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In upcoming elections, Anderson, Dean and Broun get the nod
My vote for Georgia state representative of District 117 will go to former Columbia County commissioner Lee Anderson. Anderson has strong roots in this area. And he should; his family has been farming here forever.

Meetings to begin for sales tax projects
Public meetings to discuss projects for Columbia County's next 1-cent sales tax start Thursday.

Ham radio more than hobby
After a natural disaster or other emergency, amateur or "ham" radio operators are often the only line of communication. Ham radio doesn't depend on the infrastructure of cell phones, telephones or the Internet. That infrastructure can be disabled during storms or other emergencies.

Whose pet?
Sadie, a yellow Labrador retriever, became a member of the Robinson family three years ago, and seems to think she has become one of them. In addition, Al Robinson said his Lab not only behaves like a child at times but is also great with children of all ages.

Columbia County residents love their pets
The News-Times visited some of the better-known residents of the county to ask them about their pets, and today we present a summertime quiz. Photos of 12 pets and their owners appear here; see whether you can guess which ones belong together.

Pink out honors memory of former Lakeside swimmer
The cars spilled out of the parking lot at Petersburg Racquet Club, and at the swimming pool, people painted the deck pink.

Planning commission OKs changes to shopping center
Developers of a proposed shopping center on Furys Ferry Road have won approval to make changes to the project.

Clinic offers disabled chance to get on water
Justin Kay didn't let the occasional rain at Thurmond Lake interfere with his plans at the Adaptive Water Skiing Clinic. The 12-year-old was ready to dive right in.

Candidates express few differences during debate
The Republican incumbent and the challenger for the 10th U.S. Congressional District debated Saturday at the Columbia County Library in Evans.

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

Class Reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1978 30-year reunion to be held Saturday. For information, e-mail Glenda Moment at or call (706) 790-3858.

Time capsule
As reported 51 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, June 20, 1957:

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.

Adoption spotlight
This female beagle is very calm. She is 1 to 2 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 and Control.

When in deep, stop digging
Let's be blunt with this message to Lee Benedict: When you're in a hole, quit digging.

Sterilization, cooperation are the key
Quite understandably, readers of The News-Times Sunday story, "Sterilize or Euthanize?" are reacting strongly. Does it make them uncomfortable? Maybe a little squeamish? Good.

Editorial cartoon
Columbia County News-Times editorial cartoon for Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

Lakeside's Tau chooses wrestling
Kyle Tau, who recently graduated from Lakeside, made official on June 20 his commitment to wrestle at East Georgia College next season

Gordon Park Race Results
Gordon Park Speedway results Saturday, June 21

Pink out honors memory of former Lakeside swimmer
The cars spilled out of the parking lot at Petersburg Racquet Club, and at the swimming pool, people painted the deck pink.

Athlete Spotlight: Augusta Prep
A recap of the Augusta Prep athletes featured in the Athlete Spotlight this year.

Junior event allows local golfers to compete
One of my favorite new events in the Augusta area starts today. It's the second annual Columbia County Junior Golf Championship.

Augusta Prep year in review
The Lady Cavaliers volleyball team picked up its second consecutive state title during the weekend with an undefeated march through the GISA Class AAA state tournament.


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