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Flaggers helped defeat Roy Barnes, will work to boot Gov. Perdue
Roy Barnes, from my hometown here in Mableton, ran on a ticket to leave our flag flying. He took the donations ($16 million minimum), and treacherously changed our flag without any public input. In my opinion, AIPAC was grooming him to be the next president. There were at least 80 of us flagging Barnes at the governors mansion when AIPAC was having their $10,000/plate dinner. His flag, Rag 1, probably cost him the presidency when AIPAC saw that he couldnt carry his own state of Georgia and that we citizens were outraged at his lies.

Bus fleet is ready to roll
During the course of the school year, Columbia County's 150 school buses will have driven a distance nearly equal to 13 trips to the moon.

Miss Georgia values perseverance
Miss Georgia, Andrea Bailey, understands better than most the value of never giving up.

Sisters will teach ballet at school
Being able to express her emotion and ideas without words is the beauty of dance to Katherine Bignell.

GOP ponders judicial posts
Some Columbia County Republicans are pushing for Assistant District Attorney Bobby Christine to replace Danny Craig as district attorney if Craig is chosen as the area's newest judge.

County hires new principals at five schools
There will be some new faces at the helm of several Columbia County schools this year.

Developers make deal on property
A parcel of surplus Columbia County land will become part of a larger site for a new Evans restaurant, thanks to a deal worked out between the Columbia County Development Authority and two private developers.

Local Girl Scout goes Hollywood
Whitney Kazragis is headed for Hollywood.

Dollar stores will close
Two Columbia County stores will be among those closing because the company that owns Bill's Dollar Stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Festival to welcome pupils' return
The fourth annual Back-to School Festival will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Evans High School.

Beagle enthusiasts have howling good time
Some barked and wagged their tails, begging for attention. Others stretched on the soft grass and soaked up the intermittent rays of sunlight that broke through the clouds.

Current events
The final two public forums for Columbia County officials to present the county's fire services study are scheduled for today at 7 p.m. at the Columbia County Government Center Auditorium, and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Eubank Blanchard Community Center, Appling.

Swimming champions
The Cambridge Stevens-Pointe Swim Team recently won its third straight division title.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times 28 years ago on Wednesday, July 30, 1975.

On vacation
Mike and Lisa Guilbeau took their sons, Taylor (far right) and Landon on a vacation to Massachusetts, which included a tour of Marthas Vineyard.

Police blotter
Four teens were taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital after a wreck on Old Evans Road early Friday morning.

Getting the back-to-school blues
All you moms out there: This is just for you. No need to have the men read it. It doesnt apply to them at all.

'Trail of tears,' and a trip of joy
The trip was a consolation prize. My granddaughter, Ariel, who traveled to Maine with me two years ago, wasnt happy at all that I was going there again this summer without her. But, she finally agreed, three weeks away from home with just your old, old friends wouldnt be much fun, and all was forgiven when I suggested we take a shorter trip together when I got back.

...As time to boost schools continues
... As time to boost schools continues

Time for chamber discount ending...
Time for chamber discount ending...

'Nonpartisan' is nonexistent
Many local politicians were convinced state Rep. Barry Fleming would be the easy choice for Gov. Perdue in replacing Lyn Allgood as a judge on the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Ponytails Prepare for World Series
The members of the Ponytails all-star softball team are hoping to steal a victory at the Ponytails World Series in Bay St. Louis, Miss., starting Friday.

Harlem makes first contact in Midnight Madness drills
Time was dragging Sunday night for Harlem High School football coach Jimmie Lewis, and he wasn't alone.

Athlete spotlight
Patricia Kissinger wanted her sons to take up tae kwon do so they could learn self-defense, but she has discovered that Brandon and Austin have reaped an additional reward.

Dixie Boys are hungry for another series title
Angel Torres sounds like a proud father when he's talking about his Dixie Boys all-star team, and he should be.

Marine invasion
Greenbrier High School football coach Mickey Derrick wanted to get his team camp off to a rousing start, so he sent in the Marines.

Machine-pitch winners
The Columbia County Recreation Departments 8-year-old Boys Machine Pitch Pirates celebrated their great season with an end-of-the-year party at CiCis Pizza in Martinez.

Sports briefs
The East Georgia Dawgs travel baseball team will hold tryouts for ages 9-14. Tryouts will be held at West Augusta Little League Park on Eisenhower Drive Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.


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