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Letter on 'NAFTA superhighway' needs corrections, clarifications
This letter about the TTC-35 roadway project implies a number of issues that deserve to be corrected or clarified.

Fire department awards two men
Lt. Drew Murdock and firefighter Jamie Atkins agree that firefighting is in their blood -- and possibly their genes.

Charity could reopen this month
Officials running a Grovetown food and clothing pantry that has been closed for several months for repairs hope the doors will reopen by the end of the month.

Jewish center will come to Martinez
Plans for a Jewish center in Martinez soon will start to take shape even though the finished product might take a few years to complete.

Volunteers needed to help clean up Clarks Hill Lake
Volunteers are being sought for the Army Corps of Engineers' annual Clarks Hill Lake Cleanup Day, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 27.

Players perform 'Charlie Brown'
Greenbrier High School drama students will portray Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown in a musical production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Food safety begins in the garden
Recent outbreaks of salmonella and E. coli have made for cautious consumers as they purchase produce at their local supermarkets. But food safety is also important when planting and harvesting vegetables and fruits from your own garden.

Proper landscape, care can improve caladiums' chances
One day this week I noticed in a friend's flower beds that she had caladiums growing. They were beautiful. I like the way caladiums look in the landscape but haven't been able to grow them.

Future Grovetown High School 'Warriors' gather
Grovetown High School's latest developments were unveiled Tuesday as the school's future principal, Penny Jackson, held a meeting for students and parents.

Tourism partnership awarded
The tourism staff representing the counties of the Clarks Hill Partnership of Georgia have received the Partner Agency Tourism Champion Award.

John Deere gives engines to schools
Community support for public schools was alive and well at Tuesday's county school board meeting.

Seminar to focus on fraud
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that nearly 9 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year.

Restaurateur remembered for personality
Robert Cleveland "Cleve" Edmunds always had a friendly smile and a welcoming handshake for anyone he met.

Service number is getting more calls lately
Nancy Szocinski's phone has been ringing a lot more these days as more people in need seek assistance.

Property transfers
Vince B. Rosales to Amy Shillingsburg and George Shillingsburg, 805 Woodberry Drive, $287,500.

Knights install officers
The Knights of Columbus Terrence Cardinal Cooke Council No. 8495 installed its new officers for the 2008-2009 year during a ceremony on July 13 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church.

Real estate office opens
Ron Cross (from left), Vic Mills, Doug Reed, Tommy Blanchard Jr., Karen Chrjapin and Matt Mills cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of Blanchard and Calhoun's office in Evans Town Park on July 17.

Columbia County commemorates 9-11
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Capt. David Butler plays Amazing Grace on bagpipes during Columbia County's annual 9-11 ceremony Thursday morning at the Justice Center in Evans.

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

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate).

Serenity Day Spa marks 10 years
Laurie Pratt, owner of Serenity Day Spa, and her husband, Craig Pratt, cut a ribbon with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the business.

Tractor tumbles after hay bale
Tow-truck operators try to get a tractor out of the ditch beside Clarks Hill Road.

Get up and go
Augusta Christian Schools will hold the NACCAP Southeast Christian College Fair from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the school gym, 313 Baston Road, in Martinez, with a financial aid workshop at 7:30 p.m. For information, call (706) 863-2905, extension 137, or go to

Cedar Ridge gets help from Kohl's
Kohl's department store employee Jennifer Terrell works with Cedar Ridge Elementary pupils Sarah Currey (clockwise, from Terrell), Brandon Harris-Williams, Ileanis Ortiz, and Kyle Salazar during a tutoring session at the school. In addition, Kohl's made a $500 contribution to the school.

Kim D. Kaminer and Otis Edward Kaminer, Sept. 9, 2008.

Augusta Tech names new marketing director
Bonita J. Jenkins has joined Augusta Technical College as the director of marketing and public relations. She is a 1986 graduate of Georgia Southern University.

Police blotter
Columbia County sheriff's authorities have identified an Augusta man wanted in the armed robbery of a convenience store Tuesday.

Stacey Crawford, 32, of the 400 block of Old Evans Road in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on Jan. 25, 2006, and was fined $810.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

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

Marriage licenses
Nicholas Ryan Feasler and Amanda Michelle Lowe applied for a marriage license on Aug. 7, 2008, and were married Aug. 9, 2008, in Martinez.

Time capsule
As reported 38 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1970:

Current events
The Grovetown Merchants Association and Queensborough National Bank and Trust will hold a free community fraud education program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Park Community Center.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722-7403 and send e-mail to Please include a contact name and phone number.

Recognizing the angels among us
There are people in our lives who do extraordinary things for others without even considering how it will affect them on a daily basis. Look around and I'll wager there are plenty of these people you meet every day.

County shouldn't get into golf business
Columbia County's Bartram Trail Golf Club lands a coup this week by playing host to the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, an NGA Hooters Tour golf tournament.

Saxon says Broun bobs
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun was scheduled to be in Oconee County Friday at a barbecue with his new BFF, Gov. Sonny Perdue, who last was seen with Broun here at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, September 14, 2008.

Hooters Tour makes return
The Kandy Waters Memorial Classic lands at another Augusta-area golf course this week, this time at Bartram Trail Golf Club.

Sports calendar
The Marshall Family Y in Evans is searching for referees for its upcoming flag football season. Experience preferred. For information, call Justin Goolsby at (706) 922-9658.

Greenbrier undaunted by loss of nucleus, new classification
The banner hanging in Greenbrier's gym shows the Wolfpack volleyball team has won a region championship every odd year this decade.

GHS cheerleaders to raise money
The Greenbrier High School cheerleaders will work alongside the staff at Fatz Cafe on Sept. 25 to earn tips toward their fundraising goal to build a new cheerleading/wrestling practice facility.

Arsenal boys compete in tourney
The Augusta Arsenal Under-14 boys won four games over Labor Day weekend in the Atlanta Cup Soccer Tournament.

Auxiliary supplements work of Coast Guard on nation's waterways
Some have asked, "What does the Coast Guard have to do with Clarks Hill Lake?"

West Lake women take awards
The West Lake Women's Golf Team won first place Gross and second place Net in the 2007-2008 CSRA Team Championship.

Evans has competition as county's top squad
If you happened to watch the Sportswriters' Roundtable segment on last week, you might have seen me on camera trying to break down the early weeks of football season.

Arsenal Gunners take soccer cup
The Augusta Arsenal 96 Gunners Green won the 2008 Aiken Soccer Cup Championship in the girls under-13 Silver Division.

Banks leads the way for Lions
Augusta Christian's Jackson Whitley pedaled a stationary bike on the Lions' sideline as the football team prepared for practice Wednesday. A red cast concealed his arm.

Cross country contests begin
The cross country season began recently in a cool, rainy first meet at Blanchard Woods Park.


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