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Spears' 'vision' important to area's survival
I support Frank Spears for the Columbia County Commission. My wife and I will be voting for him in the primary. Through church and our Sunday school class, I have known Frank for the last several years. I trust him, and I believe him. With that being said, Frank, I have one piece of advice - your signs would be more effective if you did not lay them in a pile along the side of the road.

Cross brings 'wide range of experience' to job
The people of Columbia County have the privilege to elect our own chairman of the County Commission in the election Aug. 20. Ron Cross, who has lived in Columbia County for some 30 years, is a candidate for that position.

Vote 'no' to preserve alcohol-free restaurants
This letter is to the citizens of Grovetown.

Candidate's 'clarity of character' gains support
Coming into this political season it was my intention to follow the precedent I had set in 1998, when as a Commissioner I stayed neutral in the political race for the District 2 Commission seat in Columbia County. It was my intent to do the same in the present race between incumbent Frank Spears and Planning and Zoning Chairman Steve Brown for the new District 1 seat. But as this campaign has unfolded, I have come to sense an obligation to express my judgment about the fitness of these two men for public office.

Spears proven leader
Congratulations to Frank Spears for not yielding to the politics of negativism! A family man, a businessman, a man of integrity, he has the proven experience as our current Columbia County commissioner to lead us through the next four years.

'Yes' vote will encourage growth in Grovetown
I would like to urge the voters of Grovetown to vote yes on Tuesday for the proposed ordinance of drink by the glass.

Mundy 'most qualified' to serve District 3 post
I am writing in support of Tony Mundy, who is running for County Commission District 3 in the Harlem/Grovetown area. Mundy is a local businessman and understands the expectations of a community commissioner. He is a member of Harlem Baptist Church and participates in several committees and projects. Mundy is against consolidation of the Harlem/Grovetown area and wants to continue with separate municipalities of the communities. Mundy is concerned with railroad situations that exist in the area and plans to help find solutions to these problems.

War marker is 'boring'
With all due respect toward the Sons of Confederate Veterans, frankly, how many more boring monuments do we have to build to honor our second-place status in the Late Unpleasantness? Why not honor the man who enabled the south to rise, Willis Haviland Carrier, inventor of air conditioning? A giant representation of evaporating coils suits me.

Vote for Brown an 'investment' in county future
I am writing to acknowledge my endorsement of Steve Brown for commissioner in Columbia County.

Vote 'yes' on monument, flag & Schrenko
It was great opening the Aug. 14 edition of The Columbia County News-Times and reading T. W. Woody Highsmiths excellent column supporting the placement of a Confederate monument on the front lawn of the new Columbia County Justice Center. Might I add that anyone who votes no regarding this particular item will do so only out of ignorance, cowardice, or extreme prejudice against Southerners.

Two vie for commission chairman seat
Andy Kingery and Ron Cross have a shot at history.

Brown hopes to unseat Spears
Frank Spears - the man shackled by some with the stormwater utility responsibility - makes no apologies to his constituents: the monthly fee has been put to good use in Columbia County.

All signs point to Tuesday's primary
Just look for the signs.

Grovetown voters could change city's liquor law
Grovetown residents will have the chance to change the city's liquor ordinance, which currently prohibits restaurants and other establishments from selling by-the-drink alcohol.

Prep set to begin new school year
Jack Hall expects the following year to be a great one for Augusta Prep. As head of the school, Hall is eager to get the school year started.

Student earns college credit with summer trip
Less than a month after graduating from high school, Jessica Kelley packed her bags for her first college experience.

District 3 hopefulls tout experience
Experience is a word District 3 voters have heard a lot during the campaign.

Planning for annual Fire Fest gets underway
Organizers of Fire Fest 2002 are gearing up for an event they hope will be bigger than ever.

AC's new headmaster aims to improve school
Students returning for the first day of school at Augusta Christian Monday will find some new faces and a new look for the school.

Man gets 40 years in prison
An Evans man who initially pleaded not guilty to a series of charges ranging from sexual exploitation of children to possession of a controlled substance changed his plea this week - and will spend at least 15 years in jail.

Pupil population grows
Columbia County schools have been in session for more than a week and school officials nearly hit the bullseye on guessing the number of students they would have this year.

Get up and go
The American Cancer Society is offering Look Good...Feel Better, a national program to help women undergoing cancer treatment deal with appearance related side effects. Sessions are conducted by volunteer cosmetologists. The program is free.

Property transfers
Philip B. McKenzie and Michelle McKenzie, to Kirkland R. Ellefson and Elsie Gonzales Ellefson, 821 Prairie Lane, $160,000

Police reports
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.

First day
Nikki Kirkland is all smiles on the first day of school. The 7-year-old is a second grader at North Harlem Elementary School.

Columbia County schools guide
2002-2003 guide to Columbia County public schools

School lunch menus
Columbia County public school menus

Current events
The Columbia County Clerk of Superior Court's office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday while the staff relocates to the new Columbia County Justice Center, next to the Evans Government Center on Ronald Reagan Drive.

Why we endorse
It is this newspapers policy to evaluate local candidates for office and offer to our readers the benefit of our careful study and consideration by voicing our opinions on those candidates.

Paying price for politeness
Sometimes we are just too dang polite.

Elect Ron Cross to chairmanship
Two decades have passed since Columbia County voters could select the chairman of the County Commission. Lawmakers followed the will of the electorate and restructured the commission, recreating the position of countywide elected chairman.

Elect Mark Devoti in District 3
The special election for the District 3 post on the Columbia County Commission has big shoes to fill. The previous occupant, Barry Fleming, also was serving as chairman of the Commission when he resigned to seek Bill Jacksons seat in the state Legislature.

Re-elect Frank Spears in District 1
If a man is known by the company he keeps, that alone would be enough to propel Steve Brown into the Columbia County Commission District 1 post. Brown has received significant support among the communitys movers, shakers and king-makers.

Vote Tuesday to help lead community
Just a casual look at the sad state of politics in our neighboring county is enough to help us appreciate Columbia Countys good fortune.

Changing direction
Gail Connor didn't plan on making local history by becoming the first female athletic director at a Columbia County high school.

Division move gives Evans girls road relief
Some things haven't changed for the Evans High School softball team - last week the Lady Knights embarked on a road trip to start the 2002 season.

Plaques show more than 4 are "Lord of the Rings'
The red flags should have been there, and they were, but they popped up a little too late.

Scrimmages show off team talents
As the Greenbrier High School football team prepared for the opening kickoff in its initial scrimmage of the 2002 season, Wolfpack junior Brooks Robinson decided it was time to be heard.

Out sick
Due to health problems, Ashley Brown has not been able to write his Bottom Line column for the News-Times. A.B. plans to resume the Bottom Line after a short leave of absence.


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