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Subscribers would pay less through fire taxes
The subscription fees are currently a form of taxation without the benefits. Since they are not mandatory, not all property owners pay the subscription fee. The fire departments, unlike the stormwater utility, are real enterprises and actually provide a service to all Columbia County residents.

New Miss Georgia has Red Cross background
Andrea Lee Bailey began her volunteer service with the American Red Cross of Augusta eight years ago. She became a member of the chapters Speakers Bureau. ... In January 1998, Bailey completed her requirements to become a CPR instructor for the American Red Cross.

Reader accelerates past language barrier
Sebastian Diaz has just celebrated his second year in America.

New restaurant opens with pouring license
A couple of weeks after prohibitionist community protests nearly derailed it, a Leah restaurant is now open for business.

Multiple missions help keep Fort, speaker says
"Optimistic" is how a Fort Gordon official describes his view of the Army base's possible closure.

Mrs. S.C. prepares for national pageant
Managing her time and acquiring better organizational skills hManaging her time and acquiring better organizational skills have been some of the biggest benefits for Laura Kaminer in her reign as Mrs. South Carolina.ave been some of the biggest benefits for Laura Kaminer in her reign as Mrs. South Carolina.

National Ice Cream Day sweetens up summer
Though he's perhaps better known for his love of jellybeans, President Reagan enjoyed his share of ice cream.

Grovetown wins emergency grant
If a biological threat hits Grovetown, the city's first responders want to be ready.

Women's-only gym to open second location in fall
Debbie Muraski discovered a way to lose weight and feel better about herself.

Residents support fire service proposals
Residents voiced concerns about Columbia County's draft fire-services study Thursday morning in the first of five public meetings held to solicit public input.

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

Columbia County Newsmakers
Rachel M. Aderholt of North Augusta recently accepted the Sam Walton Community Scholarship. Rachel plans to attend Salem College and major in English/writing/education.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 45 years ago on Thursday, July 10, 1958.

On vacation
Ginger Ferguson of Evans writes, "My family and Ihad the pleasure of celebrating my parent's (George & Mildred Ferguson, Carmel, CA) 60th Wedding Anniversary this summer on a cruise to Alaska, June 14 through June 21.

Property transfers
Sirva Relocation LLC to Brian D. Preheim and Cynthia D. Preheim, 418 Bakers Ferry Trail, $209,000.

Down to the summit
Passengers going home, leaving home, anticipating or apprehensive, lined up for seat assignments in the crowded airport. I was going home, but I wanted to stay.

Citizens must help with safety
Safe Communities was a national initiative over the past 10 years - five in Augusta - funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The money was state-administered and the Coalitions varied, but all had a similar mission: to reduce traffic injury and death through community volunteer effort.

A surplus of ammunition
If somebody is firing shots at you, you shouldnt give them more ammunition.

Cheer for escape from air rules
No doubt it would be a little difficult to generate excitement for a celebratory rally with the cheer, Were not in non-attainment!

Buzz bombers
The Buzz, with Columbia County residents Andria Batchelor and Summer Peters, swept the USSSA WIndmill Invitational in Lexington, S.C., July 12.

Football practices begin for county's public schools
The countdown to the high-school football season officially starts Monday, when the Georgia High School Association allows teams to begin conditioning practices for the 2003 campaign.

Softball team heads for Series
The Columbia County Recreation Department Dixie Ponytails all-star softball team returned home last week from Perry, Ga., but the players had better keep their suitcases handy.

Greenbrier baseball honors
Greenbrier High School baseball award winners Tanner Hayden, left, junior varsity most improved player, Ben Tankersley, best defensive player and Jason Davis scholarship award, and Andy Gleason, sportsmanship award.

Sports briefs
The Greenbrier High School volleyball team will hold tryouts the week of July 28 at the Greenbrier Middle School gymnasium. The tryouts will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Players need a physical and proof of insurance to participate. For more information call Greenbrier coach Debbie Born at 650-6043, ext. 220.

County bragging rights will be decided early in football
It's hard to believe, but we are only 33 days away from the kickoff of the 2003 high-school football season in Columbia County.


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