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Chamber's innaugural tennis tournament features reception, lessons
The rapidly growing and innovative Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, under the dynamic leadership of President George Duehring and Executive Director Gordon Renshaw, has announced its innaugural tennis tournament.

Leaders to tap local firms for more jobs
The best prospects for increasing the number of manufacturing jobs in Columbia County might be industries that are already here, development officials say.

Sheriff pulls his support for proposed bond issue
Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday will reconsider a list of possible capital improvements projects.

Greenbrier grad studies abroad
Julye Williams knows all too well the leg up that this summer's internship abroad will give Albany State University junior Danielle McKinley.

Alumni offering scholarship
Gwen Williams and Dr. Lester Pollard agree that the John P. Blanchard Consolidated High School was a special place filled with encouraging and inspiring people.

Computer classes will aid novices
For people who think they are ready to enter the age of technology but have no experience, the Columbia County Library is offering a series of classes to help them get started.

Evans Middle School open house delayed
Construction delays at a new Evans Middle School on Hereford Farm Road will push back an open house and ribbon-cutting originally planned for Tuesday.

Grovetown official says he's 'fortunate'
Richard "Dick" Manion spent the last few minutes before Monday's Grovetown City Council meeting intensely studying the three-ring binder of information about current city issues.

Portrait gallery puts focus on past leaders
When Columbia County school officials dedicated the system's new administration building Tuesday, they also unveiled a bit of history with a portrait gallery of some of the system's past leaders.

UGA band members play for crowd in China
Best friends Michael Corda and Kevin Golden said they were treated like celebrities during a 16-day concert tour of China with the University of Georgia Redcoat Band.

Police Blotter
Columbia County deputies are looking for a man who robbed a Martinez bank Wednesday.

Aparna Vijayan Balan and Shankar Balan, July 14, 2006.

Summer in the subtropics
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.

Property Transfers
Tiger Inc. to Robert D. Harris Sr., 826 Matt's Lane, $38,500.

Grand opening
Representatives from HCCU and the county cut a ribbon to officially open their new office on Washington Road in Evans on July 26.

Time Capsule
As reported 25 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times on July 22, 1981:

Military Newsmakers
Cadet Steven Arthur Baxter of Evans graduated May 6 from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

Current events
Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream will hold a biology certification workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue station on Oakley-Pirkle Road. For information, call John Graham at (706) 868-0296, or e-mail

Greyhound of the week
Myers is a sweepstakes champion who is great with kids, cats and small dogs.

Get Up and Go
Marvin United Methodist Church preschool, at 4400 Wheeler Road at Belair Road, is accepting registration for the 2006-07 school year for 2-,3- and 4-year-olds. Classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Late-in-the-game changes threaten bond
With the clock ticking on a deadline to finalize a list of projects for which they'd like to ask voters to fund with higher taxes, some Columbia County commissioners seem determined to kill the proposal with 11th-hour confusion.

Evans gets zip in new ranking
Last year there were proud announcements, a series of celebratory stories, congratulatory decals, back-patting glee.

Institutions follow Great Commission
As our children return to school and voters enter another election year, a recent reminder from the North Georgia Conference of Methodist Churches that members refrain from using their pulpits to advance a particular political candidate or opinion " or risk losing their non-profit status" reminds me again that we are living in far different times from those of Jesus' "Great Commission."

Sports Calendar
Evans High School will conduct softball tryouts from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Evans High softball field. Players must bring a current physical and insurance form.

Events showcase tennis community
Ron Cross and Deke Copenhaver are politicians. But Thursday, the Columbia County Commission chairman and mayor of Augusta won't be lobbing political criticism or volleying public policy.

Baseball trio makes decisions on colleges
Greenbrier High School had a baseball season that will go down in the record books. If you ask the players what was the key to their success, many immediately talk about how well the team got along. They all talk of the close-knit group the Wolfpack became this season.

Perfect season
The Martinez-Evans Little League machine pitch Orioles recently finished their season with a perfect 16-0 record.

Western Division Championship winners
The Columbia County Recreation Department U-12 Braves completed the spring season 14-0-1 to win the Western Division Championship.

Wrestler has high hopes for Greenbrier
When Louie Shearer and his family moved to Columbia County almost five years ago, the elementary school pupil had plenty of sports options.

School start date means big difference in early football practices
We are just three days away from the beginning of high school football practice in Columbia County.

All-Stars drink in success on way to World Series
Sometimes a team needs help. At the Dixie Youth Boys O-Zone Georgia State Tournament, the Columbia County all-star team was in that exact position.


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