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Replacing old Little River bridge will cost $20 million
A $20 million project to replace the "functionally obsolete and structurally deficient" Price-Legg Bridge on Georgia Highway 47 will begin in 2014, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

New tag office
Diane Chiera (left) helps Michelle Chatman get her documents together at the new Columbia County tag office in Building C at the Evans government complex.

Double the fun
The city of Harlem invites people near and far to celebrate the famed comedy team of Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel during the 23rd annual festival honoring the pair.

Tickets to Lady A go on sale Saturday
Tickets for the Oct. 28 performance of Lady Antebellum go on sale Saturday at the Columbia County Library.

County looks at connecting nature trails near Grovetown
Columbia County officials are reviewing a proposal to close a gap of about 1 mile between separate walking trails in Grovetown.

Deadline nears to enter battle of bands
High school musicians wanting to perform in front of their peers have until Monday to sign up for the battle of the bands competition at Lakeside High School.

Police Blotter
Columbia County deputies arrested an Evans man last week after a 14-year-old girl said she was pressured into having sex with him.

Children have fun, get fingerprinted
Hephzibah resident Thomasena Sanderlin helps her granddaughter DeNea Burton, 5, get electronically fingerprinted Saturday as part of the Georgia Child Identification Program.

Pet Adoptions
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services.

Time Capsule
As reported 20 years ago in The Columbia News-Times, Sept. 25, 1991:

Current Events
Applications are being accepted for contestants in the 2011 Columbia County Fair Pageant to be held Oct. 22. The pageant is for single women ages 17-23 and includes interview, swimsuit and evening gown competition, with scholarships totaling $1,000 to be awarded.

National Alpaca Farm Day
Kelly Shehee, of Augusta, holds her 1-year-old son, Charles, as she feeds an alpaca named Nitro at Twisted Fence Ranch.

On Vacation
Members of the 2011 West Acres Baptist Church Mission Team went to Kenya, in east Africa. After a week of ministering in the villages of Choimim and Mosoriot through Build the Village ministries, 28 team members were treated to a day safari at Lake Nakuru National Park.

State of the Community address
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross (from left), School Superintendent Charles Nagle and Executive Director of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau Beda Johnson were part of the panel for the Columbia County Chamber's State of the Community Address at Liberty Park in Grovetown.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

Rewards will be worth the long line
You'd have to be tone-deaf and musically backward around here to not have heard that Lady Antebellum is coming back to Columbia County for another performance.

Watch Walker, now or later
This might be hard for some people to believe, but I don't much care if Charles Walker manages to get released early from federal prison.

Dated material already piling up
Do you know what day this is? If I have any doubt about the current date, especially during my morning wake-up stupor, I can do several things:

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

Sports Calendar
Evans High School will hold its Powderpuff football games at 6 p.m. today at the school's stadium. There will be freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior and faculty/football mothers teams. A bonfire will follow the event.

Warriors hope to build on surprising success
To say that Grovetown's Area 3-AAA volleyball championship last season surprised most of the Warriors' region foes is an understatement.

Pigskin Picks
Week 5 winners: Week 5 in the Pigskin Picks contest had 86 entries, and only one contestant picked all 10 winning teams; only one picked nine correctly, seven picked eight correctly and 21 picked seven correctly to qualify for the grand prize drawing.

Despite 20-7 loss to Bulldogs, Grovetown 's goals unchanged
Though his Grovetown High School football team fell 20-7 to Region 3-AAA counterpart Butler on Friday night, Rodney Holder made sure his players remembered what the coaching staff had been telling them all along.

Modoc Speedway Results
Modoc Speedway held the Driven Ministries Faster Pastor event Saturday, with a driver autograph session, a motorcycle jump over a tanker truck, live music, a "Faster Pastor" race and a full slate of regular racing.

Evans expected to prevail against S. Effingham
Last week: Greenbrier was idle; Lakeside lost to Statesboro 28-21.

Second place
Sarah Harrison of Martinez took second place in the girls 14-18 division at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Charlotte Jr. Challenge at the Waterford Golf Club in Rock Hill, S.C., with a two-day score of 161.

Athlete Spotlight: Eamon Diehl
Eamon Diehl can count on one hand the number of summer workouts he missed prior to this season.


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