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No 'vendetta' against Harbin; criticism is exposure of his actions
Some Republicans just don't get it. The local Republicans are becoming a microcosm of the larger Republican Party. They have begun to run away from their principles just as their "spend and borrow" party in Washington has been doing.

Doctors plan to lengthen teen's leg
For most high-school students, summer means spending time with friends, participating in outdoor activities, relaxing at home or working part time. Blake Collins' summer will be very different.

Cheap children's flicks on the big screen
Those looking for relief from the scorching summer heat can head to the Columbia County Library for indoor and outdoor entertainment. Columbia County will offer free family movies in the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center each Wednesday in June.

Safety briefing is needed before boat's departure
Boarding an airliner assures that we will get a safety briefing before we take to the air. Further, so as not to miss anything, the flight attendant either reads the briefing or has it memorized. Now it usually is a recording, guaranteeing that no part of the briefing is left out.

Composer heads to college
Michael Palmese, a 2008 graduate of Lakeside High School, started playing the bass clarinet when he was a sixth-grader at Lakeside Middle School.

Increase in school lunch prices is OK'd
School lunch prices will likely go up in Columbia County next year, but not as much as initially proposed for some pupils.

TV shows inspire children's lessons
Taking their cues from popular television shows, area vacation Bible schools are gearing up for some faith-based learning.

Summer garden will keep kids busy
While the kids are out of school for the summer, families can keep their creative juices flowing with a home garden. Gardens can provide just the kind of entertainment that young minds need, from planting a seed to watching it grow until it bears fruit or vegetables.

Concert benefits transplant agency
Felicia Brantley Stanford saw the support from her former community last year when a concert was held in her honor. This year, she wants to give back to those in need in the Augusta area by holding the second annual benefit concert.

Maintain and clean yard to reduce chances of coming across snakes
When I arrived home one afternoon last week, my dogs ran up to see me. After I walked into the house, one of the dogs ran around the building and started barking.

Senior center acquires new vans
While the sound of classical music played softly in the background, Claire Shae stared out the window on her trip home from the Columbia County Senior Center. Shae turned to her friends and told them one word described her view -- "perfect."

South Columbia Elementary math competitors
South Columbia Elementary School pupils participated in a math competition at Lakeside High School. Five Columbia County elementary schools competed.

Thomas L. Melrose and Cynthia D. Melrose, May 14, 2008.

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

Property Transfers
Ivey Residential LLC to Carol M. Spears, 3202 Amberley Drive, $277,815.

Adoption spotlight
Meg is a small 1-year-old Bassett mix with a shiny dark gold coat and a friendly disposition.

Military Newsmakers
Army Pvt. Stephen E. Morgan Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Morgan is the son of Stephen E. and Sheri P. Morgan, of Appling, and a 2007 graduate of Greenbrier High School.

Vacation photos
Dancer and choreographer Stephen Jones and his nephew, Gabriel Hughes, met rapper Lloyd Banks at Power Fest.

Current events
The Democratic Party of Columbia County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Columbia County Government Complex Auditorium. Call (706) 231-1513.

Get Up and Go
Augusta GreenJackets players will serve lunch and sign autographs at Stonecrest Southern Steakhouse in Evans from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9 to fund Golden Harvest Food Bank. Tickets cost $25, and seating is limited.

County honors veterans
The Joint Service Color Guard from Fort Gordon presents the colors at Columbia County's eighth annual Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration, held on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend on Charlie Norwood Plaza in front of the Columbia County Justice Center in Evans.

North Harlem Elementary School honor roll
Fourth Nine Weeks honor roll for North Harlem Elementary School.

Sorrels presents donation to Julie's House
Allstate agent Tom Sorrells, of Martinez, presents a $500 donation from the Allstate "Agency Hands in the Community" fund to Pat Brooke, executive director of Julie's House Inc., a crisis center and transitional housing facility for women and children.

Brookwood Elementary School honor roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for Brookwood Elementary School.

Surprise: 'High-stakes' CRCT isn't
At least the state is talking about paying for the problem it caused. Now if someone could convince us that it matters.

Real or fake? Debate here, too
Copycats. Augusta commissioners must have heard that Columbia County politely entertained a presentation from a Florida company wanting to sell a $150,000 fake Christmas tree.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, June 1, 2008.

Lions clean house in April meet
My grandfather gave me a vacuum cleaner when I visited him during Memorial Day weekend. He's always giving me stuff he no longer needs. But some of it is worthwhile, and I was excited about the vacuum.

Lakeside staff nearly complete
The only item left on Lakeside High School's staffing agenda this summer is to find a wrestling coach. The school filled two athletic openings last week, naming Jon Johnson the Panthers' next athletic director and T.J. Davis the next baseball coach.

Sophomore shows flexibility on field
Brittaney Borror enjoys playing defense.

Patriots attend soccer game
The Columbia County Patriots Soccer Academy attended the Atlanta Silverbacks vs Seattle Sounders soccer game in Atlanta on May 2.

14-year-old Prep golfer strives for better game
This area has produced some incredible golfers throughout the years. Individual talents such as Vaughn Taylor and Charles Howell and John Engler, come to mind, not to mention the state championship teams at Lakeside High School, Richmond Academy and Augusta Prep.

Frits, Hooven win Dooley Awards
Kaitlyn Frits and Taylor Hooven, seniors at Evans High School, received the Vincent J. Dooley Award from Athletes for a Better World and the Georgia High School Association.


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