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In doling out criticism for Guard assignment, writer omitted president
Editor: In his June 14 letter in ReadersViews, "Rather than put Guard on the border, vets should be hired for patrol," David Edmiston had two complaints. One involved personnel cuts in the armed forces. The other involved the stationing of the National Guard along the United States-Mexico border.

Columnist misses Augusta Christian in spite of championship seasons
Editor: Greenbrier High School had a great season; we are all proud of them. They had great coverage in the paper.

Firefighters will bring boot out early to benefit charity
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue is gearing up early this year for its annual Fill-the-Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Groups gear up for July 4th
As the Fourth of July nears, some area groups are already getting into the patriotic spirit.

Camp gives children chance to cool off
Air Force Senior Airman Lucas Ward was prepared for the last day of the Grovetown Against Drugs Summer Day Camp on Friday.

Films to benefit hospital
Two outdoor movies will be the attraction at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Friday and June 30.

Agreement with animal groups to change
With an increasing number of animal rescue groups forming in Columbia County, officials have decided to revamp an agreement with such groups and the county's Animal Care and Control department.

Cooperative strides made, officials say
It has been a year since leaders from Columbia and four surrounding counties started discussions and took the initial steps toward what would become the Clarks Hill Partnership.

Gospel's healing power
Bernice Hicks says she wants her shopping and lunch partner back.

News-Times named top community newspaper
The Columbia County News-Times was named Georgia's top community newspaper in its class for the third year in a row in the annual Better Newspaper Awards competition by the Georgia Press Association.

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
Here is North Columbia Elementary School the fourth nine weeks honor roll

South Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
Here is the South Columbia Elementary School fourth nine weeks honor roll.

Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll
Here is the Riverside Elementary School fourth nine weeks honor roll.

Firefighters are promoted
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue held a promotion ceremony June 5 and promoted the following engineers to the position of lieutenant : Steve Weddle (from left), David Wimpy, Robert Yahn, Rhusha Mack, Roy Wright, Dale Partlow, Paul Casey, Chris Willis, and Chris Wahman.

Current Events
A class on anime and manga art will be held at 11 a.m. June 29 at the Columbia County Library in Evans. For information, call (706) 863-1946.

Jill Marie Downey, of Martinez, was recognized during recent awards ceremonies for Samford University's Cumberland School of Law students. Downey received a Spirit of Service award for her campus and community volunteering.

Police Blotter
The Columbia County trial of two men accused of robbing a Harlem store at knife-point was continued in court Monday morning.

Get Up and Go
Shepeard Community Blood Center is holding drawings for prizes each week. Donors are eligible to win a Canon MiniDV Camcorder July 1-7; a Sony PSP July 8-14; a $250 Visa gift card July 15-21; an XBox 360 July 22-28; and a 60 gb iPod with video July 29-Aug. 5. For information, call (706) 737-4551, or go to

School teams honored with fundraisers
Debbie Eichman, of Evans, hugs the mascot for Bojangles' at the June 15 fundraiser for the Greenbrier High School baseball team.

Evans family takes Hilton Head Island holiday
Kenneth (from left), Pam, Deana and Ben Johnson, of Evans, recently enjoyed a family vacation on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Pet of the week
This male orange tabby cat is young, playful and very affectionate. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Dancing Flamingos
Evans Middle School sixth-graders Ashley White and Abbey Sykes were selected as Dancing Flamingos in the Frog Prince, the April 22 production of the Missoula Children's Theatre.

It's hard to be humble when you're No. 1
Cover your ears. It's time for us to toot our own horn.

Like it or not, 'rain tax' payments required
Back in June 2004, the Georgia Supreme Court slammed the door on arguments against Columbia County's much-maligned "rain tax," the stormwater utility fee.

Destiny calls, and it's no poll
There it is, in black and white: Everything we need to know about the validity of polls.

Are musicians born, or are they made?
As a lifelong musician, who still spends several hours at the piano or organ each week, I'm always amused when someone acts surprised if I forego other activities because "I have to practice."

FireBall coaches enjoy Father's Day with win
Each one of the Augusta FireBall's seven wins this season has been important, but Sunday afternoon's 2-0 victory over the Raleigh Elite had special significance to it.

Cardinals fly off with victory
Even though the purpose in Little League baseball is learning sportsmanship and the game, Thursday night's Martinez-Evans Little League Championship game was dripping with drama and excitement.

New Lakeside coach takes helm at scrimmage
Lakeside basketball entered into a new era Saturday. First-year head coach Ryan Morningstar led the Panthers for the first time in a pair of scrimmages at Greenbrier.

County has big league talent in the minors
Here is a report on Columbia County baseball players who are playing in the minor leagues:

Athlete Spotlight
Greenbrier center fielder Jeff Rowland belongs to a family heritage filled with baseball. When asked, the Wolfpack rising senior rattled off names of five extended family members who have played college or professional baseball.

Sports Calendar
The Outlaws U-12 traveling baseball team is seeking two more players for the upcoming season. To be eligible, players cannot turn 13 before Aug. 1. For more information, call Robert at (706) 840-1066.


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