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Support Barry Davis for Grovetown City Council
I would like to take this opportunity to support Barry Davis for Grovetown City Council.

Too many county candidates are running unopposed
I really appreciate the News-Times telling us the candidates we should elect. That way, we're not bothered by having to think.

Harbin's volunteer efforts show he 'has his priorities in place'
I support Ben Harbin and I hope that my fellow voters in District 118 will do the same on Tuesday.

Support Lee Anderson for state House District 117
As a disabled veteran of our armed forces, I fought to defend our county, our rights, and our freedoms.

Harbin benefits 'from double standard'
As a retired educator, I am flabbergasted that Ben Harbin is receiving so much sympathy from voters for his DUI episode which could have had tragic consequences.

Anderson will 'continue the tradition of excellence for students'
My life has been devoted to the children of Columbia County as evidenced by my retiring from the Columbia County Board of Education as a former teacher and principal.

Deanne Hall 'has steady hand, perserverance and experience'
... Columbia County stands on a precipice of that slippery slope where unbridled growth takes a turn and becomes nothing less than a nightmare.

Brett McGuire is 'an outstanding leader'
District 117 needs Brett McGuire for his strong leadership and management abilities. Having personally worked with him in the military and the civilian sector, he is an outstanding leader and can get results. He will excel in all areas assigned to him.

Fleming will represent district with 'statesmanship' of Norwood
I am writing to urge every voter in Tuesday's Republican Primary to vote for Barry Fleming for the 10th Congressional seat in Congress.

Vote urged for Benedict's 'class and dedication to service'
Ben Harbin's campaign literature states the following "budget highlights": "The House added $1.2 million for Columbia County Schools that was cut by the Governor," and "$10,000 to assist in the purchase of special needs playground equipment at Blue Ridge Elementary."

Support Lee Anderson for state House District 117
As a retired educator and former Columbia County school superintendent, I have committed my life to ensuring that our children receive an outstanding education.

County should have the 'guts' to end unfair property tax system
With property valuation and taxes up again this year in Columbia County, politicians need to be reminded that our obsolete ad valorem tax policy needs to be changed to a fairer system.

Evaluate Broun on record in office, not 'old personal information'
Many things disturbed me in the June 20 paper:

Fire station to get bigger site
The city's New Street fire station, at 110 New St., will be moving into the Public Works building less than 300 feet away at 145 New St. Plans are to move Public Works into the current fire station location, which is surrounded by other Public Works facilities.

Majority of ballot is GOP
The state primary election is Tuesday, and many Columbia County Republicans are on the ballot.

Board of education to settle on millage
The Columbia County school board agreed at two public hearings Tuesday to keep the millage at 17.09. The board also announced at its regular meeting Tuesday that it will set the millage rate July 22.

Make gardening fun for your children
Last month for our Gardening at Lunch program, we did a special Gardening for Kids program. This was a program that my Home Horticulture Extension Leadership Group of volunteers planned and executed.

Service scholarship honors slain student
Columbia County Community Connections and Security Federal Bank are sponsoring the Ryan Clark Scholarship and Community Service Award to honor an outstanding volunteer between the ages of 14 and 19 who attends school in Richmond or Columbia counties.

Group names Evans High instructor teacher of year
Martha McGough has been named the Georgia Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year.

System of lamps is not a light subject
On the evening of July 5, Lincoln and McCormick counties put on another Thunder Over Thurmond fireworks show. It was spectacular, as usual, and I'm sure the one at Little River was as well.

Teen is changing the world, one soccer jersey at a time
Too often teens feel that they are too young to make a difference. But one Greenbrier High School student is working to change lives for impoverished children in Honduras, Indonesia and Mexico.

Still rockin' after 50 years
Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots, one of Augusta's first rock 'n' roll bands, got its start five decades ago in Columbia County.

Pesticides can be used in liquid or granular forms
They are small, usually black and can bite like the dickens. They can ruin a perfectly manicured lawn and garden.

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

Shock Dance Academy Wins
Shock Dance Academy won top awards at the Applause Talent Competition in Duluth, Ga.

