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Chamber members in survey support passage of county's bond vote
The Columbia County Chamber recognizes the importance of the 2006 Columbia County Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) Bond, and that both our membership and overall county quality of life will be significantly affected by the success or failure of the bond referendum vote.

If you don't think you've gotten your money's worth from taxes, vote no
There seems to be remarkably little discussion of the soon-to-be-voted-on Ron Cross Bottomless Barrel o' Pork. Well, other than The News-Times' haughty editorial dismissing concerns about the highly aromatic Bowen Pond deal.

Williams has 'hideous record as a Democrat,' is a 'protege' of Fleming
Tom Werner's letter (Oct. 8) accusing me of "parroting" someone else's words in my criticism of Superior Court Judge candidate Bill Williams is laughable. Williams falls into two distinct subsets which equal a "double whammy" as he seeks to secure the conservative votes of Columbia County.

Roper 'exemplifies our county's conservative values' in race for judge
We in this community appear to be blessed with some outstanding men who want to be our next Superior Court judge. Columbia County has a rare opportunity to make a difference in what happens in this judicial circuit.

Developments in Grovetown are closer to having sidewalks
Grovetown leaders approved Monday the second reading of an ordinance that would require sidewalks in new residential developments.

Augusta Christian senior has politics in his blood
As the grandson of a woman who once led a Republican Party in California and the nephew of a man who served under President Taft, Timothy Van Vliet says his interest in politics is only natural.

Harlem ministry distributes food to needy families
One Harlem outreach ministry is making sure needy families have a pantry staple - bread. Volunteers for the Hands Up Outreach Ministry gather daily at the Harlem Theatre to distribute donated bread to those who need it.

Commission to get say on Augusta Christian sports facility
A bid by Augusta Christian Schools to add a sports field house to its Baston Road campus will go before the Columbia County Commission for approval Tuesday, with a negative recommendation from the county's zoning board.

Church sets its sights on growth
The congregation of Abilene Baptist Church on Washington Road voted Oct. 8 to approve a campaign to fund additions to the building's choir suite and rear entrance and to build a new three-story adult and children's education center that will stand on the footprint of the old sanctuary and church courtyard.

Deer-vehicle collision numbers on rise
Evans resident Christina McKelvain says she never saw it coming. On Oct. 2, at about 8:30 a.m., her Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with a deer on Furys Ferry Road near the Oakbrook subdivision.

Augusta Christian crowns new queen
Kerri King, of Evans, was crowned Augusta Christian Schools' 2006 homecoming queen on Oct. 6. The senior got her crown during halftime of the Lions' 20-0 victory over Ben Lippen School.

Planet or not? Pupils weigh in on Pluto
River Ridge Elementary School teacher Carolyn Martindale recently asked her fifth-grade science pupils how they felt about scientists' decision that Pluto would no longer be classified as a planet. Here are their answers:

House earns Columbia County its first gold Energy Star
The home Valerie McNary and Cindy Cooper purchased on Hunters Cove in Evans came with a bonus beyond their bonus room.

Conductor all aboard on city history
A Grovetown man who has shared the cherished items of his life's work with the city's museum will now help the city preserve its cherished history.

Board lists needs for school
The Columbia County school board has determined its classroom needs for a new high school two years before it is set to open.

Soldiers recount tales to pen pals
A class of Augusta Preparatory Day School fourth-graders got firsthand answers about war recently from two officers who were deployed to the Middle East.

Photo: Showroom opens
ProSource of Augusta Chief Financial Officer Greg McClaskey center and vice president Bill Cox, right center, cut the ribbon during the dedication of the company's Evans showroom.

Things to do
Fort Gordon's monthly community information briefing will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Gordon Club on 19th Street. The next meeting will be Nov. 15. For information, call (706) 791-3639.

Photo: Young thespians take journey
Blue Ridge Elementary School third-graders, under the direction of music director Margaret Wiggins, prepare to take a bow after their performance of A Magical Journey for pupils and parents Oct. 3.

Photo: Georgia School Nutrition Association
Members of the Georgia School Nutrition Association held their annual District 10 fall meeting in Jasper County, with more than 160 representatives from Columbia, Richmond, Jasper, Morgan, Putnam and McDuffie counties attending.

