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More 'nature' would be available if park had proper oversight
The recent news about the expansion of Reed Creek Park presents an opportunity to bring to the attention of the public the issue of both its development and maintenance.

India Day is time for celebrating cultural legacy
Indians in Augusta are gearing up Saturday to celebrate India's 61st year of Independence.

Music 'lightens up' a Dickens classic
The Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company plans to stray from their usual performances and put a twist on their production of the musical Oliver .

Brush with death inspires writer
After fighting the battle of her life three years ago, Karen McGowan learned the true meaning behind her faith and found the strength to write three books about it.

Beach party soaks up days of summer
High gas prices and a sluggish economy might have kept many from hitting the beach this summer, but on Sunday, a touch of the tropics will arrive at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

Music series begins
The sounds of music will drift from the Columbia County Amphitheater each Thursday for the next four weeks.

Harlem Middle pupils urged to work on their dreams now
Harlem Middle School hit a home run with its back-to-school celebrations last week when University of Georgia baseball coach David Perno spoke to the student body Thursday

Parents let go as school starts
The beginning of this school year marked an important first for mom Tara McAdoo.

Identity protection
Penn Knispel, 6, of Evans picks up a keychain at the Security Federal Banks in Evans, where sensitive documents were shredded for residents by Shred 360. Representatives from the sheriff's office were on site to discuss identity theft and fraud prevention.

Current Events
The News-Times features some of the county's best gridiron talent in our annual Super Nine spread.

Time Capsule
As reported 51 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Aug. 24, 1957:

Fire destroys garage, vehicle
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters work to extinguish a garage fire that started about 7 p.m. Saturday at 2529 Queens Court near Grovetown. They had found a detached two-car garage and workshop on the property owned by Thomas and Betty Renard burning, said Honey Shore, a fire department spokeswoman. No one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the structure and a car parked inside, she said. The cause was undetermined but is believed to have been accidental, Shore said.

Get Up and Go
The Major General Ambrose Ransom Wright Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the private dining room of the Side Track Bar and Grill, 4027 Washington Road. For information, call John Partridge at (706) 863-7172, or David Butler at (706) 869-0586, or go to

Pet of the Week
This male pointer mix is about a year 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. Adult animals, such as today's Pet 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.

First day of school brings smiles
Dalton May started pre-K at North Columbia Elementary School with teacher Ashley Williams and parapro Kay Ramsey.

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

School Lunch Menus
This weeks school lunch menus.

Recycling event
Alex Watts, of McCormick, S.C., volunteered to move recyclables Saturday during the Cardboard and More recycling event held at the Wal-Mart in Evans. The event was organized by Keep Columbia County Beautiful, in conjunction with the Evans Wal-Mart.

Scholarship recipients
Augusta Disposal and Recycling presented a John Polonus Memorial Scholarship to each of six area students. John Polonus was one of the co-founders of Augusta Disposal and Recycling. Pictured are: Margaret Polonus, selection committee, (front, from left); Jessica Miller, Harlem High School; Lauren Parton, Greenbrier High School; Symphony Baity, Evans High School; and Susan Mucha, selection committee; Fabrizio Garcia, Greenbrier High School (back); Justin Brown, Evans High School; and Erica Polonus, selection committee.

We're proud of our Olympian
There were an awful lot of hopes dashed this past week when Reese Hoffa, the Lakeside High School graduate and top-ranked shot putter, came in seventh place at the 2008 Olympics.

Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pandering as the future burns
It was just another throwaway press statement from politicians skilled at using tax dollars to write throwaway press statements.

To see ourselves as others see us
"A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car."

Competition, shows sharpen bands' skills
Columbia County high school marching bands have spent weeks preparing dazzling displays for the football half-time shows.

'08 will be the season for players to step up
The 2007 season was a great year for football in Columbia County. Granted, we do not have the high expectations of some areas in the Peach State, but Evans' nine-win season and the number of scholarship athletes from the county made it a year to remember.

New region, return of nucleus raise Panthers' confidence
Lakeside wasted little time kicking off preseason camp.

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.

Coaches lead winners
The Woodbridge Swim Team coaches for the 2008 CSRA Swim Season were Leigh Gunnels (from left), Ivey Mischel, Davis Meschke and Corey Singletary. Gunnels was on the team as a child the last time that Woodbridge won the division championship and now that she is head coach, the team won the championship again.

Great expectations follow 2007 success
Marty Jackson paced the Evans High practice field last week, and though shorter than many of his players, the Knights' coach wasn't hard to pick out.

Lions prepared to get over the hump
Augusta Christian coach Bruce Lane wants to shield his young quarterback from pressure as much as possible this season.

Bulldogs anticipate first season in Class AAAA program
Harlem football is set to begin its first season as a Class AAAA program, but part of the story is the same as it has been in previous years.

Stallings Island cheerleaders at ribbon-cutting
The first Stallings Island Middle School cheerleaders were on hand as ambassadors of goodwill at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Columbia County's newest school.

Wolfpack address a number of question marks
Greenbrier has a lot of questions headed into its opener with Evans on Aug. 29.

Athlete Spotlight: Michael Williamson and Reid Thomas
Michael Williamson and Reid Thomas became fast friends when they met during summer football workouts.


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