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Long-time friend Whitehead is 'a man of integrity, honesty and ethics'
I have always been impressed with the way Jim conducts himself. His code of ethics, integrity and honesty are steadfast. The Jim you see today is the same Jim you will see in Washington.

Patriots Park fireworks show got 'a black eye' for lack of lights afterward
I attended the Columbia County fireworks display at Patriot's Park and it was enjoyable. However, the lack of planning or forethought by the group organizing the event really took away a lot of that enjoyment.

Voters should be allowed to decide whether to impose impact fees
With Columbia County's population already at 106,000 and 1,300 new homes being built yearly, the infrastructure to accommodate this growth puts a severe pressure on financial resources.

Citizens need the ability to create laws through public initiative process
With our local and state officials nowadays unable to agree on anything except maybe a pay raise for themselves, citizen initiative is a much-needed right that needs to be restored to our state constitution.

Politicians should 'have the guts to save our country' by going to war
I am truly beginning to wonder when we are actually going to war. The Democrats, Republicans, and indeed the electorate are causing me to lose faith. Leadership seems to be elusive at the highest levels.

Camp hosts live, work close to nature
On any given visit to Columbia County's Wildwood Park, you're likely to see either Shirley Cliett, Ollie Bargeron or Bernice Melton.

Grovetown Merchants class has tips for small businesses
The Grovetown Merchants Association on Thursday will hold a forum to help the city's small businesses grow.

Hindi troupe's play focuses on family
The trials and tribulations of family life will be brought to the stage in Evans in the Hindi comedy show Tu Tu Main Main.

Event will address small entrepreneurs
Columbia County's thriving business community will be on display Thursday at the first Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

Delays expected on interstate
Columbia County motorists should expect delays throughout July along Interstate 20 because of construction of the new Bobby Jones Expressway interchange.

County, cities keep drawing people
Columbia County, Grovetown and, depending on who you ask, Harlem continued to increase their populations in 2006.

Fourth of July photos
Readers continue to submit photos of their Independence Day celebrations.

Get Up and Go
The public is invited to nominate candidates for the Columbia County Arts Inc.'s third annual Individual Artist award, given to a living Columbia County artist who has dedicated himself or herself to excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in Columbia County.

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

Photos: Pet therapy
Ann Sprinkle and other members of the Therapy Pets of Warrenton brought their dogs to Euchee Creek Library for a program called Read to the Dogs. The children were allowed to read a book of their choice for 20 minutes to the dogs.

Things to Do
Trinity Baptist Preschool, 4594 Columbia Road in Martinez, is accepting registration for the 2007-08 school year, with openings for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. For information, call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.

Vacation photos
Readers continue to submit photos of their summer vacations.

Current events
Advance voting for the July 17 special election runoff is being conducted daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, at the Columbia County Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, in Evans. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

Kara Aubrey Hartman, of Appling, Laura Ann Schmidt, of Evans, and Laura Elizabeth Carpenter Ellington, of Martinez, were named to the spring Dean's List for achieving a grade-point average of 3.5.

Class Reunions
Those interested in a 10th reunion of the Greenbrier High School class of 1997, the school's first graduating class, are asked to contact Jennifer Bible Craig at (706) 726-4920 or e-mail

Pet of the week
This male (left) and female (right) Eskimo Spitz mixes are very sweet and loving. They are between two and three years old and are available for adoption Thursday from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Time Capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 10, 1958:

Gates open to Charlie Harris
Just about every week, Charlie Harris hitched a utility trailer to his 1974 Dodge pickup. He'd load his lawn mower on the trailer and drive a couple of miles to Dunn's Chapel United Methodist Church, in Leah, where he would cut the grass.

Grovetown closer to making transition
If Grovetown went about hiring a city administrator in the same way it has grown, the city would have snatched the first person off the street and put him to work 24 hours a day.

Athlete Spotlight: Greenbrier High School
Top athletes from Greenbrier High School profiled in the Athlete Spotlight.

CSRA Swim League Championships
Results from the June 30 CSRA Swim League meet at the Augusta Aquatics center.

County high school wrestlers go to nationals
Seven Columbia County wrestlers attended the National High School Coaches Association National Wrestling Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on June 16-19.

Wolfpack shortstop signs with Georgia Perimeter
Hitting in the No. 9 spot on a typical high-school baseball starting lineup is often a task reserved for the team's weakest starter. At Greenbrier High School, it's a badge of honor.

Wolfpack dominated sports during 2006-07
For a school that recently rounded the corner on its first decade of existence, Greenbrier High School's athletic department boasts a series of trophy cases worthy of a school twice as old.

Sports calendar
Open tryouts for a new USSSA boys 9 and under travel team will be held for boys under 9 as of May 1, 2008. No trainer fees are charged. Practices are to be held in Evans. Some overnight travel is involved.


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