Photo: Greyhound of the week
Snowman is as calm as a 4-year-old greyhound gets. Snowman needs a quiet home. He is nervous around small children but does well with older kids, and is cat and small-dog safe. For more information on adopting Snowman or other retired racing greyhounds, call Sam Fulton at 706-833-2177 or go to

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

Photo: Sports Champions
Winners of the Atomic City Summer Blast Skills Competition were Braz Staples (from left), Austin Herkel, Colin Dominy and Conner Dowling with the Georgia Futures 10 & Under USSSA baseball team.

Photo: Family trip to Connecticut
Laura and Caroline Schilling, of Evans, visited the Mystic Seaport Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., with their parents.

In the Wednesday, Oct. 11 edition of The News-Times, a photo incorrectly identified Columbia County Commission District 1 candidate Scott Nichols. The News-Times regrets the error.

Get up and go
Augusta State University will hold a seminar, Dating in the 21st Century, at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Butler Meeting Room of ASU's Jaguar Student Activities Center.

Property transfers
Linda L. Flowers to Denise A. Robertson, 3640 Westwood Drive, $102,000.

Time capsule
As reported 33 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times on Thursday, October 10, 1973.

Photo: Officials welcome Metrac
Officials gathered for a groundbreaking in September to welcome Metrac to Horizon North Commerical Park. The building should be completed in six months. Metrac is a heavy-equipment company, based in Atlanta, that sells John Deere equipment locally.

Places to go
The Marvin United Methodist Church Clothes Closet, at the church at Wheeler and Belair roads, is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are accepted on the first day of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

School councils
Grovetown Middle School will hold its first school council meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Current events
Absentee voting is under way at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

David Percival and Carrie Rios Percival, Oct. 5, 2006

Photo: Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Marsh, of Grovetown, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16 with the renewal of their wedding vows at Fellowship Baptist Church, in Grovetown.

Photo: A well-deserved vacation
Sgt. 1st Class Edward Bauser recently returned from a trip to Sea World Orlando with his family. Pictured are: Eric (from left), Edward and George Bauser. The family took the trip after he returned from a yearlong tour of South Korea.

Photo: Scholarship pageant winners
The Merchants Association of Columbia County held their Annual Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant Saturday, September 30, at Evans High School.

School lunch menus
Columbia County school lunch menus for the week ahead.

Photo: Prep's new center dedicated
Jim Hall and his wife Karen (center) cut the ribbon during the dedication ceremony Oct. 6 for the Hull Performing Arts Center at Augusta Preparatory Day School.

Another chance to learn about teens, law
When Columbia County Chief Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett presented two "Teenage Years 101" seminars in September, parents and teens might not have been sure about what to expect.

Commission: Spank P & Z
The general public in Columbia County seems to agree on two things: Our traffic stinks, and too many trees are being cut down. The appointed members of the county's Planning and Zoning Board apparently disagree.

Former football player develops star status in kickboxing
No matter your sport of choice, becoming a world-class athlete is usually a goal that takes years to attain. These athletes spend hours each day mastering their craft.

Greenbrier wins 10th regional
Simply put, this year's Region 3-AAAA Tournament was the same as all the others. Greenbrier, the team who has won every region tournament since 1996, did it again Wednesday afternoon with wins over Evans and Lakeside to claim the region crown.

My most improved? Harlem volleyball
We're now fully into the postseason for our local softball and volleyball teams. Soon we'll head for the state playoffs, and then, after the season ends, we'll have the annual sports banquets.

Lakeside advances to state sectionals
Another region championship went to the Greenbrier softball team this past week at Patriots Park. However, the Lady Wolfpack didn't corner the market on big performances during the two-day tournament.

Sports briefs
The Georgia Rockers fastpitch organization will hold tryouts for the 16U and 18U travel teams at Patriots Park at noon on Nov. 4. For information, call Ike Branch (16U-18U) at (706) 860-3886.

Prep's strategy switch pays off
As strong as Augusta Prep's boys soccer team has been in past years, the 2006 outlook was mediocre at best early in the season.


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