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Animal Control staff should have provided answers about puppy
In response to the recent articles concerning Columbia County Animal Care and Control, I, as a citizen not related to any rescue groups, have seen firsthand the lack of professionalism at the facility.

Military Milestones
- Air Force Airman Brittany E. Rogers, granddaughter of Elizabeth Blake, of Augusta, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Cadets get leadership training
Eight ROTC cadets spent part of the summer before their senior year of college shadowing lieutenants at Fort Gordon as part of the annual Cadet Troop Leader Training.

Hyperbaric chamber is giving Eisenhower a medical advantage
Lt. Col. Austin H. Chhoeu runs a quiet operation in a building just outside the entrance of Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Routes added for more students, rezoning
Inspections are complete, and 181 yellow buses will hit the streets Monday when the 2008-09 school year begins.

EPD to hold wastewater hearing
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division will hold a public hearing from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday at the Evans Government Complex auditorium to outline changes in wastewater regulations that could increase local sewage disposal costs.

Fire department has positive report
Things are going well for the fire department these days.

Commission OKs referendum resolutions
Columbia County voters will get to decide for themselves whether they want to pay for construction of an aquatics and tennis center.

Hair today, hair tomorrow
Preston Tutt first cut Norman Schwartz's hair in 1965.

Broun talks energy, economy
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun spoke briefly about his most recent trip to Washington, D.C., before answering questions from those in attendance Tuesday during a meeting of the Greater Columbia County Republican Women at the Jones Creek Clubhouse.

Stallings Island dedicated, ready to open
At least some Columbia County children are looking forward to starting school Monday.

Post Happenings
2008 armed forces golf championship: Sunday through Wednesday, Gordon Lakes Golf Courses, Range Road, Fort Gordon; spectators welcome; (706) 791-2433, or http://www.fortgordon.com.

Augusta Christian opening delayed
Students at Augusta Christian Schools will have a little longer summer break than had been expected.

Work will improve interchange
For months, the Interstate 20-Lewiston Road interchange has required drivers to weave through a combination of heavy equipment, construction barrels and dust.

Police Blotter
Harbin plans pleas in Atlanta DUI case.

Property Transfers
Priscilla C. Page to Hulley Fryer, 282 Mount Folley Road, $76,650.

Current Events
Summer ends for more than 22,000 children as Columbia County schools reopen.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, Inc., a non-profit, licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708

Public Schools Information
Public Schools Information for Sunday, August 10, 2008.

Divorces
Deborah S. Wood and Michael J. Wood, July 25, 2008.

Military Newsmakers
Army Pvt. Angel M. Rodriguez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia. He is the brother of Miguel Rodriguez of Harlem, and a 2001 graduate of Harlem High School.

DUIs
Jaron Michael Ennis, 22, of the 1000 block of Severn Drive in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on March 21, 2008, and was sentenced to 17 days in jail.

Down on the farm
Carla Lawson, 5, (front) and her friend, Victoria Cartier, 4, of Cottageville, S.C., ride a painted horse named Patty Rose at a farm in Cottageville. Carla lives in Martinez with her parents and grandparents, Ronald and Joyce Cooper.

Private Schools Information
- Augusta First Seventh-day Adventist School -- (706) 651-0491

Memories of summer vacations
Mike Kelehan and his wife were in Omaha for the College World Series, where they cheered for the University of Georgia Bulldogs baseball team.

Get Up and Go
Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road in Evans, will hold "Xtreme Weekend" from Friday to Sunday, starting with a concert by Shawn McDonald and Trent Monk at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by afternoon and evening events Saturday and Aug. 17. For information, call (706) 869-0888, ext. 223, or go to http://www.youth-xtreme.net

Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, August 10, 2008

Here's to a successful school year
From the youngest preschool student to the antsiest high school senior, there is a distinct burst of excitement that accompanies the start of a new school year.

Use caution around school buses
As summer ends and the new school year begins, I'd like to remind motorists they will soon be sharing the road with precious cargo. And carrying that precious cargo will be convoys of big, yellow school buses.

Voters to pick how to spend
Columbia County voters this fall will have two opportunities to decide how the government will spend their money.

Sports Gallery
The Kick-It Regional Tournament for 3v3 soccer is being held this weekend at Blanchard Woods Park and is expected to have more than 130 teams participating. The Sambas will be taking part in the event. Team members are Cole Williams (from left), Drew Moses, Jack Hyatt, Austin Grubbs and Parker Campbell. Jason Campbell is the coach.

Lakeside alum Hoffa set to compete in second Olympic Games
Is there any sports ambassador bigger for Columbia County than Reese Hoffa?

Stretching wards off injuries, aids fitness
Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a three-part series on fitness and conditioning with trainer "Big Mike" Montarvo, of the Omni Club in Evans.

Fumes can be hazardous to you, your boat
Fire aboard ship has always been a dreaded and often fatal experience. For large ships, it is the second largest hazard for crew and passengers.

Cleanup programs expanded
Columbia County's Keep America Beautiful affiliate is among those encouraging residents to "go green."

Drought-distressed trees show signs of pine beetles, bacteria infestations
As I travel around the county, I see large numbers of dead trees.

Area teams have no opponent but brutal heat
Bruce Lane scooped up the stopwatch hanging around his neck and flipped to the heat index, which read more than 100.

Sports Calendar
The Marshall Family Y in Evans is searching for referees for its upcoming U-7 and U-9 seasons. Experience preferred. For information, call Justin Goolsby at (706) 922-9658.

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