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Harlem faithful shouldn't fault McIntire family for move to Lincoln County
Editor:It is always nice to see Harlem High School in the news, especially when the articles highlight the students' achievements. However, the event of the last couple days concerning the McIntires saddens me and makes me a little less proud to be a Bulldog.

Library holding contest for students to design Web site
Columbia County Library director Mary Lin Maner displays the library's Web site, which contains a promotion for their Web site design contest.

Abbott will continue fighting fires in retirement
Steve Abbott has dedicated his career to preventing wildfires.

29 county roads await OK for resurfacing
Columbia County officials recently compiled a list of roads in need of resurfacing and intend to present it to the state Department of Transportation for funding approval.

Properties face foreclosure auction
Properties owned by developer Mark Herbert are scheduled to return to the auction block Tuesday, but this time on the courthouse steps.

Lots of buzz cuts
Though admittedly filled with dread, Buddy Hendry said he tried to maintain a stoic demeanor as he drove Thursday afternoon to an Evans barbershop to cut off much of his hair.

Szablewski ends his career this week
Steve Szablewski concludes his 21-year career this week as Columbia County's first county administrator.

Schools holding open houses
An open house for pre-kindergarten classes will be held Thursday at eight Columbia County elementary schools.

First Day of School
Devin Long, 9, is ready for his first day at Westmont Elementary School.

School Councils
Columbia County school councils will meet on the following dates:

Police Blotter
Police are looking for a man they say stole nearly $900 worth of meat and beer from a Martinez grocery store.

Current Events
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at West Town Community Church, 779 North Belair Road, Evans. Go to

Pet Adoptions
These pets 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.

Redistricting 'transparent, fair, legal'
Every 10 years since the founding of America, a national census is conducted to count the total population. The results are used to determine the number of each state's congressional delegation and the population of each state Senate and House district.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

New lines cut old opponents
When then-U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood died in 2007, it set off a flurry of activity for candidates hoping to win the unexpectedly open 10th District congressional seat.

Remap disappointing for Columbia County
As the reapportionment session in the Georgia Legislature draws to a close, Columbia County has taken a beating.

Sports Calendar
Lacrosse league: 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.

Prep Calendar
Football: Evans at Grovetown, 7:30 p.m. Friday

My prediction? Evans, Greenbrier will both win close contests this week
Last week: 3-1

Junior tennis team makes strong showing at tourney
In early August, just days before the Petersburg Racquet Club 12-under junior tennis team was to leave for the state tournament, Katharine Sherman rolled her ankle.

Pigskin Picks
None of the Week 1 contestants in the Pigskin Picks contest selected all 10 winning teams, and none chose nine winners.

Bob Blastow Early Bird Cross Country Meet
Douglas County

Evans has perfect start with Week One victory
Though he didn't start, Eddie Johnson knew he was going to get some time at quarterback for Evans High School in the Knights' season opener on Friday.

Athlete Spotlight: Nicholas Torrance
When Nicholas Torrance competed in the Silver Gloves at age 13, his experience was short-lived.


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