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All Americans will suffer from liberal initiatives on environment
Editor:The liberals' fairy tail of "no increase in taxes under $250,000 in income" will bite all of us, especially those of us making less than $250,000 per year.

Barbecue to stand and be counted
Harlem officials intend to use barbecue this weekend to entice census-takers.

Planners discusslight pole height
Discussion concerning an appeal about light pole heights prompted Columbia County planning commissioners on Thursday to request an ordinance change about lighting for all future commercial developments.

County has 21 shelters ready to help when disasters come
Columbia County has 21 certified public shelters that can provide refuge to those who are displaced if disaster strikes.

Challenger emerges for seat on Grovetown City Council
One challenger stepped up last week to take on the incumbents in the Grovetown City Council election.

Remembrance of 9-11 victims is set for Friday at courthouse
Columbia County officials will pay homage Friday to those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks that occurred eight years ago.

Penalty factors important to restaurant ratings
All restaurants are required to post health ratings near entrances.

The Sanctuary adding space for flock
As membership at The Sanctuary church increases, so does the need for additional space.

Pets benefit from children's party favors
Micah Johnstun is just 5 years old, but she knows she wants to help others.

Outdoor burning ban will end Sept. 30 across state
Georgia's annual ban on outdoor burning, mostly in the northern half of the state, will end at midnight Sept. 30.

County gets stimulus money for transit
Columbia County will receive federal stimulus money to improve public transit.

Chamber looking to help home-based businesses
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce intends to start a new recruiting program targeting home-based businesses.

Grovetown will work on city water system
Grovetown officials agreed at a recent city council meeting to move forward with improvements to the city's water system.

Bid-protest rules adopted
Columbia County officials recently instituted a new set of rules for contractors wishing to protest the results of bid awards.

Helping seniors
When people move into nursing homes, it is the goal of one local nonprofit group to make sure they are comfortable.

School information
Important dates*

School lunches
Menus for area schools.

Columbia County Youth Leadership
The members of the Columbia County Youth Leadership Class of 2009-10 are Garrett Sisson (front row, from left), Maddy Elledge, Ben Bissell, Elizabeth Valerio, Charmaine Marshall, Brendon Palowitch, Caroline Stanley, Macy McNair, Haleigh Newman Kendyl Pennington, Wesley Colston (second row, from left), Ben Stewart, Rebecca Beaird, Jacob Walker, Rachel Scaffe, Tommy Coleman, Marie Jolly, Brandon Black, Keith Sellers, Jonathan Baker, Daniel Horuzsko, Sebastian Gray, David Gibbs, Matthew Keskula, Michael Moore, Johnny Leonard, Jonathan Hartman and Lauren Noto.

School councils
- River Ridge Elementary School: 7:45 a.m. Sept. 15.

Newsmakers
Patrick G. Blanchard has been selected to serve as the 2009 chairman of the Columbia County Finance Drive for the YMCA of Georgia. The drive is currently under way to support the state YMCA program in middle and high schools in Georgia through Hi-Y, Tri-Hi-Y and Co-ed "Y" Clubs.

Vacation Gallery
Scarlet and Thierry Wright stayed at the Height Hotel during a visit to Savannah.

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

Time capsule
As reported 48 years ago in The Columbia News, Sept. 14, 1961:

Current events
Columbia County Christian Church, 4004 Prescott Drive, Martinez, will celebrate its 10th anniversary today through Sunday, including a meal at 6 p.m. today, services at 7 p.m. today through Friday, activities, dinner and a tent revival starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waldon Pond in Appling, and services starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. For information, call (706) 863-0535, or go to www.c4christian.com.

