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Activities put fun in new term
A parents' night out and a back-to-school "explosion" are just two school-related activities that families can enjoy this weekend.

Chaplain tells pupils it was education that pushed him
It wasn't basketballs that bounced around the Harlem Middle School gym on Friday morning.

Home at last
As the headstone of a 19th century educator and aide to Lucy Craft Laney returned to its rightful resting place Friday, many of those attending the ceremony hoped it would close the chapter in a 25-year mystery.

Pet Adoptions
These cats are available for adoption from the Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services.

Police Blotter
Police are looking for a man they call a "person of interest" in the assault and robbery of an armored truck driver last week.

On Vacation
Jimmy and Ruth Sapp, of Grovetown, recently took a Mediterranean cruise on the Ruby Princess. They went to 10 ports in six countries on two continents. Here they visit the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

Current Events
The Lakeside High School Chorus will sponsor a Community Talent Show at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia County Amphitheater. The Lakeside Show Choir, "Soundsation," will perform at the end of the talent show. The event is a fundraiser for the high school's choral program. Tickets cost $7 per person. Concessions will be available. For information, call (706) 210-5406.

First day of school
Carla Lawson (from left), 8, and Americus Lawson, 5, wait on the bus for Lewiston Elementary, while sister LeAnna, 3, is ready for pre-K at Baker Place Elementary.

Remap magnifies party in power
Georgia legislators have returned to Atlanta this week for a chore they must handle only once or twice every decade: redistricting and reapportionment.

Strengthened, or is it diluted?
If you're the type person who sees the glass as half-full, it's easy to portray the proposed redistricting of Columbia County's portion of state legislative seats as a plus.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 17, 2011.

An enthusiastic homecoming ahead
During their professional careers as members of the country music phenomenon Lady Antebellum, Lakeside High School graduates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have performed in a Columbia County venue twice: Once, as an opening act at the county's Evans amphitheater in 2008; the second time for a surprise show two days later at their alma mater.

Greenbrier 'expecting good things'
Late last season, Greenbrier's opponents knew that Jahvon Hardrick was getting the ball on the majority of plays.

Grovetown hoping to get over the hump
Five plays.

Athletic defense will be focal point for Knights
When Marty Jackson talks about his defensive backfield at Evans, the list of athletes is impressive.

Harlem ready to build this year
When Jimmie Lewis saw starting quarterback Trey Price go down with an ACL tear in Harlem's opening practice, the head coach had flashbacks to last season.

Columbia County News-Times Super 9
Alonzo Hill Junior, Harlem Free Safety/ Running Back Hill is a bruiser when he has the ball in his hands and will be depended on as a key contributor for the Harlem offense.

Lakeside returns most of 2010 's dominant defense
Lakeside brings back almost everyone from a defense that was, at times, dominant in 2010.

Augusta Prep learning more of what works
When Harry Bacheller took the head coaching position at Augusta Prep, he had a plan in place.

Lions developing depth across lines
Instead of lamenting the loss of two of Augusta Christian's best players over the past few seasons, head coach Keith Walton is taking a proactive approach.

Prep Calendar
Football: Today: Augusta Prep at Windsor Academy

Exciting season is ahead for local teams
It seems like I say this every year, but this year more than any it is hard to believe football season is here.

Athlete Spotlight: Ben Burnside
At 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, Ben Burnside isn't exactly what most would call physically intimidating.


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