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Growth is 'inevitable,' but should be with quality; Cross is 'right choice for chairmanship' of count
I have lived in Columbia County for the past 30 years and have seen a lot of changes. Most of these changes have improved our quality of life. Our property values have increased tremendously, the availability of excellent county services (education, recreation, sheriff, library, fire and water, just to name a few) and growth in retail shopping have all made Columbia County one of the most desirable places to live.

Hayes wrong to 'launch personal attack' on Cross; conduct 'appalling' in issues raised in chairman race
I believe that all who attended the recent commission chairman debate will agree that the conduct of John Hayes was appalling. Not only did Hayes admit that he knew nothing about county government and never attended a commission or a committee meeting, but I assume, to cover his ignorance, he launched a personal attack on the integrity of not only the other candidate, but Sheriff Clay Whittle, Commissioner Tom Mercer and The Augusta National Golf Club.

County commissioners should 'please think, pray' before voting to allow alcoholic beverages in parks
(Regarding the story that Columbia County park officials are asking that alcohol be allowed to be served at events, with hopes of increased revenue): Whoa! This is unbelievable!

Most Columbia Countians 'against consolidation,' 'sick of the destruction of our natural surroundings'
The world's first city was built by Cain, the firstborn son of Adam and Eve. According to the Bible, Cain rebelled against God, murdered his brother Abel, went out from the presence of God - and began building a city.

Chairman's leadership responsible for improvements in fire service, financial rating, recreation facilities
I have served on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners with Ron Cross for almost four years. I did not support Ron the first time he ran because I did not know him.

Convention, visitors bureau adopts logo
Six months ago, it was born. About two months later, it named its first director, Beda Johnson. And now, the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau has its first public image, a new logo.

Volunteer work is way of life for Evans teenager
Mark Beckman has a favorite quote that can be found in his senior yearbook:

Relations thaw in bond talks
Relations between county commissioners and the leaders of Columbia County's two cities appeared to have warmed during a quarterly work session Wednesday at Grovetown City Hall.

Recreation registration to go online
Registration for fall sports will soon be a click away for children who have participated in Columbia County Recreation Department leagues.

District races have parties without opposition
The race for Columbia County Commission chairman will be decided in two days.

Calls to apartments take a toll on deputies' time
Columbia County sheriff's officials say calls from some apartment complexes are straining their resources, requiring more time policing those areas than in surrounding neighborhoods.

Final hearing on millage rollback scheduled for Tuesday
Columbia County residents will get their final chance to attend a Board of Commissioner's millage rollback hearing Tuesday.

Ranger teaches boating safety
With summer vacations driving teens and their families to Thurmond Lake, Ranger 1st Class Bobby Timmerman says he is hoping to keep visitors safe as they frolic in the water.

Grovetown Middle is off needs-improvement list
One Columbia County school came off the dreaded needs improvement list and another came one step closer, according to the annual Adequate Yearly Progress report released by the state Department of Education on Tuesday.

Taxes balance school budget
Columbia County school officials held two of three millage rollback hearings Tuesday.

Grovetown losing two leaders in its public works area
The city of Grovetown will soon have to say goodbye to two of its public works directors.

Getting GED is family affair for woman, daughters
It gives a whole new meaning to making a family event out of a graduation.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

Students graduate from General Equivalency Diploma program
Kimberly Roberts (left) and Ashante Hughs were among the Columbia County residents who participated in the recent GED commencement exercises from Augusta Technical College.

Newsmakers
Patrick Lyle McGahee, a lifelong member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church, received a scholarship from the Ruth & Ed Williams Scholarship Fund.

Newsmakers
Jonathan White, of Martinez, has been named to the dean's list at the University of Miami's School of Music.

Property transfers
Peter H. Jennings to Tina H. Rojas, 4285 Colony Square, $259,100.

Divorces
John Overton and Jill A. Miller, June 9, 2006.

Greyhound of the week
As reported 38 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 19, 1968:

Administrator earns certification
Dr. Lisa Palmer (left), Director of Career Services at Augusta Technical College, recently earned her Economic Development Certification from the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education in Atlanta.

Families celebrate Independence Day
Adam Rogers, 10, a pupil at Stevens Creek Elementary, wrote about the Fourth of July:

Current events
Vendors are being sought for Columbia County's annual Summertime on the Canal festival, to be held from 3-10 p.m. July 29 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For information, call (706) 312-7194.

Time capsule
As reported 38 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 19, 1968:

Traveling afar to visit family
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

Get up and go
The CSRA Beagle Club will hold its seventh annual barbecue and trade day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29 at the Winfield Community Center, with pet supplies, a reptile show, pony rides and BB gun safety and marksmanship training.

Merchants award 13,000 in scholarships
The Merchants Association of Columbia County held its annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 25 at the fairgrounds.

Elect Sonny McDowell to Grovetown City Council
Our community lost a beloved, dedicated public servant when Grovetown City Councilwoman Margie Adams passed away in February.

Why we endorse
It is the policy of The Columbia County News-Times to evaluate local candidates and offer to our readers the benefit of our careful consideration by voicing our opinions on those candidates.

Re-elect County Commission Chairman Ron Cross
It was inevitable that the first person to occupy the county-wide elected chairmanship of the Columbia County Commission would have a difficult job.

So much time, so many notes
If she could find all the addresses, it would cost $2,974.53 just for the stamps for Linda Schrenko to mail notes of apology to all the Columbia County voters who cast ballots for her in the Aug. 20, 2002 Republican primary.

Georgia Force are hardball champions
The Georgia Force 9-and-Under were champions of the East Tennessee Worth Hardball Classic in Johnson City, Tenn., with a 5-0 record.

FireBall remain in hunt
Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with the Nashville Metros was a bittersweet result for the Augusta FireBall.

Nine Columbia County baseball players headline Team Georgia roster
The second annual CSRA Prospect Showcase will be played Saturday, July 29, at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

New gym helps Augusta Prep's sports program
With the 2005-06 state championships coming in tennis and track, and several state tournament appearances from the girls soccer, volleyball and the boys soccer teams, the Augusta Preparatory Day School athletic program is growing in reputation.

Sports calendar
YMCA summer golf camps will run through July for boys and girls ages 6-17. Each four-day camp will take place Mondays-Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bartram Trail Golf Course.

Augusta Christian shaped coach's career
For almost 20 years, Bryan Wilson has been a part of Augusta Christian Schools. The relationship between the Lions and Wilson started when he first attended the school for kindergarten in 1987.

Lakeside coach is ready for new job
When the 2006-07 Lakeside boys basketball team takes the floor this winter, the faces will be almost completely new.

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