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Cartoon should not 'humiliate' candidate with portrayal as clown
Don't get me wrong. I believe that Ben Harbin is now and has been the best person to represent our district in the Georgia House of Representatives. But there is no need to publicly humiliate anyone who offers themselves for public office.

Tuesday's Republican Primary is important for Columbia County
I frequently hear "I always vote in the 'important' elections" or "I always vote in the presidential election." That's great, but many people fail to vote in some of the most important elections - the primaries. The General Primary will be held on Tuesday, with early voting this week through Friday.

Attack on Broun's SAFE Act vote is based on 'misinformation'
I tried very hard not to take sides in the 10th Congressional District race in a public way, because I happened to like both men in this race. However, I am disturbed by the extent of misinformation that is repeated at every turn about U.S. Rep. Paul Broun not protecting our children from child predators.

Davis 'just the person to help lead Grovetown in right direction'
Grovetown is a vibrant city in the heart of Columbia County that continues to grow at an accelerated pace. Barry Davis, a candidate for city council, is just the person to help lead Grovetown in the right direction.

Fleming 'will make an outstanding congressman,' merits supports
I was so glad to see The Augusta Chronicle "strongly" endorse Barry Fleming to be our next congressman. Barry Fleming will make an outstanding congressman. Please give him your thoughtful consideration and your vote.

Doggie Biz will clean up pets' poo so you don't have to
The No. 1 priority of one new Grovetown business is your pet's No. 2. In May, Dale and Emel Roberts formed Doggie Biz, a pet waste removal service based in Columbia County.

Sterilization is the only way to save pets
The "Sterilize or Euthanize?" article and photos printed in The News-Times on June 22 have created more community dialogue about the overpopulation of unwanted animals than any other single effort made in the nine years that I have been the division director of Animal Care and Control in Columbia County.

Sign policing hits full stride
With the general primary and special election just days away, Columbia County officials expect roadsides countywide to become more cluttered with political signs.

Programs promote learning for teens
Teens looking to ditch their typical summer routines and expand their horizons might find something this month at the Columbia County Library.

Millage hearing rescheduled for July 23
A millage rollback hearing initially scheduled for July 15 has been postponed to July 23 by Columbia County officials.

Cases of rabies are up from last year
When any animal is found in the area infected with the rabies virus, the need for pet owners to keep their four-legged friends up to date on their vaccinations becomes reinforced.

Readers comment on story about pet adoption
I am amazed at how many feelings I had toward the July 22 article regarding pet adoptions. I was saddened and dismayed. I was also appalled.

July 4th photos
A large crowd turned out for the 2008 Independence Day celebration at Patriots Park.

Things To Do
Georgia SAFE will hold training for prospective foster parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday evenings, July 15-Aug. 5, at their office at 4424 Columbia Road, Ste. B. For information, call Sandra Heard at (706) 210-3435.

Optimist Club hosts oratorical contest
The Martinez-Evans Optimist Club held an oratorical contest for students under 16 years old. The winners can continue to compete to win a $1,500 college scholarship.

Students accept scholarships
William C. Cordes (left) and Ariana A. Creighton-Watanabe display oversized checks representing the St. John Bosco and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton college scholarships given annually by St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. William is a graduate of Evans High School in Evans, and Ariana is a graduate of Aquinas High School in Augusta.

Area 4-H students compete
Students from across the state competed in the 4-H Poultry Judging competition in Athens with the senior team advancing to the state finals in May.

Time capsule
As reported 44 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, July 9, 1964:

The following full-time undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter received recognition on the dean's list.

County employees of the month
Susan Glymph, an administrative assistant in the Water Utility Department, is the county employee of the month for April and Kristen Price, a generalist in the County Human Resources Department, is employee of the month for May.

Police Blotter
An Evans woman called police Sunday after returning from vacation to find her home ransacked. The 48-year-old said she saw the damage after returning from a week-long vacation at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Adoption spotlight
This female Jack Russell terrier is about 3 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.

Guitar Hero competition
Chance Vanderhoof, 13 competes during the Guitar Hero competition at the Columbia County Library. The competition was part of the library's Young Adult Summer Reading Program.

Get up and go
An Alzheimer's caregiver support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brandon Wilde. For information, call (706) 868-3582.

Current events
Advance voting for the July 15 general primary is being held in the Columbia County Board of Elections Office, 500 Faircloth Dr., Building E, Evans, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

Preschool registration
Trinity Baptist Preschool, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, is accepting registration for the 2008-09 school year for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. School starts Aug. 12. For information, call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.

Girl Scout campers
Appling Girl Scout Troop 326 camped at Skidaway Island State Park Campground in Savannah on June 10-13.

Readers submit their pet photos
Readers responded to a request for photos of their pets.

Class Reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1988 will hold its 20-year reunion Oct. 10-11. Details are available at for information, e-mail, or call Bill Tankersley at (706) 541-9721.

Columbia County citizens celebrate Independence Day
Fireworks burst in the sky over the veterans monument at Patriots Park during the 2008 Fourth of July Celebration.

Community holds golf car parade
Residents of Jensen's Wymberly retirement community on Columbia Road in Martinez, held their annual golf car parade with decorated carts and contests on July 4.

One penny at a time adds up
Every five years, county officials put together a detailed plan for how much money SPLOST is likely to collect and what it should be spent on. When the referendum comes up this fall, someone will inevitably claim it is for a "new" - as in additional - sales tax.

Barry Fleming has earned our support
Jim Whitehead lost to Paul Broun last year by running a nice-guy race. Fleming has taken the opposite route.

Safety's size garners Tudor spot at East Carolina
East Carolina University football coaches only had to see Kyle Tudor's highlight tape to invite him for a visit. When they saw him in person, they made him an offer he didn't refuse.

Evans alum Griffin proves himself in a UFC thriller
Evans High School graduate Forrest Griffin shocked the world of mixed martial arts this past weekend in Las Vegas.

Athlete spotlights
Evans High School Athlete Spotlight features from the 2007-2008 school year.

Evans 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.


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