'Flocks' should thank pastors for National Clergy Appreciation Month
Every day someone prays for you. Every day someone is concerned for your soul. Every day someone puts his needs aside to meet your needs. That someone is your pastor.
Burn ban will be lifted
Despite statewide drought conditions, the Georgia Forestry Commission will begin issuing burn permits Monday with the lifting of a summer burn ban.
Board honors Title 1 schools for making yearly progress
The Columbia County Board of Education recognized four school system employees and six Title I Distinguished Schools at its meeting Tuesday.
Understanding is a goal of lecture series
The connection between faith and science will be explored as part of a five-part series that will begin Sunday at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church near Grovetown.
Augusta Granite builds in Grovetown
An Augusta-based stone countertop company is planting its foundation outside Grovetown, one of two companies growing inside Horizon South Industrial Park, county officials said.
New director to expand cultural offerings
A Martinez resident and elementary school music teacher was recently named the director of the Paine College-based Augusta Chorale.
Fall is time to fertilize cool-season grasses
Should grasses be fertilized in the fall? This is a question that I get during this time of the year. The answer depends on what type of grass you have.
Course gives residents inside look at law enforcement work
Peter and Paula Conover wanted to learn more about the place they've lived for barely a month.
Evans High rises in rankings
Thirteen might be a lucky number for Evans High School. The school was ranked 13th out of 369 public high schools in the state in the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's recently released Report Card for Parents.
Clinic will have flu vaccine
The Columbia County Health Department is holding a three-day flu vaccine clinic that will double as a dress rehearsal for the East Central Health District in preparation for an outbreak of pandemic influenza.
Pupil's goals for future are inspired by love of animals
As a 10-year-old, Lara Way already has a clear view of what her life will be like in 15 years: She says she'll be a veterinarian helping animals in need and working to find a way for humans and their canine friends to communicate.
Rooting new plants can bring bounty of satisfaction
Of all the amazing things that can take place in a garden, little gives Betty Crowther more pleasure than watching her plants grow, especially the ones she has propagated.
Photo: Racquet Club members compete
Members of the Petersburg Racquet Club finished as finalists in the Mixed Senior State Tournament on Aug. 17-20.
Photo: Girl Scouts go camping
Girl Scout Junior Troop 12 recently went camping at Mount Mitchell, N.C., the highest point east of the Mississippi. The girls mined for gems at Gem Mountain and explored caves at Linville Caverns. They earned Rocks Rock and Outdoor Fun badges.
An Evans businessman who prosecutors said used religion to help con victims of more than $3.6 million was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison.
Things To Do
Grace Fellowship of Augusta and Augusta Christian Schools are sponsoring a Lead Like Jesus simulcast from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Augusta Christian's elementary campus, 470 Furys Ferry Road. Cost is $25 per person.
Places To Go
The second-grade pupils at Brookwood Elementary will present Bugz! at 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school.
The Norton and McDaniel families get ready to enjoy the zip line tour on their recent trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Alise K. Hammond and Timothy A. Hammond, Sept. 7, 2007
Greyhound of the week
Sonny is a 4-year-old male greyhound with a natural charm that is sure to win your heart. He does best around children 8 years old and older because of his shy and gentle nature. He is cat safe and does well around small animals. Contact Cindy Loar at (706) 831-2657.
Clayton P. Dains-McGahee to Jeremy R. Nachman, 305 Hazelnut Drive, $114,900.
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church will offer a free five-part series on the relationship between science and religion at 6:45 p.m. each Sunday starting today. Each session will include a lecture by Dr. Fred Silva and discussion led by the Rev. Michael Roverse.
Photo: Ontario trip
Betty Elliott, of Martinez, Joan McCook, of Ashville, N.C., and Betty McCook, of North Augusta, spent six days touring Ontario, Canada, where they visited the African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario.
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:
Get Up and Go
Aquinas High School will hold a Mass at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 in the gym to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary and will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new fine arts wing and dining hall addition. For information, call (706) 736-5516.
Schools have cleanest kitchens in town
If cleanliness is next to godliness, as the proverb goes, then Columbia County's school lunchrooms are downright heavenly.
Too good to be true? Landfill deal was
Well, it was fun while it lasted. And it seems Columbia County will be stuck with a closed landfill after all.
Sounding off far from home
We're usually sticklers at Pundit Central about commenting only on local issues. But sometimes, when everybody else is spouting off about the national news, after a while you just have to toss in your two cents' worth. So here goes.
No rest for the weary middle-man
Stomp. Stomp. Stomp. Little feet pounded through the house in my direction. Tramping up behind me, my daughter whined, "Maaamaaa, he won't let me hold that book." The "he" to whom she referred was her brother, 22 months older than she.
Greenbrier alum gets nod
Former Greenbrier pitcher Brandon Cumpton can add one more accolade to his already impressive baseball resume.
Cross Country Results
Records fell Wednesday at the first public school 5K cross country meet at the new Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.
County is bursting with exciting news in sports
There was no shortage of big sports news in Columbia County this past week. It was a great time to be a Knights fan as Evans muscled in with a 1-2 punch on rival Greenbrier thanks to a 28-7 win in football last weekend and a 1-0 extra-inning victory in softball Tuesday.
Swimmer maintains winning tradition
I have been in the broadcasting business for 12 years (man, I'm getting old). Along the way, I have had a chance to meet some terrific people. Listeners have always seemed like friends to me.
Knights thwart 'Pack's efforts
Evans senior Taylor Jones was just one of many Lady Knight softball players wearing a grin from ear to ear after a game at Greenbrier last week.
Greenbrier extends win streak
Momentum isn't exactly a measurable factor when it comes to a team's success. That is, unless the Greenbrier volleyball team is at work.
The Columbia County Recreation Department will soon begin forming six-on-six adult soccer leagues. The games will be played on Sundays at either Patriots Park or Blanchard Woods Park. Contact Ricky Saunders at (706) 306-2759.
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