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Uneven application put stormwater fee in court
The stormwater utility tax was, as I understand it, to resolve problems with water damages to ones property. Yet a June 22 story in The News-Times, County to fix rain damage, stated that the tax (fee) was used to repair roads in a subdivision.

Writers' views on Islam, Mideast conflict 'racist'
Between Barbara Seaborns June 22 column (Our brothers keeper?), and P.K. Fitzgeralds June 25 letter (Reject plan for Israel to "cough up so-called Palestinian state), I dont know which is worse.

Two Thai restaurants plan summer openings
Columbia County soon will offer two spicier additions to its dining menu.

Debate continues on alcohol licenses
The vice-chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners wanted to make one thing clear Tuesday night: Cathy Walton had met all the requirements to get an alcohol license, so there wasn't there a lot the county could do.

Clipping for charity
Debbie Moore has gone through countless pairs of scissors in her more than 20 years of coupon-clipping.

Dynamite clears way for sewer plant
The blasts in the quiet neighborhoods off Hardy-McManus Road may not be Independence Day revelers with a bag of firecrackers. It could be actual dynamite.

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

Property transfers
Benchmark Augusta Homes Ltd. to Christina D. Hahn, 7647 Main St., $119,900.

McDuffie Mirror First edition
Jason Smith looks over a copy of the first edition of The McDuffie Mirror on Wednesday in the pressroom of The Augusta Chronicle.

Out for blood
Shepeard Blood Center phlebotomist Leanne Watts collects blood from UPS driver Ralph Beene while Columbia County employee Susan Glymph donates blood in the background during Columbia County's blood drive in late June.

Picturing freedom
By the children of Wesley United Methodist Church, Evans

Current events
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will celebrate its 123rd anniversary July 13. The celebration will begin Wednesday with a 24-hour prayer-a-thon, followed by a Senior Banquet and Recognition Ceremony on Thursday and the church's picnic Saturday. On Sunday, July 13, the Rev. Frederick Favors of Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson will preach during at the 2:30 p.m. anniversary celebration. For more information, call the church at 860-7091.

Why not make room for golf cars?
First the Columbia County commissioners shooed golf cars off of the new Evans-to-Locks Road bike path. Then, commissioners passed an ordinance prohibiting off-road vehicle operators from driving on roadsides.

A Philadelphia story
For a number of years, just before the 4th of July, I used to attend a writers conference near Philadelphia. Renewing friendships, honing my writing skills, and visiting the cradle of American Inde-pendence was always a highlight of my year - one year especially.

Without help, program dies
On a way, I wish Gov. Sonny Perdue had waited one day to announce he was releasing funding for Georgias elementary foreign language program.

Wood courts returning to Evans, Harlem gymnasiums
The basketball teams at Evans and Harlem high schools are expecting to have home-court advantages next season, and there's no need to knock on wood - that's the surface they'll be playing on.

Wild Thangs win state title
The Wild Thangs, a 14-and-under fast-pitch softball squad, have a catchy nickname, but more importantly, they've got some talented players.

Sports stories make summer reading list
Summer usually is a time to take a vacation, but for some area athletes, it's a time to keep working on their skills.

Marlins rebound to win tourney
The Martinez-Evans Little League Marlins needed a major effort to win the minor-league tournament title, and the Marlins were up to the task.

Sports briefs
Evans High School's fall sports athletes are asked to have physicals done July 9 at 6 p.m. The physicals will be done at 3624 J. Dewey Gray Circle near Doctors Hospital. Athletes can meet at Evans at 5 p.m. if they need a ride to the doctor's office.

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