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In their own words
Due to the high cost of gas, I am having to cut down on groceries and visit local food banks. My husband makes the same amount of money he did in 2007, but we just can't make ends meet

Benedict makes wild promises in effort toward unseating Harbin
I learned a lesson reading Lee Benedict's guest column June 8. I didn't know Ben Harbin, our local House District 118 representative in the Georgia Legislature, is responsible for the "very soul of the Republican Party."

Heat boosts need for blood
As summer temperatures rise, the need for blood rises also.

GOP candidates discuss issues
Republican candidates vying in the July 15 primary tried to sell themselves Monday to fellow GOP members during a party-sponsored forum.

Lawn, plants crave fertilizer
Little rain and lots of heat are leaving many folks wondering if they should continue fertilizing their lawns and plants this summer. The answer is an unqualified yes.

Pet adoptions can't keep pace at shelter
Coconut enjoys the life of Riley -- making herself comfortable in her new home and enjoying the attention of two young girls excited to have a dog.

Animal Control, adoption agencies seek pet solutions
This year, that has already meant more than 800 animals -- many of them otherwise adoptable -- have been euthanized to make room for more animals.

Development boundary expands
Many expect that a future four-way intersection at Columbia Road and William Few Parkway, created by the extension of William Few Parkway south to Chamblin Road, will be ripe for development.

Teen eyes career as interior designer
Hadleigh Pittman has long entertained the notion of becoming an interior designer and she knows the way to get there is through hard work and determination.

Go against the wind for best docking
It has been said that the first rule of boating is to approach the dock at the speed at which you are prepared to hit it.

Watch ponds for oxygen depletion
The past several weeks I have had a number of calls about fish kills in local ponds. Every time, it has been large numbers of the biggest fish in the ponds that have died.

Get up and go
Keep Columbia County Beautiful and Waste Management have set up recycling bins for telephone books at the Government Complex in Evans and at Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue headquarters and stations on Furys Ferry Road, Oakley Pirkle Road and William Few Parkway.

Skateboarding show delivers a message
Shawn Hale, a rider for the Untitled Skateboards team from Joplin, Mo., performs a maneuver called a backside 180 melon during an exhibition June 15 at Marvin United Methodist Church in Martinez. The team, which travels around the country providing skateboarding shows and delivering a Christian message to youths, was brought to the church by youth pastor David Averill for a Father's Day program.

Music store gives check to St. Jude's
Jerry and Myra Portman of Portman\u2019s Music Superstore present a check to St Jude Hospital on behalf of the Music Industries Insight Group of music stores that raise funds for charities. Accepting the check is John P Moses, CEO of St Jude Fundraising activities. Portman\u2019s Music operates a store in Martinez.

Vacation Photo
The Browns' 12-day cruise with friends on the Rotterdam in May also included visits to Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Cyprus and the Holy Land, including Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Time Capsule
As reported 31 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, June 22, 1977:

Vacation Photo
Joe and Sheila Taylor of Evans, and their dog Pepe, vacationed in Bar Harbor, Maine in May, and visited Amish Country, Penn., and Washington, D.C. Joe said it was marvelous seeing three springs as they traveled north. The Dogwoods and azaleas were in full bloom in Pennsylvania and again in Bar Harbor.

Children stay cool at Grovetown day camp
More than 100 children were at Liberty Park on Tuesday for the Grovetown Against Drugs Free Summer Day Camp. Many of them cooled off in the parking lot under a stream from a fire truck. The camp, put on by the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, kept more than 100 children each day busy with games and activities Monday through Friday, June 16-20. The camp, staffed by department employees, Air Force and Youth Challenge Academy volunteers and city employees, included child identification kits.

Current Events
Absentee Voting for the July 15 general primary is now available in the Columbia County Board of Elections Office or via mail.

History museum gets donation
William R. Coleman Jr. (left), the president of the board of trustees of the Augusta Museum of History, receives a check for $2,500 from Richard J. Czarnecki, the director of the Worldwide 5000 Series Tractor Business and the general manager for John Deere Commercial Products.

Camp Calender
Augusta Prep will hold its Middle School Baseball Camp June 23-27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 5-8.

Police Blotter
A Florida man accused of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence withdrew his guilty plea after a judge refused to accept a negotiated plea agreement during a sentencing hearing Thursday.

International taste of ballet
Helen Starr (right), a retired ballet dancer from The Royal Ballet School in England, teaches Rebecca Moffatt (from left), 15, Haley Bourne, 17, and other dancers with the Columbia County Ballet. Starr worked with the school's performing company during the Columbia County Ballet's summer intensive workshop in June.

Property Transfers
James A. Braswell Jr. to Jimmy M. Padgett, 4686 Cutter Mill Road, $168,000.

Divorces
George H. McKie and Cathy B. McKie, June 12, 2008.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday June 22, 2008.

Wrong picture on "Whitehead"
Last year, Whitehead was the front-runner for the 10th Congressional District race after the July special election, and then lost in the runoff to Paul Broun.

Lifeguards for the lake? No, thanks
It is an increasingly inevitable trait of human nature that when tragic events occur, there is an outcry for the government to Do Something.

School budget uses funds efficiently
At its regularly scheduled meeting in June, the Columbia County Board of Education gave approval of the 2008-09 school system budget.

Astros earn title
On paper, the Martinez-Evans Little League championship game looked like it might not be a game at all.

Woods is up against some new challenges
Woods announced last week he'll undergo season-ending surgery on his left anterior cruciate ligament.

Local pair soar above as Parker takes title
Former Augusta Prep standout Lee Knox came up just short in his bid to win the Georgia Junior Championship this past week at Augusta Country Club.

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