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County needs more funds, but not from impact fees
Editor:Impact fees are rapidly becoming a political "hot potato" in Columbia County due to the misinformation spewed forth by the likes of Democrat candidate Scott Nichols and News-Times publisher Barry Paschal. Others seem to have taken up the cause without being fully versed on the issue.

Departure from paper came from better opportunity
Editor:Thanks to Barry Paschal for mentioning me and my company in his May 24 column ("Paper's history opens intrigue), but I do have one comment to make about what could be misunderstood by readers.

Sheriff's office should 'referee' Furys Ferry 'game'
Editor:With the almost completion of Fury's Ferry Road, there seems to be a new game in town. While the origin, game rules and object of the game haven't been published, observation would indicate the following:

Summer reading ends well
The finale to Columbia County's Summer Reading Program will be magic.

Jailers get training for evacuation
Some of the staff at the McDuffie County Detention Center got a workout last week.

A bug's life
Bettina Bergh isn't frightened by creepy-crawlies.

Residents get last taste of season
Hundreds of guests braved a hot sun to attend the third and final Saturday Farmer's Market on the memorial gardens lawn behind the Columbia County Library.

Harlem club plans Back to School Bash
Harlem's Key Women want to give pupils a big send-off back to school.

Arch, pillars reunited outside library
Former state Rep. Bill Jackson Sr. and a team of more than a dozen men showed the resilient Evans Consolidated School arch their resolve Saturday.

Fun is agenda for Hardy fan club
Stephen A. Wichrowski Jr. has never missed a Sons of the Desert International Convention since the event began in 1978.

Time Capsule
As reported 42 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 16, 1964:

Candidate speaks to county GOP
Gary Black, a candidate for state Agriculture Commissioner, was one of several candidates to speak at the Columbia County Republican Party monthly breakfast at Peppermill Restaurant in Evans.

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

Pet of the Week
This male Jack Russell terrier is about 2 years old. He is playful and very loving. He 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 cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

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

Cabo San Lucas sun
Amy and Dave Coleman (left) and Mike and Jenny Stanley took a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was the first time for the Stanleys and the second time for the Colemans.

Readers vacation around the globe
Taking a trip out of town, or just planning to spend some time at the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

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.

Six Lakeside High School chapter members and their two advisers attended the FCCLA State Leadership meeting at the Atlanta Gwinnett Place Marriott on April 20-23. Three 10th-graders competed in STAR events-Hemi Kondur, Aarthe Murugappan, in applied technology; and Caitee Mace, in Focus on Children. They won gold medals. Hemi and Aarthe finished first and will compete at the FCCLA National Leadership meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in July. Caitee finished second.

'Star Wars' weekend
Preston Harpe (from left), poses with Warwick Davis, of the Star Wars and Harry Potter movies, and his sister Mary Ann Harpe and George Doss. The Augusta children met the actor at the Disney-MGM Star Wars Weekend.

Wisdom out of the mouths of babes
With my two youngest grandchildren born four years and three early summer weeks apart, there's been a lot of birthday-partying going on the past few weeks - and lots of childhood "speak" and growing-up "do" for adoring grandparents to observe.

Spirit of cooperation moves landmarks
As one era ended, a new one began.

Fun and games at party's party
At their final monthly breakfast before Tuesday's primary, and the first meeting in nearly three years without Lee Muns as chairman, Columbia County's Republican Party packed the Peppermill restaurant with back-slappin' fun.

Belcher to be in issue of 'Sports Illustrated'
Greenbrier High School southpaw Nolan Belcher got plenty of attention locally this season. Statewide, he was a hot topic on the high school message boards throughout the Wolfpack's state championship run.

Bulldogs grad will lead girls
Harlem High School coach Kim Chambers has been stretched thin in recent years during basketball season.

Harlem's teams had ups, downs
Anchoring a school filled with history and tradition, the Harlem High School athletic program saw its share of successes during the 2005-06 season.

Augusta FireBall get wild card slot
Before kickoff Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Dynamo, a sense of relief swept over the Augusta FireBall squad.

Athlete Spotlight
Mark Boiter (from left), Mike White, Byron White, Brandon Bennett and Matt Pitchford, football.


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