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School Lunch Menus
List of school lunch menus.

School Councils
The South Columbia Elementary School council will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the media center on Aug. 24, Nov. 16, Feb. 8 and April 26.

School Calendar
2010-11 Calendar

Back to School
Claire, Caroline and Connor Clements of Appling are looking forward to their first day of school at North Columbia Elementary.

First day of school
Hundreds of Lakeside High School students donned black shirts Monday, the first day of school, in remembrance of Nicholas Hartfield.

Victims of sex assault often wait to report
Victims of sexual assault often don't report the crime to law enforcement or opt not to prosecute the offender.

New welcome signs planned along two county roadways
Visiting motorists to Columbia County will soon receive a noticeable welcome along some roadways.

Side Track Bar & Grill owner is selling Martinez restaurant
One of Columbia County's older restaurants is on the market.

Tudor Branch residents concerned over entrance
Though developers withdrew their request to eliminate a second entrance to the Tudor Branch subdivision at Thursday's Planning Commission meeting, homeowners remained to voice their objections.

Police Blotter
A Lakeside High School student was charged Monday with creating a fake Facebook page that purported to show another student lied during a teacher's dismissal hearing.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets 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.

Current Events
The Columbia County Civic Orchestra holds weekly rehearsals from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays in the music suite at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans. Returning and new musicians are welcome. The Youth Orchestra holds rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in the Augusta Christian band room, 313 Baston Road. For information, call Rob Nordan at (706) 860-6573, ext. 114, or go to

The following students received degrees at the University of Georgia after the spring 2010 semester:

On Vacation
Greg Brooks took a group to southern Ireland in June. One of the many places the group visited was the Blarney Castle. Mim Riley, Gene and Jane Strong, Teresa and Greg Brooks, Edna Awad, Bill Waters, Virginia Anne Strong, Betsy and Blake Seward, Tom Riley and Zach Brooks all took part in the nine-day trip.

Time to line up for apologies
Back in June when the brouhaha over the firing and subsequent dismissal hearing of Lakeside High School teacher Margaret Mudrak was still fresh, the discussion took a disturbing turn.

Happiness is an eraser to chew
"To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much: impossible." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

Rec department champion hard to replace
When Charlie Beale was 12 years old, he and his mother were sitting in the bleachers watching a high school basketball game in south Georgia while his father worked as a referee.

Recreation chief announces retirement
Columbia County Recreation Director Charlie Beale announced his retirement Monday.

Athlete Spotlight: April Sganga & Carolyne McKie
Carolyne McKie and April Sganga have had Oct. 16 circled on their calendar for about a year.

Petersburg team comes close in finals
League tennis tiebreakers are an intricate system, with numerous categories such as matches won, sets won and games won. They are used to determine which team advances in U.S. Tennis Association league and tournament play.

Basketball coach puts down whistle for administrative job
For the past 13 years, Casey Dees has eagerly anticipated the start of the high school basketball season.

Volleyball jamboree
Lakeside High School's Peyton Proctor waits for a return by Greenbrier's Sarah Sather during a varsity volleyball jamboree at Greenbrier High School. Greenbrier won all three scrimmage games Saturday.

New sponsor gives boost to Regions series tourney
The final event on this year's Regions Bank Amateur Series will be played at Jones Creek Golf Club Aug. 21-22. I highlighted the event in a recent column.

Gordon Park Speedway
Special to The News-Times

Sports Newsmakers
The Martinez-Evans Little League Machine Pitch Diamondbacks were undefeated for the season and won the championship game June 11 at Crawford Creek Park. Pictured are Kell Hinson (front, from left), Olivia Strickland, Evan Nacovsky, Carson Murray, Garrison Bates, Logan Strength (second row, from left), Thomas Samples, David Bell, David Chasen, Bates Pinson, Anthony Berhing, Brayden Collett, Kohl Chambers;, and coaches Pat Murray (back row, from left), Sean Collett and Kim Chambers.

Sports Calendar
The fourth annual "Augusta Christian Fighting For A Cure" Football Jamboree will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at Augusta Christian. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society of Augusta. Participating schools will be Augusta Christian, Westminster and Curtis Baptist. For more information, contact Charles Cooper at (706) 951-3613 or


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