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Hammond should stay with Chamber; Muns should be board chairman
While Hammond may have had great achievements within the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce as an avid volunteer and most recently as its vice chairman, what are his qualifications to lead our children's future?

County should provide a complete report on history of Bowen Pond
This November, the citizens of Columbia County will be asked to vote for a proposed $44 million dollar Capital Improvement Bond Referendum paid for by a 1-mill property tax increase.

Talk-show host has been 'parroting biased message' against Williams
(In the Superior Court judge race), ... Austin Rhodes is ... taking bits and pieces of information from a person that does not have the character or integrity to even identify himself, and then parroting this biased message over the air.

Commission cuts members
Columbia County's newest governing board might be its first to undergo a transformation at the request of the county commission.

October is domestic violence prevention month
It doesn't take a special month for Army Community Service employees to work to prevent domestic violence.

Fair seeks crafts for exhibits
Elizabeth Hare curled up on her living room floor Sept. 27 to work on the latch-hook rug depicting a horse head.

Library catalogs local history
Harlem officials are planning a celebration to honor a historic home that has served the city as a public library for the past quarter of a century.

Military Milestones
Air Force Airman 1st Class Paul S. Walker, a 2002 graduate of Hephzibah High School and son of Dorothy Walker, of Augusta, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Small fire department is named best at ceremony
The moment was surreal for Fort Gordon Fire Chief Lester Porter.

Store raises money for library
The sales of gifts and do-nated books added up to a hefty sum recently for the Friends of Columbia County Libraries and the system that the group supports.

Senior savors life experiences
As a young girl, Elizabeth Stewart dreamed of the day she would set off for college, a big sprawling university where she would make her mark.

Grovetown has sister-city plan
Grovetown doesn't have a twin. "To my knowledge, there is no other Grovetown in the United States," said Charles Lord, a Columbia County historian.

Meal provider might change
Patrons of Grovetown Senior Center might soon be fed by the same kitchen as prisoners if city officials decide to switch meal providers from a Florida company to the county jail.

Areas named for people, church
According to the best information available, Columbia County is named after the explorer Christopher Columbus. But what about the places inside Columbia County?

Popular belief links Columbus to county
With Columbus Day celebrated Monday, The News-Times asked some Columbia County residents whether they knew where the county got its name. Here are some answers:

Have ice cream, will travel
One of the county's newest businesses just might be the answer for those looking for a little something to cool down with after a long, hot summer.

Harlem to play at arts center
The Harlem High School Drama Department is taking its show on the road with a performance today at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

Evans man leads fort fire department to national competition
A local man once again has found his name in a familiar place - at the top of the leaderboard.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Photos: Vacation Pictures
Barbara Adkins stands over the Seine River in front of the Eiffel Tower. She was in Paris in July to attend the wedding of her cousin Don Scott with Celine Birre, of France.

Photo: Financial firm opens
Edward (Ted) McLyman (fourth from right), the district manager and financial adviser, cuts the ribbon during a ceremony at Waddell and Reed Financial Services in Martinez. The event was held Sept. 28 by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Property transfers
Paul M. Johansen to Sirva Relocation LLC, 7634 Pleasantville Way, $159,900.

Prep Calendar
Prep sports calendar for the upcoming week.

Photo: Smart Girls receive check
Photo by Jim Blaylock The Smart Girls Club received a check from Rack Room Shoes for $1,500 at the Mullins Crossing store. The Smart Girls Club is a reading club that meets weekly at Tubman Middle School.

Pamela D. Bell-Smith and Ronald L. Smith Jr., Sept. 7, 2006.

Thomas Tilden Black, 33, of the 2300 block of Cummings Road in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence June 30, 2006, and was fined $635.

Photo: Metrack breaks ground
Officials from Metrack and Columbia County gather for a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome Metrack to Horizon North Industrial Complex in Grovetown.

Photo: Greyhound of the week
Sweetie is a black 3-year-old female greyhound that gets along well with cats, small dogs and children. If you are interested in adopting Sweetie or any other retired racing greyhound, call Sam Fulton at (706) 854-0098 or go to

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to (706) 722-7403 or e-mail to

Photo: Tournament benefits shelter
Lou Tobin, senior shelter manager for Safe Homes of Augusta, is surrounded by Rhodes Financial Services employees as she accepts a check from Jimmy Rhodes, president of Rhodes Financial Services Inc.

School lunch menus
Lunch menus for Columbia County schools.

Photo: Reaching the next level
Evans High School students Brandon Lane and Austin Guidry, receive their blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Gustavo Machado.

School councils
The Bel Air Elementary School council will meet at 7:15 a.m. Thursday in the media center.

Time capsule
As reported 42 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 6, 1964:

Current events
Grovetown's Senior Center plans to get its meals cooked by the staff of the Columbia County Detention Center

Photo: Sassy Scooters opens in Martinez
Gail Bennett and Brian Keller, of Sassy Scooters, perform the honors at a Columbia County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting at their new store in Martinez.

Photo: Kitchen fire in Martinez
Firefighters from Martinez-Evans Fire Rescue catch their breath after fighting a fire on Hinman Court in Martinez.

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

State amendments and questions
Absentee ballots have been available to Georgia voters for the past two weeks, and more than 1,300 Columbia County voters have already taken advantage of the opportunity to vote or request ballots for the Nov. 7 General Election.

A few whacks might stop threats
Recent promises of tougher punishment for bomb threats obviously put the fear of God into Columbia County students, who responded by making more bomb threats.

Fiddling while America burns
Congress, voters of America, politicians all: Are you awake yet? Are your hearts broken enough, your anguish over murdered and murdering children deep enough to take your minds off an opposing politician's indiscretion, an opinion you don't agree with or results of the latest poll?

Sports calendar
The 2006 Evans baseball team's fall fundraiser will be held today at Gordon Lakes Golf Course. The entry fee is $50 per player with a shotgun start at 12:45 p.m.

Greenbrier tailback has become a nightmare for opposing defenses
Greenbrier's coaching staff knew they would count heavily on tailback Freddie Jones this season. He showed flashes of brilliance late last season when he took over running duties for Reggie Rice (now redshirted at The Citadel).

Augusta Christian may begin soccer programs
Augusta Christian Schools' Board of Trustees has tentatively approved the addition of boys and girls soccer programs to begin this spring.

Riverside Middle still perfect
No high school football team in Columbia County has firmly established a dynasty during the past three years. In the middle school ranks, however, one team has reached a level of winning unmatched by any other football squad in the area.

Teams get prepared for season's stretch run
Ah, October. The 10th month of the year with a prefix that means "eight" is upon us once again.

Lady Bulldogs hope to sweep region
A full season of knocking off one region opponent after another could all come down to one game for the Harlem High School softball team this week.


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