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Harbin gives 'generous support' to Martinez-Evans Little League
I am writing as a parent of a member of Martinez-Evans Little League (MELL) and as a resident of Columbia County to acknowledge the generous support state Rep. Ben Harbin has shown to this organization and the local community.

Groups prepare for new year of arts
Members of Columbia County Arts Inc. celebrated their past year and outlined the year ahead Monday..

Manager says building move worth high price
When Dr. Rao and Kanta Kondur purchased property next to their Park West Drive Best Western hotel, they simply wanted to build another hotel.

Sex offender is arrested on molestation charge
An Augusta man released from probation June 4 for a 2005 Columbia County statutory rape conviction was arrested three weeks later for another sex offense.

Seminars focus on diet, health
A Martinez chiropractor hopes to show how diet can change and often improve health through a series of free seminars.

Plant your second vegetable crop now
In our area, we have a long growing season, which allows us to produce many different kinds of vegetables. In fact, we can have vegetables growing in our gardens all year long.

Harlem alumnus manages UGA fare
The University of Georgia's new executive director of food services has Columbia County ties.

Tax rollback hearings begin
Two of the three public "rollback" hearings will be held at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the Evans Government Complex at 630 Ronald Reagan Drive. The auditorium is also the site of the third hearing at 5:30 p.m. July 15.

Dino's restaurant owner seeks franchise investors
The Dino's Chicago Express menu might soon become available in places outside Columbia County, but not under the Dino's name.

Advance voting for primary begins Monday
Columbia County voters wishing to cast an early ballot can do so at the county Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, Evans, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday.

Managing captain and crew key to safe boating
Years ago, after airlines went through a number of accidents involving improper crew coordination, a new system was developed. In Coast Guard Aviation it is called Crew Resource Management.

Stay green with smart watering
Drive through any neighborhood and you'll see lawns so parched there's an unspoken question: Will they ever be green again?

Center offers specialty camps
Schoolchildren will have an opportunity to explore the art of America's original settlers.

Property Transfers
Downeast Homebuilders Inc. to Michael J. Ballasiotes and Mary K. Ballasiotes, 2084 Wythe Drive, $417,060.

Police Blottter
Eleven people were arrested and charged with underage drinking and drug possession June 28 after a traffic stop led police to a Martinez party.

Newsmakers
Three Columbia County residents were among 35 University of Georgia graduates who received First Honor Graduation distinctions at the May 10 commencement exercises.

Adoption Showcase
Mousse is a marked, male kitten. His black and white face mask is distinctive and he is a real charmer.

Newsmakers
The following students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2008 Spring term at the University of Georgia:

Vacation Photos
Michael and Gretchen Daly, of Evans, and their children Jameson, 2, Mac, 4, Carter, 5, and Shane, 7 months, took a trip in April to San Diego, where they visited Legoland.

Marriage Licenses
Randall Carl White and Sabrina Martha Taylor Sims applied for a marriage license on April 7, 2008, and were married April 26, 2008, in Lincolnton, Ga.

Divorces
Agnita Morris-Ali and Ayman M. Ali, June 24, 2008.

Current Events
Advance voting for the July 15 General Primary begins Monday in the Columbia County Board of Elections Office, 500 Faircloth Dr., Building E, Evans, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Youth group helps repair homes
Members of the Marvin United Methodist Church youth group, youth counselors and youth leader worked in the River of Life project, helping repair homes for underprivileged families and individuals, in Lincoln County the week of June 23. The group's work was in conjunction with Lincolnton United Methodist Church.

Board decisions ratified by silence
Are you unhappy with any of the recent decisions of the Columbia County Board of Education?

Molest arrest, trust betrayed
Apparently it was just an act after all.

The spirit of American independence
If I've learned nothing else during my trek into Columbia County history, of this I am certain: The best way to understand the present is to study the past.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, July 6, 2008.

New junior tournament attracts nation's best
Ninety-nine golfers are scheduled to descend on Champions Retreat Golf Club this week for the inaugural Club Car Junior. The American Junior Golf Association tour stop has PGA Tour golfer and Augusta native Charles Howell's name on it.

Former disc golf pro makes Harlem home
After all the places Johnny Botamer has seen, after all his stops during a decade of following professional disc golf, he settled here.

Summer is about fun and games for players
For college baseball players across the country, summertime might be the most important season of the year. It is a time for young players to mature and improve, and for the more established players to show the pro scouts what they can do.

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