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Burmeister 'fooled Georgia conservatives once'; will Reed do it again?
Politicians Sue Burmeister and Ralph Reed have at least two things in common. The first is they both know when candidates call themselves conservative and Christian, it's a lot easier to get elected in Georgia.

Parents of Greenbrier Elementary students 'demand answers' on Pike
I was surprised and disappointed The Columbia County News-Times decided the best option at Greenbrier Elementary School was simply to move on (editorial, "Divisive case ends with a whimper," July 2).

Hospital volunteer gets satisfaction from service
Drew Cannon gladly gives up one day a week during his summer vacation to help others, and he considers the act worth every effort that it takes.

Candidates see opportunity in offices
Three Columbia County political party leaders didn't have to look far this election year to find candidates to run for public office.

School to debut Laurel-Hardy musical
To complement the upcoming Sons of the Desert International Convention, the Harlem High School Drama Department is breathing new life into one Hollywood's most famous comedic duos by portraying their life stories in Take a Smile: The Life and Times of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

New ride to help fight crimes on lake
With a top speed of 41 knots and an eight-passenger capacity, Columbia County Sheriff's Office's new patrol boat can quickly reach stranded boaters and help deputies enforce the laws of land and water on Thurmond Lake.

Musician will focus on Bach
John E. George says he loves playing the new organ at the new home of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Columbia Road.

Activities are based on Laurel and Hardy films
Harlem and Augusta will soon be teeming with derby hats as fans of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy gather for the 15th biannual Sons of the Desert convention this week.

Museum programs expose families to art
If there's a children's program at the Morris Museum of Art, chances are the Bondar family will be there.

Residents flock to festivities
Thousands of Columbia County residents gathered throughout the county Monday and Tuesday to celebrate Independence Day.

Michael Anthony Ivey, 29, of the 2600 block of Clifton Drive in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on May 18, 2006, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and was fined $1,249.

The following area residents were named to the Georgia College & State University spring Dean's List: Appling:

Police Blotter
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy jailer arrested and fired in March on allegations of excessive force has been cleared after an internal affairs investigation, authorities announced Monday.

Vacation photos
A group from the 1963 graduating class of Blanchard High School and their family members recently went on a cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman for their 43rd class reunion. Pictured are: Susie Collins (from left), Phillip Frails, Latonya Collins, Mattie Frails and Petrina Frails.

Current events
Macedonia Baptist Church's Radical Praise Choir, with The Roarks from Tennessee, will hold a Christian Freedom Concert at 6 p.m. today at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, in Evans. For information, call (706) 737-4298.

Property Transfers
Nicholas Stephen Mudd to Jody D. Smith and Kenneth S. Poe, 2020 Sylvan Lake Drive, $145,000.

Time Capsule
As reported 42 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, July 9, 1964:

Grovetown Elementary School Honor Roll
Grovetown Elementary School honor roll includes the following students:

Military Newsmakers
Air Force Airman 1st Class Steven A. Hurdle Jr. has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is the son of Steven and Heidi Hurdle of York Street, in Evans. Hurdle is a 2003 graduate of Lakeside High School.

Riverside Middle School HonorRoll
Honor roll students at Riverside Middle School.

Greyhound of the week
Lynn is a beautiful female Greyhound who is a little shy but full of personality once she is comfortable with you.

Carolyn Sullivan and Michael Jon Hodos, June 29, 2006

Is cooking a lost art?
I have long suspected that I may be one of the last of a dying breed - women who cook supper.

Higher taxes, a few million at a time
Once a series of now-annual hearings are completed, Columbia County's four governing bodies - the cities of Harlem and Grovetown, and the county's board of education and board of commissioners - will have completed the legal requirements for spending nearly $12 million more of your tax dollars next year.

Community shares in losses
The value of any community often is measured by its institutional memory. There is a wealth of information stored in the people who have long been a part of any community; and death, though inevitable, damages the institution.

Painted into a corner
Hilary (this is an assigned alias to protect the guilty) and I met downtown to do what women do best: Talk. This night we sipped pilsners of Rogue Dead Guy and exchanged stories that would stir him, and my grandmothers, from the grave.

Sand Gnats take championship
The Columbia County Recreation Department Sand Gnats won the Columbia County 10-year-old Minor League Championship on June 17.

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County Patriots Under-10 Boys won first place in the Sandlapper League Soccer Tournament in Columbia, S.C. on May 6-7.

FireBall hitting the homestretch
Only four games remain in the 2006 Augusta FireBall regular-season schedule. For the hometown United Soccer Premier Development League team, these final four games could make or break the season.

Swim results
Results from the 2006 CSRA Swim League Championships

Wolfpack slugger gets college call
Greenbrier High School baseball player Cal Morris has circled plenty of important dates on his calendar during the past four years.

Love of hockey fuels pupil
With the summer heat bearing down on Columbia County, one Lewiston Elementary School pupil has found a way to stay cool.

Softball's stars to get their own showcase
The inaugural Georgia/Carolina Softball Challenge will take place at 2 p.m. July 22 at Greenbrier High School. The game will feature the top senior softball players in Columbia County against the best players Aiken County has to offer.


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