Current Events
An upcoming concert will benefit a Harlem man recovering from an aortic aneurism.

Chillin' on the Chattahoochee
Timmy and Julie Calhoun, of Grovetown, went tubing on the Chattahoochee River in Helen, Ga., on May 31.

Michael T. Cunningham, 41, of the 400 block of Fairfield Way in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on April 6, 2008, and was fined $810.

Paul S. McLeroy and Susan K. McLeroy, July 1, 2008

Property Transfers
Melissa M. Kipphut and Carl J. Kipphut to Jeffrey G. Brotherton and Karen E. Brotherton, 550 Forest Crossing, $155,000.

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County Recreation Department will hold an adult softball organizational meeting at 6 p.m. on July 21 at the Patriots Park administrative office. Those interested in fielding a team must have a representative present. For information, call Ken Warner at (706) 863-7523.

Time Capsule
As reported 52 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, June 12, 1956:

Business Newsmakers
Southern Lighting Gallery has been named one of Home Accents Today's 50 Retail Stars for 2008 by editors of the trade magazine for the home accents industry. It is the only store selected in Georgia and South Carolina.

Marriage Licenses
Willie Frank James Jr. and Madalyn Faith Hall applied for a marriage license on April 17, 2008, and were married May 3, 2008, in Augusta.

Pet Adoption
Tracker is a 1-year-old male blue tick coonhound. He is fairly calm and enjoys being with other dogs and people, but doesn't like cats.

The following local students received degrees at the May 10 commencement exercise held at The University of Georgia. Grovetown: Jordan Marsh Hargrove, bachelor of business administration; Julia E. Korn, bachelor of arts; Marlon Lee-Britton Sharpe, bachelor of science.

Camp Calendar
Columbia County Recreation Department volunteer coach Jim Siple is holding his fifth annual summer workout for students ages 10 and older preparing for fall sports. The program is free and is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through the end of August. For information, call Siple at (706) 860-1592.

Vacation Bible Schools
Vacation bible school listings:

On the job training
Melissa Erickson, a biology student at the University of Georgia, volunteered to spend two weeks in Central America learning about tropical medicine, while providing free health care for impoverished people in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Working with the organization VIDA (Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures), a nonprofit group in field clinics, Erickson learned about tropical medicine, discovered new cultures while providing free health services to improve quality of life for impoverished people. She is a graduate of Lakeside High School.

Send Brett McGuire to state Legislature
Among the more difficult decisions voters will have this year will be deciding between two good men for the 117th District state House seat.

Elect Barry Davis to Grovetown Council
After the death of veteran Grovetown Council member Marjorie Adams in 2006, three candidates ran to finish her term.

Our endorsements in Tuesday's election
It is the policy of The Columbia County News-Times to evaluate local candidates and offer to our readers the benefit of our careful consideration by voicing our opinions on those candidates.

Dean is easy choice for District 4
While voters might have a difficult choice between Brett McGuire and Lee Anderson for the state House District 117 seat, they should have no trouble at all in deciding on Anderson's successor for county commission District 4.

Ballot questions
Should property tax increases be limited to the rate of inflation? NO

Guns at ready as finish nears
The local political races are headed into the home stretch right now, with the moment of truth for contestants coming when the polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Re-elect Ben Harbin to Georgia House
Barring a disaster, it is a safe bet that Ben Harbin will be re-elected Tuesday as Columbia County's representative for the 118th state House seat.

Howell gives backEvent brings tour pro back to his roots
The activity on the putting green at Champions Retreat came to a halt Monday when Charles Howell approached with a microphone.

Passion for baseball leads Cely to Omaha Lakeside alum making most of time in Canada
If you have been to a high school football or baseball game in Columbia County during the past 20 years, odds are you know Tom Cely.

New Bulls club begins area soccer camps Team will go to state tournament
More than 100 boys and girls crowded Blanchard Woods Park on Wednesday as part of the first week of camps held by the newly-formed GA-SC Bulls Soccer Club.


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