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With 'huge' mosquito problem, county has no program for spraying
There has been a huge mosquito problem around my apartment for the past two years. I was discussing this issue with my parents, who are Richmond County residents, and they stated that they see a mosquito fogging truck in their neighborhood quite often.

Columnist's comments help shed light on 'tenacious' revolutionary
I was pleased to read the short article about Elijah Clarke in the July 25 edition of The News-Times. Barbara Seaborn's column caught my eye immediately because she got the spelling of his last name correct, which sometimes does not happen in written accounts of his actions.

Creativity reigns at watermelon festival
Weigh, waddle, carve, color, spit and grease. Each year, the Tom Watson Watermelon Festival offers a creative lineup of fun events with watermelons. And this year, they've thought of one more.

City says curfew is effective
A midnight curfew set for teens in Harlem two years ago is seldom prosecuted, but city officials say it has been an effective deterrent to loitering and mischief.

Leader is among system changes
Every academic year brings opportunities for new beginnings, and the Columbia County school system will see a number of changes when the 2007-08 year begins on Aug. 13.

Festival on canal offers family fun
Family fun is the goal on Friday as Summertime on the Canal returns to Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

School raises money for playground
Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Grovetown has not yet opened its doors, but its families already are supporting the new school.

Seven county schools under new management
When Columbia County schools open Aug. 13, seven facilities will have new principals at the helm. Some of these faces will be familiar to the pupils. Jeff Collman, who was promoted from assistant principal to principal at Blue Ridge Elementary School, has spent 10 years with the faculty.

Festival will provide needed information
With school doors around the county opening in less than a week, parents are invited to participate in a one-stop informational shopping spree at the Back to School festival on Saturday.

Photo: Spa opens
Lee Muns (from second from left), Kim Muns, Carlene Nelson, Joy Cartledge, James Cartledge and friends and co-workers cut a ribbon with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to open Retreat Spa and Salon.

Photo: Nazzaro family vacation
On July 4, the Nazzaro family and friends gathered at Clarks Hill Lake near Little River Marina to celebrate Independence Day and the 86th birthday of Lena Baraclough.

Pet of the week
This golden-and-black male tabby cat has matching gold eyes. He is very sweet and loving and is 1 to 2 years old. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit

Vacation photos
Mary Price and her children, Dale and Tyler, vacationed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they visited Splash Water park.

Garon Muller, of Grovetown, attending the Stetson School of Business and Economics, has been named to the President's List for the spring semester at Mercer University.

Current events
The Columbia County Back to School Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Evans High School, with information on school calendars and bus schedules, health screenings, and after-school and recreation registrations.

Time capsule
As reported 31 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1976:

Get Up and Go
The Republican Women of Greater Columbia County will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand China Buffet, 4368 Washington Road, in Evans.

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

Photos: Summer workers
Stephanie's Dancers Competition Team of Evans auditioned and were selected to perform on Carnival Cruise Lines Celebration June 21-25.

Photos: Teams finish winning seasons
The GRPA Class A Mite 10-year-old team is the Columbia County state champion.

Photo: Dixie Youth in Series
Columbia County All-Star Spencer Murray waits with his teammates at Patriots Park as a parent writes on the side of the team bus. The Columbia County squad was about to leave Friday for the Dixie Youth "O" Zone World Series in Dothan, Ala.

Sour grapes plucked early
Fresh from his first, and mildly controversial, vote as the newest member of Congress, Paul Broun paid a visit to the Columbia County Republican Party breakfast Saturday.

Sale of closed landfill would be a bonus
Every piece of land owned by the government is a drain on taxpayers. That's because government property brings in zero tax revenue, while any upkeep puts taxpayers further in the hole.

Mercer's unholy political judgment
Jesse Mercer, for whom Mercer University is named, was born in North Carolina. But sometime in the late 18th-century, after his minister-father, Silas Mercer, moved his family to the backcountry of Georgia to begin serving churches here, the elder Mercer baptized 17-year-old Jesse into the membership of Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling.

Volleyball clinics prepare athletes for competition
Volleyball and softball tryouts begin today for most local high school teams. The date set by the Georgia High School Association to allow organized practices has arrived, and the next three days will determine roster spots for varsity and junior varsity squads.

Outfielder Meadows pursuing his dream
Each summer I skim the various minor league Web sites to follow our local guys who are still in professional ball.

Match play halts golfer's run
Brian Carter felt helpless walking off the final hole after the third round of play at the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur in Augusta, Mo.

Sports Calendar
The 11-and-under Georgia Force travel baseball team will hold tryouts for the 2007-08 season at 9 a.m. Saturday and Aug. 11 at Patriots Park. For information, contact Steve Anderson at (706) 650-0353, (706) 220-0138 or

Athlete Spotlight: Nicholas Torrance and Tyler Chavous
An average adult wouldn't want to meet Tyler Chavous and Nicholas Torrance alone in a dark alley. Not that the 8-year-old and 12-year-old would beat anyone up, but they probably could if they wanted to.

Team takes second in series


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