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Harbin made mistake; electing Benedict 'would be a bigger one'
After careful analysis of Georgia House District 118 candidates Ben Harbin and Lee Benedict, it is my opinion that we all need to stand behind Harbin.

Scott Dean 'would truly serve all people' in Commission District 4
I would like to take the opportunity to endorse Scott Dean for District 4, Columbia County commissioner.

Sales tax meeting tests high-tech survey system
The first public hearing for discussion of Columbia County's proposed sales tax referendum included a high-tech twist. Residents attending Thursday evening's session at Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans were able to vote from their seats using portable electronic devices.

Old faces fill school board ballot
Columbia County residents can expect to see plenty of familiar faces on the school board next year. Four of the five seats will be on the general election ballot in November, and only the incumbents qualified to run for the spots.

2 board members OK digest
Columbia County school board members Regina Buccafusco and Mildred Blackburn agreed at a tax digest hearing Monday to keep the millage at 17.09 for 2008-09.

Entertainment, food, fireworks abound
For those hoping to celebrate Independence Day with a bang, there is no shortage of local family-friendly events and fireworks.

Bike rider wants area stores to get racks
Linda Evans enjoys riding her bike on the paved bike trails that span parts of Martinez but wishes she could find a place to securely park when visiting stores.

Time capsule
As reported 19 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News-Times, Wednesday, June 28, 1989:

Vacation photo
Walter Lee and Margret Schellhase of Evans took a cruise to Key West, Fla., and Cozumel, Mexico, in June.

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.

Evans High School accepts check
Shepeard Community Blood Center recently presented a check for $1,000 to Evans High School for having the most donors in its division. Shown are Principal Don Brigdon (from left), health occupations teachers Beth Ann Stewart and Vickie Gibbs, and Shepeard president and CEO Kevin Belanger.

Adult education class receives diplomas
Twelve students from Augusta Technical College's adult education class at Marvin United Methodist Church received their GED diplomas during commencement exercises June 20.

Blue Ridge Elementary presents play
Blue Ridge Elementary first-graders performed the play The Color Factory, for students and parents May 12. The play helped the children learn how to combine various colors to make new ones.

Evans JROTC takes title
A ring ceremony was held at Evans High School last month in honor of Evans' JROTC state championship drill team. It was the first state championship for the girls drill team and the fourth consecutive state championship for the boys drill team.

Adoption spotlight
This male border terrier is about 1 year 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.

Summer blood drive continues
Joya Rhodes, with Shepeard Community Blood Center, draws blood from Jerry Newman during the EMA Community Summer Blood Drive. There were 55 blood donors at the Roads & Bridges Department in Appling and a total of 201 for both days of the summer blood drive.

Get Up and Go
The Lydia Project, a women's cancer support organization, will hold a fundraising barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12 at Earth Fare, 368 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, and a wine, cheese and chocolate tasting from 5-8 p.m. July 18. For information, call (706) 736-5467.

Police blotter
A man riding a personal watercraft was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday after falling off and injuring his head at Wildwood Park, a Columbia County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said.

Time to proudly celebrate freedom
Think about it: July 4, Independence Day. Do your children even know what we're celebrating, or do they think we go to firework displays and eat hot dogs and hamburgers on the same date every year just because we feel like it?

Get cracking on maple bats
Major League Baseball officials are considering new rules or an outright ban on maple bats. Unlike traditional ash bats, maple bats don't just crack and split when they break. Maple can splinter into sharp shards that fly at players and fans.

Leave fireworks to professionals
We're going to ask you not to use fireworks this Independence Day. And many of you will totally ignore it. Just on the small hope that someone will be swayed, however, we strongly urge parents to resist the whining from junior and leave the Fourth fireworks to the professionals.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Columbia County News-Times.

Juniors golfers enjoy free round and a meal
The Columbia County Junior Golf Championship, in its second year, drew about 120 golfers, all of whom played and dined for free.

Georgia lost top talent but gained integrity
During the weekend, University of Georgia basketball standout Billy Humphrey was arrested for DUI and other charges in the Atlanta area.

Lakeside High School year in review
Each week during the summer, The Columbia County News-Times will highlight a different high school with its five biggest stories from the previous school year. This week's focus is on Lakeside.

Lakeside High School Athlete Spotlights
Anna Bowles, cross country, Alex Cassagnol, Eric Chiu, Rosbie Mutcherson, Jared Ackerman, Evan Mulloy, Kirtley Hitt, Chad Chandler and Kyle Tudor were in the Athlete Spotlight in 2007-2008.

Racing Results
Karl Bleifuss won his third race of the year in the Stock V8 class Friday at Gordon Park Speedway. He was the 2007 Stock V8 Points Champion.

Petersburg Raquet Club swim meet
A swim team got last-minute instructions in the pool before the start of a swim meet at Petersburg Racquet Club pool June 24.

Camp Calendar
Columbia County Recreation Department volunteer coach Jim Siple will hold his fifth annual summer workout for ages 10 and older preparing for fall sports. The program is free. For information, call Siple (706) 860-1592.

CSRA Swim League Championships


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