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Lawmaker 'has neglected his constituents' despite 'boast' in comments
Recently, state Rep. Ben Harbin boasted about 2008's legislative session. I beg to differ. There are 182 school systems in Georgia. This legislative session, six had their funding cut. Columbia County was one of them, receiving $1.2 million less.

Harbin 'has failed us all' with delays in court date for DUI case
Looks like seven times was not the lucky number for the people of Georgia. Somehow, yet again, Rep. Ben Harbin has been able to sneak past the people of Georgia and get his trial for his driving under the influence arrest delayed.

Heartsong and Happy Tails are 'far out front' in animal rescues
Columbia County Animal Care and Control has new allies in Heartsong and Happy Tails animal rescue groups. The first quarter results of 2008 show these two groups far out front in the rescue effort of animals impounded at CCAC.

Datel wins author award
Brandon Etzel has long enjoyed watching words come to life in stories that he pens. His writing efforts paid off recently when he was named Columbia County's Georgia Young Authors' Award winner.

Candidates qualify for contests
Most candidates for Columbia County races entered to run Monday, the first day of the qualifying period that ran until Friday, according to officials.

Fort Gordon soldier gets citation for Iraq service
When communications equipment went down in Iraq, Sgt. 1st Class Jack Griffith, of the 67th Signal Battalion, was often the one called on to fix it.

Programs for families expanding
Meeting the needs of Army families is the main mission of Army Community Service.

Visitors gain business skills
Citizens from five islands in the Caribbean visited Columbia County last week and experienced life far from home.

Military newsmaker
Marine Pfc. Heath Michael Ogle, a 2007 graduate of Butler High School and son of Mike and Tina Ogle, of Augusta, has completed the Marine Aviation Supply Specialist course at Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron-1 Marine Aviation Training Support Group-21 Naval Air Station, Meridian, Miss.

Fort Gordon firefighters just keep on winning
Members of Fort Gordon's Combat Challenge Team have one goal this year. "We want to win it all," said Matt Williams, the assistant fire chief and one of the founding members of the team, which won several world titles at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge in November in Las Vegas.

Holocaust Remembrance day marked
Members of the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans celebrated Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Wednesday by hearing the stories of a man who endured the attempted extermination of Jews by the Nazis.

Fresh plants can be grown in a vegetable garden or containers
Rich, flavorful herbs can make any dish more appetizing and tasty and will draw even more guests to the kitchen.

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Mural illustrates history of Evans Middle
The building for Evans Middle School might be new, but the school is steeped in history and tradition. That history recently was recorded on a wall in the school for all of the pupils to see.

Sink holes can be tricky to repair
Help! I have sink holes in my yard. Suddenly, these holes appeared in my yard. The soil just disappeared. I don't see any evidence of animals digging. It's as if the Earth just opened up and a hole appeared.

Maritime laws are means to avoid collisions on water
It's a nice day. You and your family are out in your new boat for a relaxing day on the lake.

National art competition open to grades 9-12
The office of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun is accepting entries for an annual art competition that is sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Adoption showcase
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc., a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708.

Get Up and Go
Georgia SAFE will hold training for prospective foster parents May 16-18 at 4424 Columbia Road, Ste. 8, Martinez. For information, call Sandra Heard at (706) 210-3435.

Bass Tourney in Columbia County
The 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion, Boyd Duckett, autographs the shirt of Justin Zoeckler, 13, during registration. The tournament's Outdoor Expo continues today from noon to 6 p.m. at Wildwood, with the tournament's final weigh-in at 3 p.m.

Poetry Month Tribute held
The eighth annual Poetry Month Tribute was held April 26 at the Center for Primary Care at Crossroads and honored winners of the 2008 poetry contest.

Property Transfers
M-Homebuilders Inc. to St. Andrews Cottage LLC, 204 Minchew Lane, $500,000.

Linda Yi, a senior at Lakeside High School, has been awarded a $2,500 National Merit scholarship for 2008.

Leaders honored
State Rep. Ben Harbin (left) receives the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust Distinguished Service Award from Sylvia Wygoda, commission executive director, during a special Lakeside Middle School ceremony April 23.

Current events
The Democratic Party of Columbia County will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Evans Government Center auditorium. For information, call Rosemary Fitzpatrick at (706) 231-1513.

Police blotter
A man committed suicide in jail Tuesday while being held by the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, according to authorities.

School Lunch Menus

Judy Marie Harvey and Alfred Bert Harvey, April 23, 2008.

Jaguar supporters
Danielle Mackie of Grovetown (left) and Meg Burg of Lincolnton attended the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite 8 Tournament at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass., to cheer on the Augusta State University Jaguars, who went all the way to the championship game.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, May 4, 2008.

Races begin with a splat
Oh, joy. A full week of candidates qualifying for office. Next time, if I win the coin toss, I'll choose the swan dive off a tall building. It'll be quicker and less painful.

Don't turn minor day into major tragedy
The Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo is both misunderstood and abused.

Lakeside falls to Starr's Mill
A Columbia County baseball dynasty skidded to a halt Tuesday.

State soccer playoff results

Greenbrier can't hold on to strong start
Greenbrier's boys tennis players were headed for their cars when coach Jennifer Lowery called for some help cleaning up the snacks. The Wolfpack had just lost to Starr's Mill, 3-2, to end their undefeated streak, and each player was headed in a different direction.

Bulldogs win Region 3-AAA title
Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis probably wasn't the most optimistic passenger on the Bulldogs' charter bus as they drove to South Effingham on Tuesday. Lewis's teams had lost the Region 3-AAA title game to the Mustangs the past two seasons.

Greenbrier wins track title
Greenbrier coaches Steve Epperson and Kati Smallwood celebrate with the Wolfpack girls track and field team after winning the Region 3-AAAA title at Georgia Southern University. The victory took place April 21.

Quite a catch
Peter Christine, 5, of Evans, holds his 7-pound, 15-ounce hybrid caught April 7 at Clarks Hill Lake.


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