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Deal should show he's 'great man' by stepping aside for Handel to run
Editor:Do we have another example of bankers' irresponsible lending policy with Nathan Deal, running for governor, by extending millions of dollars for a startup business loan for a member of his family without guaranteeing sufficient assets to back it?

Potential buyers should be aware that tax credit could be less than max
Editor:Buyers beware of the tax deduction/$1,500 energy credit.

Book on cancer centers on prevention
Dr. Robert Pendergrast hopes information in his new book will help women lower their risk of developing breast cancer.

Bureau will move forward on signs despite tepid response
A dismal number of responses from Columbia County residents on a survey for new "welcome" signs likely will be construed as public approval.

Brenau hopes new building will create sense of identity
When classes resume at Brenau University in January, Donny Moore hopes students can further their education in a new building.

Board will hear views on transfer
Columbia County commissioners must decide Tuesday if they will follow the advice or their department heads or agree with those opposing the transfer of a Grovetown librarian to Evans.

Cachers use GPS to locate treasure
Georgia state parks have entered into a treasure hunt of grand proportions with geocaching programs that are part of a "Get Out, Get Dirty, Get Fit" campaign.

Warrior in the battle
Mark Keaton is leaving his imprint on the fight against breast cancer.

Friction emerges in meeting on growth management plan
Future development between the Greenbrier area and Evans Town Center along Washington Road became a point of contention Tuesday at the final public open house for Columbia County's growth management plan update.

Battle against fire ants is unending
The rain and cooler temperatures last week were a blessing. Everything greened up, and the air was fresher.

Changes would green up parking lots
Revisions to two Columbia County ordinances could reduce parking at shopping centers and create more landscaping areas for parking lots.

Pet adoption showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations. 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. To adopt, donate or for information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to www.heartsong animalrescue.com.

Business newsmakers
Billy Johnson, director of operations for the Best Western Evans Hotel in Grovetown, received a Stars of the Lodging Industry award -- Manager of the Year (Division 1) -- at the American Hotel & Lodging Association's summer summit at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix on June 16.

Ready for emergencies
Columbia County's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Group 16 completed the final session of their training and are set to graduate at the October 5th Board of Commission meeting. Columbia County now has 333 certified CERT members. These men and women help our community to be better prepared for emergencies by using their life-saving skills to assist during emergencies, as well as assist the community in many ways on a day-to-day basis. Team members are Jena Berkhimer, Margaret Gossert, Randy Gossert, Dianne Kirby, Carmen LaPierre,Dennis LaPierre, Alisha LaPlant, Barbara McLaughlin, Bill McLaughlin, Danny Messano, Sujan Pakala, Lt. Col. Terry Pitts, Almon Poss, Devorah Pringle and Kathy Thompson.

Police Blotter
The nephews of a man shot at while breaking into a car in West Lake in 2008 were arrested Thursday by police who said they tried the same thing in the same neighborhood.

School menus
Lunch menus for Columbia County schools.

Commitment to Excellence
The Evans Knight Raider Team won the 2010 Rogers Cup in competitions held at Lakeside and Evans high schools. Competing against 11 teams from six schools, the Knight Raiders took first in four of the six events, including the rope bridge, obstacle course, search and rescue event, and two-mile team run. The victory in the two-day event was especially sweet for Evans considering Lakeside had won the past three years; the Evans seniors did not want to graduate without a victory. Team co-captains are seniors Nathan Dunn and Zach Hubert. Other team members include Wesley Jaimison, Mark Petersen, Matt Barnish, Trinity Vautaw, Willie Johnson, Cody Steele, Smiley Cooper and Nick Carrasco.

Harlem's prettiest
Participating in the Miss Spirit and Miss Harlem High School pageants were Brittany Graham, first runner-up Miss Spirit (front, from left); Sydney Hillman, Miss Spirit; Morgan Barton, second runner-up Miss Spirit; and Angie Griffin, judge; Mollie Baldwin, judge (back, from left); Jori Fletcher, second runner-up Miss Harlem High School; Kia Graham, Miss Harlem High School; Bailey Knox, first runner-up; and Brittany Hill, Miss Augusta, judge.

Current Events
All area Chick-fil-A stores will hold a Spirit Night from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, with a portion of the evening's proceeds benefiting the CSRA Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Newsmakers
Jarred Hanner (from left), Caroline Page, Caroline Cain and Kalon Hightower joined the Westminster class of 2014 as the first Westminster Honors Scholars. Each recipient scored above the 90th percentile in ERB admissions testing, with some scoring as high as the 99th percentile on multiple sections. These students received financial awards ranging from half to full tuition for ninth grade.

Divorces
Brandon McCalla and Keona Jones-McCalla, Sept. 23, 2010.

Property transfers
JJ&Z Builders LLC to Sandra A. Huntington, 358 High Meadows Place, $113,400.

Marriage licenses
William Andrew Vautrin and Shari Lynn Barden applied for a marriage license on Sept. 2, 2010, and were married Sept. 11, 2010, in Lincolnton, Ga.

Anniversary
Gerald and Rita Wren, of Grovetown, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 4. Rita owned The Hair Solution in Martinez until 2007, and Gerald worked for Columbia Nitrogen and Arcadian before retiring.

Ribbon cuttings
Sprint Wireless Communications Authorized Retailer, at 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway in Augusta, held a grand opening ribbon cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Answers lie in the middle
Say what you will about those dozen or so teachers at Greenbrier High School who wrote a letter complaining about the school's principal, Margie Hamilton.

If change is best, officials need to sell it
Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday are expected to get an earful from patrons of the Euchee Creek Library.

Knowing facts helps in cancer fight
About 40,000 women die each year as a result of breast cancer, but the numbers have decreased during the past several years because more women are aware of the disease and have committed to having regular cancer screenings.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, October 3, 2010.

Prep calendar
Listing of prep sporting events.

Former Panther Bratton becomes star in the CFL
When former Lakeside High School football standout Brian Bratton signed a contract to play for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League in 2007, he thought it would be a brief stay before he landed back in the NFL. He had a spent a year and a half with the Baltimore Ravens and figured if he impressed in Canada, an NFL job would certainly open up.

Inexperienced Grovetown showing some improvement
Coming into this season, Grovetown High School volleyball coach Amy Slagle faced what some might consider a daunting scenario.

Bulldogs squads battling in the polls
Columbia County has numerous well-known sports rivalries, from the established Evans-Lakeside to the one that is sure to blossom between Harlem and second-year school Grovetown.

Sports calendar
Greenbrier High School will hold Octoberfest on Oct. 23. The event, which will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., includes a car and bike show, chili cook-off, yard sale with spaces to rent, silent auction, basketball camp for children in grades 3-5, and entertainment and concessions.

Program teaches soccer at an early age
Three-year-old Grayson Sidel had decided he wasn't interested in playing soccer on this particular day.

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