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Pantry's former staffers 'deserve a rest' after years of volunteer efforts
Editor: We will surely miss Lou and Cindy Reda at the Columbia County Cares Food Pantry. They have volunteered their time and service for more than six years, giving 5-6 days every week, with long hours. They are very caring people with their only goal feeding those less fortunate.

Grandparents Day represents start of National Assisted Living Week
Editor: National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will take place today through Saturday, and will feature the theme "Forever Proud."

County OKs land sale to schools
The final piece of the land-purchase puzzle for Columbia Middle School fell into place Tuesday as Columbia County commissioners agreed to sell a vacant parcel to the school board.

Evans student will emcee comedy event
An Evans High School freshman will get to take his act to the stage Friday as a comedy tour comes to Columbia County.

K9 partners help officers fight crime
Reliable deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office sometimes come with four legs and a snout.

'West Lake Car Lot' no more as parking regulation passes
Vehicle owners hoping to sell used cars will no longer be able to turn a vacant Furys Ferry Road property into an impromptu used-car lot.

Tag office to close to allow for move
Columbia County's Evans tag office will be closed after Wednesday to prepare for a move to new offices.

Armadillos more an annoyance than a serious threat to lawns
In the past few weeks, I have noticed a number of small holes in my lawn and natural areas. I have also seen these holes in a number of landscapes that I have visited.

Mullins Crossing property, shops sold for $40 million
Shoppers headed to Kohl's or Babies 'R' Us in Evans likely don't know the shopping center has changed ownership.

Potted bulb sale benefits childhood cancer research
There are few things as close to Kris Gordon's heart as her grandson Patrick Chance, and there are few causes more important to her than raising money for Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer.

9/11 services
Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, will hold special services in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. today, with Cathy Martin, who served at St. Paul's Chapel at ground zero with a team from Holy Comforter, as guest preacher.

Happy birthday, Augusta Prep
Augusta Prep kindergartners lead the students in singing Happy Birthday during an assembly to celebrate the Martinez school's 50th anniversary.

Pet Adoptions
>Peppy, from left, Rudy and Country Time are among the kittens available for adoption through Heartsong Animal Rescue, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties.

Military Newsmakers
Air Force Airman Jacob J. Shirley graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Charles Shirley of Grovetown.

Serving those who protect and serve
Former State Sen. Jim Whitehead serves Columbia County deputies at a luncheon Thursday for Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders Appreciation Day at Savannah Rapiids Pavilion.

Property Transfers
Stephen W. Howard to Nikita D. Futo, 202 Plymouth Drive, $95,000.

On Vacation
Arizona Rep. David Gowan (from left); Pam Lightsey, from Martinez; a representative from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's office; and Arizona Rep. David Stevens met at the July Fourth celebration in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Current Events
The Christian Education Department of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, will hold its annual celebration at 10:45 a.m. today, with guest speaker Latasha Ramsey of New Hope Baptist Church in Campaignia, Ga. For information, call (706) 860-7091.

Shotgun scholarships
The 2011 Columbia County 4H Shotgun Team Scholarship winners are Marlee T. Garner and Jesse W. Patterson.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:

Marriage Licenses
Freddie Edward Palmer and Lavon Rene Scionti applied for a marriage license on Aug. 3, 2011, and were married Aug. 20, 2011, in Appling.

New logo for Chamber of Commerce
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce President Tammy Shepherd (left) unveils the chamber's new logo as chamber board members unveil the Leadership Columbia County logo during a ceremony outside the chamber's office Wednesday.

Divorces
George Lyn Haughton and Carol Ann Haughton, Aug. 29, 2011.

Post-9/11 change should be positive
Today we are observing the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

Call to career came with 9/11
Instant communication enables us to experience the same event, at the same time, nationwide. One result is that each generation has shared a particularly memorable trauma.

Wolfpack prevails with powerful hitting
Debbie Born's squad is still working out the kinks as it rounds into midseason form.

My top 12 teams might include a few surprises
I am asked all the time: "A.B., who are the best high school football teams in the area?"

Prep Calendar
Football: Thursday: Harlem at Butler, 7 p.m.

Sports Calendar
Registration is under way for the third annual WSI-United Way 10K River run, set for Oct. 22 in North Augusta. The event, which begins at 9 a.m. at Riverview Park, includes a 10K run, a 5K walk, and a 1-mile Kids Fun Run, along with music, a silent auction and "goody bags" for participants.

Ex-Harlem star begins new chapter in his career
The Mikey McIntire story has many chapters left to be written.

Gymnastics Gold members enjoyed productive summer
As Steven Joseph prepares for the upcoming competitive gymnastics season, he still recalls the way he felt when he started at Gymnastics Gold.

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