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Stallings Island has yielded its secrets for many years
Columbia County's Stallings Island is a crossroads of prehistory where many secrets remain partially hidden.

Ready to open
The halls of Stallings Island Middle School are empty now. In 12 days, however, the new school will be teeming with pupils when the 2008-09 school year begins.

County to offer additional pre-K class
A year ago, the Columbia County school board was exploring the possibility of scrapping its prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds in 2008-09. Instead, the school system will start the academic year with an additional pre-k class.

Immunization clinics open
The purchase of new clothes and new school supplies is not the only way families should prepare for the start of the school year on Aug. 11.

Pre-Kindergarten Listings
Pre-Kindergarten Listings and programs.

Activities, immunizations to be highlighted
Melissa Chesser wanted to find out all she could before enrolling her first child in kindergarten many years ago, and her wealth of information came from Columbia County's annual Back-to-School Festival.

Register pupils before open house, official advises
Parents of children who are new to the Columbia County school system or changing schools within the system need not wait until open house to register their kids.

Pupils will see many changes, new school
The opening of Stallings Island, Columbia County's eighth middle school, will not be the only change for the school system this year.

Private schools gear up for changes
The start of the school year brings many new programs and initiatives at private schools, from the search for a football coach to the beginning of a conservatory music program.

Preschool Listings
Preschool, Private Academic and Mother's Day Out Programs

Event to offer school advice
The Christ Family Life Center in Grovetown will hold its annual Back-2-School Explosion and Youth Summit this weekend in preparation for the start of the school year.

County's four new principals prepare for their charges
Four Columbia County schools will have new leaders in 2008-09.

If more elected officials were farmers, America would be better
I was so proud to have voted for Lee Anderson, a farmer, in this past election.

Rabies vaccine clinic is set for this Saturday
Columbia County officials scheduled the second low-cost rabies vaccination clinic in Harlem this weekend.

School bus drivers travel to training
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Current Events
Christ Family Life Center will hold its 2008 Youth Summit at 6 p.m. Friday at Christ Church of Grovetown, with the annual Back-2-School Explosion from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Park Community Center. For information, call Dawn Green at (706) 231-8652, or e-mail

Class Reunions
Members of the Harlem High School class of 1976 are being sought for a class reunion. Send information to

Barbecue and Beagle Trade Day held in Winfield
Angel Brown, 14, of Jackson, Ga., rides a pony from Rose Hill Farm Pony Rides during Barbecue and Trade Day. The event, held by the CSRA Beagle Club, included pony rides, archery and BB-gun shooting contests, a reptile exhibit and a beagle-judging contest.

Pets of the week
These two female, domestic, short-haired kittens are 4-5 months old. They are 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 Pets of the Week, cost $25 to adopt and 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, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

Individual scores more important
Last year, all Columbia County schools made Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind requirements. This year, three schools missed AYP and made the whole school system miss, too.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Technicalities cost Augusta
It looks like yet another lawsuit against the city of Augusta and its scandal-plagued procurement department will continue.

Immunizations keep children safe
While at least one celebrity mother and a few news reporters have suggested that there is a link between autism and immunizations, pediatricians and numerous health organizations maintain that vaccines are safe and recommend that vaccines be administered on schedule to keep your children safe from a variety of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Athlete Spotlight
Lauren Biggs bows to visitors, uses "sir" and "ma'am" and calls her instructor and boss "Mr."

Camp Calendar
The CSRA Heat Volleyball Club will be hosting clinics on Sunday afternoons at Augusta Prep for girls grades 5 through 12. The clinics will run until Aug. 3. The cost is $85.

World Series trip thrills local teams
Charlie Beale watched with amusement as Columbia County's Dixie O-Zone team piled onto a chartered bus Friday morning.

Ladyballers win silver in Atlanta
The Amateur Athletic Union Ladyballers Basketball Club won the silver medal in the 2008 Georgia Olympic Games in Atlanta. The team, which is made up of players from Columbia and Richmond Counties, had a 26-6 season. Team members are Alexix Lester, Keyondra Cobb, Ashley Watts, Breland Mitchell, Ebony Bryant, Breasia Burns, Zana Fryer, Dakoya Mack, Ashley Tolbert, Tanya Edwards, Shaquila Johnson and Raven Cunningham.

Sports Calendar
Greenbrier High School will hold volleyball tryouts from 9:30 a.m. until noon Aug. 1 and 4 , and 3-5 p.m. Aug. 5 in the gym.

Poythress' incredible summer is not yet over
Former Greenbrier High School star Rich Poythress has had a 2008 season that other baseball players around the country only dream about.


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