Thursday, September 8, 2011

As summer boating season winds down, slow down and be courteous
Editor: Like most boat owners, we enjoy speed, jumping the waves made by other boats or even our own. The wake boarder loves the ripple coming off your boat, as well as the skier or the kids in the brightly colored tube, or even those on the long banana raft.

Planning board rejects apartment bid
Columbia County planning commissioners have denied the first apartment rezoning request to come before them since a new apartment district was established.

Cutting up for Emma
More than a year after their daughter left an Atlanta hospital, Nikki and Jeremy Taylor are looking forward to celebrating with a fundraising "cut-a-thon" to be held in the 5-year-old's honor.

Event to be tribute to victims of 9/11
Families are invited to gather at the Columbia County Amphitheater Saturday to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and celebrate area emergency responders in honor of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

New fire stations will mean better services for residents
Officials in Harlem, Grovetown and Columbia County are in the process of replacing fire stations.

Candidates sign up for cities' elections
Eight candidates qualified last week to vie for five city seats up for election on Nov. 8 ballots in Harlem and Grovetown.

Bicyclist travels the world, sharing his environmental message
Armed with money, a sturdy bicycle and just the essentials, Avijit Chakraborty set out from his hometown of Calcutta, India, in December 2009 for a world bicycle tour with two goals in mind.

Police Blotter
A Columbia County grand jury last week indicted a Martinez man who confessed to causing a fire at his neighbor's Old Evans Road home in July.

Newsmakers
The following college students were named to Oglethorpe University's Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester: Whitney Daly , an English major from Martinez, and Mary Horton , a business administration major from Martinez.

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.

Current Events
Military Academy Day, for students seeking appointment to the nation's military service academies, will be held 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 at the Jaguar Center at Augusta State University. Reservations are required by e-mailing reagan.wiliams@mail.house.gov no later than 5 p.m. Monday.

On Vacation
The Wren family posed in front of the Salty Dog cafe during their annual trip to Hilton Head Island, S.C. Shown are Rita (from left), Mark, Brittney, Gerald and Byron.

School Lunches
Today: Soft or crunchy taco, cheese quesadilla, peanut butter, jelly sandwich, lettuce and tomato, Spanish rice, steamed corn, chilled fruit cup and milk

9/11 challenge: Live your hope
Some things never change. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. Crime and the decline of moral values continue to threaten the fabric of society. War looms.

In 3-D, money wastes faster
In its hilarious sendup of The Music Man, The Simpsons episode "Marge vs. The Monorail" finds the residents of Springfield trying to decide how to spend an unexpected windfall of $3 million.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

Remember what troops are defending
After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, our country all too briefly experienced a period of national unity perhaps seen only in the immediate aftermath of the previous, worst attack on American soil: Pearl Harbor.

Bicyclist travels the world, sharing his environmental message
Armed with money, a sturdy bicycle and just the essentials, Avijit Chakraborty set out from his hometown of Calcutta, India, in December 2009 for a world bicycle tour with two goals in mind.

Pigskin Picks
None of the Week 1 contestants in the Pigskin Picks contest selected all 10 winning teams, and none chose nine winners. Just 14 picked eight winners correctly, while only 21 picked the minimum seven game-winners to qualify for the grand prize drawing. Forty-nine contestants failed to pick at least seven winners. The most-missed game on the week's ballot was Grovetown's victory against Evans.

Despite predictions Warriors win again
Well, Grovetown folks are going to hope I pick them to lose every game this year. I have picked them to lose a pair of close games. Instead they are 2-0.

Prep Calendar
Football: Friday: Lakeside vs. North Augusta, 7:30 p.m.

Athlete Spotlight: Thomas Banks
The name Banks long has been associated with Augusta Christian football.

Injury didn't stop Cummings from sealing Grovetown win
In the midst of a standout performance Friday night, Jamal Cummings suddenly had to head off the field.

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