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Writer's analysis of Georgia Power excess borne out in summer bills
Editor:Re: Tom Crawford's July 31 column in The News-Times, "Great summer for Georgia power":

Support for Harlem Band's trip to Orange Bowl 'is not wasted on us'
Editor:"What goes around, comes around": This is a phrase I have heard many times in 15 years. Most often I hear it when mischief finds me or I am aggravating my little sister. It was one of my PaPa's favorite lines, and I can still hear his voice whisper it in my ear when that prankish smirk crosses my lips.

Upcoming presentation 'may motivate courageous action' for children
Editor:It is unimaginable that children are being sexually abused, and yet, it appears that we as an entire society are in total denial - not actively waging a war against child maltreatment. We are passively allowing the sexual abuse of our children. There is no other explanation.

Vote paves way for lights at Prep field
Despite concerns from neighbors, Augusta Preparatory Day School's football team might soon be allowed to play night games at home.

Boaters should learn ways to prevent grounding
I have written about collisions between boats, but what boaters are most likely to hit is the lake bottom or things attached to the bottom.

First Day of School
Summer ended for about 24,000 pupils Monday morning as they filed into Columbia County schools to start the school year.

Student is among 30 in U.S. to get Cambridge scholarship
A former Lakeside High School student has earned a prestigious scholarship to seek her doctorate at the University of Cambridge in England.

Talent show will raise money for Lakeside chorus
A talent showcase will help raise money for Lakeside High School's choral program.

Property tax to go up for most homeowners
Recent millage changes mean most Columbia County homeowners will see an increase on their property tax bills, which will be sent out Friday.

Newsmakers
Lauren O'Byrne of Martinez received her masters of public administration from Georgia Southern University.

Pet Adoptions
These pets are available for adoption from the Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and puppies and kittens cost $20. All 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 new facility is located at 1940 William Few Parkway.

First day photos
John Clark Cook is ready for his first day of kindergarten at Stevens Creek Elementary School, and Sarah Phoebe Cook is ready for her first day in second grade.

From touchdowns to tunes
Augusta Christian football player Jabari Odom leads his group in a karaoke performance for the parents Friday evening.

Police Blotter
Angela Buegel, 16, walks through the hallway of her family's Rhett Drive home after a fire destroyed it early Friday.

Current Events
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding blood drives during August: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd.; Aug. 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Columbia County Lions Club, at the Shepeard center in Evans; Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ryan's Hair Care, 3961 Columbia Road, Martinez; Aug. 25, 8 a.m. to noon, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road, Martinez; Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grovetown Walmart; and Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., West Town Community Church, 779 North Belair Road, Evans.

School menus
Here are Columbia County school lunch menus through Friday.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 10, 2011.

Padgett wins without a race
Congratulations to Alice Padgett.

Student's call for higher fines has merit
Several weeks ago, members of the audience were pleasantly surprised when a Lakeside High School senior rose to say a few words during a Columbia County commission meeting.

Parents seek changes after their son's injury
As Grovetown High School played its final game of the 2010 football season, Donna and Phil O'Keefe were astounded at both the size of most of the players from the opposing Washington County team and the big hits they were putting on the Warriors.

Athlete Spotlight
As the "quarterback" of the volleyball team, the setter is in charge of running each and every play.

Sports newsmakers
Four local Patriots Park racquetball players participated in the 2011 Georgia Games in Atlanta on July 9. Ray Boyette (front, left) won the gold in the 30/35C category and Troy Arris won bronze in the C category; Kevin O'Rourke (back, left) won silver in the C category and Lew Carlisle won bronze in the 55/65C category.

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. 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.

Georgia Southern, Tusculum are counting on former area standouts
Former Greenbrier High School running back Kendrick Wilson will suit up for Georgia Southern this season as a walk-on. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound Wilson has been converted to defensive back and is now a redshirt freshman.

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