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080410 - The Columbia County News-Times
A bus safety demonstration by the Columbia County school system's robot, Buster, draws the attention of children Saturday during the 11th annual Back-to-School Festival at Evans Middle School.

2010-2011 School Calendar
Thursday: Open house; high school, sixth grade

Registered and ready
With classes starting Monday, the doors at Columbia County schools remain open for pupils needing to register for the upcoming school year.

Christian concert is first in a series
A performance Friday by Christian artist Bill Steely will kick off a new August concert series in Columbia County.

Church provides invitation to recovery
An Evans church is offering a little guidance along the road to recovery.

Harlem loses a collector of its history
Harlem lost one of its unofficial historians and lifelong residents Saturday.

Children's storyteller closes out a chapter at the library
The Columbia County Library lost its resident storyteller when Pam Link retired Friday.

Service groups in county need help
Droves of area residents turned out to donate school supplies at Columbia County Walmarts and at a back-to-school festival in Grovetown on Saturday.

Wesley Carr Turner, of Martinez, a 2002 graduate of Lakeside High School and son of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy C. Turner, received the juris doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University on May 1. He graduated magna cum laude. He will be a clerk for the Toombs Judicial Circuit and will work in Thomson.

Current Events
Early and advance voting for the Aug. 10 runoff elections will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday at the Columbia County Board of Elections office, Building E, 500 Faircloth Drive, Evans. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

On Vacation
The Prescott family -- Ken, Kep, Mattie and Janet, of Evans -- visited Mayan ruins during a June cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These gray tabby kittens are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. 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. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School class of 2000 will hold its 10th reunion 7-11 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Doubletree Hotel. Tickets cost $45 per person or $80 per couple before Aug. 1. Send contact information to, or go to

Police Blotter
A Martinez teen drowned Monday after falling into the Savannah River while playing with friends at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

Unfinished business in state races
In what seems to be The Election Season That Would Never End, Georgia voters head back to the polls Tuesday for some unfinished business.

Owner admits to creative sign posting
Scott Badgley pleads guilty.

Later school day has teen benefits
For the past few years, there has been frequent debate in Columbia County about when the school year should begin.

Running away from president's visit
When Sarah Palin endorsed Karen Handel prior to the Republican primary, Handel embraced that support and has been attached at the hip to Palin - figuratively speaking - ever since.

Several things to watch as football season nears
Columbia County football teams started battling the heat Monday on the first day of football practice for the 2010 season.

Hosts find friends in Series competition
Christy Leeseberg thoroughly enjoyed coaching the host Columbia County 11- and 12-year-old squad in the Ponytails World Series at Patriots Park. Then again, she knows softball games come and go.

Expectations are sky-high as Lakeside opens practice
Sunday marked the first day high school football teams in Georgia could start practice.

Athlete Spotlight
David Capell, at 53 one of the oldest racers in the state and local BMX racing circuit, is fighting prostate cancer.

Little League lifer says he will retire
Ralph Herndon has devoted 33 years of his life to Little League baseball.


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