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'Frightening' story on North American Union doesn't check out
It amazes me that still today people think that just because it is written it is true.

Handel found office in disarray
Numerous challenges faced Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel when she took office in 2007, she said Wednesday during a meeting of the Greater Columbia County Republican Women.

Master gardeners devote time to beautifying area
Many people list being outdoors and tending to their plants and vegetables among their favorite pastimes. In fact, according to the National Gardening Association, gardening is a $35 billion industry.

Controlling prolific Argentine ants means controlling their food sources
Fire ants have been a problem for many years. We now have many ways to keep them in check in our yards. We can use baits, mound treatments or broadcast treatments of insecticides to control them.

Budget for schools to increase with prices
Rising fuel and food prices are affecting more than household finances. These increasing costs also will affect the 2008-09 Columbia County school system budget.

Observing safety rules goes a long way in preventing accidents on the water
Today, let's look at what actions should be taken when two boats meet head-on, and when one boat wants to pass another.

Education officials recognize retirees
The Columbia County school system Tuesday honored 70 employees who are retiring at the end of the school year with a reception at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Officials will remove speed humps
After several residents' complaints, the Columbia County Commission abandoned constructing smaller speed humps in favor of larger asphalt humps for future projects.

Construction begins on Humane Society clinic
Work on the long-awaited Columbia County Humane Society's low-cost spay-neuter clinic broke ground Wednesday.

Kindergarten pupils work on projects for holiday
Just like many children across the county, a group of kindergarten pupils at Evans Elementary School used their hearts and hands to create thoughtful gifts to surprise their mothers on Mother's Day.

Pupil receives district honors for essay on city leadership
Lindsey Stokes is just a country girl, so when she was honored at an awards ceremony in Atlanta last week she was a little out of her element.

Mountain Vacations
Tom and Pat Vanderhoof took their grandchildren Faith and Chance to snowboard at Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Sunshine Village and Ski Norquay at Banff, Alberta, during Masters week.

Draw Your Mom Contest winner
Erika Bondar, 6, holds the drawing of her mother, Angelika Bondar, that won first place in the Columbia County News-Times' annual Draw Your Mom Coloring Contest.

Camp Calendar
Harlem High School will hold baseball camp from 9 a.m. until noon June 2-6 for ages 6-14. Cost is $50 per person. Please contact coach Jimmie Lewis at (706) 556-6659 or Benjie Moore at (706) 556-9136.

Current events
The Columbia County Board of Elections will hold voter registration drives from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Circle K in Appling, May 24 at Kmart in Martinez, and 6-9 p.m. May 24 at Columbia County's Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration in Evans.

Mother's day wishes
If you could have anything you want for Mother's Day, what would it be?

DUIs
Barbara Annette Means, 38, of the 4100 block of Birchtree Drive in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on Jan. 15, and was fined $860.

Draw Your Mom coloring contest entries

Divorces
Dora Garcia Wallace and James R. Wallace, April 30, 2008.

Newsmakers
Sara Ann Birdsong, a retired Columbia County teacher, was recently installed as Georgia State President of Alpha Delta Kappa.

Foster accepted into program
Michael "Mikey" Foster, 12, has been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador class of 2008 and will travel to Canada in June where he will meet other children and teachers from around the world.

Adoption Showcase
Sheila is a sweet chihuahua/corgi mix.

Property Transfers
Five-O Development LLC to Steph Construction Inc., 509 Goodale Court, $94,900.

La-Z-Boy CEO honored
R. Byron Brown III, of Martinez, the chief executive officer of Tipperary Sales Inc., which owns eight La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, was named La-Z-Boy's Retail Partner of the Year.

Police blotter
The second of two women indicted in a fatal 2006 crash will spend life in prison after being found guilty by a Columbia County jury Thursday.

DUI loopholes not just for pols
So my pals at The Chronicle took Ben Harbin to the woodshed the other day because of his Atlanta DUI. They're saying Harbin still has some 'splainin' to do. That voters "deserve some answers" regarding questions about his May 20, 2007 late-night crash into an Atlanta utility poll.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, May 11, 2008.

Reluctant mother of Mother's Day
After swearing on her mother's grave in 1905 to toil tirelessly to found a day to revere all mothers, living and deceased, Miss Anna Jarvis organized the first official celebration of Mother's Day on May 10, 1908, at Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, W.Va.

County needs responsible pet owners
Columbia County has a pet problem. Wait; strike that. Columbia County has an irresponsible pet owner problem.

Volleyball player signs with Covenant
Before Cara Reed started her senior season, she made it known she wanted to play volleyball in college. Before her senior season, it may have seemed somewhat of a stretch.

In-state diamond rivalry reunites Wolfpack trio
Georgia Tech visited Athens on Wednesday night to take on the eighth-ranked Georgia baseball team. The Jackets are no slouch themselves; Danny Hall's team is ranked 25th nationally.

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County Storm 9-under travel baseball team is seeking players. To be eligible, players must be 9 years old. For information, call Shayne Vining at (706) 306-3728.

Dominy signs with Paine
Brandon Dominy's signing party was hidden away in a corner, behind some cafeteria tables folded up and stowed to the side. A baby shower occupied the Evans High School media center where athletes typically sign.

Overcoming nemesis key to Cavaliers tennis title
The sunlight started to fade at Newman Tennis Center on April 30, and the final girls match of the GISA AAA season was still going.

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