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Generous citizens donated more than $54,000 for fire charities
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue would like to thank all of the local Columbia County businesses and their patrons for supporting the fire department's annual Charity Boot Drive and the second annual MDA Golf Classic.

Columbia Square Theater, movie protesters left behind in history
I always enjoy reading the snippets you have on Columbia County history.

Candidates tell positions to small audience
A Grovetown "stump" meeting Thursday attracted 10 area political candidates and their staffers, but only a few members of the public.

Robotic dinosaur helps in Bible school lesson
Though dinosaurs have long been extinct, one of the lizards recently visited an area vacation Bible school. With bright-orange eyes, large mouth and long neck, the gentle giant named Weezie delighted dozens of children last week.

Country enthusiasts in for fun at concert
Three country acts will take the stage in Columbia County Sunday to perform in the fifth concert of the Music Evolution Series.

Evans writer making her mark
Naomi Williams touched her students' lives through teaching for more than 40 years, but now she has the chance to reach people through her writing.

Judge upholds court's verdict
A Superior Court judge has rejected a motion for a new trial for a former Evans gynecologist sentenced last year to 20 years for inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl.

Pupils place in duck stamp contests
Three area art students recently won awards in the 2008 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp contest.

Lakeside Middle School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for Lakeside Middle School.

Granddaughter graduates
Charlotte Cash (left), of Evans, recently visited her family to attend the kindergarten graduation of her granddaughter, Bethany Brooke Cash, on May 16, from Calvary Christian School in Columbus, Ga. Also shown are Nathan Cash and his other daughter, Abigail Cash.

Police Blotter
Authorities have identified a man who died in a Thurmond Lake drowning incident during the weekend. Edtwon Jamar Jackson, 22, of Thomson, died Saturday in the Lake Springs area, said Pam Tucker, Columbia County emergency management director.

Reed Creek Wetlands tour
Dr. Judy Gordon, a botanist from Augusta State University, spoke to a group of children and parents Saturday about plant life at Reed Creek and other places.

Stevens Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for Stevens Creek Elementary School.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School classes of 1982, 1983 and 1984 will hold a joint reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Hospitality House, 1004 Azalea Drive, Augusta. Members of the classes of 1981 and 1985 also are welcome to attend.

Columbia Middle School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for Columbia Middle School.

SADD accepts donation
John Conley and Thomas Alley, of the Georgia Peace Officers Association of Georgia, present a $2,500 donation to Jillian Hobday, the president of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

Euchee Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for Euchee Creek Elementary School.

Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks for Riverside Elementary School.

Current events
Absentee Voting for the July 15 General Primary is now available in the Columbia County Board of Elections Office or via mail. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

Time Capsule
As reported 31 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, June 15, 1977:

Episcopal Day School wins tennis championship
Episcopal Day School's boys tennis team won the Greater Augusta-Aiken Independent School League Championship with a win over St. Mary's of Augusta in the finals.

Adoption spotlight
This male domestic medium-haired cat is very friendly and loving. He is 3 to 5 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care.

Editorial cartoon

Ballot questions test public pulse
With absentee ballots already available, voting in the July 15 primary has begun in Columbia County. In local elections, not a single Democratic candidate is on the ballot, so the July 15 Republican primary will decide who wins most races.

County picked party hopefuls
As the presidential elections head toward November, Republicans long ago settled on their candidate. The Democrats finally picked their nominee only after weeks of chaos. If they'd listened to Columbia County, this would have all been finished five months ago.

Sports calendar
A meeting for a Columbia County Recreation Department elite baseball fall league will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at the administrative office at Patriots Park. The age groups are 9-10, 11-12, 13-14. If you cannot attend, contact Kelvin Lampkin at (706) 863-7523.

Knights get ahead with local recruiting
The Aiken Tech fast-pitch softball program is just 4 years old, but already it has reeled off back-to-back 30-win seasons. One of the keys to the program's early success has been the decision to recruit in Columbia County.

Camp Calendar
Augusta Prep will hold its Middle School Baseball Camp June 23-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 5-8. Cost is $160 for the week or $40 per day.

Region title punctuates year
The Bulldogs won the Region 3-AAA baseball championship, their first region title since 2001, and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

Showings are strong in swimming, track
Ten Columbia County athletes competed in the Special Olympics State Games held May 30-June 1 in Atlanta.

Mets win championship
The Mets baseball team finished its undefeated season with a championship win June 11 to become Columbia County's 8-year-old boys machine pitch champions. The team outscored their opponents 242 to 27, including pre- and post-season games.

Gordon Park Racing Results
Local driver Bob Robertson powered the No. 14 Cabinets By Design-sponsored Crate Late Model to his first win at Gordon Park this year.


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