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'Intelligent design' is a sham; columnist obscures scientist's true views
Barbara Seaborn's recent column, "Is 'Christian science' an oxymoron?" proves once again that for Seaborn, a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing. Her hero is Dr. Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, and author of The Language of God.

Evans Town Park complex may be done by year's end
The first tenants in the centerpiece building of the Evans Town Park office complex on North Belair Road could begin moving in by the end of this year, developers say.

Mayor, family to buy Victorian landmark
Harlem Mayor Scott Dean and his wife Renee Meyer Dean needed another project to keep them busy.

Tax rollbacks being discussed
No matter where you live in Columbia County, you'll likely be paying more taxes this year despite several tax rollbacks.

Washington Road tops risky roads list
Of Columbia County's major roadways, Washington Road remains the most common one for wrecks.

Girl volunteers time, money for Katrina children's effort
A Harlem girl was recently recognized for efforts to better the lives of others. Mary Frances Vest, 10, was named as one of 42 Georgia winners of the Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program for her drive to collect school supplies for children victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Bus drivers prepare to go on road following suit settlement
Three of four Columbia County school bus drivers who were involved in a discrimination lawsuit against the school system will be back on the job this fall.

Brandon Wilde welcomes leader
Columbia County's largest retirement community has a new leader. Richard Kisner took the reins as president and CEO of Brandon Wilde Life Care Community on June 11.

Pupil lets religion lead him in his travels and life
Ben Stewart, a 13-year-old rising freshman at Augusta Preparatory Day School, left yesterday for a week-long mission trip to Guadalajara, Mexico.

Good insects could weed out garden pests
When we think about insects, fungi, or bacteria in the garden, bad things normally come to mind.

Voters can cast runoff ballots beginning Monday
Advance voting for the 10th Congressional District runoff election begins Monday.

Schools' paperless system lauded
The Columbia County school system recently was recognized in a national education publication, District Administrator, for its Doc-E-Fill paperless employee evaluation system.

Follow a method for tomatoes
For every stake planted in the name of a good tomato crop, a successful growth might not happen, or might at least be disturbed. It can be frustrating not to reap the efforts of your labor. And when it comes to tomatoes, there are some specific reasons why.

Celebrities to promote library use
Columbia County Library officials hope to soon use area celebrities to promote literacy throughout the county.

Current events
The Alzheimer's Association of Augusta is recruiting participants for Memory Walk 2007, which will be held Nov. 3 at Lake Olmstead. The first 75 team captains or individuals who register before Friday will be invited to the July 18 kickoff luncheon at Outback Steakhouse.

Things to Do
The Columbia County Extension Service office's Gardening at Lunch series continues at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia County Library with Venomous Creatures in Our Gardens, presented by Extension Agent Charles Phillips.

Asa Lovick Coxwell, 22, of the 200 block of Forrest Drive in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on May 7, 2007, and was fined $810.

Police blotter
The body of a 19-year-old Augusta man who authorities say was killed by a boat propeller was found in Thurmond Lake Thursday afternoon.

Get Up and Go
The MCG Childrens Medical Center will hold a Baby Safety Shower for new or expecting mothers and guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at the Medical Center's conference center.

Readers share their vacation photos
A number of local residents submitted photos of recent vacations across America.

Vernon H. Askey and M. Amanda Askey, June 26, 2007.

Independence Day gallery
Visitors to Columbia County's 13th annual Fourth of July celebration enjoyed food, fireworks and fun.

Photo: Toured Air Force One
Columbia County resident Richard Lyons toured Air Force One at The Ronald Reagan Library and Museum while visiting his grandsons (Tyler & Keith Maples) in Burbank, California

Photos: Camp meeting faces
Harlem resident Buck Story sings during the Thursday night services at White Oak Campground.

Greyhound of the week
Shamrock Wilson is a 3-year-old black male greyhound, approximately 75 pounds who came up from Florida; he is very gentle and a little on the shy side. We're not sure if he's cat safe or small dog safe, but testing will be done later this week.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Property transfers
Dennis E. Grove to Daniel Thayer Brown and Carol B. Brown, 4123 Knollcrest Circle, $317,000.

The Harlem High School class of 1997 is planning a 10-year reunion. Addresses of class members are being sought. Send information to Tamara Coffield Espinosa at or Jimi Slagle Lane at

Time capsule
As reported 30 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, July 13, 1977:

The following students were named to the spring Dean's List at Georgia Tech:

Hester isn't alone in wearing a mark
In teaching The Scarlet Letter to my 11th-graders, I am always pleasantly surprised by how quickly they respond to the plight of the heroine, poor Hester Prynne, forced to wear the infamous "A" upon her bosom for all time due to her indiscreet dalliance with the pasta.

Price leaves steady ship
As the 2006-07 fiscal year drew to a close for Columbia County schools, the journey as superintendent for Tommy Price also came to an end.

Prove value of pre-K, or eliminate it
A board member's proposal to extricate the Columbia County school system from the pre-kindergarten program seems on the verge of achieving true bureaucratic inertia: When the board meets Tuesday night, some members plan to actually advocate expanding the program instead.

Next year's top players to watch
The 2007 baseball season has only been over a little more than a week and people are already asking me who will be the top players to watch in 2008.

Iraq vet, shotput paralympic athlete shows iron will to compete
I thought it would be just another quick interview when I pulled up to Grovetown Middle School on a hot June morning two weeks ago.

Sports Briefs
The CSRA Heat Volleyball Club will hold clinics Sunday afternoons in the Boardman Gym at Augusta Prep for girls fifth grade through high school. The clinics will run through Aug. 5, and cost $80.

All-star teams prepare for area tourneys
Baseball season ended more than a month ago at Columbia County's high schools. Now it's time for the younger athletes to take the diamond.

Passing camp readies football teams
Lakeside High School's football stadium was once again active last weekend when eight different high school football teams descended on the Panther field.


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