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Emergency vet provided 'excellent' care when puppy was injured
Editor:Until adopting a rescue puppy recently, I had no idea of the quality of animal emergency care here in Augusta. I would very much like to share the events following an unfortunate accident one evening resulting in an injured rear leg for this sweet puppy.

Adding to debt burden with more public health care is 'insanity'
A few weeks ago, Dick Donnelly wrote about a difficult personal situation (the death of his wife) that was eased somewhat by the $800,000 medical bills being taken care of by his "two government plans, Medicare and Tricare" (letter, Sept. 27, "'Public option' for health insurance would force 'realistic' fees").

It's 'inappropriate' to charge admission to events at public places
Editor:My wife and I have been residents of Columbia County for more than 25 years. We have enjoyed the many benefits this county has to offer and are proud to claim residence here.

Concert to feature principal musicians of main orchestra
The Symphony Orchestra Augusta will bring the sounds of classical music to Columbia County on Saturday with its second Columbia County Music Series concert.

Cheering for a cure
When Jessica Chambers learned in January that she had juvenile diabetes, she was devastated. She soon realized that she needed to accept the diagnosis and help others learn more about the disease.

Rocktoberfest will help 20-month-old
Two months ago, Eddie and Jackie Johnson faced a parent's worst nightmare.

Homecoming court chosen at Lakeside's football game
Aleya White got an early treat Friday when she was named Lakeside High School's homecoming queen.

Variance granted for mobile home
A Grovetown couple can move into the home they purchased in September after the Zoning Board of Appeals granted a variance to the city's ordinance restricting the age of mobile homes moved into the city.

Affordable neutering, adoptions planned
Several events benefiting animals will be held this month in Columbia and Richmond counties.

Shoppers can get a jump on Christmas
A Columbia County event is offering a taste of early Christmas spirit Saturday and a chance to get a jump on that holiday shopping list.

Property tax bills coming soon
More than 57,000 property tax bills will be sent out Friday to Columbia County residents.

School lunch menu
Menus for area schools.

Award winners
The Columbia County Recreation Department was named the "2009 First District Agency of the Year" at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association 2009 Awards Banquet on Oct. 26. Patriots Park was also named as the Best Park/Recreation Facility by readers of Augusta Magazine.

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 and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt. 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 area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Honoring first responders
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Capt. David Dickenson and Columbia County sheriff's deputies fill their plates with chili. The Evans Lions Club held a chili supper Thursday at fire headquarters in honor of emergency personnel and first responders in the county.

Pigskin picks
Week 10 of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 87 entries with one qualifier getting all 10 correct; 15 qualifiers got nine correct; 36 qualifiers got eight correct; and 17 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct. There were 18 entries that did not get at least seven correct, including one late-mailed entry and two duplicated entries.

Police blotter
A Martinez credit union was robbed Thursday morning.

School information
Nov. 11: Progress reports

Class reunions
- The Harlem High School class of 1989 is planning a reunion. For information, call (706) 564-1198.

Sports newsmakers
Nathan Lechner won the gold medal in the 500-meter cycling event and fourth place in the 1K event during the Fall State Special Olympic Games in Statesboro, Ga., which were held Oct. 2-4.

Evans Elementary honor roll
First nine weeks honor roll.

A Happy Halloween
Hundreds of children participated in Trick-or-Treat so Others Can Eat at Patriots Park on Thursday. Admission was a can of food for Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Region champions
Lakeside's boys and girls cross country teams won the Region 3-AAAA meet Saturday at Blanchard Woods Park. Junior Anna Bowles won her third individual region title with a course record 19:17. Shane Wilson finished second in the boys race.

School councils
- Lakeside High: Monday, Feb. 22, March 29 and April 19.

Greenbrier Elementary School honor roll
First nine weeks honor roll.

Redcliffe Elementary School honor roll
Redcliffe Elementary School honor roll and perfect attendance.

Augusta Christian Schools held Honoring our Hometown Heroes Night at its football game on Oct. 16. All Richmond and Columbia County fire and police agencies were invited to participate and 23 members from the Columbia County Sheriff's Department, Martinez-Columbia County Fire and Rescue, Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department and the Georgia State Patrol attended. They were recognized during halftime of the game in a ceremony on the field. They were led onto the field by two students holding a banner made by the Augusta Christian middle school art class. Each agency was presented with a framed certificate to commemorate Augusta Christian's Hometown Heroes Night. The crowd gave them a standing ovation.

South Columbia Elementary honor roll
First nine weeks honor roll.

Current events
Inside Today

All attention is on intentions
Within minutes of my Sunday column hitting the printing press on Friday, Ron Cross announced that he was going to announce his re-election.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

Now, protect McCleod from Miley's staff
To call the outcome of Mark McCleod's criminal prosecution in Savannah a surprise is like calling King Kong a big monkey.

Athlete Spotlight
A typical sequence for Lakeside High sophomore Mark Weidenaar might go like this: Catch a pass, trot back to the huddle, get a play from the sideline calling for him to play quarterback and line up under center before having the chance to take his receiver's gloves off.

Lakeside can control destiny in the region
No coin flip is expected to be necessary to decide the Region 3-AAAA football champion. Lakeside just has to beat lowly Josey.

Sports calendar
A four-part boating safety class taught by the Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron will be offered Friday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 13 at McCormick County Library in McCormick, S.C. The class covers all aspects of boating: boat handling, docking, right of way, anchoring, aids to navigation, required equipment, state laws and more.

Just another perfect week of picking
Last Week: 5-0

Trail-building class part of bike festival
There is more that goes into creating the narrow trails that avid hikers and mountain bikers enjoy than one might imagine.

Knights run to seventh victory
A common goal -- and often overused clich -- for football teams at this point in the season is the ability to control their own destiny.


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