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Commissioners are listening to those who 'profit wildly' from growth
Editor: On May 10, News-Times publisher Barry Paschal wrote that "Consolidation is very unpopular here." In one way he is correct, but in the important way, he is dead wrong. The important part of the consolidation issue is: Who are our present county commissioners listening to?

Business is waking up for gourmet coffee shops
Apparently, the gourmet coffee business amounts to more than a hill of beans in Columbia County.

Coyotes can threaten pets
Dr. Edward Gross had no idea his tiny Chihuahua, Tito, could have been taken by a predator when it disappeared from the wooded perimeter of his backyard two years ago.

Aquinas graduates honored
Aquinas High School recently held its commencement exercises, with two Columbia County students receiving the top honors.

Medical campus a step closer to reality
A new Medical College of Georgia-affiliated medical campus in Evans moved one step closer to reality Thursday after approval by the Columbia County Planning Commission of a rezoning request.

Churches coming together
Eight churches in western Columbia County are coming together to offer those in need a hand up.

Crash victims ride high at charity event
Families, friends and the community united in Harlem on Saturday in support of the victims of an April 1 motorcycle crash, helping raise money for their medical treatment.

Beat heat, stay cool
After 30 years of working in construction, Bryant Coolidge said he's used to working in the heat.

Final meeting on projects coming
Columbia County residents will get a final chance to make their infrastructure needs and wants known Thursday at a capital improvement projects meeting.

Get Up and Go
The CSRA Apple Macintosh Users Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, North Augusta. For information, call (803) 279-6456.

Time Capsule
As reported 22 years ago in the pages of The News-Times, May 30, 1984:

Ashley T. Rickard, of Grovetown, has completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree in business administration, management information systems, from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville in the fall semester.

Current Events
Faith Community Ministry Inc., the mission project of Macedonia Baptist Church, is holding a summer worship series from 9-10 a.m. each Sunday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library in Evans. The series is led by Norman V. Carter. For information, call (706) 737-4298.

Evans pillars prepared for move
Former state Rep. Bill Jackson (right), co-chairman of the Save the Pillars Committee, talks to Evans Middle School Principal Michael Johnson while crews from Robertson Grading and Augusta Crane and Rigging prepare to unload the first of three of the school's stone pillars at a storage site next to the Columbia County Library in Evans. The pillars, built in 1927 as part of the original Evans School, are being moved in preparation for turning over the Evans Middle School site for commercial development. All seven pillars were moved Saturday, and the stone arch is expected to be moved after special supports can be built to keep it from breaking during removal.

Police Blotter
Two people and an unborn child died Sunday afternoon when their car was struck at one of Columbia County's busiest intersections by a driver fleeing the scene of a shoplifting, according to authorities.

A family grows
Five generations gathered for a photo recently. They are Beth Maddox, great-grandmother (from left); April Maxwell, mother; Mary E. Cain, great grandmother (holding Rachel Rhianna Maxwell) and Judy Dolores Barkeloo, grandmother.

Band students compete
A group of Columbia County students participated in the GMEA All-State Bands and Orchestras competition in February in Savannah. The students are (from left): Yoon Mi Choi (Riverside Middle School), Callan Thomas (Evans Middle School), Jenny Mi (RMS), John Beasley (Greenbrier High School), James Newton (RMS), Andy House (Augusta Christian Schools), Dani Chang (Lakeside High School), William Sessions (ACS), Arthur Moore (GHS), Ben Chan (LHS), Stephen Cai (GHS), David Beasley (GHS), Jennifer Stroud (ACS), Kyle Knab (Evans High School), Emily Roberts (EHS), Sam Elia (LHS) and Sarah McDonagh (EHS).

Pet of the Week
This male Australian cattle dog mix is playful and enthusiastic. He is about a year-and-a-half old. He 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. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Bookmobile's travels ending
There were some pretty important items published in the Thursday, June 13, 1968 edition of The Columbia News.

Tests' delay means justice denied
For four long days in late January of 2005, Grovetown parents lived the worst kind of fear.

Merry, marrying, gardening month
What is so rare as a day in June without a recent grad, a new bride, mouth-watering strawberries, sweet-smelling roses and tender plants breaking ground all across the land?

Softball tournament is still a hit despite storms
Heavy thunderstorms stymied the opening day of the Georgia Rockers Fastpitch Softball Tournament at Patriots Park last weekend, but the rain didn't dampen the spirits of the 30-plus teams involved in the competition.

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County Patriots Select Soccer tryouts for the 2006-07 season for boys and girls from 12-18 will be held Monday through June 19. Tryouts are at Patriots Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays. For information call Phil Sines at (706) 860-1148 or Andrew Hammer at (706) 399-0480 or visit

Team set its goals, then never wavered
Way back in November, I was talking to an area coach, and he told me that when baseball season rolled around Greenbrier was going to be loaded. As we continued to talk he said that he thought it might be the most talented team in Georgia and could be one of the best teams Columbia County has ever seen.

Coach goes out on winning note
Greenbrier pitcher Brandon Cumpton's 2-2 pitch blew by Marist's Kevin Cote for the final out Saturday to clinch a Class AAAA state championship.

Greenbrier makes it look easy
Greenbrier's baseball team lived up to the hype again.

Athlete Spotlight
Repeating perfection isn't easy.


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