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Cross is 'a well-respected man of integrity,' should be re-elected chairman
Editor:Once again, I am asking the people of Columbia County to join me in supporting Ron Cross for re-election as chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

Thanks to firefighters and citizens for helping to 'fill the boot' for MDA
Editor: Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue worked in conjunction with the Muscular Dystrophy Association the weekend of June 23-25 by participating in the nationwide "Fill-the-Boot" campaign. They asked shoppers at local businesses to help them "put out" muscular dystrophy. These brave men and women not only risk their lives everyday for the safety of Columbia County, but they also raise millions nationwide for "Jerry's kids."

Pair enjoy automotive repair contest
A loose handle cost two Evans High School automotive students a chance at a top-10 finish in a national competition held last week.

Talk on millage coming
Residents of Harlem and Grovetown and the rest of unincorporated Columbia County soon will get the opporunity to attend a series of millage rollback hearings.

Columbia County native seeks Superior Court seat
Less than two weeks after Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming Jr. announced his transition to senior status, two more men joined the race to fill his seat.

Event planned for holiday week
Area Independence Day activities aren't over yet. Lincoln and McCormick counties are teaming up to hold the fifth annual Thunder Over Thurmond Independence Day Celebration.

Let the eating begin
Khalid Sarsour says he has made his dream come true.

Answering the gospel call
Otto Benson has held many titles: soldier, veteran, funeral home director and music promoter. In the world of gospel music, though, he's simply "Papa."

Pet of the week
This male Golden retriever mix is very playful and affectionate. He is between 2 and 3 years old. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Current events
The Columbia County Library in Evans is increasing its hours of operation for the rest of the summer. Until Aug. 3, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Get up and go
The Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream program will hold a chemistry certification workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue station on Oakley-Pirkle Road, in Martinez. For information, call John Graham at (706) 868-0296, or e-mail

Time capsule
As reported 17 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News-Times, Wednesday, June 28, 1989:

Police Blotter
No one was injured in a house fire that heavily damaged a Martinez home Thursday.

Augusta residents, welcome to 'rain tax'
When Columbia County officials last year began discussing the idea of incorporation and consolidation of the county's government, one overwhelming argument bogged everything down: We don't want to be like Augusta.

No more laws needed to celebrate
It's been years since I divided my 4th of July celebrations between my native New England and an annual conference near Philadelphia, but I can remember the last journey as though it were last week.

Polls skip out on candidates
Most active Georgia voters could probably name at least three candidates for governor.

Holiday hockey winner
Nick Lanham, 9, from Lewiston Elementary School, recently traveled to Toronto for the Memorial Holiday Classic. Nick, a defenseman for Top Prospects Hockey, and his team took first place at the tournament.

Evans woman named to SAC Hall of Fame
Evans resident Traci Davis was named to the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame on June 8 as part of the 2005-06 induction class.

Sisters take their games on the road
A steady middle school and high school boys program in Columbia County has produced several strong golfers in recent years. However, the next generation of golfers in the county includes two girls with quite impressive records.

Greenbrier gets used to new coach, new system
Greenbrier's new head football coach, Scott Chadwick, is getting his players and coaches up to speed on his new system during North Augusta's Summer Passing League.

Wolfpack built momentum through year
When Wolfpack fans look back on the 2005-06 Greenbrier sports year, a quick recap could be summed up in two words: gradual progression.

Patriots soccer team undefeated
The '93 Patriots soccer team went undefeated in the 2006 U-13 Classic IV East Division.

Athlete Spotlight: Greenbrier High School
Here's a look back at Greenbrier High School's Athlete Spotlights.


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