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Former officer's complaint helped change agency's policies
Re the July 9 letter by Windy Vest asserting that "Deputies aren't "taken care of by Sheriffs Office":

Chairmanship task force 'deserves more respect' for its study
While I am not typically compelled to respond to editorials that challenge my own personal opinions, in all due respect, I believe The News-Times editorial on June 18, Its simple: Let voters pick chairman should be responded to.

County planning wetland park area
A new wetland park is on the drawing board for Columbia County.

Centers help residents cool it
As the sun heats things up, county officials are finding ways to keep things cool. Two official cooling centers, available to everyone, opened in mid-May.

Clemson student shoots for the stars
Meredith Russell, a 2001 Columbia County home-schooled graduate and rising junior at Clemson University, developed an interest in physics during her senior year of high school.

Summer-school graduates celebrate commencement
On the heels of defeat, victory is that much sweeter, said Patrick Boatner, a Harlem High School senior who received his diploma at summer school graduation ceremonies Thursday.

Chamber's leadership looks for more members
With a new captain at the helm, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce wants to take on more members to row the boat.

School board changes job-experience policy
The Columbia County Board of Education changed the way new employees will be credited for their years of job experience.

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

Divorces
John R. Roberts II and Susan Marie Roberts, July 2.

Newsmakers
The following area residents completed requirements spring semester 2003 for a degree from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville:

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 35 years ago on Thursday, July 11. 1968.

Get up and go
The Columbia County Choral Society is holding a fall-kickoff open house for interested singers and supporters at 7:3 0 p.m.

deCycle disciples
Riders from deCycle Indiana ride along Furys Ferry Road on Thursday morning on their way to South Carolina.

DUIs
Billy Joe Bannister, 66, of the 1400 block of McCormick Highway, Lincolnton, was charged with driving under the influence on May 31 and was fined $700.

Property transfers
Cindy C. Dickerson and Dennis W. Dickerson to Elizabeth Lester, 504 Steepridge Court, $108,000.

Changing lanes
Washington Road near William Few Parkway is down to one lane during repaving.

Fire hearings could be help
Based on random comments around town, its clear there is still a substantial amount of misunderstanding and misinformation about the possible future of fire services in Columbia County.

Vigilance needed, not prohibition
The most dangerous drug in the world is alcohol. Alcohol is at least partly to blame in more than 40 percent of traffic fatalities nationwide, and Georgia ranks sixth nationally in the number of deaths from impaired drivers.

Religion is something you do
Bear ye one anothers burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Hard to stop the march of time
Someone once told me I looked a little bit like Linda Ronstadt. Of course, the guy was 18 also, and wanting me to s

World-famous course designer will help revamp Jones Creek
Jones Creek Golf Club was designed by "The Open Doctor," and now his operation is getting a face-lift from the Masters manipulator.

More players deserving of all-county placement
I've received many calls and e-mails from readers regarding my recent selection of the All-Columbia County High School Baseball Team from the past 20 years.

Sports briefs
Belair Conference Center will be the site for the P.W.A. Cheer Clinic Friday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jack Nicklaus perfects course in Evans golf development
Riverwood Plantation is loaded with wildlife, but a new animal was roaming the grounds last week as a Golden Bear led a charge into the Retreat.

Braves take tourney
The Braves won the Columbia County Recreation Department's 8-year-old Boys Pitching Machine Tournament. They finished the season 14-1. Pictured are Christian Hill (front row, from left), Lance Thigpen, Corben Osborn, Jake Shepherd, Lane Fisher and Steven McIlwain; Justin Dowdle (back row, from left), Michael Dalton, Alex Daily, Spencer Murray, Jake Troupe, Anthony Slemp and William Nimmons. Coaches are Heath Fisher (from left), Jeff Dowdle and Tammy Shepherd.

Ponytail Cubs win
The Columbia County Recreation Department Cubs recently won the Ponytails 11-12 League Championships.

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