Liberty runners
Grovetown Liberty Runners was started in summer 2008 by Officer Robert Eastman of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety. His mission was to get children in grades K-8 to exercise, get physically fit and have fun running. Three runners, Chris Evans, Diego Adame and Hugo Salazar, placed first, second and third in the Youth Challenge Race at Fort Gordon. Runners include Edrick Olivia (front row, from left), Natalie Gordon, Leslie Arcica, Haley Harris, Carlos Williams, Trevor Jenkins, Gabe Lombardo, Nick Smith and Mike Smith; coach Katherine Tiller (second row, from left), Alex Aguilar, Laura Jenkins, Marina Guiney, Alyssa Kerns, Juan Pasillas, Sylvia Jenkins, Lesley Arcica and coach Robert Eastman; Marlana Bales (third row, from left), Haley Guiney, Tysean, Erick Salazar, Alexus Duckworth, Toby Jenkins and Dilver Arcica; coach Jerry Tiller (back row, from left), Olivia Gordon, Hugo Salazar, Anita Jenkins, Scott Jenkins, Abby Jenkins, Santia Jenkins, Ginta Jenkins and coach Cassidy Leach. Not present for the photo are Diego Adame, Edwin Adame, Carlos Reyes, Bianka Dixon, Eliza Blair, Jaime Blair, Zack Sellers, Shay Thomas, Chris Evans, Dalton Huffman, Fred Terrell, Lorgal Henry, Austin Smith, Nyla Gwan, Logan McPherson, Lorenzo Martin, Ivana Martin and Chase Pennington.

Pets of the week
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. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. [CAPTION] Special photos Female tricolor tree walker hound [CAPTION] Gray and white kitten[CAPTION] Male black Lab

Cutting the ribbon
When Help Can't Wait held a grand opening ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 19. The agency, which provides comfort and services to people in nursing homes, is at 3822 Commercial Court, Martinez.

Lost chance to meet artist
If you've ever been fortunate enough to see the Southern Lens documentary All Rendered Truth on PBS, then you were able to spend a few minutes with Jake McCord.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, September 9, 2009.

Creeping up and over the proverbial hill
It happens every year. My birthday comes around and I start thinking about past birthdays: My first party at age 8, engagement ring at 21, beach party in Turkey 15-20 years ago, and many loving, family gatherings - including this year - in between.

Our responsibility is to remember
It isn't realistic to expect that America will recapture the feeling of unity and sense of shared purpose that we had in the awful aftermath of 9/11. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

'A great feeling'
Grovetown High football fans and players mingled in the veranda above their stadium Friday, reveling in the 35-20 Warriors victory over Langston Hughes High School of Atlanta.

Teams will see strong matchups this week
Wow! What a great week of football. Grovetown won its first home game in school history and now has a winning record at 2-1.

Athlete Spotlight
Brandon Carpenter slipped behind the wheel of his No. B4 late model one day last week in the shop behind his Harlem home.

Sports calendar
The Marshall Family Y is holding registration for flag football and cheerleading through Tuesday. The programs are open to boys and girls ages 5-14. Cost is $55 for YMCA members and $75 for nonmembers. Participants can register online at www.thefamilyy.org or at Marshall Family Y in Evans. For information, call Justin Goolsby at (706) 922-9658.

Panthers shut out Evans 17-0
Panthers Stadium sported additional seating Friday, room for a larger-than-normal crowd and close to 700 band members.

Greenbrier volleyball on pace for record
The Greenbrier High School students on the top rows of the visitor's side in Grovetown High's sparkling new gym let everyone know when the Wolfpack served.

More gridiron action
Augusta Christian freshman quarterback Tyler Robinson runs into a pack of Fox Creek defenders during Friday's 48-19 win at the Lions Den.[CAPTION] Photo by Barry Paschal Augusta Christian's Matt Rogers grabs an interception from Fox Creek during the first quarter of Friday's 48-19 victory. On the next series, Rogers broke a 57-yard run for the Lions' first touchdown.[CAPTION] Photos by Mike Adams/Special Above, Taylor Camp, of Harlem, is brought down by Greenbrier's Stephen Maxwell and Wesley Turner. Greenbrier won Friday night's game 27-12. At left, Greenbrier's Kendrick Wison tries to break through Harlem defenders.

Pigskin picks
Week Two of the Pigskin Picks, contest saw a total of 120 entries with one qualifier getting all 10 correct; 14 qualifiers got nine correct; 37 qualifiers got eight correct; and 23 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct. There were 45 entries that did not get at least seven correct.

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