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Support Paul for president 'if freedom and liberty aren't empty words'
I am writing to urge the readers of The Columbia County News-Times to seriously consider supporting Dr. Ron Paul in the contest for the Republican nomination for the presidency.

County weighs history museum plans
Columbia County officials are exploring the idea of creating a Columbia County history museum.

Harlem expecting retail development
Retail growth is beginning to follow the rooftops springing up in the county's smallest municipality, Harlem city officials say.

Local band plans to continue efforts
Members of an Evans band who earned their way into the finals of a national competition are being featured on a reality television series chronicling the contest.

Cars can be deadly for pets on hot days
Debra Metts travels throughout the Southeast with her three Labrador retrievers to shows and competitions. During times of 100-plus degree temperatures, Metts said she knows she has to protect her dogs while in the car.

Harlem museum seeks part-time volunteers
A marker installed on Interstate 20 more than a year and a half ago continues to draw people to Harlem's Laurel and Hardy Museum.

Photo: Georgia Rockers take first place
The Georgia Rockers fast-pitch softball team traveled to Orlando, Fla., to play in the FAST Nationals on July 15-21. The girls went undefeated in 10 games, outscoring their opponents 46-8 and winning the tournament with three consecutive 2-0 wins.

Back to School photos
Jeff and Amy Brower walk their three daughters, Anna, Olivia and Maddie, to class at Greenbrier Elementary on the first day of school Monday.

Photo: Haynie catches catfish
Ten-year old Grovetown resident Luke Haynie (right) caught this 20-pound, 34.5-inch catfish on July 21 at a pond near his home. Zack Ford (left) netted the big fish.

Current events
The Columbia County Extension Service office's monthly Gardening at Lunch series is held at 12:10 p.m. at the Columbia County Library with presentations by Extension Agent Charles Phillips.

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

School Lunch Menus
Upcoming meals at schools serving the Columbia County area.

Vacation photos
Colin, Gary and Jordan Yates spent a weekend in historical Cheyenne, Wyoming in June. Airman Jordan Yates is stationed at nearby F. E. Warren Air Force Base..

Pet of the week
This female Labrador retriever mix is very loving. She is about 1 year old and is extremely sweet. She is available for adoption Thursday from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit

Back to school, or did we ever leave?
Ah, school. My young grandson has been counting the days, another approaches changing schools with apprehension and the rest can think of a lot of things they'd rather do.

Impact fees? We'll believe it when we see it
We aren't much into conspiracy theories around here. But an astute citizen who attended last Tuesday's Columbia County Commission meeting couldn't help but suggest connecting a few dots on the commissioners' unanimous vote to scuttle impact fees.

Punishments not the same
Oh, yes. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the *#@&$! traffic is snarled with *&@%! parents who won't put their kids on school buses. Another school year is underway.

Sports calendar
The 16U Rockers girls fastpitch softball team will hold tryouts Aug. 26. The team is looking for A-Class players for the 2008 season. Tryout information is at or contact Tom Tracy at (706) 860-1917 or Darrell Hampson at (706) 868-8546.

New coach's program whips team into shape
It hasn't been a typical offseason for the Lakeside volleyball team. Danielle Gonzalez has been in charge.

13-year-olds finish as runners-up
Columbia County's top 13-year-old baseball players came home with a runner-up trophy last week after reaching the Junior Dixie Boys Baseball World Series finals in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Gordon Park Racing Results
The week's featured driver at Gordon Park Speedway, in Grovetown, is veteran driver Jimmy Maness, who races in the Super Street division and is the division points leader.

Athlete Spotlight: Tyler Moore
A second-place finish at the Junior Dixie Boys World Series in Muscle Shoals, Ala., last week showcased the many stars in the group of 13-year-old Columbia County all-stars who represented the state of Georgia.

Football teams take hits to help research
Football fans continued their countdown to the beginning of the season last week. Augusta Christian fans got an early preview of their team.

Early tourneys determine lineups
Monday marked the beginning of regular-season play for softball and volleyball. Three teams will start off the season with weekend tournaments on the road.


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