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No 'comfort' in administration that 'lies,' runs up national debt
Candidate Barack Obama promised and pontificated fiscal responsibility, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted "pay as you go." The first is an established and undisputed outright lie, while the latter... well, that's a lie, too. Thanks to Congress and Obama, the United States' budget deficit is $1 trillion.

Savannah Riverkeeper will lead outing to Cliatt Creek
A short hike to Cliatt Creek where participants will net critters is planned for Saturday. Savannah Riverkeeper Frank Carl will lead the walk, which begins at 10:30 a.m. from the Mistletoe State Park Nature Center.

Harlem student will skip her last 2 years
When students head back to Harlem High School this week, Erika Blair won't be with them. Instead, Erika will forgo her junior and senior years at Harlem to start taking classes this fall at the University of West Georgia under the school's rigorous Advanced Academy.

First students get look at Grovetown High after dedication
Though Grovetown High officially opens Monday, the first day of classes, many students got a sneak peek of the new school during a Tuesday open house.

Grovetown Wal-Mart seeks employees
A special location has been set up for those seeking jobs at the new Wal-Mart in Grovetown. Wal-Mart executives created a temporary hiring center at 102 S. Belair Road, Suite 5, Martinez.

Board: Roadside memorials can last only a year
Columbia County Commission on Tuesday reinforced a recent committee decision to uphold an ordinance limiting roadside memorials on county roads to one year.

Library chief plans get-togethers
When Mary-Lin Maner meets the public, she hopes people will know she would like to hear their ideas about programs offered by the county's libraries.

Classes start on Monday
Classes resume Monday in Columbia County schools. The more than 20,000 pupils returning to schools will encounter some big changes.

Augsburg Haus serves German food in Evans
Columbia County residents have an opportunity to sample authentic Bavarian cuisine after the recent opening of Augsburg Haus, a German restaurant formerly of Augusta.

To every type of turfgrass there is a fertilizer, and a good time to use it
Do I need to fertilize my lawn again? This is a question that I am getting from numerous callers. The answer is yes. Your last fertilizer application for the year should be made in August if you have a warm season turfgrass, such as Bermuda, zoysia, centipede or St. Augustine.

Broun plans town hall on health care
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun will play host to a town hall meeting Monday in Evans to discuss health care. Broun, a medical doctor, will hold the meeting to hear public concerns regarding new federal health care bills under consideration in Washington.

Preschool sign-ups
Harlem United Methodist Church is holding pre-registration for 2009-10 for 3- and 4-year-old preschool and mother's day out programs. Call (706) 556-6885.

Police blotter
An Appling man was taken Wednesday to Tybee Island, Ga., after being charged Tuesday with stalking Miley Cyrus.

Vacation photos
Eight couples from the local CSRA Mustang Club spent a couple of days in Seattle sightseeing while on their way to Vancouver, British Columbia, to board the Island Princess cruise ship for a seven-day northbound tour of Alaska.

Melissa Jean Acord, 40, of the 3700 block of Glennwood Drive in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence May, 5, 2009, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and was fined $1,249.

Richard Alan Snow and Angela Rhodes Snow, July 22, 2009.

School information

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County public schools.

Current events
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Marriage Licenses
Dale Edward Grimstead and Louise Antoinette Fletcher applied for a marriage license June 17, 2009, and were married June 27, 2009, in Grovetown.

Time Capsule
As seen 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1976:

First-day smiles
Maybre and Hagen Zachry, of Waycross, Ga., the grandchildren of Rusty and Wilma Wade, of Evans, set off for their first day at Waycross Middle School on Aug. 3.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, August 9 Columbia County News-Times.

Caught between boyhood and manhood
On a warm July afternoon, at a random McDonald's playground, my 13-year-old son found himself wriggling through the metaphorical fence dividing the wild abandon of boyhood from the too-cool-for-school of adolescence.

Broun town hall Monday
Timing is everything in politics, and for U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, the timing of Monday's town hall meeting couldn't be better.

A proud moment at Grovetown High
Few occasions are more momentous for a county than the opening of a new high school. There certainly is no occasion bigger for Grovetown than the dedication last week of Grovetown High.

County's eyes should be focused on Bulldog
Last season, Harlem High School tailback Seth Hill entered his junior campaign with high expectations. The talented runner was coming off a solid sophomore season and was a year older and wiser.

Tournament champions
The Futures played and won in state Sen. J.B. Powell's Invitational Tournament Aug 1-2.

Improvements are adding polish to Greenbrier
With the Monday opening of Grovetown High School, Greenbrier High no longer is the county's newest high school. But with all the athletics projects it has in the works, the school will have a new feel in many areas.

Lions ' coach in control
Augusta Christian football coach Keith Walton gave his players an ultimatum at practice Wednesday.

Sports calendar
Lakeside High School cheerleading will play host to a "kiddie" camp Aug. 29 at the high school. The camp is open to participants pre-K to eighth grade and will run from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Cost is $30, and includes lunch and a T-shirt. Participants are asked to dress in shorts, T-shirts and tennis shoes, and may bring labeled water bottles. For information, call Elizabeth McDaniel at (706) 863-0027

Ex-Greenbrier baseball player walks on at ASU
Among the traits Justin Thigpen showed Augusta State University coaches during a tryout in May, one of the best was obvious: his love of baseball.


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