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County's 'wild growth' won't stop as long as commissioners re-elected
Editor: Michael Ryan, in the July 26, News-Times, had an outstanding letter to the editor about what is wrong with growth in Columbia County. He also gave his solution: "The answers are investing in the unique Southern rural culture that was already here."

Residents don't want to receive 'stupid phone calls' from candidates
Editor: I think it is time the politicians stop calling our homes, with recorded or unrecorded messages!

Chairs will aid cancer society
Sitting your toddler in time-out could help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Chorus returns to 1970s
The first Columbia County performance of the Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International promises to be a psychedelic blast to the past.

Animania fair to include pet-owner look-alike contest
Those with an uncanny resemblance to their pet might want to enter the county's first Animania Pet Fair's look-alike contest.

Buzz over mosquitoes dies down
During the summer, dusk in Columbia County is usually accompanied by the buzzing of common Georgia pests - mosquitoes.

Humane Society building shelter to house animals
Columbia County Humane Society President Donna Evans keeps more than 30 dogs at her Evans home.

Demand up 10 percent at food bank
Just as the population of Columbia County is growing, so is the demand at a county food bank.

State's foster care program needs qualified parents
By the time Tara Wilson brought home a 7-year-old foster son in the summer of 2002, her home was the fourth he'd been placed in since being removed from his biological parents four months earlier.

Pupils might scoff at the fruit medley cup on their school lunchroom tray, but they can still eat it with the comfort of knowing it came from a clean kitchen.

Coach's Award
Seth Confer received the Coach's Award at the Evans Middle School baseball banquet May 2.

First day of school is picture perfect in Columbia County
Third-grader Skyler Plooster poses with her teacher Alicia Miller at the open house at Lewiston Elementary.

Titans are state champions
The Columbia County Titans won the USSSA 13 and Under Georgia State Championship with a 6-0 tournament record June 2-4. The team went 29-2 and won six tournaments this season. Team members are: Chris Hulsey (front, from left), Glenn Cassedy, Jay Aplin, Donald Cockerham, Cade Hardin, Justin Cofer and bat boy Jacob Hardin; Coach Greg Aplin (back), Jake Sandlin, Nick Ray, Brian Smith, Stephen Crawford, Austin White, Dontavis Brown and coach John Sandlin. Coach Mike Crawford is in back.

Police Blotter
Columbia County authorities were looking for a woman who they say threatened to burn down a Martinez private school Aug. 8.

Vacation photos
The Chiera family and the Coley family visited Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville during a trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla.

Time Capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Aug. 18, 1960:

Scenes from the schools in Columbia County
Will Blackburn says goodbye to his dog Rocky on his first day of second grade at North Harlem Elementary. He is in Stacey Vincenzetti's class.

Current Events
Columbia County Advocates for Special Education PTO will hold a 10th anniversary celebration from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Evans Elementary School.

Pet of the week
This female golden retriever is calm, friendly and affectionate. She is about 3 years old. She 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.

School lunch menus
Here are Columbia County school lunch menus for the remainder of the week.

Tractor-trailer catches fire
Darrell Brown, 30, driver of the burned tractor-trailer, calls his company's headquarters for assistance as Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters tend to the remains of his charred rig Thursday along the westbound off-ramp of Interstate 20 near Appling.

The few have spoken for the many
They may not seem related to anyone else, but two recent experiences suggest to me a parallel between the two. "What number am I?" I asked the lifeguard as I limped from the water - and away from the jellyfish that had wrapped its fiery tentacles around my leg and turned my mid-morning swim into a search for relief from the stinging pain.

Sailors' salsa is in the mail
Ask, and ye shall receive... salsa.

Don't expect big school changes
When the staff at Fort Gordon recently asked some soldiers' families in an informal survey why they chose to live in Columbia County, the No. 1 reason was the school system.

Dixie Youth baseball team powers its way to O-Zone World Series crown
Columbia County's rich Dixie Youth Baseball tradition continued last week at the O-Zone World Series in Dothan, Ala. The Columbia County squad represented Georgia well with a power display that will not be soon forgotten.

Wolfpack players hungry to repeat success in volleyball
When Greenbrier High School's volleyball team approached postseason play in the fall of 2005, junior starter Kelsey Sheron went down with a torn ACL and many thought the Lady Wolfpack season was over.

Athlete Spotlight
C.J. Hendry is finally getting a break.

Coach looks to good season
Greenbrier High School softball coach Garrett Black has heard the saying, "All good things must come to an end." That's exactly what happened last year when seven senior starters played in their final Lady Wolfpack game.

Lakeside adds depth to team
A newly paved road behind Lakeside High School now sits where an underdeveloped gravel path previously marked the way to the Lady Panther softball field.

Sports Calendar
The Patriot Day Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 11 at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club in North Augusta. The event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Registration and lunch will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The tournament will follow a shamble format, and a four-player team will cost $1,000. For information, call (706) 294-4040.

All-Stars lay claim to title in Alabama
Clayton Peoples says he and his Columbia County 11-12 All-Star teammates learned to rely on each other and play as one en route to their Dixie Youth Boys O-Zone World Series Championship Thursday night.


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