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Congratulations to Wade Padgett for appointment to judgeship
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I extend congratulations to Columbia County Chief Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett on his appointment by Gov. Sonny Perdue as Superior Court judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

'Cowards' responsible for stealing Obama sign from front yard
On a recent Sunday night, under the cover of darkness, a coward or cowards entered my property on Sparkleberry Road in the Northwood subdivision and removed my "Obama for President" sign.

Retail center project unveiled
Developers for a new Martinez shopping center unveiled artist renderings of the project during a Columbia County Planning Commission meeting Thursday.

Game is afoot in mystery
A tangled web of missteps and hidden clues must be unraveled to discover a killer during Mistletoe State Park's second annual Murder Mystery weekend event starting Sept. 19.

Grocer to hold autism awareness day
To raise autism awareness, Earth Fare will host numerous activities Saturday.

A caring Bud-E
Sam Hopkins is no stranger when it comes to robots.

Annual memorial of 9-11 planned
Columbia County government and fire officials are inviting residents to join them for a Patriot Day ceremony Thursday to honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Food, blood drive kicks off Sunday
Michele Payne heard about the need of Golden Harvest Food Bank through a recent canned food drive at her chiropractor's office.

Dispute has put supermarket on hold
Plans for a new grocery store in Harlem are on hold while city officials work out details of the plans with supermarket officials.

Ballet will take center stage
Dancers in the Columbia County Ballet aim to thrill audiences this weekend with their production of Peter and the Wolf and three accompanying works.

Extension agent wins statewide award
Columbia County Extension agent Shirley Williamson recently received statewide recognition for her work with 4-H youths.

Get Up and Go
Columbia County's free Sunset Music Series concludes at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia County Amphitheater with Braggn' Hughes. For information, call (706) 312-7192, or go to

Class Reunions
The Butler High School class of 1978 is seeking members for a 30-year class reunion Oct. 3-4. For information, go to

Pet of the Week
This male Labrador retriever mix is about 3 years 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.

School Lunch Menus
This weeks School Lunch Menus.

School Councils
The River Ridge Elementary School council will meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Math Mania Day
Tiffany Newman and her daughter, second-grader Peyton Newman, participated in a peanut butter and jelly sequencing activity during Euchee Creek's Math Mania celebration. Students and their parents participated in Make and Take sessions throughout the day. They created a math game to take home and practice a math skill. Euchee Creek Elementary pupil makes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during Math Mania day.

Pigskin Picks
Week Two of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 110 entries with 11 qualifiers picking all 10 correctly, while 23 qualifiers picked nine correctly, 34 qualifiers were right on eight games, and 24 qualifiers picked the minimum of seven games. Just 18 entries failed to get at least seven correct, and four entries were late. All entries are due by noon Friday, or must be postmarked by Thursday.

Caroline Brown, 9, of Evans, donated her hair to Locks of Love during July.

Police Blotter
Evans man injured in Statesboro crash.

Exotic vacations beckoned
Andrew Colbert, Andrea Bennett, Pat Colbert and Bill Colbert participated in a canyoneering adventure in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. They spent five hours hiking and learning mountain-climbing techniques and also completed three rappels -- one was 125 feet. While out west they also went kayaking and rafting in Colorado and crossed the Continental Divide in two places.

Current Events
The inaugural Sportsman's Festival at Wildwood Park will be held Sept. 27. Vendors are being sought for displays, and contestants are wanted for a wild-game cook-off and 5K run. For information, call Jeb Bell at (706) 541-3761, or e-mail

Community learns about babies at shower
Nicole Hinman, of Gibson, Ga., visits the Georgia Families booth Aug. 30 during a communitywide baby shower at the Babies-R-Us store in Evans. The shower was sponsored by Doctors Hospital's Living Well program. Dale Thomas, of North Augusta, tries to quickly change a doll's diaper while competing in the "Diaper Daddy Contest" during the communitywide baby shower.

Thank emergency workers on 9-11
Thursday morning, as has been the case for the past six years, Columbia County's emergency workers will gather around the flagpole in front of the Justice Center in Evans.

Wildwood fest calls for cooks
As a native Southerner and Columbia County boy, I have eaten barbecue all my life.

Understanding Alaska and VP pick
Many people in the "Lower 48" know Alaska for its overwhelming beauty, abundant resources and extreme climate. However, up until last week most people have never heard of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Evans defeats visiting Lakeside
Columbia County still belongs to the Evans Knights.

Lakeside, Spartans are picks this week
After starting the year 1-1 on my picks for Week 1, I bounced back with a perfect 3-0 week. I was very close on the Evans-Lakeside game (my pick 23-17; the actual score 19-15). I also had Augusta Christian winning over Fox Creek 41-13, close to the 44-6 final, and I had Greenbrier topping Harlem by 13 (it won by 21), but I certainly did not expect the two teams to combine for 77 points.

Greenbrier backs run past 'Dogs
Greenbrier was down a running back Friday, but the loss did little to affect its ground game.

Baseball scholarship signed
Evans High School's Teddy Leverett is joined by his parents, Ted and Lanee Leverett, his sister Lyndsey and brother Austin and Coach Ricky Beale as he signs a baseball scholarship to Truett McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga.

Athlete Spotlight: Katie Tracy
Greenbrier High School softball pitcher Katie Tracy knows where her team's strength lies, and she plays to it.

County gets Peach Belt soccer event
The Peach Belt Conference announced last week that its men's and women's soccer championships will be held at Blanchard Woods Park.

Sports Gallery
The Georgia Lightning finished as the runner-up in the 2008 13U World Series. Team members are: Zachary Metcalf (front, from left), Tyler Williams, Austin Sulik, Josh Roye, Devin Hagen, Ryan Beasley and Ryan Shead; Glen Vannoy (back, from left), Stephen Hutto, JonJon Evans, Andrew Smith, Hunter McBride, Austin Robinson, Jack Davis and Billy Kelley.

Evans softball team wants to finish
The slogan on the back of T-shirts worn by members of the Evans softball team says "Unfinished Business."


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