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School Transportation Department did 'remarkable job' starting year
Editor: I would like to acknowledge the remarkable job that the Columbia County Board of Education Transportation Department has done in making the start of this school year the smoothest start in quite some time.

Republicans must tone down 'hard, right wing principles' to get votes
Editor: Republicans need to take the Democrats' opposing issues out of the propaganda arsenal by down-playing hard conservative positions.

State needs to replace directional signs removed during construction
Editor: As most residents of Grovetown already know, the Interstate 20/Lewiston Road interchange, which falls outside of the Grovetown city limits, was improved several years ago. As a citizen of Grovetown for 32 years, I have used the interchange countless times to get on and off I-20. ...

Board approves buying land to relocate Columbia Middle
With an agreement Tuesday to purchase six parcels of land for just more than $1.1 million, the Columbia County school board officially started the relocation of Columbia Middle School.

County 's smallest Walmart expands product assortment
After opening nearly two years ago, the Gateway Walmart near Grovetown is one of the company's faster-growing stores in the Southeast, according to a store manager.

Annual event gives kids chance to enjoy fishing
Boys and girls 15 and younger are invited to Mistletoe State Park in Appling for a morning of fishing fun on Saturday for the park's annual Kids Fishing Rodeo.

Discussion will focus on issues in county
Residents are invited to see what's going on in Columbia County at the State of the Community Address dinner Thursday evening.

Proposed voting boundaries reflect growth of population
Proposed new boundary lines for Columbia County voting districts double the geographic area of one district while leaving another untouched.

Clinics are scheduled to give flu shots, mist
Residents can prepare themselves against illness this flu season by visiting one of several Columbia County locations beginning Tuesday.

Beautyberry lives up to its name
One of the hotter trends in gardening is the use of native plants. Native plants are adapted to a particular area and its weather conditions. But that doesn't mean that they can be planted anywhere in the garden. If native plants are planted in the wrong place, they will have problems just like any plant.

Band specializes in weddings, events
Jam sessions for an Appling variety band are in high gear.

Increase in gas leaks could be result of work on utility project
Emergency personnel evacuated a home on Columbia Road and diverted traffic around a break in a natural gas line Wednesday.

DUIs
Ronald Gerald Turner, 63, of the 100 block of Buck Avenue in Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on June 19, 2011, and was fined $810 and was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Lukes celebrate 69th anniversary
Douglas M. Luke and Lila M. Luke were married Sept. 13, 1942, in South Carolina and celebrated their 69th anniversary in Tennessee with their family.

Divorces
Tammy Lee Swift and Thomas S. Swift, Sept. 8, 2011.

School Menus
Monday: Chicken nuggets with roll, hot dog, peanut butter, jelly sandwich, crinkle cut fries, broccoli Normandy, romaine garden salad, orange wedges, and milk

Property Transfers
James I. Conway to Patsy A. Tomasini, 29 Plantation Hills Drive, $210,000.

On Vacation
Ben and Cathy Barber traveled from Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Oregon coast, spending time in Lake Tahoe and visiting Crater Lake, Redwood and Lassen Volcanic National Parks.

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:

Pet Adoptions Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA.

Marriage Licenses
Joseph Michael Castleberry and Janette Booc Berdon applied for a marriage license on Aug. 29, 2011, and were married Aug. 29, 2011, in Evans.

Current Events
Three rooms of meeting space are available to community groups at no charge at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. E-mail gerilyn@mosaicumc.org, or call (706) 650-9187.

More reasons why teacher jobs are tough
We don't pretend to know all there is to know about the recent incident at Grovetown Elementary School in which a teacher allegedly manhandled a fourth-grader.

Race is likely one of many
It isn't even 2012 yet, and we already have a race.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

Eagles give homeschoolers a chance to hit the gridiron
As Bryce Alba tracked the running back and made a tackle during practice last week, the high school junior was showing off skills developed in two years of football experience.

Prep Calendar
Football: Friday: Grovetown vs. Butler, 7:30 p.m.

Sports Calendar
The Savannah River Sail and Power Squadron will offer a nine-week Weather Course starting Thursday. The courses, held at 7 p.m., focus on the movements of weather systems and includes weather manuals and sky charts for each student. Call (706) 829-3909 or (706) 799-2043.

Lakeside squads No. 1 in state in cross country
Lakeside High School expected to be highly ranked in boys cross country this season with so much returning depth.

Wolfpack show their support
Greenbrier's softball team gets set to take the field prior to Wednesday's game vs. Thomson. The Wolfpack won 9-0 while sporting pink jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness. Greenbrier is 15-3 and fifth in the Class AAAA poll.

High school Knights gain fans in young namesakes
I am coaching my son's Columbia County Recreation Department 6-year old football team. We are the Knights, and like Evans, we have gold jerseys trimmed in black. The kids have been great and I am having a ball.

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