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More shopping centers or hotels aren't needed, especially on riverfront
Editor: A hotel and shopping center at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion? Seriously?

Officials say no plans of taking over fire department despite acquisitions
Columbia County government now owns all but three of 17 fire stations operated by Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue.

Teacher resigns in abuse of pupil
A Grovetown Elementary School teacher accused of abusing a pupil resigned Tuesday rather than face a termination hearing before the Columbia County school board.

Garden tour will showcase area gems
As the temperature cools, local gardeners are preparing for the inaugural Peek-a-Boo Fall Tour of Gardens, hosted by The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs. The tour will include six stops throughout the area.

More to love
In the two months since Columbia County officials opened a new, expanded facility for Animal Services, the building already is at capacity for dogs.

Job fair will feature area employers
Job seekers can take their search to Evans on Thursday.

Prevention is key in eradicating pests
The cool temperatures of this past week made me think of fall, which officially started Friday.

Tickets to see Lady A go on sale Saturday
Tickets go on sale Saturday for perhaps the most anticipated concert ever in Columbia County: Grammy-winning supergroup Lady Antebellum's acoustic show at Evans Town Center Park

County approves 'finishing touches' for new pavilion
Some "finishing touches" for the Evans Town Center Park will cost Columbia County taxpayers $116,000.

Spaghetti supper benefits charity
By attending a spaghetti supper Thursday, diners can help feed others in their community.

Grand opening
The Salvation Army Kroc Center held a Grand Opening Ribbon Cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 9. It is at 1833 Broad Street in Augusta.

Divorces
Deidre J. Glasper and Andre'a Glasper, Sept. 8, 2011.

Marriage Licenses
JBeranton James Whisenant Jr. and Ebony Antwionette Broadwater applied for a marriage license on July 1, 2011, and were married Sept. 3, 2011, in Evans.

Newsmakers
Michael O. Vernon, DMD, was elected president of the Georgia Dental Association during the 144th annual meeting at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Vernon received his DMD degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Vernon practices general dentistry in Augusta. He and his wife, Deborah, reside in Evans.

Current Events
A free, three-part educational series for Alzheimer's caregivers will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, and on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 at Elmcroft Assisted Living, 515 The Pass in Martinez. Reservations are required by noon Monday by calling (706) 731-9060.

Property Transfers
Pillon Communities Inc. to Ryan S. Straughn and Lindsay M. Straughn, 305 Congling Circle, $163,500.

Police Blotter
An Evans teen told police Monday that he was beaten and robbed while walking at his apartment complex.

On Vacation
Robert Renew, Paige Blackwell and Kaitlin Renew went parasailing in Hilton Head.

Pet Adoption
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort.

High schools: Fix and forget
Georgia really needs to settle its high school curriculum. And then leave it alone.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.

Great opportunity for Grovetown
Officials in the city of Grovetown have provided a golden opportunity. It soon will be up to the voters to seize it.

Huckaby takes on college mergers
Hank Huckaby is soon going to find out who his real friends are.

Sports Newsmakers
The Georgia Lightning defeated the A-Team on Sept. 11 to become the 13U Champions of the Ninth Annual Fall Kick-Off NIT at Riverside Park in Evans.

Prep Calendar
Football: Friday: Lakeside at Greenbrier, 7:30 p.m.

After two years of training, 5-year-old earns black belt
When Hudson Burch was 3 years old, he came to his parents with a request they didn't see coming.

JROTC Raider program teaching valuable lessons
High school football teams get 10 games to show off the results of their exhaustive training.

Girls with area ties helped U.S. keep prestigious Cup
While many sports fans were following the Braves' collapse last week, a group of talented young golfers were in Ireland participating in an extremely prestigious event.

Greenbrier tops rival, accomplishes goal
Softball matchups between Greenbrier and Evans high schools usually present an unusual situation.

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