.

Blanchard Woods Park marks its grand opening
As soon as 7-year-old soccer player Jack Hyatt received the ball near the top of the penalty box, he wasted no time. With a quick spin and a hard shot to the far post, Jack scored the first goal in a U-9 Patriots game Saturday afternoon.

Lawmaker opens an office in Evans
Recently elected U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has opened a congressional district office in Evans.

Old names line new streets
Street names applied to a new Harlem subdivision have brought to light a challenge of rapid development.

'Kid Nation' stars local teenager
Hunter Jeffers didn't spend his 13th birthday surrounded by family or classmates at his Martinez home. Instead, Hunter became a teenager in a ghost town on the New Mexico set of Kid Nation, a CBS reality show that premieres at 8 p.m. tonight.

Vacation photo
Jerry and Elizabeth Starrenburg, of Martinez, enjoyed the weather on their 40th wedding anniversary in Hawaii in August.

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

Pet of the week
This male Beagle is a little shy, but very sweet. He is three-to-five years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School class of 1997 will hold its 10-year reunion Oct. 12-13. For information, e-mail levarjohnson41@yahoo.com.

School councils
The North Columbia Elementary School council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and will set meeting dates for the remainder of the year.

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

Newsmakers
Debra Freund, of Martinez, caught a 7-pound bass Aug. 29 on a child's rod and reel in a private pond in Prosperity, S.C. Her husband, Brian, said he couldn't believe that she caught the fish with a 4-pound test line and a No. 6 hook with a worm.

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

Police blotter
Two Augusta men were arrested Thursday after one tried to shoplift from the Evans Target, assaulted an employee and ran out of the store in front of an officer, police said.

Community Photos
A group of friends took a trip to Charlotte, N.C., for Madison Williams' 11th birthday party. They visited Libby Lu, a store just for girls.

Groundbreaking at Augusta Tech in Grovetown
Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau stood at the end of the line Friday as elected officials and Augusta Tech representatives conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Augusta Tech satellite campus in Grovetown.

Get Up and Go
The Greenbrier Elementary School fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held Sept. 21-28 in the school media center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family night will be 4-6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Arts ambition painted green
There will never be a shortage in any community of people who want someone else to give them money. In fact, the newspaper is usually one of the first stops for those looking for a donation, for publicity that will help them find donations, or both.

Athlete is gone, but home wasn't forgotten
When Georgia's collegiate sports finally catch up with the rest of the country, Kurt Lawton deserves the credit for making it happen - but by then it will be too late for him to derive any of the benefit.

Women's top 10 for SEC football
Countdown of the top 10 reasons women love SEC football.

Greenbrier-Evans is game to watch
After a 4-0 week, I stand at 10-1 this season. Evans was extremely impressive in its 37-10 blowout of Lakeside, and Augusta Christian got its offense rolling once again with a 52-point outburst.

Gordon Park Speedway Results
Gordon Park Speedway Race Results for Sept. 15.

Sports calendar
The Augusta Junior Rowing Team is seeking youth ages 13-18 to join the team. A two-week trial period is available, and no experience is necessary. Practices are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4-6 p.m. at The Boathouse in Augusta.

Pigskin Picks
There were 110 Pigskin Pickers who correctly chose seven or more winning teams in Week 3; just 24 picked fewer than seven winners correctly, and two were disqualified for postmarks past deadline. Twelve qualifiers picked all 10 games correctly.

Greenbrier's 4-3 victory puts them in top ranking
Elizabeth Gaston can't be accused of overconfidence. When she stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in a tie game Saturday, the Greenbrier softball senior was unsure of herself.

Evans scores most points since 2001
It's been awhile since Evans fans saw the offensive production dished out by the Knights on Friday. The 37-10 win over visiting Lakeside was Evans' highest point total in one game since 2001.

Athlete Spotlight: Kirtley Hitt
Lakeside senior Kirtley Hitt couldn't have a better last name. It suits her perfectly when she's out on the volleyball court. She can hit with the best of them.

Storms play havoc with games
Thunderstorms hammered the area Friday just in time to interfere with all four Columbia County football games.

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