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Comments improperly analyzed consolidation study
Editor: Re Barry Paschal's May 10 column, "Consolidation gets F in study": I must express my bewilderment at his lack of analysis of the Augusta State University survey on consolidation.

Customers shouldn't support immigration protesters
Editor: I am sick and tired of all the media coverage of the illegal protests by the illegal aliens. I consider these protests illegal because Americans would not have the same rights to protest in Mexico even if they were there legally.

Cross defeat could also mean end to consolidation
Editor: Unlike many political contests around the country, the competition between Ron Cross and John Hayes for the Columbia County Commission chairmanship offers vivid choices for the voters. Perhaps Cross will dispense with his politically self-serving photo on the county's "Endless Opportunities" newsletter.

The War at Home
Jillisa Tutt is the first to concede that her friends aren't interested in the U.S. Army Reserve, but standing in the Greenbrier High School lunchroom, the 18-year-old senior said a future in the Reserve is something she's looking forward to becauseit will have her "meeting new people and going new places."

Going back in time
Bright and outgoing, Olivia Vasquez bounded around the Grovetown Elementary School cafeteria Tuesday before the staging of her play.

Commissioners approve new hours for Evans library
Extended hours are coming to the new library in Evans on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Furys Ferry almost done
In the time it's taken Reeves Construction to widen a three-mile stretch of Furys Ferry Road, the Earth has traveled more than 2.15 billion miles and made nearly four trips around the sun.

Pantry needs more room to grow
A Grovetown food and clothing mission is expanding.

Grant will be used to restore theater
Harlem officials were informed Monday that $40,000 in state funds were approved to renovate the historic former Columbia Theatre building in the city's downtown area.

Student succeeds in hands-on tasks
Junior Chris Makekau likes being a hands-on person, so it's no wonder Jamie McAteer calls him her go-to person when she needs something done.

Students receive scholarships
Ten Evans High School students got a head start on college tuition May 10 as each was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the school's vocational education booster organization.

Harlem's city hall will be expanded
As the city of Harlem grows, so will its city hall.

Citizen panels help out children
To make sure children have a loving and safe home, Floyd O'Neal, of Martinez, volunteers two days a month on the Citizen Panels for Foster Care Review.

Breakfast at the chamber
State Sen. Jim Whitehead (left) addresses the crowd at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce annual Post-Legislative Breakfast. State Reps. Barry Fleming and Ben Harbin also attended Tuesday.

Police Blotter
Columbia County Animal Care and Control officers removed 42 cats and kittens from an Appling home Wednesday.

Automotive students excel
Two Harlem High School students placed second in the state SkillsUSA Vocational Industrial Skills of America automotive repair competition. Jayson Williams (left) won silver for Automotive Electrical Systems and received a $5,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute's NASCAR Technical Institute. Phillip Knox won a silver medal for Small Engine Repair and received Snap-on tools. Phillip had to qualify at the regional level. Jayson competed against 18 other top students in the state. This was the first time Harlem competed in the automotive electrical portion of the competition.

Skiing and cruising for spring break
Rebecca Adkins, a senior at Augusta Prep, stands in the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Mexico. She and her mother, Barbara, took a cruise of the Mexican Caribbean for spring break.

Property Transfers
J. Porter Adams Construction Co. to Nelky O. Thompson, 2104 Magnolia Parkway, $182,400.

Current Events
Riverview United Methodist Church, 1244 Furys Ferry Road in Evans, is adding a 9 a.m. service on Sundays starting June 4. Sunday school is held at 10 a.m., with the regular service at 11 a.m.

Columbia County gallery
Jon Hair and Chris Rodwell, both Buckeye Lures representatives, visited the first grade at Bel Air Elementary School to talk about fishing and boat safety in correlation with one of the pupils' reading stories.

For the third consecutive year, Citigroup Investment Research has ranked No. 1 in the fifth annual North America Analyst Awards with 21 awards. In addition, Citigroup analysts Charles Boorady and Doug Leggate were recognized in the top 10 of overall earnings estimators for their respective sectors.

Get Up and Go
Volunteer opportunities are available at the Columbia County main library in Evans. For information, call Jessica Thompson at (706) 863-1946, or e-mail

Carpet Shop digs in
Carpet Shop employees Larry Williams (from left) and Dan Holloway, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gordon Renshaw, Carpet Shop owners Bill and Donna Farr, Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross, shop owner Danny Williams, and sales manager James Newsome break ground on the Carpet Shop's new location in Evans Town Park on North Belair Road.

Military Newsmakers
Army Pfc. Conner Hamby has returned to Fort Stewart, Ga., after being deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a member of Task Force 4th, 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. The wheeled-vehicle mechanic has a year of military service. He is the son of Barry L. and Deb L. Hamby, of Martinez, and a 2003 graduate of Evans High School.

Kristen Moseley Garcia and Oscar Garcia, May 15, 2006

Greyhound of the week
Vincent is a black male with a soft and shiny coat. He wags his tail constantly and affectionate, but not cat friendly. To adopt Vincent or another retired racing greyhound, call Sam Fulton (706) 833-2177 or e-mail

More library hours invest in safer future
And now, we pause this regularly scheduled editorial for a reminiscence into yesteryear, with a pause in The Land of We Told You So.

Turn wisdom into easy cash
Kids these days. You can't understand their "music," their language is either in ALL CAPS or in incomprehensible abbreviations (OMG! LOL!), and they're all smarter than we are.

Secure investments aren't in stocks
When the stock market headed downward this month, following an unusually long "running of the bulls," panic spread along Wall Street like a California wildfire. And somewhere in my memory file, I recalled a previous mini market crash, and the unexpected reaction from a prominent newscaster at the time.

Nice ring, Augusta Christian!
For most high school athletes, the privilege of slipping on a state championship ring is rare. At Augusta Christian Schools, some of the Lions are beginning to run out of fingers.

Good hits by Evans seal wins
Almost all of the Evans High School baseball players will admit it. Something just wasn't quite right about the start of the 2006 season.

Quarterfinals await eager Greenbrier
Compared to the May 12 state tournament game against Bainbridge, the Greenbrier High School baseball team had no problem stepping up to the plate and scoring against their next opponent.

To prepare for victory, you must look ahead
With the possibility of a baseball state championship drawing closer for Greenbrier and Evans, I can't help but do it.

Augusta Christian proved all the doubters wrong
Sometimes having a chip on your shoulder can be a good thing.

Around the diamond
Greenbrier (1 seed, Region 2) at North Forsyth (1 seed, Region 6)

Sports Calendar
Applications are being accepted for the David Usry Junior Golf Academy summer camps at North Augusta Country Club. The program offers a series of three-day camps from 9 a.m. to noon. June 6-8, June 13-15, July 4-6, July 18-20 and July 25-27. For more information, call David at (803) 279-0704 or visit


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