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Governor fails to recognize value of elementary foreign language
Georgia lawmakers agree that the Elementary School Foreign Language model program is a shining star in Georgias education system and deserves to be funded. Gov. Sonny Perdue deleted the funding from his budget, but constituents were quick to remind Georgia House and Senate members that the ESFL program is nationally recognized as the No. 1 foreign language instruction program in the United States. These lawmakers responded by putting the money back into the proposed budget.

Fathers' importance 'underestimated,' demeaned in pop culture
As a 17-year-old, I believe the importance of fathers is underestimated. Today, mainly in the media, fathers are portrayed as beer-drinking couch potatoes who couldnt care less about the well-being of their wife and family and care more about their flavor of potato chips. The portrayal of fathers has gone from Ward Clever to Homer Simpson.

Project improves mapping
If you see a truck full of video cameras taking pictures of your neighborhood, don't worry.

County gears up for festive Fourth
With the Fourth of July less than a month away, the Columbia County Recreation Department is gearing up for its biggest Independence Day celebration and fireworks display yet.

Retired art teacher exhibits a genuine talent
Frances Wells doesn't view a tree, a flower or a roadside scene the way most of us do.

Chew on this: Boy wins bubble-blowing contest
A bubble roughly the size of a volleyball may win 11-year-old Andrew Vaughan a trip to New York.

Teacher chosen for training workshop
Evans High School teacher Katherine Britton will participate in the GeoExpo workshops, which trains teachers to explain environmental issues to children.

More mosquitoes expected this summer
With the days of summer always comes Georgia's unofficial state bird - the mosquito.

Up to the challenge
Dave Barbee, Richmond County Republican Party chairman, pushes Columbia County Republican Party chairman Lee Muns to the front door of Shepeard Blood Center on Davis Road. Barbee provided the ride and a check to Shepeard after losing a blood-drive challenge to Muns and Columbia County Republicans.

Happy anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rabb of Evans celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a vow-renewal ceremony and reception June 10 at West Town Community Church in Evans. The dinner was given by their daughters Lauren and Amanda Rabb.

Get up and go
The Augusta chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars will conduct its annual wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m. July 4 at the Founders Monument in front of the Augusta-Richmond County municipal building. The ceremony will include flags of many local patriotic and civic organizations as well as singing and a speaker. The public is invited.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times 30 years ago on Wednesday, June 13, 1973.

Current events
The First Baptist Church of Evans' Time Out Luncheon will be Thursday.

Father of the Year
Robert Thurman (left), branch manager of First National Bank, receives a Father of ther Year plaque for the bank from Barry Paschal (second from left), publisher of The Columbia County News-Times .

Euchee Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
For the fourth nine weeks

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

It's simple: Let voters pick chairman
Nearly a year ago, Columbia County voters in the Republican Party primary chose Ron Cross as the chairman of the County Commission, the first person elected to the post since voters said they wanted to be able to decide who leads the Commission. Then, GOP voters said they also wanted to elect their School Board chairman, too.

'Fishing' for a cure
For those who read my fishy cure column last Fall, and want to know if taking fish oil capsules really did lower my bodys cholesterol and triglycerides, the answer is, yes. For the first time since I learned my numbers were too high a dozen years ago, both substances are within normal range.

Rug-pullers hard at work
This must be the season for snatching the budgetary rug out from under deserving programs. Weve heard Christmas in July to describe an unexpected mid-year bounty; now weve been hit with Scrooge in June.

Aging gracefully, with chemistry
One can only attempt to slow down the signs of aging by using wrinkle cream, hair color and whatever else comes on the market guaranteeing to make our faces look younger. Some of this stuff might actually work. Who knows. The bottom line is; you can attempt to make your face look 30 while your insides are still 40-something.

Sports briefs
The USFA Dominators Shootout will be Saturday at Patriots Park. The tournament is for teams in 10-and-under through 18-and-under age divisions. There will be one warm-up game followed by double-elimination. For more information call Mike Creech at (478) 454-4108 or Paul Arrington at (706) 833-0350.

Legendary Little League coach steps down
Bill Gooding hears the call of the wild - wild gobblers.

Something to cheer about
Children atending the cheerleading camp at Evans High School watch as the Evans cheerleaders put on a demonstration.

Lions ace signs with college
Seminole Community College made Will Reese an offer he couldn't refuse.

Coach's idea turns into Slugfest
In the increasingly competitive world of fast-pitch softball, gaining even the smallest edge can mean the difference between winning and losing.


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