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Ron Cross is 'one of county's finest public servants'
Editor: We are writing to encourage readers of this paper who will be voting this month for the leadership of Columbia County.

County has 'good thing going' with Chairman Cross
Editor: Four years ago we elected Ron Cross to the position of chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. Both the messenger and his message appealed to us. What he and the other members of the Board have accomplished in the intervening years has justified the faith we put in him.

City of Grovetown's rapid growth must be managed
Editor: Grovetown is an old city with a rich Southern, historic heritage. It is now the premier and largest city in Columbia County and one of the fastest-growing areas in the county. Before Flagler built the railroad to Florida, many Boston and New York vacationers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came to "winter" in the Augusta area, and Grovetown had hotels that shared in this.

Ex-Evans players arrested for drugs
Three former standout Evans High School athletes have been arrested on charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Farmer's market wraps up
Jams and jellies, arts and crafts, plants and produce.

Planning commission denies rezonings
Columbia County District 2 Commissioner Tommy Mercer found himself on the other side of the lectern in the Evans Government Center auditorium Thursday, arguing against two rezoning requests before the Columbia County Planning Commission.

From China, with love
For years, the Evans home of Dr. Patrick Tracy and Sally Terrill-Tracy was neat and quiet - but missing the joyous sounds of family.

SUV blamed in home fire
William Redd spent the day after July Fourth recovering a few personal items from his home, which was damaged by smoke and fire June 29.

Martinez Elementary principal will take vacancy at Greenbrier
Despite community objection, the Columbia County school board this past week transferred Martinez Elementary School Principal Michele Sherman to replace the recently demoted Jon Pike as the head administrator of Greenbrier Elementary.

Change in street's name would honor doctor
Dr. J. Ronald Jowers has served Columbia County in many capacities since the late 1960s.

Pet of the Week
This female Labrador retriever is between a year-and-a-half and 2 years old. She is very playful 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, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

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

Progress at the arch
Workers have excavated around the arch at the old Evans Middle School on July 7. The arch will be moved to a location near the new library.

Honors Night awards
The following Augusta Christian School students received recognition for achievement at the school's annual Honors Night program on Monday, May 8. Pictured are (front row left to right): Anna Ruffner, Student of the Year Award, Larrie Reece, Outstanding Student Award. Second row (left to right): Melanie Yarbrough, Outstanding Student Award, Jaclyn Fields, Christian Character Award, Sarah Beth McKinney, Christian Character Award. Back row (left to right): Dillon Quick, Christian Character Award, Wayne House, Christian Character Award, Troy Freeman, Student of the Year Award.

Police Blotter
Columbia County Animal Care and Control officials were looking Monday for the owners of a Labrador retriever mix that was found injured and swimming in Thurmond Lake on Saturday afternoon.

Current Events
The News-Times continues the weekly review of high school sports seasons with a look back at Lakeside High School/Pages 13,20

Time Capsule
As reported 50 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, June 12, 1956:

Get Up and Go
American Legion Post 192, on Legion Drive off Owens Road, in Evans, holds a steak dinner each Friday from 7-9 p.m. For information, call (706) 863-8728.

A couch with teeth
Tim and Cindy Beatty and their grandchildren, Megan Christiansen, 2, Joshua Green, 2, and Grant Christiansen, 5 months, visited the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Beatty have been vacationing in St. Augustine for more than 15 years. This was their first trip with grandchildren.

Ballot questions measure public's pulse
Early voting has already begun in Columbia County for next Tuesday's Primary Election. On Sunday, The News-Times will offer an endorsement in the only locally contested race in the primary: The Republican election for County Commission chairman.

Republican Party ballot questions
1. Should Columbia County continue to encourage retail development, which would increase sales tax revenue for the county, potentially offsetting personal property tax increases?

TIE still binds, one year later
The blue band on my right wrist is a constant reminder. The date stamped on it - 07.13.05 - alerts me that, swift and unlikely as it seems, a year has passed. And the initials stamped on the other side, TIE, provide a clue of what was lost.

Democratic Party ballot questions
1. Do you support the consolidation/incorporation of Columbia County?

Add some scoring, drop the game-winning penalty kicks, then I'll watch soccer
It's a "soccer thing," and I just don't understand.

Local Putt-Putt owner makes run at pro title
The disappointment wasn't difficult to find on the face of Mark Ross.

Athlete Spotlight
Chris Drayton and Travis Azar, football.

Lakeside is tops overall in county sports programs
Only one Columbia County school can claim the title of top sports program. After a 2005-06 sports year that saw five different Lakeside teams finish in the top 10 in Georgia, the Panthers have the rightful claim to the county's sports throne.

FireBall have their eyes on wild card
Despite dominating nearly all of their opponents in 2006, the Augusta FireBall have been staring up at the Carolina Dynamo in the standings nearly the entire season.


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