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Broadcast 10th District debate provides 'rare opportunity' to the public
The citizens of our area have a very important decision to make concerning who will be our next congressman.

Summer arrives for students
Most pupils had left River Ridge Elementary School by the time the final bell rang Thursday, when Columbia County's schools let out for the summer.

Week marks early storm preparation
Hurricane Preparedness Week starts today. The week, which ends Saturday, is meant to remind the public to prepare now for future severe storms, Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker said.

Plan your cruise with an eye on the weather
We have all heard the phrase, "If you don't like the current weather, just wait a while. It will change." True. And it's those changes that we need to pay attention to.

County doesn't plan to raise '08-09 tax rate
The Columbia County Commission conducted a final review Tuesday of a proposed budget for fiscal year 2008-09.

Sixth-grader uses math expertise to help others
Lisa Trogdon learned late in life the importance of education. However, she taught her children early in their lives to take their academic careers seriously. "I try to teach them common sense and to have initiative," said Trogdon, a Harlem resident.

The right vine will cling to your garden
A few years ago, I bought a vine that I hadn't seen before. The person who sold it said it needed a trellis to grow on, that it wouldn't grow on walls or anything else.

Bailey's Deli closes doors
A Harlem mainstay has closed its dining room doors. Bailey's Deli and Grill owner Stacie Caldwell-Hart closed the restaurant's dining room May 16, just nine months after taking over the restaurant from retiring BG's Deli and Fine Catering owner Cindy Greenwell.

Essay winners collect cash
The possibility of earning good grades and extra credit frequently motivates high-school students to succeed, but sometimes cash prizes offer even more incentive. Just ask three Evans High School juniors who recently won monetary awards in two essay contests.

Teens complete business ambassador program
A week before high school commencement exercises, a dozen Harlem High School students graduated from a program designed to give them a taste of real-world business skills.

Roses are simple with proper care
Roses can convey a range of emotions -- love, friendship, mourning. Brides often carry white roses to signify purity, loyalty and unity, and peach roses signify sincere appreciation.

Leader stresses workforce importance
A growing Georgia needs an improved workforce to continue to compete in a global marketplace, said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong has lots of kittens. They have been dewormed, and some have been spayed or neutered.

Terry Holder scholarships awarded
Greenbrier's Nick Richards (right) and Chelsea Maxwell were awarded Terry Holder Scholarships by coach Rodney Holder (left) during an awards breakfast at the school.

Get Up and Go
The CSRA Parkinson Support Group will hold bingo night at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John Towers dining room, 724 Greene St., Augusta. For information, call (706) 364-1662.

Property Transfers
Downeast Homebuilders Inc. to Norman Prinsky and Hun Prinsky, 407 Richmond St., $259,900.

River Ridge hosts Olympics
River Ridge Elementary fifth-graders Joseph Bailey and Erin Inglett struggle to pass a hula hoop around a circle during the ring pass event during the school's field day May 14. The school styled the events after Olympic events.

Graybill selected to chair board
Bob Graybill has been elected chairman of the board of the Health Center Credit Union.

Vacation photo
Byron Wren won a trip to Freeport, Bahamas, and invited his niece, Brittney Sherman, and his mother, Rita Wren, to go along.

Bethany L. Dodds and Brandon S. Dodds, May 15, 2008.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

Current events
June 16 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for registration for the July 15 primary election. For information, call the Columbia County Board of Elections at (706) 868-3355.

Have a fun, productive and safe summer
With the end of another successful school year and hundreds of students crossing the stage for graduation ceremonies, another summer vacation is here for Columbia County's children. Please; let's make sure it's a safe one.

Turning loose is hard to do
It seems like just yesterday that Ellie was crying because of her frightened mother's grip. And now it's already time for her anxious parents to let her go.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, May 25, 2008.

Our fallen will never be forgotten
One evening, as I held the framed brown-tinted photograph of this young uniformed stranger my uncle put his arm around me. Ervin, my cousin, had died in the attack on Iwo Jima while trying to bring ammunition to his men.

Greenbrier has 12-year history of accolades
As I write this story Thursday, 99 percent of the kids walking the halls are thrilled to death, because it's the final day of school.

Season ends but 'Pack pride continues
There was little doubt what was coming next after Greenbrier senior Kevin D'Antignac hit a home run to give the Wolfpack breathing room Wednesday. Nolan Belcher, the Wolfpack lefty in the twilight of a standout high school career, told coach Rodney Holder he wanted the ball.

Lakeside basketball awards
Lakeside High School's basketball coach Derrick Myers (from left) attended the Lakeside basketball awards dinner, along with freshman Carolyn Hennecken, who received the Offensive Player of the Year Award for scoring the most points.

Camp calendar
Greenbrier High School will hold the Greenbrier Vault Camp 6-9 p.m. June 2-5 at the school track. Instruction and coaching for the pole vault will be provided for beginner to advanced skill levels emphasizing safety, technique and all elements of the vault.

Athlete will run at Gardner-Webb
Cherish Richardson probably will have a lot of work ahead of her when she begins her track and cross country career at Gardner-Webb University. But it won't be anything new. In fact, her schedule might get lighter.

Have stories you'd like to see this summer? Let me know
The spring sports season officially ended Wednesday with Greenbrier High School baseball's loss in the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Greenbrier's coach feels right at home
Arm surgeries derailed Chris Wilkins' hopes for a pro baseball career. His career as a professional long-drive competitor was pushed aside when he realized the woman he was dating would probably become his wife.


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