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Democrats want sequel to stimulus, even though first one failed
When responding to Republican criticism of the 1,588-page, $850 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Barack Obama said, "Let's not make the perfect the enemy of the essential," and, he warned that failure to act quickly "will turn crisis into a catastrophe and guarantee a longer recession."

Scholarship pageant invites contestants
The Merchants Association of Columbia County is seeking contestants for the Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant.

Rezoning request without business parcels approved
Grovetown leaders denied a second request Monday to rezone a 34-acre parcel of residential property to include four commercial buildings, but approved a similar proposal minus the businesses.

Some shrubs sweeten the landscape
I look forward to walking to the mailbox in the mornings to get the newspaper, because one of my favorite shrubs is in bloom now.

Spooky food drives fill an acute need
The 14th annual It's Spooky to be Hungry food drive will give Columbia County residents the opportunity to help raise food donations this month before the busy holiday season begins.

Meetings planned to review tax rates
Public hearings will start this week to discuss the tax rates set by government entities in Columbia County.

'Walk to Baghdad ' supports the troops
Columbia County residents can show their support for the nation's troops while celebrating the spirit of Halloween in the Walk to Baghdad and Back event Saturday.

Lack of vaccines cancels flu clinics
Three clinics to distribute the seasonal flu vaccine are scheduled for this week in Columbia County, but officials were unsure last week if any vaccine would be available.

Board changes school policies
The Columbia County school board altered policies Tuesday on extracurricular eligibility rules for middle school pupils and on allowing students to remain in school when they move to other zones.

Illegal immigrants put additional burden on jail
he number of jailed illegal immigrants is growing in Columbia County and they are adding to the burden on taxpayers.

Gardener picks plants that will explode with fall color
While other gardens are starting to look drab and dull with the arrival of fall, one Martinez home is bright with blooms of many colors.

Special events help celebrate schools ' nutrition programs
Columbia County school lunchrooms combined sports with food to celebrate National School Lunch Week.

Student helping girls enjoy prom
Lakeside High School senior Brianna Murphy has spent years in social and ballroom dance classes partly because she likes dressing up in formal gowns.

Get up and go
>Scholarships are available to family members of Georgia Farm Bureau members who intend to attend a school in the University System of Georgia or Berry College and study agriculture or related fields. The deadline for applications is Feb. 26. For information, call the Columbia County office at (706) 556-6258, or go to

Current events
West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans, will hold a fall festival from 5-8 p.m. today. For information, call (706) 860-6573.

Gina Rollins and David Lamar Rollins, Oct. 9, 2009

Pet adoptions
Heartsong Animal Rescue in Martinez is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations. It rescues from 10 counties. Animals are current on their vaccinations. Dogs are microchipped. Pets are spayed/neutered. Cat are litter-box trained before placement. Contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241 or go to

Verizon Wireless held a grand opening ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 10. The store is at 2903 Washington Road in Augusta.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

School information
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Property Transfers
Windmill Plantation Inc. to North Star Home Builders LLC, 5166 Windmill Place, $56,900.

Police blotter
Columbia County authorities said an 18-year-old Evans man apparently took his own life after setting his parents' home on fire Thursday.

Marriage licenses
Benjamin Graham Cartwright and Kristine Lynn McAllister applied for a marriage license Sept. 4, 2009, and were married Sept. 4, 2009, in Evans.

Improve immigration law with reform
There hasn't been a lot of talk on Capitol Hill this year about illegal immigration reform. The focus of Congress and the media focus instead has been on bailouts, so-called stimulus plans, and now the trillion-dollar health care bill.

D'Oh! Marge, say it ain't so
My favorite television show, far and away, is The Simpsons. As a huge fan of animation, I've followed The Simpsons since before the show actually started 20 years ago when I was hooked by the short films that appeared as part of The Tracey Ullman Show.

Property appeals unfashionable?
Don't agree with the Columbia County tax assessor's opinion of what your property is worth? Feel strongly enough about it to file for an appeal before tax bills come out?

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, October 18, 2009.

Lakeside, Greenbrier win in playoffs
Lakeside volleyball players were not sure where to look next after winning their opening round Class AAAA playoff match.

Sports calendar
The Marshall Family Y will hold registration for its fall lacrosse program beginning Monday. The program is open to ages 7-15. Participants can register at The Marshall Family Y in Evans.

Prep Calendar
All games Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Region tournament champions
Lakeside High School won four of five games against host Evans High School to win the Region 3-AAAA volleyball tournament Oct. 9-10.

Shay, Hasenauer head Augusta Prep hall of fame class for 2009
Augusta Prep inducted its second class into the Steve Boyd Hall of Fame during homecoming festivities Oct. 3.

Greenbrier is benefiting from new playoff format
The Greenbrier softball equipment trailer is parked behind the visitor bleachers at the Wolfpack's home field, near the concession stand.

Evans goes the distance in marathon
It took longer than expected for Evans softball to advance Tuesday -- a lot longer -- but the Knights eventually prevailed behind strong pitching.

Knights, Wolfpack rolling in softball
As I prepare this column, Evans and Greenbrier high schools are gearing up to play in Round 2 of the state softball playoffs. The Wolfpack swept past Groves in Round 1, taking Game 1 12-0, then earning a 16-0 shutout in Game 2.


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