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Paper shouldn't use 'derisory' term to describe Battle Flag's supporters
Editor:The opinion page of The News-Times occasionally reflects a glaring lack of professionalism.

Road projects aim to clear congestion
Relief for some of Columbia County's clogged arteries is on the way.

Christian artist to perform at album-release concert
Christian recording artist Stephanie Staples says that as she has matured, so has her music.

Christian band will perform
Contemporary Christian band TAIT will be in concert at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

21,000 answer school bell on first day of 2006-07
A new school year started Friday as classes began in Columbia County public schools.

Thomson watermelon festival keeps growing
Like the melons themselves, the 2006 Tom Watson Watermelon Festival will be bigger and better than ever, organizers say.

Ruling allows for approval of alcohol sales at events
Performances and events at some of Columbia County's newest public venues could become a little more spirited.

Keeping cool
Mary and Shane Pennington, of Martinez, say they know this summer's heat is just as dangerous to Bella, their border collie mix, as it is to people.

Journey through France
Michael and Charlene Dockery pose with daughter Lara and son Lee at a D-Day beach in Avranches, France. The family visited France for nine days in July. Highlights of their trip included Mont St Michel, Leonardo da Vinci's chteau and the Louvre. Mr. Dockery is the new French teacher at Greenbrier High School.

Seattle visit
Andre and Rhonda Gaines and son Michael spent the Fourth of July week vacationing in Washington state. They visited Seattle's Space Needle, Pike Market Place, Mount Rainier, Westport Harbor, Grayland Beach and a Mariners game.

Time Capsule
More than 6,500 Columbia County voters went to the polls Aug. 10, 1976, stood in long lines for up to 1 1/2 hours, and cast their votes in the General Primary. For most offices, this will be the deciding vote, as there will be no Republican opposition in the November General Election.

Current Events
Saturday is the deadline to register for Columbia County Recreation Depart-ment fall sports. The Patriots Park office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration also is available online at www., or call (706) 863-7523.

Mariners are minor league champs
The Mariners are the 2006 Martinez-Evans Minor League champions. The team members are: Jacob Woods (front row, from left), Dominick Panzella, Conner Dowling, Alec Watts, Josh Woods and Braden Hertz; Adam Sasser (second row), Grant Fletcher, Michael McCraith, Hunter Watts, Craig Rodgers and Cory Wolfe; coach Wayne Watts (back row), coach Brian Watts, coach Pat McCraith and coach Greg Panzella.

Georgia Rockers persevere to take series
The 14-and-up Georgia Rockers, a fastpitch softball team based in Evans, recently won the World Fastpitch Connection World Series at Diamond Lakes in Augusta. After losing in the second round, the Rockers won seven straight games in the loser's bracket to claim the title. Pictured are Jessica Allen (back row, from left), Katie Tracy, Sarah Wood, Gina Easler, Nicole Buechele, Savanah Coon and Elizabeth Kelligan. In the front row, the girls are Kelly Jo McIlvried, Marya Blackledge, Aubrey Lamar, Kristin Hampson, and Meagan Patterson. Not pictured are the coaches: Tom Tracy, Darrell Hampson, Mike Patterson and Rob Wood.

Tennessee traveler
During the Fourth of July weekend, John and Dianne Gay and Bill and Marcia DeHaven climbed the trail at Roaring Forks to Grotto Falls in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Deputies compete in Montana

Racers take Ponytail League title
The Columbia County Recreation Department Racers are the Ponytail League softball champs for 11- to 12-year-olds. The team won nine straight games in league play and the championship in a playoff game. They are: Kaitlin Welch (front, from left), Kirby Cates, Chelsea Watson, Kayla Cates and Emily Davis; Megan Faircloth (back), Haley Helfrich, Ashley Burmeister, Gabi Medina-Nunez, coach Hank Chavous, Emily Ludwig, Maddie Wilson, coach Bryan Cates and Kaylyn Chavous. Not shown is coach Kim Faircloth.

Columbia Countians cruise to Hawaii
A group of 51 people from Evans and Martinez cruised the Hawaiian Islands in June.

Pet of the week
This male Siberian husky is between 2 and 3 years old. He is playful and very loving. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 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 puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Glacier walk
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.

Police Blotter
A Thomson woman was charged Friday with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in a July 28 single-car wreck that killed her 4-year-old son.

County's recycling program missing
Now that the Columbia County landfill has been closed and turned into what for the next 30 years will be a well-monitored wasteland, what happens to all the garbage the growing community continues to generate?

For tax cuts, aim at income
Fresh from a weekend of 7 percent off sales, my wallet is feeling pretty light.

Revamped theater links city, history
The town of Harlem, chartered Oct. 24, 1870, for years was the premier entertainment center of Columbia County.

Schools are set for Border Bash
Columbia County will see its first football action of the 2006-07 school year Thursday with the second annual Border Bash at Augusta Christian Schools in Martinez.

Teamwork goes into practices
On a hot Friday afternoon, a group of girls in the Harlem High School gymnasium struggled to construct a wobbly human pyramid.

Athlete Spotlight
Basketball games at the Wells house in Grovetown aren't for the average player.

Cavaliers rebuilding
When Augusta Prep's boys soccer team kicks off the 2006 season, it will have new locker rooms and a new workout facility.

Sports Calendar
Saturday is the deadline to register for Columbia County Recreation Department fall sports. Registration is available at Patriots Park daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration also is available online at, or call (706) 863-7523.


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