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Playground and fountain were big hit with visiting grandchildren
My grandchildren, ages 2 and 5, recently visited us for 12 days and I thought I would have trouble keeping them entertained. James J. Kendall III, Evans

Water plans emphasize conservation
Relaxed watering restrictions have been a blessing for gardeners who, in summers past, have had to work around the county's watering bans to make sure their gardens prospered under the summer sun

Event to benefit cancer society
A night of Cajun food, dancing, music and auctions will benefit the American Cancer Society.

County moves to raise street light fees
Columbia County commissioners Tuesday passed the first reading of a resolution to increase street light fees by $11.

New garrison commander returns home
At his July 27 change-of-command ceremony, Col. Glenn Kennedy, Fort Gordon's new garrison commander, told the crowd he felt as though he had come home.

Bank adds first branch in Columbia County
Though the future Food Lion shopping center at Evans to Locks and Furys Ferry roads is still under construction, Columbia County residents driving through the area will notice a new bank.

Survey designed to get input on development in county
Those who believe that shopping opportunities in Columbia County are lacking or that development is out of control have a new way to share those concerns with county officials.

Volunteers recognized for helping with child services
A group of volunteers for Columbia County's Juvenile Court system are helping provide a bright future for children in the area.

Church official opposes Harlem alcohol change
A Harlem church official is unhappy that rules governing how distances are measured for alcohol licenses were changed and that a nearby bed and breakfast was approved to serve alcohol.

Lawmaker hopes for special session on cuts
Dwindling state revenues, funding for road construction and water resources were among topics discussed Tuesday during a meeting between state lawmakers and Columbia County officials.

Leaves are showing signs of age
My childhood best friend recently reached a milestone birthday; 50 years old.

Grovetown High puts holes in bands
As football season begins and marching bands prepare to take the field at halftime, the bands from three Columbia County high schools are feeling the effects of the opening of the new Grovetown High.

Pet adoption showcase
This litter of puppies was dumped into a yard and were turned over to Heartsong for adoption. They are Aussie/Golden mix. They are cute, friendly and looking for new homes. Spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations, dewormed and microchipped. This litter came with a skin issue, which is being treated by Heartsong, but they are eligible for adoption.

Class reunions
- The Evans High School class of 1999 reunion is scheduled for Oct. 2-3. For information, go to For reservations, call Christie Soparas McTier at (706) 951-0019.

Military newsmakers
Air Force Airman 1st Class Brian L. Kurhan, son of Susan Spencer, of Martinez, is an F-22 crew chief for the 90th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Elmendorf Base in Alaska.

Police blotter
A Columbia County couple was charged with several drug offenses Wednesday night after police found drugs in their vehicle during a traffic stop and in their Appling home.

Paul N. Gentry and Brandy F. Gentry, Aug. 11, 2009.

Current events
Tommy Hawk will present a program on the physical benefits of exercise for Parkinson's patients at the CSRA Parkinson Support Group meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John Towers dining room, 724 Greene St., Augusta. Call (706) 364-1662.

Vacation photos
Heading out of town for vacation or visiting a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

Property tansfers
Barlow and Associates Inc. to David M. Copeland, 227 Stonington Drive, $214,000.

Photos: First Day of School
Riverside Elementary fifth-grader Zachary Digby and third-grader Alex Digby pose with their bus driver, Janice Johnson, on the first day of school.

Panic on the day Crown came to town
A new, enormous operation comes into a community, bringing its own supply chain and contractors. Existing businesses fear their prices will be undercut in fierce competition with the larger, more-efficient interloper.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Saturday, August 23, 2009

Book donors earn thanks
The idea wasn't complicated. Shirley Dawkins voiced a need. We saw an opportunity to fill it. The people of Columbia County responded.

Is it time for optimism on the economy?
Georgia's labor commissioner, Michael Thurmond, has seen the effects of the recession up close and personal.

Sports calendar
Lakeside High School cheerleading will play host to a "kiddie" camp Saturday 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.

Stories to unfold as season kicks off
The 2009 football season is here, and there are plenty of interesting storylines to follow.

Augusta Prep nears first middle school football game
Harry Bacheller thought the madness might end last week.

Lakeside girls, Greenbrier boys open with wins
As the clouds rolled in over Blanchard Woods Park on Wednesday during the first cross country meet of the season, the worry was that the girls race would not finish before the rain and lightning started.

They are the champions again
The Georgia Sting 12U (White) AAU basketball team wrapped up its 2009 season with its fourth tournament championship of the year at the Greater Atlanta Mid-Summer Basketball Classic in Marietta, Ga., July 17-19.

Dixie youth team set to play in national championships
No matter what happens at the end of the month, Columbia County's Dixie Youth "O" Zone baseball team has done enough to do the area proud.


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