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After election, next step is to 'roll up sleeves,' work for Grovetown
I first would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity to serve the citizens of Grovetown. I also want to thank the many volunteers who helped me during this campaign.

Building a monorail would move community, nation into future

Blue Ridge security project is expected to begin this year
The landscape at Blue Ridge Elementary School soon will change when new fencing is erected on the property.

Memorial garden is outdoor classroom
Out of tragedy sprang new life when a community created a garden in memory of Aleana Johnson, who was killed in January 2001 while crossing in front of her school bus.

Two weeks are left to plant sweet corn
A few weeks ago I wrote about planting your fall vegetable garden. This is the perfect time of the year to get the last of the summer vegetables in.

Graduates get long-awaited diplomas
The Class of 2008 grew by 21 students Monday.

Grovetown millage rises to cover costs
Residents of one Columbia County city can expect to pay more taxes this year.

CVB to operate independently
Columbia County commissioners relinquished control of the county Convention and Visitor's Bureau during a Tuesday meeting.

Help for those who care
As a long-distance caregiver, Karen Agrelius devotes a large portion of her life handling the needs of her parents who live on the opposite side of the country.

Broun soundly defeats FlemingDavis wins in Grovetown race
Columbia County Board of Elections officials recorded a turnout of about 23 percent for Tuesday's primary election. On their ballots, many voters selected candidates in six contested area races.

Student confers on leadership
A rising Evans High School senior recently returned from a select leadership program in Atlanta.

Scholarship honors ex-fire department
North Columbia Fire and Rescue no longer exists, but a donation has ensured that he name will live on in a way that fosters the training of new firefighters and medical first responders from rural Columbia County.

Computers help speed course of justice
Thanks to a new computer system, some Grovetown Department of Public Safety officers now have vital information at their fingertips.

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.

Lion leader honored
Evans Lions Club members Parris Sparks (left) and President Charlie Larson (right) presented charter member Art K. Turner with the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Turner is a past president of the Augusta Lions Club and served as the Evans Lions Club's guiding lion from the formation of the club as a branch of the Augusta club in 2006. Turner was key in getting the club chartered in March 2007. He is the membership chairman and has been instrumental in increasing membership by one-third over the last year and in establishing the club's community support activities and fundraisers.

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.

Time Capsule
As reported 44 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 16, 1964:

Vacation gallery
Taking a trip out of town or heading to a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to cnt@newstimesonline. com. Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

Detention Center Bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for June 5-15. Those charged are innocent until proved guilty.

Dr. Brandy Gheesling joined the Physicians Health Group at Jefferson County Hospital in Louisville, Ga., on July 7. She received her bachelor of science in biology degree from Augusta State University, attended Mercer Medical School and completed a pediatric residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She is the daughter of Sherry and Gene Baxley of Grovetown and Jimmy and Kathy Gheesling of Wrens. She and her husband, Michael Prescott, plan to live in the Wrens area.

Current Events
It's all about beagles at an annual event in Winfield.

University honors Cross
Anderson University recently named the male residence portion of The Village residence hall the Ron C. Cross Hall in honor of Ron Cross, a graduate of the Class of 1962 and the chairman of the Columbia County Commission. Cross was presented with a plaque at a dinner before the Anderson University V.I.P. golf tournament May 9. He and his wife, Jan, served as honorary grand marshals for the tournament. Cross, a longtime supporter of Anderson University, built the residence hall in 2002, when he was the owner of CCI Construction Corp. He serves on the University's Foundation Council as a charter member.

Harbin honored
State Rep. Ben Harbin (center) was recently honored by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services, a statewide association representing more than 14,000 EMS professionals. The state board of directors and local EMS leaders presented him with the GAEMS Star of Life Legislative Award, recognizing him as one of a select few honored for the 2008 Legislative session, at a special presentation held at the offices of Gold Cross EMS.

Get Up and Go
Thursday is the deadline to register for a six-week educational series for caregivers to be held at Brandon Wilde at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday starting July 31.

Police Blotter
Evans woman dies after SUV strike

Misty Mortensen and Kevin Mortensen, July 8, 2008.

Property Transfers
William D. Browning to Caryl A. Smith and Terry A. Smith, 4362 Deer Run, $344,000.

Marriage Licenses
Luis Felipe Aguilar and Casey Allison Howard applied for a marriage license on March 28, 2008, and were married May 24, 2008, in Martinez.

'Change,' eh? Not in Columbia County
That is the message in the outcome of Tuesday's election.

Mickey Mouse didn't get vote
The husband of Columbia County School Board member Roxanne Whitaker, a fellow North Columbia Elementary School alumnus whom I've known just about my whole life, received the most write-in votes in Tuesday's election. At least I guess that's who they meant.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday July 20, 2008

Sports Gallery
The Greenbrier High School Cheerleaders recently held their annual kiddie camp June 18-20. At the camp, 91 young cheerleaders learned chants, cheers, stunt techniques and dances and played games. The camp ended with a parent pep rally. The campers will be cheering at the Sept. 5 home varsity football game.

Sports Calendar
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a boating safety course from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Thurmond Dam Visitors Center.

County team will play for World title
The youngest team competing in the July 5-11 Dixie Youth O-Zone Baseball State Championship Tournament at Riverside Park in Evans swept the series with seven straight wins.

Dixie Boys face Newton County to kick off World Series
Columbia County's Dixie Boys baseball team is headed to the World Series for a third consecutive season after winning the state tournament in Statham.

Griffin kept focus on fight
Recently crowned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin telephoned for three consecutive days to no response, and he had the feeling it was over.

Bassmaster event will return in 2010
Bassmaster, which dropped Clarks Hill Lake from its 2009 tournament schedule in an effort to visit new venues, will return to Columbia County's Wildwood Park for another Elite Series tour stop in 2010, according to tournament officials.

Sambas scorch opponents in 8-under group
It has been quite a summer for the 8-under Sambas 3v3 Soccer Team. The team is comprised of seven players and is based in Columbia County.


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