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It's OK toplay politics at home, but Americans must be united in war
There is so much talk regarding the war. The cost. The sacrifice. The decisions. Who made the right one, or is it all a mistake. For me I believe it is not a mistake.

Martinez mail re-routed to Martin, Ga.; anyone having similar problem?
I would like to find out which software causes this problem and report it to the U.S. Post Office, in the hope that pressure from the Post Office will get the error corrected.

'Proof' that growth isn't paying for itself is in higher property tax bills
Re the April 22 letter from Builders Association members Oliver Owens, Ken Richards and Dave Trotter: I see they are trying to get the citizens of Columbia County to believe that growth in the county pays for itself.

Cancer survivor helps Lydia Project
Lisa Powell said her battle against breast cancer was the hardest thing she's ever been through.

County donates to fire effort
As nearly 900 firefighters from throughout the Southeast battle wildfires in south Georgia, officials from Columbia County continue to collect donations to help in the effort.

Thousands enjoy Pops! Under the Stars
Threatening skies didn't keep the Augusta Symphony Orchestra from concluding its season Saturday night with a rousing free outdoor concert in Evans.

Residents gather at 2 festivals
Augusta-area residents turned out in the hundreds Saturday to browse the works of artists and sip fine wines at neighboring events in Evans.

Walk raises money for premature babies
Until the birth of her son, Noah, Ashley Storey didn't know much about the work of the March of Dimes.

Colors will pop at annual celebration of veterans
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood attended and spoke at the first six Red, White and Blue Veterans Day celebrations in Columbia County. At the seventh annual event May 26, the late congressman will be paid tribute with the dedication of a plaza and road in his name.

Scavenger hunt to tell wetlands' secrets
The secret lives of plants and animals in urban wetlands will be revealed the next two Saturdays at the Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center.

Grovetown takes aim at job-site thefts
Those hoping to steal from construction sites in Grovetown should be looking over their shoulder.

Compromise found on zoning
An Evans homeowner and the Columbia County Planning Commission found compromise Thursday on a rezoning of the man's house.

Hopefuls to speak at forum
In the style of 19th century politics, the Grovetown Merchants Association is holding an old-fashioned stump meeting Thursday for congressional and state Senate candidates to voice their views.

Blind Willie festival lineup has helped lift ticket sales
Momentum is building for the 14th annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival. Delbert McClinton will headline Saturday's show, and according to festival organizers, more people have bought tickets this year than in any previous year.

Photo: Poetry on the beach
Angel Martinez (left) and Shanice Anderson, sixth-graders at Greenbrier Middle School, were among those participating in the media center's Poetry Beach day April 27 in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Photo: Buzz tops in league, tourney
The Columbia County Buzz are the League and Tournament Basketball Champions for girls 9 & 10 year-olds. They were 14 - 0 for the winter 2007 season.

Time capsule
As reported 48 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, May 7, 1959:

Photo: O what a sight
Barbara Williams and Vickie Jackson were at the Grand Canyon for the opening of the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West.

Things To Do
The Youth Ministry of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church is sponsoring a trip to Orlando to visit The Holy Land Experience and Universal Studios from May 25-26. For information, call (706) 860-7091.

Pet of the week
These two female kittens are between 5 and 6 weeks old and are kittens are 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.

Kevin Lillis, of Evans, a sophomore nursing major, is among 38 students spending the semester at Harding University's International Program in Greece. In addition to cultural and language studies, students study biblical archaeology and the humanities.

Photos: Helping to prevent abuse
Members of the Columbia County Exchange Club set up pinwheels at Platt's Funeral Home to call attention to National Child Abuse Prevention month during April.

Current events
Donations of items are still being sought for firefighters battling the south Georgia wildfires. Especially needed are bottled water and sports drinks, beef jerky and Moleskin blister padding.

Police blotter
A Grovetown man was arrested Monday morning after a chase that authorities say followed a failed robbery attempt at a Grovetown country store.

Review campus safety for reassurance
Now that the Columbia County school board has done exactly what it should have done to a request for expensive and questionable security measures at one elementary school - by saying no - the next step should be to examine just what it is that parents are scared of.

Donations still needed in fires
Just as a temporary loss of refinery capacity after Hurricane Katrina led to a spike in gas prices, I'm sure we can now expect a short-term increase in the cost of bootleg CDs and knockoff purses now that the south Augusta flea market has burned down.

Athlete Spotlight: Brandon Cumpton
Brandon Cumpton was born to be a pitcher. That's a safe statement, considering his high school career.

Sports Calendar
Augusta Preparatory Day School's fifth annual summer volleyball camps will take place June 25-29. The middle school session (grades 5-8) will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and the high school session (grades 9-12) will run from 1-4 p.m.

Greenbrier grabs 3-AAAA title
Greenbrier won the region. In a Region 3-AAAA baseball tournament with upsets, mercy rules, home runs and pitching gems, it all ended the same as it did last season. The defending Class AAAA state champs knocked off Effingham County, 3-1, on Friday in the region finals.

Greenbrier looks forward to rematch in semifinals
Greenbrier got its wish. The Wolfpack boys soccer team scored a 3-0 win over Lakeside High School from Dekalb County on Saturday in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals. The win advanced the team to the state semifinals and a long-awaited rematch with McIntosh.

Ex-players return home
A trip to any home Harlem baseball game will reveal some stunning athletes. There's an all-state pitcher, a strong power hitter or two and a whole slew of state champions.

Sophomore turns a few heads with golf shots
When the city of Augusta Match Play Championship got under way last week, there were a few whispers of, "I'll take that Tilton kid to win."

Tournament play ends for Harlem girls
Another deep state tournament run came to an end for the Harlem girls soccer team over the weekend. The Lady Bulldogs fell 5-0 to Class AAA No. 1 Blessed Trinity in Roswell, but the loss did little to scar an otherwise strong Harlem season.


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