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Path to peace in Middle East lies with end to Muslim 'indoctrination'
President Bush, like his predecessors, has strived in vain to broker a lasting peace in the Middle East.

TV probably the culprit in Columbia Theatre demise, not movie theaters
The recent column by Charles Lord on the demise and future of the Columbia Theatre in Harlem by county historian Charles Lord misses the boat by a few feet.

Basic Spanish class to be held at library
The Columbia County Library is looking to help those who would like to learn greetings and other basics of the Spanish language.

Park in Grovetown will honor military
Grovetown city officials are on a mission to collect names of active military personnel and veterans.

Properties make Top 10 tax value list
More than 5 percent of Columbia County's taxes this year won't come from homeowners but will instead be the result of catalogs, tractors, golf carts, tools and even timber.

Teen strives for knowledge
John Barney says his former student Aarthi Murugappan is a rising star. "She just has poise, the ability to talk to people and an inquisitiveness and curiosity about everything," said Barney, who taught Aarthi advanced placement U.S. history at Lakeside High School last year. "She is just amazing.

Event expected to attract thousands for rides, shows
The Columbia County fall fair is only a few months away, and organizers are accepting applications for business exhibit booths in the main building.

Roads added to funding list
Columbia County commissioners gave the go ahead Tuesday night for a list of 33 county roads to be proposed to the state for resurfacing funding next year.

Intersection awaits approval
Developers of the new Evans Lowe's store are awaiting the green light from state officials to put a red light at a redesigned intersection of Old Evans and Washington roads.

Residents upset with parking rules
Judy Brooks says she is angry that a Grovetown ordinance forces her to park cars on her lawn.

Pupils return to changed Augusta Prep campus
Before classes began on Tuesday, some Augusta Preparatory Day School students were already hitting the books.

Schools work to stop teen driving deaths
May high school graduations signify an important milestone - and not just for graduating seniors.

Newsmakers
Whitney Elizabeth Blackburn was initiated into Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society for College Freshman, on February 12 for achieving at least a 3.5 grade point average. Whitney is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Blackburn, of Martinez.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Georgia Ceramic opens new showroom
Aubrey Guiney (center) and his wife, Alicia, celebrated the grand opening of their new Georgia Ceramic Tile Supply showroom off Flowing Wells Road in Martinez with a Columbia County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting Aug. 10.

Current events
Sharon Baptist Church, at 6262 Cobbham Road, in Winfield, will celebrate homecoming at 11 a.m. today with the Rev. David Little, one of the pastors ordained by Sharon. Hal Perdue will lead the music, and a covered-dish dinner will follow the service.

More vacation photos
Rick and Benita Lawless and their sons Zac and Adam spent 10 days in Hawaii where they visited the Dole Plantation pineapple fields, the North Shore, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

Property transfers
Michael J. Brown to Lowell E. Thomas, 339 Candlewood Drive, $119,655.

Backpacks are blessed
Children hold up their backpacks as the Rev. Cynthia Taylor, of The Church of the Holy Comforter, leads a Blessing of the Backpacks at Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Martinez.

Vacation photos
Wayne (from left) and Margaret Wiggins, Sandy and John Black, and Kathy and Harry Hamm, all from Evans, recently traveled to Mount Rushmore as part of a trip through several western states including South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada.

School year starts with smiles
Cassi Blitchington, Shelbey and Austin Smith wait for the bus to South Columbia Elementary School.

Newsmaker
Shirley Williamson, Columbia County extension agent and 4-H coordinator, recently received the William H. Booth Award, which recognizes extension agents for exemplary work in the 4-H program.

Muralist comes home
Muralist John Daso, of Charleston, touches up a mural he painted on the south wall of Allstate Pest Control on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez on Aug. 10.

Get up and go
The Augusta Humane Society will hold registration for dog obedience and socialization classes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Julian Smith Casino. Owners should bring proof of vaccinations, but should not bring dogs. For information, call (706) 736-0186.

Divorces
Kaylene Thomas Ervin and Robert Corey Ervin, Aug. 7, 2006.

Time capsule
As reported 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1973:

Greyhound of the week
Sparky is a very sweet, gentle, puppy, who gets along well with the other dogs in his foster home.

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

Adopting Psalms for personal use gets better with age
John Kauffmann was a devout Pennsylvania Mennonite and writer, who for many years shared his work and class time with those of us who attended the St. David's Christian Writer's Conference on the campus of Eastern College each June.

Bond is about more than Bowen Pond
There is plenty of time between now and Nov. 7, the General Election, to dissect and discuss Columbia County's Capital Improvements Plan.

Check hearts, not just heat
It was a year ago Tuesday, on Aug. 22, 2005, that Lakeside High School freshman Chelsea Collins, a bright, cheerful 14-year-old, collapsed and died while walking on the school track during PE.

At least I'm not too old for summer
Growing up, I always thought my parents were too old for summer, because they would constantly tell us kids not to sit on the sofa in our wet bathing suits.

Sports calendar
Registration ends today for Family Y Harlem fall soccer for ages 4-7. The season runs from Sept. 12 to Oct. 28.

New year of football just getting warmed up
Football season begins Friday with Augusta Christian's home-opener against Orangeburg Prep. The rest of our area teams kick off on Sept. 1.

Preseason polls
GaSports.com Coaches Preseason Polls

Evans girls vie for starter spots
In the sport of softball, each player is required to wear a uniform with a visible number on the back. At some schools, it gets a little more complicated.

Lady Panthers play boys to get prepared
As competition heats up on the volleyball court, area coaches look for innovative ways to give their teams an extra edge.

All-Stars reach semifanals
The Martinez-Evans Junior League All-Stars (13- and 14-year-olds) recently reached the state semifinals in the Georgia Junior League State Tournament.

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

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