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Parents, pupils get first look at school
Columbia County school officials, parents and pupils celebrated the opening of the new Baker Place Elementary School on Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony that preceded an open house.

School Menus
Monday: Chicken nuggets with roll, hot dog, peanut butter, jelly sandwich, crinkle cut fries, broccoli Normandy, romaine garden salad, orange wedges, milk

First day of school
Maybre and Hagen Zachry of Waycross, Ga. were ready for their first day of school.

School Information
Monday: First day of school

Schools to scramble if classes are filled
Columbia County school officials busily prepared last week for the first day of school on Monday.

Judge Flanagan's ruling gave teen driver control over her own freedom
Editor: Re Barry Paschal's July 31 column, "Making most of second chance":

'State will benefit' from Chairman Cross' service on defense council
Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Columbia County Commission Chairman Ronald Cross on his reappointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.

Lull in severe weather provides opportunity to prepare for emergencies
Editor: Severe storms, extreme heat, a crippling freeze, deadly tornadoes, terrible wildfires: Mother Nature has managed to throw almost everything in the book at us within six short months.

Growing transplants is rewarding
When is it time to plant cool-season crops such as broccoli, cabbage, collards and turnips?

Proximity to Augusta is factor in county 's level of pollution
Columbia County could learn as early as this month whether its fast growing, commuter-heavy population is at risk of failing new federal air pollution standards.

A caring couple
Though Lou and Cindy Reda realized it was time to step down from their positions with Columbia County Cares Inc., the couple doesn't plan on walking away from the organization entirely.

Only Padgett qualifies to run for office
Only Alice Padgett qualified last week to run for Columbia County Probate judge, but she won't yet take the office.

Raised planter beds take the pain out of gardening
When Joe and Paula Beaulieu moved into their new Grovetown home two years ago, the couple knew they wanted to continue gardening.

County opts to protect private land where Indian artifacts were found
The discovery of a few American Indian artifacts near a county work site has triggered efforts to guard the property from development.

Store owners less anxious as methadone clinic set to open
Business owners in Evans' Park Place shopping center seem resigned to the fact that their newest neighbor is a methadone clinic.

Carmen Salaya-Ramirez, 24, of the 6400 block of Ridge Road in Appling, was charged with driving under the influence on Nov. 21, 2010, and was sentenced to 170 days in jail.

Pet Adoptions
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA.

Marriage Licenses
Mark Alan Stephens Jr. and Michelle Leann Hawkins applied for a marriage license on July 7, 2011, and were married July 9, 2011, in Evans.

James B. Love Jr. and Channell Nicole Love, Jan. 30, 2009.

Time Capsule
As reported 48 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Aug. 8, 1963:

Current Events
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives during August: Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd.

Property Transfers
Shirley McIntosh to Brittany D. Jackson, 380 Sandleton Way, $97,000.

Police Blotter
An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday and accused of trying to steal several items, including women's underwear and mesh gloves, from Walmart in Martinez.

College completion plan falls short
With no small amount of fanfare Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal's office promoted announced an initiative to get more college students to graduate.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, August 7, 2011

First woman was elected here
Recent history pegs 1992 as a significant year in Columbia County for women in elected office, with several "firsts":

'Dogs catcher signs with Jaguars
As Taylor Camp prepares for his first taste of college baseball, he'll draw on his experiences at Harlem.

County teams fall short in World Series
Ben Dukes and Columbia County's All-Star squad traveled to the Dixie Majors World Series expecting to contend.

Sports Calendar
The Georgia Rockers Fast Pitch Organization will be holding tryouts at Patriots Park for the upcoming 2012 season. Age control date is Jan. 1, 2012. Tryouts for the 14-Under team will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 21. Tryouts for the 12-Under team will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 28. Call Ike Branch at (706) 373-9581.

Harlem team will be put to an early test in Patriots Park event
Mike Leverett is expecting big things from his Harlem softball squad this year.

Sports Newsmakers
The Martinez-Evans Little League Nationals 11-12 All-Stars recently completed their 2011 season by taking second place at the District 6 Little League baseball tournament in Augusta.

Juniors take best shot at Jones Creek
Dalton Reese tees off on the second hole at Jones Creek Golf Club during the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship.

Former Evans linebacker Faloughi in position for playing time at Georgia
Three years ago, Evans High School defensive end Reuben Faloughi turned down several scholarship offers when he was invited to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Georgia.


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