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Trashing Bush in 'a fit of rage,' writer might not be 'thinking rationally'
Editor: Regarding Richard Renew's April 30 letter, "Nation will survive 'power-hungry' president; should be 'impeached'":

Taxpayers should remember impact fee issue when county seeks bonds
Editor: Ron Cross' lips are moving again; with a cheap politician, we all know what that means: He's lying. Chairman Mao - oops! I meant Cross; I constantly confuse those two aging, fat, lying dictators with delusions of divinity - has told us we don't need impact fees because it will have no impact on school funding. So we must suppose that the money isn't needed elsewhere.

Organ recipient shares story
The sweatshirt Joyce Willig wore Thursday spoke of her life experience: "Organ donors are miracle makers."

Thousands turn out for Pops! Under the Stars
In what organizers hope becomes a Columbia County tradition, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra held its second annual Pops! Under the Stars event before a large crowd Saturday at the Evans campus of University Hospital.

Car, bike show is set for Saturday
West Acres Baptist Church Motorcycle Club is bringing back its car show for the second year Saturday, with plenty of chrome and four-barrel fun.

Planning Commission OKs zoning that defies county's growth plan
Sometimes a rezoning application is rejected by the Columbia County Planning Commission because it doesn't fit the Growth Management Plan.

TV is memorial to students
Positioned on a cafeteria wall along the busiest corridor at Lakeside High School hang two plaques flanking a 50-inch plasma television.

Temps brings out gardeners
As temperatures rise, gardeners quickly scurry outside.

Rent at facilities to rise
Renting a Columbia County facility such as the Savannah Rapids Pavilion might soon cost a little more.

Champs under the hood
For the second year in a row, automotive students from Evans High School recently won the state Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.

Children enjoy different types of music
It's Cinderella with a dash of soap opera.

Get Up and Go
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce annual Legislative Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For reservations, call (706) 651-0018, or e-mail

Things To Do
The Augusta chapter of the Harley Owners Group will hold its second annual "Pit Stop" fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Augusta Harley-Davidson, 4200 Belair Frontage Road, Martinez, to benefit the Berry Children's Center. The event includes a motorcycle show and competition, silent auction, vendors and family games. For information, call (706) 651-0444.

Diamond Dogs finish in first place
The Augusta Diamond Dogs 14-and-under USSSA Traveling Team finished first in the Border Wars tournament April 28-30. Team members are Matthew Blume (front, from left), Adam Fortenberry, Austin Tadlock, bat girl Savanna Ansley, Austin Hancock and Joshua "Luggy" Bennett; head coach Doug Ansley (back), Evan Ansley, Chad Farmer, Dylan Libengood, assistant coach Richard Posey, Kyler Timmerman, Sam Few, assistant coach Terry Davis, Jackson Posey, Kody Belcher and assistant coach Robert Hancock.

School lunch menu
Here are Columbia County school lunch menus for the remainder of the week.

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

Taking their last chance
Graduates of the old Evans High School Robin Mayo Gray and her husband, Chris Gray, give it one last whirl at the Last Chance to Dance at Evans Middle School, formerly Evans High School.

Field Day fun at North Columbia Elementary School
First-grade girls tumble to the ground as they win a tug of war contest at North Columbia Elementary's annual field day in Appling.

Pet of the week
This female golden retriever mix loves to have her belly scratched. She is 1 or 2 years old. She is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Family adventures
Staci Kitchens, a teacher at North Harlem Elementary, and Dustin Lanier were married during spring break on the Carnival Cruise ship Miracle. Several family members and friends joined them.

Current Events
Gov. Sonny Perdue will help dedicate Columbia County's new library, performing arts center, amphitheater and memorial gardens in ceremonies beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Ribbon-cutting opens baby store
The management and staff at Babies "R" Us joined the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 28 to officially open their store in Mullins Crossing shopping center in Evans.

Citizenship is a privilege, not a right
My high school yearbook says that "Gordon is going to move south and become a dentist!" Moving south meant the United States for this Canadian.

Consolidation gets F in study
The grade is in. And for supporters of consolidation in Columbia County, it's an ugly report card.

Unfaithful pair cheated on community, too
So, with a little more than a week under the belts of federal prosecutors in Atlanta, what conclusions can we already draw from the corruption trial of former state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko?

Host of county athletes sign to play their sports in college
While the 2005-06 sports year is coming to an end, many high school seniors are seeing their athletic careers just begin. Five Columbia County athletes put their names on the dotted line last week to secure a spot on athletic teams at the college level:

Sports Calendar
The Harlem Bulldog baseball camp will take place June 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Harlem recreational field. The camp costs $50. For information, call Jimmie Lewis at (706) 556-6659 or Benji Moore at (706) 556-9136.

Athlete Spotlight
Throughout Lakeside High School's baseball history, the Panther program has fielded state playoff-caliber teams.

Greene is banged up, but OK
By now many of you have seen the highlight (or lowlight) of former Evans High School slugger Todd Greene's collision with Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. It was probably the biggest head-on collision at the plate I've witnessed in the past three or four years.

Greenbrier advances with 3-1 win over St. Pius X
A Class AAAA state quarterfinals game wasn't supposed to be this good of a match-up.

Everybody's got a shot at state
Area baseball teams completed region play this past weekend, with all four Columbia County public school squads advancing to the state tournament.


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