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Events help provide school supplies
Though friends Rachel Hennigan and Alexis Deas won't be attending the same school next week, they were among hundreds of pupils at the 10th annual Columbia County Back to School Festival on Saturday who were eagerly awaiting the return of classes.

Man stresses gun preparedness
Columbia County residents are arming themselves. "I think a lot of people are afraid their Second Amendment rights will be trounced on," said Eddie Hulsey, of Evans. Hulsey hopes to educate this wave of new gun owners with his book, Defensive Handgun for the Armed Citizen.

Local lawyer is appointed judge of Grovetown Court
A new man soon will be wearing robes in Grovetown. City officials appointed Travers Chance as the city's new Municipal Court judge July 27.

Burn ban ends Sept. 30; permits needed
The ban on outdoor burning in Columbia County has been in effect for more than three months, and fire officials are reminding residents to follow the ban because outdoor fires can cause disastrous results.

Volunteer police have high value
The job of a Columbia County sheriff's deputy is to serve and protect residents. But not all deputies are paid for that service. More than 20 certified police officers donate their time through the sheriff's office's Reserve Program.

Transfer request deadline is Friday
Because Harlem failed for the second year in a row to make adequate yearly progress on graduation rates as required by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, students are allowed to request a transfer to a higher-performing school.

Newsmakers
The 22nd class of the Stephen W. Brown School of Radiography graduated June 25 in the Levi W. Hill III Auditorium at University Hospital.

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Current events
The Columbia County Health Department will hold a back-to-school immunization walk-in clinic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each weekday through Monday at all three health department clinics.

Police blotter
Two people were airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Monday afternoon after a three-car wreck on Washington Road. Gregory Teasley, 48, of Faircloth Drive in Evans, and Mari Lee Stewart, 74, of Keg Creek Drive in Appling, were taken to the hospital by AirMed helicopter.

Vacation photo
Agnes Boll, a Georgia Rotary student from Denmark, and Pam Lightsey, of Augusta South Rotary, visited Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tenn.

Adoption spotlight
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Time Capsule
As reported 29 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1980:

Class Reunions
The Butler High School class of 1969 is planning a 40th reunion for Aug. 22. Members should go to classmates.com or facebook.com to join. For information, e-mail jloveohio@aol.com.

Newsmakers
Columbia Middle School held its honors program on May 12, and Victoria Yrizarry, of Grovetown, was recognized for having the highest cumulative average from 2006-09.

Side effects of health worries
The most common form of cancer is skin cancer, the doctors told us. Exposure to the sun is therefore dangerous, they said. So we brought our children indoors. Now a new study tells us children are facing significant health risks from lack of vitamin D, which is produced in part by exposure to the sun.

Jobless numbers can hurt both parties
Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the August 5, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

School system takes a swing at changes
If the upcoming school year were a baseball game, school officials have shown themselves increasingly adept at hitting curve balls and handling bloopers lobbed their way from Atlanta. That's good - because it's likely that plenty more changeups are coming our way.

Sports calendar
The 15th-annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones charity basketball game will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Augusta Christian Schools gymnasium.

Athlete Spotlight: Daniel Whitener
Daniel Whitener had to cut back some on his travel and costs for archery competitions as family became his primary focus.

Second in series
The Columbia County Bulldogs finished in second place in the Global Sports World Series in Charleston, S.C., on July 22-26.

Greenbrier grad Freeman signs with Milligan College
Greenbrier High School girls basketball coach Dana Bull and Milligan College women's coach Rich Aubrey were in agreement last week: Dorian Freeman's best basketball is yet to come.

Teams prepare for new year across county
The sun emerged Monday morning after an overcast start, turning the Evans High School practice field bright green and creating a steamy heat. Few seemed to notice as the football team returned from a break during its second official practice of the season.

Gordon Park Speedway Race Results
Bryan Rice scored his second win of the season Saturday at Gordon Park, winning the feature race in the Stock V8 division. Jimmy Weeks finished second.

New team dilutes county's talent pool
I am back from my annual trip to Myrtle Beach with the guys for the Junior Wide Open, a golf tournament that we take as seriously as all four PGA Tour majors combined. I didn't play very well, but I had a good time and I was just happy to be back after missing the last few years.

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