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Thanks for newspaper staff for 'always being so kind,' sharing photos
Editor: I have been getting The Columbia County News-Times for several years. I have had the pleasure of corresponding via email with Barry Paschal about the first day of school, Halloween, etc.

Probate Judge Pat Hardaway
Friends, family and colleagues of the late Columbia County Probate Judge Pat Hardaway mourned her death last week.

Event to celebrate start of school
Members of a Harlem church will celebrate the start of school.

On patrol
When a Georgia State Patrol post opened near Grovetown in November 2009, it came with a promise of added revenue for Columbia County coffers to justify the $2 million price tag to build it.

Understanding buoys is key to safety on waterways
Thurmond Lake runs southeast to northwest, is about 40 miles long and has more shoreline than California has coastline.

Inadequate bids at auction put sites back onto market
Several commercial properties that went on the auction block in May are still on the market.

Time Capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 19, 1968:

New home for Animal Services
Kennel tech Gail Briggs cleans the kennels, above, at the county's new Animal Services building.

Swearing in
Alice Padgett is sworn in Tuesday morning as interim probate judge by Superior Court Chief Judge Carlisle Overstreet as her husband, Judge Wade Padgett, holds the Bible.

Police Blotter
Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan sentenced Amber Rose Lever, 16, to a year in jail Friday for her role in a crash that killed a recent Evans High School graduate.

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 kittens cost $20.

The 30th class of the Augusta Area Dietetic Internship at University Hospital graduated June 30 in the hospital's Levi W. Hill III Auditorium.

Current Events
Family Y camps: The Family Y offers a variety of camp experiences for children of all ages each week through July 29. Camp registration must be completed prior to child's attendance at camp. Discount for additional siblings. Register at any Family Y location or online at

Judge Hardaway: A delight to know
Columbia County and the Augusta area not only lost a fine judge, but an even better person when Pat Hardaway passed last week. She served as probate judge for more than 30 years and left in her path many, many people she helped. She will be sorely missed.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Designate appropriate memorial for judge
The question isn't "if." The questions are "what?" and "how soon?"

Unexpected vacancy filled
The suddenness of the passing of Probate Court Judge Pat Hardaway caught a lot of people by surprise, in more ways than one.

Kelligan joins Florida school
Liz Kelligan will take her acquired leadership skills and constructive criticism she's received while part of the softball program at Greenbrier High School with her next month when she plays at the collegiate level.

Athlete Spotlight: Lakeside High School
Junior Sam Graham holds items from the three sports he plays: football, track and wrestling.

Sports Calendar
Soccer: Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club will hold its 3v3 Summer Soccer Camp on Monday and Thursday nights through July 28. It will run from 6-7:15 p.m. For information, go to or call the club at (706) 854-0149.

Grovetown club keeps kids fit, occupied in the summer
When Robert Eastman started the Grovetown Liberty Runners, the longtime officer with the Grovetown Police Department had a simple goal in mind.

Former Cavalier adds City Am title to list of accomplishments
Former Augusta Prep star Lee Knox continued to fill up his trophy case this weekend. The 2010 Georgia State Amateur champion can add the Augusta City Amateur trophy to his ever-growing list of hardware.

Camps Calendar
Basketball: The Sure-Shot Basketball Camp for boys and girls in grades 2-5 will be held Monday through July 29 at Lakeside Middle School from 9 a.m. until noon daily. Each camp costs $80. Call Tom Weidenaar or Dave Pitock at (706) 855-6900.

Herring goes wire-to-wire at Modoc
Crate Late Model driver Parker Herring started on the pole Friday night and never looked back, topping Wendell Chavous and Larry Timms during racing action at Modoc Speedway.


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