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People should listen to other's beliefs, shouldn't try to change them
Editor:I totally agree with Barry Paschal's column Sept. 12, "Can't we all just get along?"

Liberty Square is not going on auction block at this time
An Evans shopping center facing foreclosure will not change ownership this month.

Back to paradise
While many might consider an excursion to Fiji a dream vacation, Abby Zylla hopes the time she spends there this year and next generates some world-changing ideas.

Azaleas need insect protection now
One of the favorite plants in the landscape is the azalea. In April, these plants produce some of the showiest flowers in the landscape.

Principal is chosen as learning director
The search for a learning director for Columbia County middle schools has ended.

County extends rezoning ban
The Columbia County Commission decided Tuesday to continue a ban on rezoning for apartments until Dec. 31.

Early vote will begin for Nov. 2 elections
Columbia County voters can cast ballots in the Nov. 2 election starting Monday, but one candidate has taken himself out of the running.

Grovetown council alters meeting times
Grovetown officials agreed Monday to change the time of the city council's monthly meeting.

Clematis blooms a cool sight
Marsha and Cam Varner's backyard looks like a picture from a winter scene, even though their home is in Evans and there is no snow.

Teachers may have some pay restored
Columbia County school officials said Tuesday that they might restore some pay teachers lost because of furloughs with funds from a federal grant.

Training exercise tests many agencies' response readiness
The wind spread a growing plume of fake chlorine gas from the site of a mock wreck Wednesday morning.

Ribbon cuttings
The Marshall Family Y, at 1202 Town Park Lane, Evans. held a grand opening ribbon cutting for its new location with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on July 23.

Class reunions
- The Evans High School class of 2000 will hold its 10th reunion Oct. 23 at the Doubletree Hotel. Send contact information to evanshigh, or go to

Pet adoption showcase
In loving memory of Maverick, who was rescued at the age of 9 weeks and served as a Heartsong Ambassador. He was used in education projects, as a therapy dog and as a service dog. Maverick died at age 9 and will be greatly missed.

Marriage Licenses
Kenneth Lamar Wright Jr. and Alexicia Larendy Hawes applied for a marriage license on Sept. 2, 2010, and were married Sept. 2, 2010, in Evans.

Police Blotter
A Grovetown High School student was arrested Thursday after he ran from school officials and police.

Ross King, executive director of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, presents a framed print of the state Capitol to state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, in recognition of the 2010 Legislative Service Award from the organization, during the Aug. 17 meeting of the Columbia County Commission. Shown are Clint Mueller, ACCG legislative director (from left); county Commissioner Trey Allen; King; county Commissioner Ron Thigpen; commission Chairman Ron Cross; Harbin; county Commissioner Charles Allen; state Rep. Barbara Sims; county Commissioner Scott Dean and state Sen. Bill Jackson.

Scholarship winners
The Columbia County Democratic Party Scholarship Committee awarded $500 scholarships to Lakeside High School graduates Kathlyn Freeman and Denise Makala during its August meeting. Pictured are Rosine Shaw, CCDP scholarship chairwoman; Freeman; Makala; and Robert Gray, chairman of the Columbia County Democratic Party.

Property Transfers
J. Porter Adams Construction Co. to Ryan T. Ware, 3022 Parkridge Drive, $156,900.

Get up and go
The MCG Cancer Center Light The Night Team will hold a spaghetti fundraiser for The Leukemia at Lymphoma Society from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Garlic Clove in Evans. Plates cost $5 or a donation.

Current Events
Contestants are being sought for the annual Miss Columbia County Fair Pageant on Oct. 23 at Greenbrier High School. Single women ages 17-23 are eligible to enter.

Craig Alexander Showers and Natosha Lane Showers, Sept. 14, 2010.

First to sign, first to resign
Then there were two.

Here; let me get that door for you
"If we looked inside ourselves and remembered how insignificant we are, just for a couple minutes a day, respect for other people would be an automatic result."

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, September 19, 2010.

Open up and swallow that roundabout
The answer is final, Pumpkin Center: Not only is your intersection getting a roundabout, but your county commissioners are now supporting it.

The best and worst from last weekend
The second full week of football started this weekend. By that I mean we had high school action on Friday, college games on Saturday and the NFL today.

Augusta Christian volleyball team comes alive on court
After losing Game 1 on Tuesday, Augusta Christian trailed visiting Augusta Prep by a sizeable margin late in Game 2.

Prep calendar
Schedule of are prep sporting events.

Football teams adjust from early challenges
One play made or not made can decide an entire football game. Just ask Grovetown head coach Rodney Holder.

3v3 soccer
The Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club Blue team members Jessica Powell (from left), Khyra Reese, McKenna DeGraaf and Daria Stan won the U13 Female Competitive 3v3 Challenge Summer Sizzler in Savannah, Ga. The girls went undefeated in the soccer tournament.

Greenbrier safe at home
Casey Rowland is safe at home ahead of the throw in the bottom of the second to Effingham County's Bridget Devlin. Greenbrier won the second game of a doubleheader 13-0 in three innings after winning the first game 6-5.

Sports can be an avenue for bonding
As my dad's birthday approaches, it gets me thinking about sports.


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