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Despite rest of committee's views, county should impose impact fees
The July 19 issue of The News-Times contained a letter from a group of five builders and three at-large members of the Impact Fee Study Committee, explaining their opposition to impact fees. I was the only member out of 10 appointed by the commissioners who was in favor of impact fees in order to alleviate financial pressures on the county to provide additional infrastructure into new developments.

Fort Gordon officials are interested in county
Robert Thurman was surprised by the response when he asked co-workers to go to Fort Gordon with him for the post's Independence Day fireworks show.

Greenbrier students learn about England firsthand
"Stratford, Oxford, Bath, London (and more!) in just over a week!" reads the poem on black, long-sleeved T-shirts worn by several students and teachers at Greenbrier High School.

Audience numbers are up for Music in the Park
The Fort Gordon Signal Band took the stage at Grace United Methodist Church's new Wesley Center on July 27 to round out North Augusta Cultural Arts Council's Music in the Park series.

Safety stressed for sake of county schoolchildren
On Friday, 165 school buses hit the streets and children crowded street corners waiting to board them.

Bond's future to be set Monday
Columbia County commissioners will take up the issue of a proposed capital improvement projects list for what could be a final time this year at a called meeting Monday.

County officials prepare for Tuesday's runoff
For every Columbia County voter projected to turn out for Tuesday's run off election, the county will spend just less than the price of two movie tickets - about $16.

Residents have no problems with transfer station
It's been a little more than a month since the Baker Place Road Landfill closed to the public, and county officials say most residents and trash haulers have made a smooth transition to using private firms or the Richmond County landfill.

Harlem will vote on three positions
Harlem residents will be voting to fill three of the city's elected positions in November's election.

Military daughter helps care for troops overseas
As the daughter of a military enlistee, Caitlin Dodd knows all too well what it's like to have a family member serve abroad. That's one reason why she volunteers to pack deployment bags for soldiers going to foreign lands.

Credit union, restaurants opening
A former Evans car lot now houses a credit union that could help people buy a vehicle.

Shelby Watkins, daughter of Jimmy and Colleen Watkins, recently graduated from Evans High School.

Natalie Jenifer Stinson and Robert Jason Stinson, July 28, 2006.

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

Ribbon cut at child care facility
Carlos and Rosa Gil are joined by representatives from Columbia County and the Chamber of Commerce as they cut a ribbon during the grand opening of Little Castle Child Care on Baston Road.

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

Family marks couple's 50th anniversary
James and Carole Camak were married 50 years ago. The couple arranged a western Caribbean cruise for their entire family to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Current events
The Sanctuary, a new church pastored by Bryan Cockrell, will hold services starting at 1:30 p.m. today at Riverside Baptist Church, 4798 Hardy-McManus Road, in Evans. A nursery and children's church will be provided.

Dentist learns new procedure
Dr. Andrew Allgood, a Martinez dentist, recntly attended a two-day postgraduate dental course in Los Angeles.

Kevin Bruce Suckow, 27, of the 500 block of Edgecliff Lane in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on July 8, 2006, and was fined $810.

Property transfers
Robert L. Thom to J. Porter Adams Construction Co., 649 Butler Springs Circle, $169,900.

Summer adverntures
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office: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.

Time capsule
As reported 26 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, July 30, 1980:

School year begins!
Joyce Long, the principal of Blue Ridge Elementary School, greets Andrew Powell, 5, a kindergartner, and his 3-year-old sister, Sarah, on the morning of the first day of school.

God's role in the Mideast
Perhaps I should leave this subject alone. After all, better pens than mine have been flooding the media for weeks - years - on "the problem of the Middle East," and news-saturated consumers are turning the constant barrage off.

Trustees should mind own business
Two years ago, the Columbia County Board of Education wisely decided to stay out of a statewide lawsuit over school funding.

Sure is hot to all us wimps
How in the world did we ever survive. When I was a kid, growing up in Winfield, the only time I ever felt air conditioning was when my dad would let me go to work with him at his auto-repair shop on a Saturday and we'd eat lunch at Michael's Restaurant in Thomson.

Dispel myths about sex offender registry
The sex offender registry and community notification laws were designed for law enforcement to track the most violent and predatory offenders.

Football coaches taking heat risks seriously
A new football season didn't kick off as expected when the first practice date rolled around Wednesday. In fact, for some Columbia County teams, practice never really started at all.

Players use last chance to show off on diamond
In the final big baseball event of the summer several Columbia County players greatly helped their scholarship chances - and, for some, their draft chances.

Minor league champs
The Mariners are the 2006 Martinez-Evans Minor League champions.

Pro disc golf comes to town
A full week of disc golf will hit the Augusta area this week as the Professional Disc Golf Association, based in Appling's Wildwood Park, plays host to the Pro-fessional Disc Golf World Championships.

Allstars win state tourney
The 13-and-Under Columbia County All-Stars recently won the Georgia state tournament and will be playing in the Junior Dixie Boys World Series in Grand Prairie, Texas, Aug. 5-10.

Prep calendar
ThursdayAugusta Christian Border Bash

County baseball players have major futures ahead
Minor League Baseball is a wonderful concept.

Girls turn out to show skills
Softball and volleyball season officially started Tuesday with the first practices. Most of the girls faced tryouts with only a week to make the team.

Sports calendar
The CSRA Junior Tennis League will have open registration for the fall tennis season starting today through Aug. 20. Anyone between the ages of 8 and 18 is welcome.


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