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Construction of sewer line on Bettys Branch will 'defile... virgin forest'
The Columbia County commissioners, Jim Whitehead and other vested interests are determined to defile several miles of virgin forest to drive a sewer line along Bettys Branch through private land, under the threat of eminent domain.

Townhomes grow in popularity across county
Columbia County has seen a surge in townhome construction in recent years, and builders say empty-nesters looking for convenience and younger families looking for affordable housing are driving the market.

Drought adds to risk of fires
Tropical storm system Barry brought Columbia County what it needed most last weekend - lots of rain.

Look out for chinch bugs, mole crickets
It seems like all I am writing about lately is problems with insects. Last week, I wrote about Japanese beetles and how to control them. This week, there are numerous insects causing problems.

Perdue to attend breakfast
Columbia County's legislative delegation will be joined by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday morning at Savannah Rapids Pavilion for the Chamber of Commerce's annual Post Legislative Breakfast.

Fifth-grader loves her time at school
Stephanie Wilkes thinks it's pretty cool that her mom will serve as the PTO president at her school next year. The way she sees it, it'll give her more opportunity to be at the school.

Harlem plans to expand city hall
Harlem city officials hope that by the end of the summer they'll see their city hall begin to grow.

10th District, state Senate seats on June 19 ballot
Starting Monday, voters will get the chance to cast their ballot one week early in the races for the 10th Congressional District and State Senate District 24 seats.

Harlem club wins four state awards
The Pioneer Garden Club in Harlem recently earned some statewide bragging rights. The small-town garden club received four awards from the Georgia Council of Garden Clubs and was named as the 2006 Outstanding Garden Club in the under-30-members category of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs

Budget boosts improvements
Columbia County commissioners approved a 2007-08 budget Tuesday that makes way for some improvements to county services and a possible tax rate rollback.

Grovetown just keeps on growing
More and more residential rooftops have been popping up inside and around Grovetown during the past few years.

Growing berries a challenge
On the corner of Furys Ferry and Mulliken roads, and in some other select locations, strawberry lovers can make a pit stop at a roadside market and have their pick of some of the plumpest berries around.

Marriage licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

James Bartlett Ridelhoover, 38, of the 4700 block of Wedgewood Court in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 15, 2006, and was fined $1,224.

Graduation Gallery
Attending a Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church graduation celebration were: Matt Bedsole, Lakeside High School (from left); Forrest Patrick, Greenbrier High School; Roy McVeigh, youth minister; Brooks Duff, Greenbrier; Paul Petersen, Lakeside; Michael Thomason, Lakeside; and J.C. Huffman, Lakeside.

Grovetown Elementary honor roll
Grovetown Elementary School A and A/B Honor Roll

Seth Clark, a graduate of Lakeside High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Clark, received a scholarship grant from the Order of the Eastern Star, sponsored by Martinez Chapter 464. Clark is attending Augusta State University where he is majoring in mathematics and physics.

Deborah L. Lancaster and William Clay Lancaster Jr., May 29, 2007

Anniversary celebration
Joe Jr. and Ludelle Wheeler will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15.

Vacation photos
Taking a trip out of town, or just visiting the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in the News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to cnt@newstimesonline. com. Write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

Greyhound of the week
As reported 52 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, June 9, 1955:

Police blotter
A 60-year-old Augusta woman was the victim of a home invasion Wednesday afternoon at a Columbia County house.

Time capsule
As reported 52 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, June 9, 1955:

Writers visit Book Expo
Book publisher Lucinda Clark, of PRA Publishing, (second from left) and three of her authors, Sheema Kalbasi (from left), Deanna Shapiro and Lynette Samuel, visited Book Expo in New York City.

Property transfers
Nordahl and Co. Inc. to Marilyn A. Rovera, 4895 Columbia Road, $45,000.

Summer dancer
Naomi Hergott, of the Columbia County Ballet, will attend the prestigious summer dance intensive at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet this month after successfully auditioning for the program.

Greenbrier Elementary honor roll
A and A/B honor roll at Greenbrier Elementary School

Current events
Early voting for the June 19 special election will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday at the Board of Elections office, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

Voters should approve TAD 'tool'
In the upcoming June 19 election, voters will have the opportunity to vote not only for their next congressman and state senator, but also for authorizing Columbia County to exercise redevelopment powers.

Welcome mat out for Perdue
Don't tell the governor, but there's a welcoming party being organized. Parents at Stevens Creek Elementary School (where my wife is principal) are upset that the governor vetoed money in the state budget for elementary foreign language instruction.

Schools need better grip on dropout rate
Want to offer your opinion on Georgia's newly proposed high school graduation requirements for the freshman class of 2008-09?

Soccer club makes changes
As another season of summer soccer begins, the Columbia County Patriots Soccer Club is on the brink of some major changes.

Pitcher commits to collegeSenior commits to Middle Georgia
Taylor Hensley will never forget the first pitch he threw in a summer ball game before his pitching career really got started. The Augusta Christian ball player had thrown from the mound a few times in Little League and junior high, but when he took the mound in a summer league game at Westside High School he had little varsity pitching experience. It showed.

Jr. Greenjackets take championship
The Junior Greenjackets won the 11AA division championship at the fourth annual East Georgia Memorial Day Classic baseball tournament at Diamond Lakes Park in Augusta May 26-27.

Summer doesn't mean vacation for sports teams
It's all over. Augusta Christian and Greenbrier have run out of baseball teams to beat, and the spring-filled sports season that saw four different state championships from Columbia County schools is finished.

Sports Calendar
The Dip Metress Basketball Academy will be held June 18-22 at Augusta State University. Academy Director Dip Metress, ASU men's basketball coach, will lead the co-ed camp open to boys and girls in grades 1-8. The camp, which costs $150 including lunch and a camp T-shirt and basketball, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call Metress at (706) 667-4765 or e-mail

Swim results
CSRA Swim League

Banker finishes up junior college stint
Former Lakeside Panther Chris Banker had a huge sophomore season at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Ala.

Assistant coach takes lead role for Evans High volleyball team
After one of the best volleyball seasons in the history of Evans High School, Lady Knights coach C.C. Armstrong will step down as head coach and pass the torch to her assistant.


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