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Officials say trip expense justified
Columbia County officials racked up more than $15,000 in expenses on a recent three-day trip to New York, but officials believe the trip might save the county thousands of dollars in interest costs.

Caught on camera
Grovetown police have a new piece of technology to help prosecute criminals.

Greenbrier names homecoming queen
Greenbrier High School's senior class president was shocked as her name was called as the school's 2010 Homecoming Queen on Friday.

Grovetown Masons to create child-identification packets
Almost 2,200 children are reported missing each day in the United States.

Most county schools improve on SAT
All but one Columbia County high school boosted its performance on the SAT this year.

Current Events
Reed Creek Park, off Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, will hold nature walks for 3- to 5-year-olds accompanied by adults from 10 to 11 a.m. today and 10-11 a.m. Sept. 30. Cost is free for members, $2 for non-members. For information or to arrange group trips, call (706) 210-4027.

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

Remembering 9-11
Woodmen of the World Youth Lodge 1828 and Woodmen of the World Adult Lodge 1571 presented deli lunch packages to five Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue stations Saturday on the anniversary of 9-11 in appreciation for the firefighters' service to the community. Youth members presenting the package to firefighters at the Furys Ferry Road station are Jennifer Merker (from left), Brittnay Wilson, Skylar Cranford, Johnny Ryder and Morgan Burch.

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.

Georgians don't object to rate hikes
Imagine what would happen if one of the candidates for governor, either Nathan Deal or Roy Barnes, proposed raising state taxes by $1 billion.

Baker's dozen hits Big Apple
How many politicians and bureaucrats does it take to make a bond-rating presentation in New York? For Columbia County, the answer seems to be 13.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

Insurance hikes inconvenient for Dems
Last December, a group called Pull the Plug PAC - created by some University of Georgia students with the purpose of finding a candidate to defeat 10th District Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Broun - visited Columbia County.

Kristen Mills Harlem High School
The way Harlem head coach Mike Leverett talks about Kristen Mills, she comes off sounding like a seasoned veteran.

Knights' blowout keeps county from coming up empty
Last week: 3-2 Year to date: 7-3

Lakeside 's Troxler shoulders blame for lackluster showing
Lakeside football coach Jarrett Troxler didn't try to deflect any blame. His words were direct as he walked off the field Friday night after a 34-7 loss at North Augusta High School.

Harlem gets hot with win over ranked foe
Mike Leverett believes his young team can get a little starstruck at times.

Prep Calendar
Football: Friday: Augusta Prep (JV) vs. Central Fellowship at John Hancock, 7 p.m.

Pigskin Pics
Week 3 brought in 84 entries, with just four contestants picking eight games correctly and 21 picking seven correctly. Fifty-nine other contestants failed to qualify, picking six or fewer correctly. Two others were disqualified for missing the noon entry deadline.


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