Sunday, July 15, 2007

Phone solicitations, MCG position are marks against Whitehead's run
Can there possibly be any citizen out there who accepts at face value Jim Whitehead's phony countrified elocution in his statement in which he infers a close personal relationship with the late Charlie Norwood?

With experience, knowledge, Whitehead is 'right person' for Congress
I support Jim Whitehead for Congress. I have been around politics since I volunteered in 1968. Never have I met a candidate or elected official who is more accessible, straightforward and in tune with his constituents.

Answers to immigration question needed to settle 10th District choice
July 17, 2007, the date of the run-off election for the 10th Congressional District seat of the deceased Charlie Norwood, is almost on us. Which of the two candidates should we vote for? Jim Whitehead of the Augusta area, or Paul Broun of the Athens area?

'Mere formality' of Whitehead's election thwarted despite fund-raising
I concur with little of what you wrote analyzing the results of the recent special election. Turnout was poor, but then, there was no real choice involved. Both The News-Times and its parent publication had anointed Jim Whitehead the winner almost before filing began.

Wounded soldier's family lives by faith
While thousand of dads spent Father's Day with their children, Pfc. Darryl Wallace was hundreds of miles away from his 2-year-old McDuffie County son - recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., after becoming one of the latest casualties of the war in Afghanistan.

Officials want clean work sites
Grovetown officials are hoping to keep construction sites inside the city a little more tidy.

12-year-old aims to keep learning, serves as mentor
When Jacob Siu moved to the area at age 5, he was already proficient in Spanish and English. Now the 12-year-old Martinez resident can add Chinese to the list.

Know when, how to prune hydrangeas
One of the more frequently asked questions that I receive is when to prune shrubs. This can be easy or hard to answer because of the many types of shrubs that we grow in this area.

Know when, how to prune hydrangeas
One of the more frequently asked questions that I receive is when to prune shrubs. This can be easy or hard to answer because of the many types of shrubs that we grow in this area.

New school chief sworn in, welcomed by board
The first day of school is drawing closer, and preparations are under way in Columbia County schools.

Runoff is likely to draw few
Turnout is expected to be low Tuesday as voters in the 10th Congressional District choose one of two Republicans to replace the late Rep. Charlie Norwood.

County considering putting closed landfill out for bids
The site of the former Columbia County landfill could still have a useful future if county officials decide to sell the land to developers.

Mr. Bob to have songs, stories for children at library shows
The Columbia County public libraries in Grovetown and Harlem will play host Wednesday to musical folktale performances for children to have fun, sing along and learn.

Bridge team to test skills in national tournament
The six men of the CSRA Bridge Club will travel to Nashville, Tenn. for a national bridge tournament that runs Wednesday through Saturday.

Curvaceous Cuties
No pressure. No judgments. Just women out on the town to build self-esteem and make friendships to last a lifetime.

Couple creates art with inspiration, craftsmanship
When a thunderstorm ripped through the area a little over two months ago, a few tree branches came down right along with the downpour of rain.

Greyhound of the week
Shamrock Wilson is his racing name, we he answers to just Wilson. He is a 3-year-old black male greyhound with a sleek coat. He is affectionate and will follow you throughout the house to be close to you. He has no interest in cats and does well with small dogs.

Current events
The 10th U.S. Congressional District special election runoff will be held in all Columbia County precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Class reunions
Harlem High School alumni from the classes of 1949 and 1950 attended a class reunion at Best Western White Columns Inn in Thomson.

Divorces
Allison M. Taylor and Clive A. Taylor Jr., July 9, 2007.

Photo: Muns wins Chairman's Award
Heather Muns is a 2007 recipient of the The Chairman's Award.

Property transfers
Vincent R. Dillon to Betty L. Pierce, 412 Flowing Creek Drive, $89,500.

Correction
A July 4 article about the 2006-07 Evans High School sports year omitted Katie Roon from the list of senior volleyball players. The News-Times regrets the error.

Police blotter
A Martinez woman was sentenced to five years' probation Wednesday in Columbia County Superior Court on charges she provided alcohol to minors during a party at her home in May.

Photo: Stealth baseball wins
The Stealth 12-and-under baseball team won the USSSA State Championship in Statesboro, Ga., on June 24.

Photo: Muddy Buddy race
Rachel (from left), Pam and Matthew Cox, of Evans, participated in the annual Muddy Buddy race at the Georgia Horse Park in Conyers on June 24. The event is a bike ride and run with obstacle courses, ending in a mud pit.

Photo: Predators win
The Predators Baseball 16 and Under AAA traveling team won the Georgia State Championship in Statesboro on June 28-30. The team will head to Kissimmee Fla., on Monday to participate in the USSSA World Series.

Newsmakers
Allison Youngsman accumulated 1,040 points in the Accelerated Reader/Renaissance programs at Martinez Elementary, which equals 6,984,369 words. Allison earned the most points for the entire school.

Photo: UGA Explorer
Matthew Erickson, a Biology Major at the University of Georgia in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, celebrated his 21st birthday doing a month-long study of African Natural Resources and Wildlife Management at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Vacation photos
Austin and Pam Randall (left), of Appling, and Mike and Debbie Zapata, of Evans, spent 12 days touring Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia, aboard the Sapphire Princess.

Time capsule
As reported 28 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, July 18, 1979:

Things to Do
The public is invited to nominate candidates for Columbia County Arts Inc. 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.

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

Return to polls to elect Jim Whitehead
Pity our ideologically squishy brethren at the Athens Banner-Herald.

Fighting feds, but faith wins
My family is now officially a casualty of the War on Terror. Middle-daughter Ellie, a member of National Hills Baptist Church, is even as we speak somewhere in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova - one of those former client states of the Soviet Union that no one has ever heard of.

Area athletes do well in baseball tournament
Former Augusta Christian star Josh Whitaker and Greenbrier standouts Nolan Belcher, Brandon Cumpton and Jeff Rowland just concluded a nice run at the Perfect Game World Wooden Championship in Cobb County, Ga.

Local racer aims for top spot
Robert Strength, a 52-year-old dirt bike racer and Grovetown resident, recently qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world.

Children learn sports basics
Barely a week goes by in the summer months without some type of sports camp for Columbia County's youths to attend.

With new school year comes new recruiting
A new school year officially began two weeks ago when the calendar flipped from June 30 to July 1. It didn't mean much to most Columbia County residents, but it did mean an increase in attention for some athletes.

Sports Calendar
The AME United U13 boys soccer team seeks field players and a goalkeeper for the upcoming fall 20007 season. Games will be played in the regional area. All interested players are welcome to practice with team. For information, call Coach Lopez at (706) 840-5726.

Golfers sign with colleges
A pair of former Greenbrier golfers signed letters of intent last week to play college golf.

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