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Longtime county administrator 'truly deserves' blessings of retirement
Editor, I would like to publicly express my sincere gratitude to (retired Columbia County administrator) Steve Szablewski for his unselfish and tireless service to our community.

New headmaster is 'thrilled to be here'
In her 30 years in education, Rebecca Gilmore has never worked with elementary school children and never helped guide a long line of motoring parents drop off their children.

Planners deny appeal of school 's lights
Springlakes residents might have lost their last chance on Monday to stop a neighboring private school from erecting lightposts around its athletic field.

Earthmine driver takes images to be used in 3-D map of county
Luke Pulaski's Nissan Xterra was hard to miss earlier this month.

Seminar helps to identify, prevent child sexual abuse
About one in four girls and one in six boys are victims of sexual abuse.

Rules for relief
Visitors to North Augusta's Summerfield Park can't yet escape hot afternoon temperatures by cooling off in the park's splash pad as city officials still are fighting for mandated state health permits.

Talk will focus on schooling at home
A Martinez church will play host on Monday to a panel discussion on home schooling.

Sweet Adelines hopes to add singers, awards to its chorus
Harmonizing is something the Harmony River Chorus of the Sweet Adelines knows how to do well.

Back-2-School Explosion
Lauren Alverson, of the Augusta State University volleyball team, paints whiskers on Kenadi Beecham, 6, a first-grade pupil at Cedar Ridge Elementary, during the annual Back-2-School Explosion on Saturday at Liberty Park Community Center in Grovetown.

On Vacation
Americus, 5, (from left), Carla, 8, and LeAnna Lawson, 3, visited Hilton Head Island, S.C., with their grandparents Ronnie and Joyce Cooper of Martinez. The older sisters enjoyed sharing the beach experience with their little sister on her first trip to the shore.

First Day of School
Davis and Dawson Boyd started kindergarten while Kayla Boyd entered third grade at Lewiston Elementary School.

Pet Adoptions
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.

Police Blotter
A Harlem teen was shot near Pumpkin Center Friday night following a drug-related dispute, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Current Events
Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is seeking volunteer advocates from area counties, with training set for Sept. 15-19 at University Hospital.

Maps reflect changing landscape
When our legislators redraw the boundaries of their election districts, as they are doing in the special legislative session now underway, they not only reshape the state's political landscape, they close out chapters in Georgia's history.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

Rezoning continues to hurt Harlem
Pity poor Harlem High School.

Memories fade of former park
There is small but growing anticipation in Columbia County these days with the pending performance of Lady Antebellum in Evans.

Panthers ' Bowles has opportunity to shine
As Sarah Bowles approached the finish line Saturday morning at Blanchard Woods Park, there was nobody in front of her.

'Dogs 'fell apart ' in opener against powerhouse Devils
By the time Alonzo Hill put Harlem on the scoreboard just before halftime Friday night, the Bulldogs already were well behind.

Sports Calendar
Augusta Lacrosse is sponsoring a Girls 7 vs. 7 Fall Lacrosse League. It is open to all players in grades 8-12. Dates are Sept. 7 through Nov. 12, with play on Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon. Kelley Field off Old Petersburg Road will be used.

Athlete Spotlight: Jackie Ramos
There was a telling moment during Saturday's season-opening cross country meet at Blanchard Woods Park.

Martinez-Evans team storms to title
The Martinez-Evans Little League Storm won 16-5 over the River Dogs to win the minors division on June 20.

Prep Calendar
Football: Friday: Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Another light schedule ahead for county teams
After easing into the 2011 season with a pair of games last week, only two of the five county public schools take the field this week. Both Augusta Prep and Augusta Christian also get their season cranked up.

Hauling it in
Lakeside's Heather Hamme catches a deep fly ball in center field in the top of the third inning in game two against South Effingham County. South Effingham swept the series, winning the doubleheader 12-0 and 15-0 with both games ending after four innings.

Modoc Speedway
After some fender-rubbing and crumpled sheet metal in the Super Street division, Chris Shaw prevailed to get his first Super Street win this season on Friday at Modoc Speedway.


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