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Don't forget to praise emergency workers who 'held down the fort'
I was glad to see the recognition given to the members of our local fire departments for traveling to Atlanta to help out the flood victims (editorial, Sept. 27, "Praise for traveling emergency workers").

Flu clinics slated to begin this week
The Columbia County Health Department will begin holding seasonal flu clinics this week in the county's schools, with other clinics available at the health department.

Story of survival
When Debra Blakely found a lump in her breast, she was horrified by what it meant.

Put fall 's fallen foliage to good use as mulch
Leaves are beginning to sweep across lawns throughout the county, and although they often are seen as a nuisance, they can serve as a great source of mulch.

Evans graduate has part in new movie
Kathryn McCormick wasn't sure what she wanted to do after high school, but a trip to California quickly turned into a golden opportunity for the 19-year-old aspiring performer.

Under-budget construction bids save county 's money
The current economic slump causes hardships for many Americans.

Church program offers help on road to recovery
Traveling the road to recovery rarely is an easy journey.

Grovetown leaders will revisit rezoning request
Grovetown leaders on Monday denied a request to rezone a 34-acre parcel of residential property but agreed to reconsider the request when more information is provided.

Senior seminar aims to inform caregivers
The Senior Citizens Council is holding a seminar and panel discussion aimed to inform caregivers of aging or ailing parents.

New grocery store to open Wednesday
Grocery supply trucks and employee vehicles crowded the newly-striped parking lot of KJ's Market in Harlem on Wednesday as employees worked quickly to stock shelves in the store slated to open this week.

Event to help cancer group
An October banquet designed to raise breast cancer awareness will honor area survivors of the illness and bring a best-selling author to Martinez.

Early Grovetwon voting begins
Early voting begins Monday for the Grovetown City Council election.

Weeds change with season
Fall is in the air.

Officials focus on improving communication
A group of Columbia County leaders met informally Tuesday in Harlem to improve intergovernment relations and discuss current issues.

Police blotter
A Greenbrier High School student's father found him dead Monday night on the school's running track.

School councils
- Euchee Creek Elementary School: Tuesday, Dec. 1, Feb. 2 and May 4.

Flower power
Billy Becton stands in his sunflower patch in Evans with his grandchildren Joseph and Caroline Barksdale. His tallest sunflower grew to 10 feet, 8 inches tall.

Get up and go
In recognition of National Domestic Awareness Month in October, the Allstate Foundation is collecting women's suits and professional attire. Suits may be dropped off at the Richard Felder Agency, 205A Belair Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 228-3535 or go to

Pet adoptions
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort.

On vacation
James S. Perdue Sr., of Martinez, his daughter Julie Appleton and granddaughter Kendall Appleton, 4, posed with Minnie and Mickey Mouse at Disney World recently.

Wayne C. Dietschler and Debra R. Dietschler, Sept. 23, 2009.

School lunches
Columbia County School lunch menus

Luciana's Taste of Italy held a two-year anniversary ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant is located at 362 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez.

Class reunions
- The Evans High School/Lakeside High School class of 1989 reunion planning committee is seeking class members for a reunion to be held Oct. 16 and 17. Go to, or e-mail Kim Lovelace McMahon at, or Jo Nell Beckum at

Property transfers
Ivey Residential LLC to Richard J. Breed III and Kari R. Breed, 4009 Ellington Drive, $244,765.

Marriage licenses
John Howard Pennington and Ana Lilia Vasquez applied for a marriage license on Sept. 1, 2009, and were married Sept. 4, 2009, in Evans.

School informaiton
Important dates**

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, October 4

A journey of joy along the 'Trail of Tears'
You'll have to forgive an aging grandmother. Having recently completed a scrapbook of memories as a graduation gift for one of my grandchildren, I'm now knee-deep in nostalgia about the other four. So perhaps you won't mind if I share an experience I had with my second oldest granddaughter about six years ago.

Maybe we should try to look hungry?
Superior Court Judge Jim Blanchard Jr. made the right call this past week when he ruled in favor of the Medical College of Georgia Physicians Practice Group Foundation in its quest to build a day-surgery center near the fast-growing Greenbrier area.

Monty's killer will be caught
Maybe there's hope yet that there will be justice for Monty McAvoy.

Trophy catch
Kirsten Overstreet holds the first-place trophy she won Sept. 26 at Fort Gordon's kids fishing rodeo. She caught six catfish weighing a total of 3 pounds.

Prep calendar
Evans, Lakeside, Harlem at Region 3-AAAA Tournament, Wednesday, Patriots Park.

Arsenal U-13 girls take second in Atlanta Cup
The Augusta Arsenal U-13 girls team played in the Atlanta Cup, which featured 630 players, during Labor Day weekend.

Locals of all ages fare well in Ironman
Jared Ray was a Greenbrier High School freshman when he decided to take on a different challenge.

Cross country teams run strong
News-Times publisher Barry Paschal was digging through archives recently when he found this account from the April 26, 1872, edition of The Augusta Chronicle and Sentinel:

Sports calendar
The fourth annual Pink Ribbon Ride to benefit the University Health Care System Breast Health Center will begin at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at Augusta Harley-Davidson, 4200 Frontage Road.

Greenbrier's seniors go out in style against rival
The final regular-season game at Greenbrier High School's softball field belonged to the seniors.

Braves have bright future after making unlikely run at postseason
As I write this column, it appears the Braves' end-of-the year hot streak will come up just short.


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