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Thanks to sheriff's office and Sgt. Canterbury for kidnapping arrest
Not often enough is the Columbia County Sheriff's Office applauded for their outstanding service to our county and its residents. On July 11, Sgt. Russell Canterbury's service reached far beyond our county's boundaries.

Consignment shop provides a variety of wedding gowns
With wedding season well under way, Janice Pipkins wants to help brides-to-be find a dress that won't break their budget.

Student at Augusta Prep has an ear for foreign languages
Many American teens might perceive a 10-day trip to Mexico as a chance to party. Not Joseph Glass. For him, it's an opportunity to hone his already considerable foreign language skills.

Former landfill gets rezoned
A former Columbia County landfill is being given new life.

County, schools, Grovetown, Harlem to meet on millage
None of Columbia County's four property tax-funded organizations intend to conduct millage rollback hearings this year.

Younger juveniles are falling afoul of the law, judge finds
Three young boys charged with breaking into and damaging Augusta Preparatory Day School last month are prime examples of the latest trend in juvenile crime in Columbia County.

Bash will be fun for students
Members of a Harlem church are helping children celebrate their upcoming return to school.

Sustained by faith
Nearly a year ago, Bill and Lexie Van Pelt's world turned upside down.

Current Events
Sunday is the deadline for applications for the next class of the Community Emergency Response Team, which starts Aug. 16. For information, e-mail emer gencymanagement@ columbiacountyga.gov

On Vacation
Kathleen Jones (second from left), of Evans, enjoys a trip to Wrightsville Beach, N.C., with Wrightsville Mayor David Cignotti, his wife, Susan (left), and her sister Elizabeth Creasy. Kathleen's husband, Ron, took the photo.

Newsmakers
Elizabeth Rheta Piggott of Martinez and Julie Marie Fowler of Augusta were named to the Spring 2010 President's List at North Georgia College & State University for academic excellence.

Camps Calendar
Jim Siple will be conducting his annual free summer conditioning workouts for children ages 10 and older through the end of August. The workout is open to all and is designed to get athletes in shape for the fall. Workouts will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Workouts will be held at Blanchard Park in Martinez, located off Belair Road at 4541 Dewey Drive. Siple has been a volunteer coach with the Columbia County Recreation Department for 22 years. For information, call (706) 860-1592.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Services. 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 area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Class Reunions
The Harlem High School Class of 1980 30th reunion will be held Saturday at Red Oak Manor in Harlem. For information, e-mail billjones904@hotmail.com

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

Get Up & Go
The Marine Corps League Riverfront Marines Detachment 1132 meets the second Thursday of every month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. For information, contact Paul Brewer at (706) 306-6667 or usmc1008@bellsouth.net.

Good news we can all agree on
Winners in Tuesday's elections are rejoicing, losers are licking their wounds, and candidates making it to the Aug. 10 runoff are replotting their strategies. But no matter which category your candidates are on, there are some accolades around the county that we all undoubtedly can agree on.

Lives change unexpectedly
It is sobering to read Jenna Martin's story in today's News-Times about the crash a year ago that nearly killed Haley Van Pelt.

We should remember parents' virtues
My father turned 75 this week. He grew up in a generation that accomplished a lot. His generation fought wars and worked hard for a living. Now dad is retired in Florida spending his days playing poker with his buddies and taking care of Mom.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

Athlete Spotlight: Lakeside High School
Lakeside High School football players (from left) Chris Hatfield, 18, Kendal Parker, 16, and Khadi Tshishiku, 17, on the practice field last season. All were defensive players.

Bigger and better, new site opens for Marshall Family Y
After undergoing months of preparation, the Marshall Family Y opened Monday in a larger location with additional amenities for fitness enthusiasts.

Motocross explosion inspires new facility
Gordon Park Speedway has long been a staple of Columbia County -- the Grovetown facility has played host to car races for nearly 60 years.

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County Recreation Department is seeking host families for teams visiting the area for the Ponytails World Series on July 31 through Aug. 5 at Patriots Park. Ten families are needed to help show the visiting teams around the county and handle several other team needs. Participating families can choose their favorite state team among those still needing a host. For information, contact Ken Warner at (706) 312-7402 or krwarner@columbiacountyga.gov or Christi DeLoach at (706) 312-7411 or cdeloach@columbiacountyga.gov.

Rowland 's baseball I.Q. thrills Tigers ' front office
Greenbrier High graduate Jeff Rowland wasted little time jumping from rookie ball to Single-A after his selection by the Detroit Tigers in the 19th round in June. He hit .341 in 11 games and was promptly promoted to the Tigers' Class-A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Cheerleaders teach good spirit
Katherine Beasley, 11, (left) and Laura Colbreath, 8, are hoisted into the air during a cheerleading demonstration.

Sports Newsmakers
The Augusta Arsenal Gunners girls soccer team won the U10 Silver Division of the ASA Xtreme soccer tournament in Cummings, Ga. Team members are Payton Day (front, from left), Katelyn Smith, Emilee Shields, Erin Rush and Riley Washington; Katharine Sherman (back, from left), Jaina Eckert, Lucy Simons, Mary Michels and coach Shack.

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