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Mom vouches for son's character
I read with much interest and appreciation your article of April 22, "Special education instructor announces his bid for Senate." ... I can absolutely vouch for the character of this candidate for the 24th state Senate District, Lee Benedict - for I am his mother.

Jackson isn't 'real Republican' in race
I received a mailer stating that "Bill Jackson is the real Republican in the race for Senate." Oh, is he? In the words of Rush Limbaugh, "Barbara Streisand". Bill Jackson ran as a Republican, then as a Democrat, then as a Republican again during his 16 years in the General Assembly. He received the endorsement of The Metro Spirit as, did Pelosi-Democrat Jim Marlow.

Support Jim Whitehead for Congress
Jim Whitehead and I have been friends for 49 years. We played high school football and baseball together at Richmond Academy. We also served on the Columbia County Commission together.

Support Bill Jackson for state Senate
In the Army, I learned that the best way to get a good man was to look at his past efforts. That means that Bill Jackson is that man for the state Senate in Georgia. He's done a lot of good things for Columbia County and the counties around us. All of the people have benefited.

Is Columbia County's growth making life better?
In the recent Columbia County water bill there is an article titled "It's great to be in Columbia County." Well, it used to be great before the increased traffic on Washington Road made it very difficult and dangerous for neighborhoods on the right side to make a left turn onto Washington Road (because there are) no turning lanes or traffic lights from Gibbs Road to the Greenbrier School entrance. Since installing the traffic light at Gibbs Road there has been no further work to widen Washington Road.

Redevelopment law 'will be an asset to the county'
On Tuesday, Columbia County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to allow Columbia County to exercise redevelopment powers under the Georgia Redevelopment Powers Law.

New McGuire is 'a man for the future'
I have had the opportunity to know Brett McGuire personally for a number of years. He is a man of utmost integrity. While his opponent is an honorable man, Brett is a man for the future; his opponent is a man of the past.

Jackson 'worthy of highest trust'
This letter is in support of Bill Jackson, who is running for the seat in the Georgia state Senate. I recommend him strongly to all of the voters in the area, and I know he will do a good job.

Support Bill Jackson for state Senate
I am writing this letter to support Bill Jackson as our voice in the state Senate. I have known Bill through various capacities

Columbia County Father of the Year nominees
The Columbia County News-Times, Queensborough National Bank and Trust Co., and Cudos, sponsors of the Columbia County Father of the Year contest, invited readers to tell us why their fathers should be Columbia County's father of the year. The following are among the essays we received:

Officials request money to preserve graveyard at park
Columbia County commissioners learned Tuesday it will cost more than $8,700 to preserve the site of about 30 graves discovered recently during the development of Blanchard Woods Park.

Voters will go to polls Tuesday
Voters have just two more days to decide who they'll support for the 10th Congressional District and state Senate 24th District.

Pupils protest governor's Spanish class cuts
About 75 Stevens Creek Elementary School children and their parents greeted Gov. Sonny Perdue as he arrived at Savannah Rapids Pavilion for the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce post-legislative breakfast Tuesday.

Butterflies add to scenery
Master Gardener Sharyn Altman enjoys welcoming others into her garden. She was especially delighted when a "winged wonder" fluttered her way, claiming the outdoor space as its home.

Candidates answer county's questions
The Columbia County News-Times offers questions and answers from the four candidates vying for the state Senate 24th District seat in Tuesday's special election. Those running are former state legislator Bill Jackson; Columbia County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Nichols; special needs learning specialist Lee Benedict; and former campaign manager for Jim Whitehead, Brett McGuire.

Petersburg on Clarks Hill Lake named to top 100
A Columbia County park is a top destination for families, so much so that it has been grouped with the country's best vacation spots.

Jury convicts former doctor for sexual assault of girl, 9
A former Augusta gynecologist was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Senior's talent in written word
From poetry to short stories, Lauren Williams' passion is writing.

Board puts money aside for Spanish
The governor might not have gotten the message, but the Columbia County Board of Education did.

Make sure landscapes use water wisely
In early June, we finally received some of the rain that we have missed during earlier months. The plants have greened up and are not showing signs of drought stress. Hopefully, you have cut off the irrigation systems while we are getting these rains.

Father of the Year winner dubber 'coolest'
Nine-year-old Evans resident McKenzie DeLancey says her dad is "the coolest."

Current events
The Kiokee District of the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold its annual Cub Scout Summer Day Camp at Wildwood Park, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 9-13. For information, go to or call (706) 733-5277

Military newsmakers
Army National Guard Pvt. Eddie D. Lee has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Stracy Nixon and nephew of Charlene Howell, both of Evans. Lee is a 2004 graduate of Lakeside High School.

Property transfers
Joann M. Davis to Eddie L. and Esther R. Palmer, 445 Flowing Creek Drive, $92,000.

The following students from Brenau University were awarded degrees during the spring 2007 commencement ceremony.

Business newsmakers
Club Car Vice President of Sourcing Phil Gaffney (left) presents the Performance Excellence Award to Larry and Rosemary Lynn, the owners of Allegra Print and Imaging, in Martinez.

Robert Feuerstein and Amber Jean Feuerstein, June 6, 2007.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722-7403 and send e-mail to angel.robinson@augusta Please include a contact name and phone number.

California journey
Rick and Linda Jones, of Evans, recently spent a week in San Diego, visiting various attractions. Rick is the officer in charge of the Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training School at Fort Jackson, S.C. He is a captain in the Naval Reserve and was mobilized in April 2006.

Greyhound of the week
Pinky is a year-old black female who has never raced with other greyhounds.

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 newsroom@augusta Include the name and number of a contact person.

Police blotter
Young people cited for underage drinking at a Springlakes subdivision after-prom party last month were sentenced Wednesday in Columbia County Magistrate Court.

Bel Air Elementary School Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor roll at Bel Air Elementary

Senior project pays off
Greenbrier High School senior Caleigh Becker (center) organized a sale of hotdogs, cookies, soft drinks and brownies for her senior project. Caleigh presented the proceeds to representatives from Serenity Behavorial Health System.

Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor roll at Riverside Elementary

Why we endorse
It is the policy of The Columbia County News-Times to evaluate local candidates and offer to our readers the benefit of our careful consideration by voicing our opinions on those candidates.

Let expansion crusade begin
During a break at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Tuesday, while everyone waited for Gov. Sonny Perdue to make his grand entrance, School Board member Mike Sleeper grabbed me in the hallway.

TAD concept deserves voter approval
If Columbia County were holding a vote Tuesday to decide the popularity of chocolate or vanilla ice cream, voters would need no explanation before heading to the polls. They'd just pick their favorite.

Vote for Jim Whitehead, Bill Jackson
The ideal situation for Tuesday's special election would be that no election would have been needed.

Statistics show precision of ballplayers' greatness on diamond
No doubt, it was a great baseball year. For the second year in a row, the county saw two state championships. Three players, Brandon Cumpton, Jeff Rowland and Josh Whitaker, signed NCAA D-1 commitments and several other seniors also will play at the next level.

Gender ratio doesn't stop spirited player
THOMSON - LeAnn Rees has a passion for the game of baseball.

Augusta Prep readies for football
Friday nights in the fall at Augusta Prep might soon become a little more active.

Baseball season did churn out some stars
It sounds like a broken record to say it, but 2007 was another tremendous season for baseball in Columbia County.

Greenbrier scored as county's top sports program
After a second straight Class AAAA baseball state championship, Greenbrier High School can officially claim the title of top public school sports program in Columbia County.

Players hone skills on basketball league
Basketball season is still five months away, but local high school teams have already hit the hardwood.


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