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Dining choices have grown in county
With some new restaurants opening and others expanding, Columbia County offers several options for dining out.

Program focuses on leadership
The second class of Leadership Columbia County is set to embark on a 10-month exploration of the communities in which they live.

Thriving arts interests seek shared home, greater unity
Building a sense of community has become the driving force for advocates of a proposed arts center in Columbia County.

Looking good
When Grovetown High School opened in August 2009, students enjoyed the perks of a brand new school.

Current Events
The University Hospital Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the Evans Government Center in the parking lot behind the Emergency Operations Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Appointments are required by calling (706) 774-4149.

Photos of the First Day of School
Christopher Mazurek is in fifth grade and Kimberly Mazurek is in third grade at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These black 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. It costs $25 to adopt adult animals, 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.

On Vacation
Meg Bodean (left) and her friend Olivia Vasquez vacationed at Jekyll Island, Ga., with Olivia's grandfather Bobby Lowe. Both girls are graduates of Grovetown Middle School.

Police Blotter
A Martinez man suspected in several Augusta car break-ins was shot Sunday night by a 39-year-old homeowner who said he watched the thief enter his neighbor's truck.

Biggest art center component: patience
More than 30 years ago, citizens of Columbia County started talking about the county needing a library of its own.

Dishonoring an institution
So, B.J. Wood stirred up a little teapot-tempest with his cartoon Aug. 11.

Is HOPE running out for students?
Is there any hope for Georgia's HOPE scholarship program?

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 18, 2010.

Football Preview: Augusta Prep Cavaliers
The popularity of football at Augusta Prep has grown faster than even head coach Harry Bacheller could have expected.

Sports Newsmakers
Columbia County defeated Cartersville in the championship game of the Georgia Recreation and Park Association Class A Mite Division state tournament at Patriots Park. Columbia County won 5-0 to earn the state title in the 9-10 age group. Team members are Matthew Turner (front row, from left), Hunter Jones, Brett Black, Blake Teston, Eric Becker, Jared Poythress, Levin Lackey (second row, from left), DT Stephens, John Waters, Zach Wilson, Davis Battle and Patrick Tom. Coaches are Rich Poythress (back row, from left), Wes Teston and Jeff Becker.

Football Preview: Augusta Christian Lions
Tyler Roberson experienced a defining moment last season.

Football Preview: Harlem Bulldogs
On the surface, 2009 might appear to be a disappointing season for Harlem High School football coach Jimmie Lewis.

The Super 9: Big Men on Campus
John Hardy, Lakeside -- At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, he has the size to dominate, and he put in extra work over the summer to get in top shape.

Football Preview: Lakeside Panthers
Jarrett Troxler held a Saturday practice this preseason. It was something the man he replaced at Lakeside, Jody Grooms, told him was not a good idea.

Football Preview: Grovetown Warriors
As a first-year coach of a first-year program, Rodney Holder knew last year that building a program wouldn't happen overnight.

Athlete Spotlight: Naji Harris
One day last November, Aceondra Cartledge found her son, the typically energetic Naji Harris, leaning on items in the room to support himself after coming home from football practice.

Football Preview: Greenbrier Wolfpack
The way Brian Smith sees it, Greenbrier High School's football team will play two seasons in 2010.

American Ryder team shouldn't be overlooked
After the season's final major, the talk of the PGA Tour was the penalty assessed to Dustin Johnson on the 72nd hole. He was deemed to have grounded his club in a bunker on his approach shot. Rather than teeing it up in a playoff, he was changing his bogey to a triple-bogey and heading to the locker room.

Sports Calendar
Marshall Family Y registration for flag football and cheerleading for ages 5-14 and coed lacrosse for ages 7-15 will run through Aug. 29. Regular registration for lacrosse and late registration for football and cheerleading will run through Sept. 12. The season starts in October. Regular-season games will be on Saturdays. The cost for each sport is $55 for members and $75 for nonmembers, plus $10 for late registration. There will be no refunds after the first week of games. For information or to register, visit the Marshall Family Y at 1202 Town Park Lane in Evans, call (706) 364-3269, or go to

Football Preview: Evans Knights
Unselfishness can be a rare quality among high school athletes. Players are trying to do everything they can to get noticed and separate their name from the pack.

Former band members return to help
Many high school students leave for college or jobs after graduation, never looking back to their alma mater.

Greenbrier, Westside scrimmage
Greenbrier's Trey Lawhorn sprints past the Westside defense for a long gain in a scrimmage.

Getting softball season started
Lakeside's Caroline Stanley tags out Effingham County's Whitney Smith at home early in game one of a doubleheader. Effingham County won the first game 16-1 in four innings and the second game 17-0 in three innings Friday.


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