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Construction projects under way on Chamblin Road
Those accustomed to a quiet drive along a forested Chamblin Road should prepare themselves for some big changes.

Prepare grass to resist take-all patch
Cooler temperatures have arrived. The cooler weather makes it nice to get out in the yard and do some work.

Land sold, but Yount's store to remain
The property that houses Marc Yount's Tire and Auto Works recently was sold, but the store itself should remain in the same location for several more years.

Journey Church to open on Riverside site
By Jenna MartinJourney Community Church is celebrating its fifth anniversary by building memories in a new location.

Eighth-grader picked for state board
Katie Humphrey might be just a middle school pupil to some, but to Lakeside Middle School faculty and staff, she is a girl to be reckoned with.

Pumpkins are tasty, nutritious
While many families will travel this month from patch to patch seeking the perfect pumpkin, few will think about its uses after Halloween.

Harlem official, builders reach agreement on store
Harlem officials and a developer recently agreed on changes that will bring the relocation and expansion of a grocery store.

Plans for retreat are scrapped
A developer setting out to build a religious retreat near Harlem recently dropped those plans because of zoning regulations.

DUI defendants often allowed to drive after arrests
As state Rep. Ben Harbin heads to an Atlanta court later this month to answer to charges related to his May 2007 DUI arrest, some might speculate that he used political clout or unethical means to retain his driving privileges in the 15-month interim.

Columbus Day event replaces Renaissance
By Lisa GuerraTo honor Columbia Coun-ty's namesake, the Renaissance Festival will step aside this year for a Columbus Day Festival.

Allergy, immunology clinic cuts ribbon
Augusta Family Allergy and Immunology held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 16 at 418 Town Park Blvd.

Divorces
Robert Wayne Oglesby and Song Hui Oglesby, Sept. 19, 2008.

Stallings pupil is a postcard contest winner
The Jimmy Carter NHS Education Program and the Peanut Institute sponsored a postcard contest for grades K through 12. This is an annual contest open to all Georgia students. The contest this year had more than 16,000 entries. Susanna Bondar, a student at Stallings Island Middle School won second place in the eighth grade division. She traveled to Plains, Ga., on Sept. 27, to be presented an award by President Carter. All winning postcards were enlarged and will be kept at the Plains High School Museum.

Military newsmakers
Air Force Airman Zachary R. Hodges has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Get Up and Go
The Columbia County Extension Service Gardening at Lunch series continues at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday with a session on bulbs. Future sessions include holiday plants, Nov. 12; and transplanting plants, Dec. 3. For information, call Extension Agent Charles Phillips at (706) 868-3413.

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.

Pacheco firm is new chamber member
The Pacheco Law Firm, at 3604 Wheeler Road, Ste. A, in Augsta, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 19 as a new member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

School Council Meetings
- The Greenbrier Middle School Council will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, March 25 and May 6.

School Lunch Menus
School Lunch Menus

Child Enrichment returns to county
Dan Hillman, executive director of Child Enrichment Inc., (center) and Sheila Stuberfield, president of the board of directors, cut a ribbon with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and county officials to celebrate their reintroduction to Columbia County.

Time Capsule
As reported 47 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 5, 1961:

Mission to Honduras
A group that included members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church visited Honduras on a medical mission trip in August.

Current events
Monday is the deadline for voters to register in time for the Nov. General Election.

Class Reunions
- The Harlem High School class of 1988 will hold its 20-year reunion Friday and Saturday. Details are available at www.88hhs.com. for information, e-mail 88hhs@comcast.net, or call Bill Tankersley at (706) 541-9721.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, September 5, 2008.

Economic troubles drain pool support?
Other than a border, Columbia County has something in common these days with McDuffie County.

Constitutional amendments: When in doubt, don't
Georgia's lawmakers can never be accused of shyness when it comes to proposing amendments to the state's constitution.

Augusta Prep set to launch football
Before taking the job as Augusta Prep's first football coach, Harry Bacheller met with some of his fellow coaches in the Atlanta area to get their thoughts on building a football program from the ground up.

Boaters should exercise special care when lake's levels are so low
We have looked at the issue of collisions between boats and, while that is very important, the thing we are most likely to hit -- especially with the low lake levels -- is the lake bottom or things attached to the bottom.

Focus is on long term for Prep's newest team
Harry Bacheller asked his new boss for an Augusta Prep shirt to wear for his picture for The Augusta Chronicle last week.

Softball tryouts
The Georgia Rockers will hold tryouts for their 10-under fast-pitch travel team.

Greenbrier upends rival Evans
Lauren Masters danced on first base and pointed to her teammates, who were going crazy in the Greenbrier High School dugout.

Prep Calendar
Upcoming high school sports events

Bulldogs win A-Town Throw Down
The Columbia County Bulldogs went 4-0 to win the A-Town Throw Down 9U Championship on Sept. 27-28.

Ex-Greenbrier standout Rice leads defense at The Citadel
Former Greenbrier High School standout Reggie Rice is fitting in nicely at The Citadel.

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