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Grant lets library expand family night
With the help of an Evans retailer, the Columbia County Library is inviting families to read in their pajamas.

Cost of pet adoptions will be reduced at event
Columbia County Animal Care and Control will hold a special pet adoption event in Appling on Friday and Saturday.

2007-08 Columbia County Teachers of the Year
Columbia County campus teachers of the year, including the five finalists.

Harlem city hall to see improvements
Harlem city officials hope that by the end of the year construction will begin to expand one city building and work will start on a new one.

Committee ponders heritage museum
If Columbia County decides to pursue a museum, it first needs an identity and a story to tell to be self-sustaining, a state tourism official told members of a county museum advisory committee Tuesday.

'Sgt. Pepper's' concert raises funds to benefit children
An August concert allowed the Columbia County Exchange Club to help two nonprofit organizations with large donations.

Waste transport to be displayed
A new vehicle that will soon begin transporting certain types of radioactive wastes through Columbia County to a disposal site in New Mexico will be on public display Friday at the Evans Government Center.

Teacher of the Year announcement Thursday
Columbia County's 2007-08 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a Thursday banquet at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

City ready for Hardy guests
Harlem officials are ready to transform downtown into a street festival in honor of the city's most famous native son as they put on the 19th annual Oliver Hardy Festival.

Biggest event of the year
Visitors to the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem are being welcomed by two new greeters with familiar faces.

Pumpkin patches mark start of autumn
Halloween is still nearly a month away, but pumpkin patches have already begun sprouting up around Columbia County.

Police report
A Grovetown man accused of stealing beer from a Martinez convenience store was arrested on charges of shoplifting and driving under the influence.

Pet of the week
This male gray kitten is very friendly. He is about 6 months old and 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.

Current events
The Columbia County Extension Service office's monthly Gardening at Lunch series will be at 12:10 p.m. today at the Columbia County Library with Agent Charles Phillips presenting a program on "The Best Winter Annuals." For information, call (706) 868-3413.

Vacation photo
The Deckert family took a vacation to New York. They attended a family reunion in East Branch, N.Y., and visited New York City and Virginia Beach, Va.

Photo: Newcomers Club donates
The Augusta Area Newcomers Club donated $7,000 to Child Enrichment through its two annual fundraising events; a silent auction held in November and a live auction in March.

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

Blessing of the Animals
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor, of Church of the Holy Comforter, blesses Google, the Chinese crested dog of Fred and Harriet Myers, during the annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday at the Columbia County Memorial Gardens.

School Lunch Menus
School lunches for students in the Columbia County area.

28 residents were selected to the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Class of 2007-08.

Photo: Columbia County CERT graduates
Thirty-three residents completed Columbia County's Community Emergency Response Team training and are certified in emergency preparedness including fire and hazardous materials safety, emergency medical operations, search and rescue, disaster psychology and radio communications.

Time capsule
As reported 36 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Oct. 6, 1971:

Harlem knows how to throw a party
There is no clearer way to put it: You must go to the Oliver Hardy Festival. Those who have been know why. Those who haven't must go to find out what the rest of us know: Harlem really knows how to throw a party.

Hardy legacy predates famous son
The Southern politician was a character unto himself. Often stereotyped in books and movies, the character extended into the 1900s. Portrayed with a quick wit, cigar and suspenders, he was a favorite with the rural electorate.

Close enough, gov'ment work
We're in the wrong line of work. Not you, the gov'ment folks. You're doing just fine. I'm talking about you, the working stiffs like me, the folks who rely on the free market to generate the money to make our paychecks.

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. For information, call Lori Moczadlo at (706) 863-8443.

Pigskin Picks
Even in a weekend of surprises and upsets, there were 120 Pigskin Pickers who correctly chose seven or more winning teams in Week Five; just 33 picked fewer than seven winners correctly, and three were disqualified for multiple entries, late postmark or no name on entry.

Football at high school level gave off upsets
The Evans Knights are closing in on a top 10 ranking after their 34-28 overtime thriller over Effingham County.

Athlete Spotlight: Jenny Shepherd and Laura Brown
Evans junior Laura Brown and sophomore Jenny Shepherd made the two key contributions in an upset win against Greenbrier two weeks ago.

Photo: Georgia Diamond Dawgs win
The 14-and-under Georgia Diamond Dawgs won the Peach Belt Border Bash in Aiken on Sept. 15-16 with a 4-0 record.

Evans' season is still recording wins
Football season is now more than a month old, and the Evans Knights are still undefeated with a 4-0 record.

Greenbrier rattles ARC
Consider it the greatest comeback Greenbrier fans have seen - this year.

Augusta Prep Results
A full weekend of sports activities took place at Augusta Prep with volleyball and cross country invitationals and a boys soccer game.

Weekend goes well for teams
Columbia County's football teams had a good weekend with three teams in the win column. Evans, Greenbrier and Augusta Christian all picked up victories Friday night, and Lakeside and Harlem lost.


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