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Harlem officials are 'locked into their own way of seeing things'
I moved into Harlem to get away from all the red tape and politics of the "bigger" cities. I was hoping that a small city like Harlem would be easier to deal with. Well, it turns out that they are worse and locked into their own way of seeing things, unless it suits their individual needs.

Animal Control, rescue groups fight problem of dumped pets
It bothered me that once again someone was criticizing Columbia County Animal Care and Control without bothering to check the facts. I did, and here's what I found about the stray dog that Animal Control was "quick to euthanize."

Generous support for supper benefits less-fortunate families
The recent Columbia County Cares Family Spaghetti Supper was a great success. On behalf of our directors and volunteers, I thank all who assisted, attended and contributed to our success.

Duck recipe wins at Wildwood
Threatening skies and scarce gas supplies took the blame Saturday for low turnout at the inaugural Sportsman Festival at Wildwood Park, but the weather was just fine for a group of competitive cooks.

Duo will perform for symphony series
The Augusta Symphony will open its third season of the Columbia County Music Series with the tunes from the husband and wife duo Montana Skies.

World gets set for Hardy festival
Many Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel fans will flock to Harlem this weekend to celebrate the city's 20th anniversary of the Oliver Hardy Festival.

County officials pinch-hit at party event
Local Republicans and Columbia County officials gathered at Fatz Cafe Saturday expecting to hear a speech from the Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Wine sampling, rose show combine for new aesthetic
The sweet smell of roses coupled with the tastes of fine wines will offer area residents a unique sensory experience Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Columbia County to announce top educator
Columbia County school officials intend to honor their top educator during the Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner on Thursday. To be held at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, the annual event recognizes each winning teacher from all of the county's public schools.

Treatment facility seeks donations
Pediatric physical therapy is not normally associated with yard sales, but on Saturday, Pediatric Services of America will hold a sale to raise money for the children of its Grovetown center.

Breast cancer survivors help others
Many might expect to see their neighbors and friends wear pink during October, but the color typically favored for spring isn't a new fashion trend for the fall: It represents Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dessert event will benefit children
Columbia County residents with a sweet tooth can head to Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Friday to sample tasty treats while helping area children in need.

Clinics will have flu vaccinations
The Columbia County Health Department hopes its nearly 50 flu clinics throughout the county will prevent cases of the respiratory illness.

Counseling clinic marks new location
In July, The Family Counseling Center of the CSRA Inc. moved to 3711 Executive Center Drive off Davis Road in Martinez.

Group to celebrate anniversary with art show
It's been a weekly tradition for 20 years for members of Women on Paper to meet outdoors to paint, work in pastels or sketch.

Teachers accept awards
Martinez Wal-Mart staff present Ginger Logue, a teacher at North Harlem Elementary School, with a Teacher of the Year award, and the school with a check for $1,000.

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

Vacation photos
The Gonsalves brothers of Harlem -- Jonas, 8, Evan, 6, and Dylan, 4 -- went fishing off the piers in Daytona Beach, Fla. Karen and Chris Rogers visited Oahu and Maui in the Hawaiian Islands to celebrate their upcoming 25th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30.

Pet of the week
This female, domestic, long-haired cat 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.

Paralympian Winkler welcomed home
Grovetown resident Scott Winkler prepares to cut the cake at his welcome-home party. Winkler flew into Columbia Sept. 18 after finishing fifth in the Paralympics in Beijing.

Time Capsule
As reported 40 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Sept. 26, 1968:

School councils
The Greenbrier Middle School Council will meet at 3 p.m. Oct. 8, Jan. 14, March 25 and May 6.

Columbia County Cares hosts spaghetti dinner
Doris Wearing and Arthur Sanders, volunteers with Concerned Women Inc., dish up food at the church on Sept. 15. The annual spaghetti dinner benefits various charities throughout the Augusta area.

Police blotter
The condition of a 2008 Greenbrier High School graduate critically injured in a single-vehicle wreck Sept. 8 near Statesboro, Ga., has improved.

Current events
The Allstate Foundation is joining with Dress for Success to collect purses to donate to battered-women's shelters. Purses will be accepted at Tom Sorrells' Allstate office at 420 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez until Friday.

Get up and go
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church is seeking crafters for its fall festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Vendor space costs $25. For information, call (706) 650-0474.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

Paul Newman helped here, too
Even here in the hinterlands we could feel the loss of Paul Newman. Newman, who died last Friday at age 83, never visited our community that I know of. But his charity made an appearance.

A full weekend without leaving home
Don't let fuel worries put a damper on your weekend. There are a staggering number of events taking place right here in Columbia County this week, and even if you wanted to visit them all it would take only a few gallons of gas.

Sports calendar
The newly formed CSRA Youth Baseball League is a fall competitive youth baseball league. The league is for players ages 7-18. Each team will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays through early November. Full teams can enter or individuals can be placed on a team from their area.

Dedicated defense powers Evans' wins
Evans High School's defense has gotten a lot of the headlines early in the season. But after the Knights beat Glenn Hills 17-0 Friday to remain undefeated, defensive end Nigel Charles was sharing the love.

Pigskin picks
Week Five of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 132 entries. No qualifiers picked all 10 games correctly; just two qualifiers got nine correct; 14 qualifiers got eight correct; and 40 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct.

Athlete Spotlight: Alana Dyson
Harlem softball coach Mike Leverett compiles profiles on each of his players when they are ready to start looking at colleges, and sends the profiles to various schools.

Resilient Lions beat Falcons
Augusta Christian coach Bruce Lane called his team resilient Friday night after the Lions defeated the Ben Lippen Falcons 48-41 in overtime.

Lakeside defense steps up
A week after laying down in the second half of a loss to Glenn Hills, Lakeside's defense showed it could come together by stopping Harlem when it counted.

This week shouldn't yield many surprises
Well, I bounced back with a 4-0 week to improve to 12-3 on the season. Hopefully the streak will continue this week. The Lakeside/Hephzibah matchup is a tough call, but the Panthers should pull through.

Race results
Veteran driver Bill Chance took his first victory of the season Friday, winning in the Super Street Division at Gordon Park Speedway in Grovetown.

Bullets take first place
The Columbia County Bullets placed first in the USSSA 12-and-Under Carolina Classic NIT in Lexington, S.C. Team members are coach Don Smith (back, from left), Cole Pittman, Jake Gilbert, Josh Smith, Jordon Dudley, Alex Thompson and coach Brad Thompson; Zack Cooper (front, from left), Garrett Todd, Landon Cheek, Dylan Clark, Kevin Hyatt and Brandon Hensley.


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