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Volunteer 'victims' needed for Emergency Management decon exercise
Editor:Columbia County Emergency Management is recruiting volunteers to serve as simulated victims for a full-scale exercise that will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

If student accused of faking Facebook page did so, it was out of 'sympathy'
Editor:Why are your editorials about this Facebook story, and not the horrendous murders, robberies, home invasions and so forth taking place in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties?

Fall fair art show continues, but without judging this year
Columbia County 4-H'ers can display their artwork at the Columbia County Fall Fair this year, as they have for about a decade.

Qualifying begins Monday in Harlem
Those interested in running for Harlem mayor or the city council can qualify for the November election this week.

Boule gives fundraiser Cajun taste
A Cajun menu is guaranteed to spice up an evening of dancing, music and auctions to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Wilson makes return to rental business
Frank Wilson is revisiting his old stomping grounds.

Nature search a chance to bond
Most grandchildren enjoy spending time with Grandma and Grandpa, but sometimes it can be daunting to find something that both a 6-year-old and a 60-year-old will enjoy. One event, however, promises fun for everyone.

Help for nonprofits
Columbia County commissioners provide several nonprofit groups with tax dollars each year.

Co-owner's help sought to clarify Mullins zoning
The Columbia County Commission asked Tuesday that a co-owner of property designated for the second phase of Mullins Crossing send a letter specifying whether he knew about the site's 2006 rezoning.

County OKs water line and $35 million bond sale
Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to use sales tax dollars to provide water lines to a road that normally would not qualify for the service.

Director of middle school learning gets Alabama job
One of Columbia County's school leaders soon will run a school system in his native Alabama.

Founder recruits to reactivate Grovetown merchants group
With Grovetown on the cusp of significant commercial development, Councilman Sonny McDowell would like to see the dormant Grovetown Merchants Association reactivated to become part of that development.

High humidity from recent rains can lead to problems in the lawn
This past week, there was a little break in the extremely hot temperatures that we have had. The rains that came cooled the temperature, but the humidity levels were still high.

Local scouts enjoy national Jamboree
More than 70 boys and leaders from the Georgia-Carolina Boy Scout Council boarded two chartered buses July 26 for a trip to the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

New to the bench
Attorney Grady Blanchard (right) confers with Grovetown Municipal Court Judge Travers Chance during a city court session Tuesday, after Chance was sworn in as the court's new associate judge. He replaces former Associate Judge John Flythe, who recently resigned to accept a judgeship on the Richmond County State Court.

Property transfers
Faircloth Homes Inc. to Timothy J. Clair, 628 Dunrobin Lane, $149,900.

Evans Christian Academy's new home
Freida Lachman, the director of Evans Christian Academy, cut a ribbon to officially open the school for the new semester at its new location on South Old Belair Road. The first day of school was Tuesday. The school offers Christian education for grades 6 to 12.

Marriage licenses
Eric Victor Bradley and Jillian Helena Carter applied for a marriage license on July 8, 2010, and were married July 17, 2010, in Evans

Current events
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Rev. Robert L. Ramsey at 2 p.m. today, with the Rev. Clyde Hill and Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Augusta as guests. For information, call (706) 860-7091.

Pet adoption showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Heartsong Animal Rescue, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age-appropriate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered, and cats are litter-box trained before placement. To adopt, donate or for information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to www.heartsonganimalrescue.com.

Back-to-school photos
See back-to-school photos submitted by our readers.

Divorces
Dennis J. Russell Jr. and Roberta Avery Russell, Aug. 12, 2010.

On vacation
Jessica Mole (Evans High School class of 2001) recently went to New York City with her parents, Ricky and Jeanette Stokely, to celebrate obtaining her master's degree in education from Southern Wesleyan University.

School menus
Here are menus for Columbia County schools.

Police blotter
A Martinez woman told police early Wednesday that the owners of a Martinez nail salon assaulted her when she asked them to change the color of her toenails.

A month later, it's party time
Ron Cross waited until one month after the election to hold a victory party, so I suppose taking this long to look back at the local election isn't as late as it seems.

Water subsidy sets difficult precedent
Any resident of a rural area knows how peaceful it can be, far removed from traffic and city lights. Land is usually cheaper and more abundant than tiny lots in a subdivision, too.

Next step on signs: getting feedback
The Signage/Wayfinding Committee was developed in July 2009 as a result of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau's market research study conducted by Judy Randall of Randall Travel Marketing. The study recommended that a community group be formed with the following goals:

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, August 22, 2010.

Former Greenbrier star tearing up minor leagues
I realize football season is here, but what former Greenbrier High School and University of Georgia star Rich Poythress is doing this season deserves an update.

Evans' Rosas impresses Barcelona team
When Ian Rosas stepped back onto campus at Evans High School for the new school year, the senior had plenty to tell his friends about his summer vacation.

Sports Calendar
Marshall Family Y registration for flag football and cheerleading for ages 5-14 and co-ed lacrosse for ages 7-15 will run through Aug. 29.

County rivalries to heat up as Greenbrier moves down
For the past two years, the Greenbrier-Evans or Greenbrier-Lakeside winner could exult in victory knowing that it won a rivalry game.

Stormy weather is forcing practices to move indoors
Look outside. Is it storming? If not, wait 30 minutes and look again.

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