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Contrary to writer's claim, Columbia County's bus drivers well-trained
Editor: In a recent letter to the editor, many comments were made against the Columbia County Schools transportation system. The comment "...having drivers who are not fully trained operating our buses..." is as far from the truth as can be.

Impact fees needed if builders fail to take 'precautionary measures'
Editor: Recent discussions suggest there is likely to be high political interest in the imposition of development impact fees. I wish to address this matter from only the perspective of my three-plus-year volunteer position as participant and coordinator of state-sanctioned Adopt-a-Stream activities having to do with the quality of our stream water.

If movie can shake faith, then 'problem is clearly not The Da Vinci Code'
Editor: The Rev. Bill Harrell has a right and a responsibility to defend his steadfast faith against The Da Vinci Code (guest column, May 17). However, there are some key points that he, like many Christians, are missing. If one is truly swayed from the Christian faith by a single paperback novel, then the problem is clearly not The Da Vinci Code. The what-if scenario is extraordinary and controversial, but it is just that: a what-if scenario. Anyone who actually thinks Dan Brown is privy to some arcane knowledge needs to reexamine their intellectual skills and their faith.

Elected officials must have vision to lead effort to improve quality of life
Editor: Do we really need a new law? Or another study for impact fees?

Officials unlikely to propose pet limit anytime soon
County officials will likely not discuss adding a maximum number of pets to the Columbia County pet ordinance after more than 70 cats and kittens were taken from an Appling home last week.

Harlem officials will treat area veterans to breakfast
Harlem city officials will be working hard over a hot stove Saturday morning to say thank you to area veterans.

Patriotic festival planned
State Sen. Jim Whitehead, R-Evans, describes himself as a man who still gets goose bumps every time The Star-Spangled Banner or God Bless America are played.

Planning panel gives OK for two new subdivisions
Two developers' rezoning requests for new subdivisions in Evans and Appling were approved by the Columbia County Planning Commission on Thursday.

Pomp, celebration and tears
Cowbells clanged and air horns blew inside the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Saturday as crowds celebrated the approximately 1,400 Columbia County graduates who received their high-school diplomas.

Smiles, hugs fill final day of school across county
More than 20,000 pupils in Columbia County fled their classrooms Friday, the last day of school.

Weekend event is really for the birds
Parrots, bands and wrestling are all featured in a single Memorial Day weekend event called Birdie Stock.

Senior Healthcare Expo set
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will be helping senior citizens sort through health care issues this weekend at its first Senior Healthcare Expo.

Festival features art, produce
Artist Toni Quest said she felt a good vibe at Saturday's Art in the Park Festival.

Chambers not divided by county lines
Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings are a common sight in Columbia County.

Hawaiian breezes, Caribbean currents
Ashley Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Taylor, visited Oahu, Hawaii, during the spring holidays. She is shown at the memorial marker of the USS Wahoo, a submarine sunk in 1943 during World War II by the Japanese. She found the name of her cousin Kindred B. Johnson, who was aboard the submarine.

Things To Do
Harlem's monthly First Saturday, Shop Harlem will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3, with the theme Red Hat Lady Day. For information, call Jean Dove at (706) 556-0043.

The following students were recently recognized for their academic success as spring National Honor Roll inductees:

GSU cheerleader
Kayla Wheatley, a senior at Evans High School, made the cheerleading squad at Georgia Southern University, where she will attend classes in the fall.

Financial partners
Representatives from SRP Federal Credit Union cut a ribbon at Bel Air Elementary School to celebrate the firm's partnership with the school. Participating in the ceremony were: Ed Templeton, President of SRP Federal Credit Union (from left); Yvonne Meeks, SRP coordinator; Frugal Freddie, the SRP mascot, Dr. Mark Boyd, principal at Bel Air Elementary and a group of fourth and fifth-graders. The students are learning to manage their money by keeping track of their accounts.

Pet of the week
This female boxer mix is playful and loves attention. She is about 2 years old and 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 cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Current Events
Riverview United Methodist Church, 1244 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, is adding a 9 a.m. service on Sundays starting June 4.

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

Gunners take first
The Augusta Arsenal Gunners Under-11 Boys won first place in the Sandlapper League Soccer Tournament held in Columbia, S.C., on May 6-7. Opponents were several clubs from Columbia along with the Columbia County Patriots soccer club. Coaches are Kian Brownlee (head coach) and Ryan McArdle (assistant). The players are: Max Aquinde (two goals), Josh Baker (three goals), Scott Bisch, Tyler Brabenec (two goals), Billy Cleveland, Robert Hamilton, Joey Hannsz, Ja'Coby Henderson, Kevin Huggins (top goal scorer at 10 goals), Cameron Kerzic (one goal), Bennett Lemmon (one goal), Campbell Ready (one goal), Harison Taylor (goalie who allowed only four goals during the tournament), and Ben Tran. The tournament victory capped an 8-1 spring season for the Gunners.

Paper's history opens intrigue
What started as a simple fact-finding trip into the newspaper archives has turned into a peek into the tangled webs of history.

Celebrate patriotism with Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration
For the past six years, Columbia County has celebrated the contribution of the members of the armed services with the annual Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration on Memorial Day weekend.

Track star pursues perfection
For most track and field athletes, winning a state championship is the ultimate goal.

Harlem ends season with heads high
Baseball season ended in Harlem last week, but not one Bulldog hung his head in shame.

Athlete Spotlight
As a member of the SCISA AAA state champion Augusta Christian baseball team, Trey Crabill put fear into the hearts of many opposing pitchers.

Basketball player to try volleyball
When senior Austin Long became the sixth college-bound softball player from the Lady Wolfpack, the story was a little different from the rest.

Sports calendar
Evans High School will hold its annual baseball camp the weeks of June 5-9 and June 19-23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp is open to anyone ages 5-14 who have not entered high school. Cost is $85 per camper for one session or $150 for both sessions. For more information, contact coach Ricky Beale at (706) 868-3663 or e-mail

Jones ends stellar career as a leader of Bobcats
Georgia College and State University's 2006 season came to an end with a 3-1 loss to Cal-State Bakersfield at the NCAA championships.


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