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Selection of rec league all stars an 'injustice,' 'a setup from day 1'
I am writing this to inform all Columbia County residents of the worst injustice I have ever personally had the misfortune to witness.

Lawmakers might reform law if 'oats' in their past were exposed
The Georgia state law which is forcing Wendy Faye Whitaker and her husband to move from their Grovetown home is cruel and unusual punishment for a sexual indiscretion committed by Mrs. Whitaker 11 years ago.

County drops some standardized tests
The Columbia County school board recently agreed to eliminate one round of standardized testing for some pupils next year.

Yellow Ribbon Room is where spouses can create friendships
Tiffany Reid could hear a tinge of sadness in the voice of her 9-year-old daughter, Hannah.

New teachers welcomed at luncheon
Brightly colored tablecloths and balloons welcomed the Columbia County school system's newest teachers during a working luncheon Tuesday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Museum update
Pigeons, flags, radios and satellites are among the ways soldiers have communicated since the Signal Corps' founding during the Civil War.

Watermelon queen to attend
In spite of the drought, the trailing vine is the same, as is the hard, green rind and sweet, watery red pulp. The festival, however, will have a few changes.

County tax rates remain largely unchanged
The Columbia County Commission and the school board set their respective property tax rates last week. Both bodies were content to accept the added revenue from property value reassessments without raising millage.

Food safety is crucial
With an abundance of fresh produce available year-round, canning and freezing, or "putting up" food, as Southerners often refer to it, is a practical and cost-efficient practice. All it takes is following a few simple steps.

City issues license to sell alcohol
Members of the Harlem City Council on Monday issued the city's first license to sell beer and wine by the drink.

Military Milestones
James C. Price II, a 2004 graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts School and son of James and Camille Price, of Augusta, has graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned as an ensign. He has been assigned to the USS Elrod.

Stan the Man helps ensure that Army medics are fully prepared
He's known as Stan the Man, and he helps train Army medics.

Spay/neuter voucher idea is rejected
After researching a potential pet spay/neuter voucher program, members of a Columbia County advisory board and the county's Community and Emergency Services Committee decided not to implement the idea.

Aquatics center gets little support
Two proposed one-cent sales tax projects in which residents have shown interest received a tepid response from the Columbia County Board of Commissioners at a Wednesday work session.

Grasscycling will yield healthy lawn
Every time I do a talk on turf grass, I get a question about what to do with the grass clippings that you get while mowing.

Residents find ways to beat the heat
Most consider summertime the season to enjoy the outdoors or go on vacation.

Vacation Pictures
Bill and Jean Thornburg, of Evans, attended a family reunion in Illinois, where Bill discovered he had a half brother who plays for the "Bloodline Blues Band" in the Chicago area. Bill has performed as a singer and bass player in the Augusta area for 30 years.

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

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 (706) 860-1592.

Patriotic winners
Dean and Kay Smith, residents of Jensen's Wymberly Mobile Home Park on Colulmbia Road, won the prize for the most patriotic golf cart in the Wymberly Golf Cart Parade during Wymberly's Fourth of July celebration.

Sonya Dodson and George Croft Sr., July 12, 2008.

Ride for Fallen Heroes' Children
Pat Garrett of Augusta and 16-year-old Josh Redman of Lincolnton leave Dino's Chicago Express Saturday after participating in the Ride for Fallen Heroes' Children. Riders in the event, organized by American Legion Riders Post 178, began on Gordon Highway, traveled to Clarks Hill Lake and finished the ride at Dino's on Washington Road in Evans. Money raised at the event will be donated to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships for children of military members killed during America's war on terrorism. Dino's owner Dino Dakuras donated 10 percent of the day's food sales to the fund. About 70 people participated in the ride.

Property Transfers
Ryan M. Peel to Mary J. Kahil, 4443 Shadowood Drive, $117,900.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, Inc., a non-profit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708

Vacation Bible Schools
Covenant United Methodist Church, vacation bible school.

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.

Current Events
Columbia County's Recreation Department hopes again to land a Dixie World Series.

Marriage Licenses
Mikel Christopher Dye and Jessica Lee Story applied for a marriage license May 29, 2008, and were married June 7, 2008, in Augusta.

The following students earned degrees from Georgia Southern University:

Deputy picks a peach
Latease McCray waves to the cameras at the Georgia Visitor Information Center after being pulled over by Richmond County Deputy Ronald Blanton. Instead of receiving a citation, this Pick a Peach tourist received a basket stocked with gifts from all over the state that included overnight accommodations, free attraction passes, gasoline cards and food. The Georgia Visitor Information Center in Augusta, which is operated by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, held the Georgia on My Mind Day at the center on I-20 West.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, July 27, 2008.

Fiscal restraint is a great idea
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, fresh from his landslide victory over Barry Fleming in the Republican primary election for the 10th District congressional seat, is holding a "Foreclosure Prevention and Education Forum" on Monday. Good advice. Broun could use it himself.

SPLOST: Meat and potatoes before pie
In just more than a week, Columbia County commissioners will meet to finalize the list of items that will be on the referendum in November for renewal of the special-purpose, local-option sales tax.

Boaters use signals to tell others of danger
There are many types of signals we boaters may use to inform other boaters of danger or our intentions. Some of the signals are sound, some are visual and one just involves the waving of arms.

Tourney champs
The Augusta Arsenal U11 girls 3v3 were the Jekyll Island tournament champions. Team members are Devin Haygood (front, from left), Nettie Jester, Caroline Smith and Catherine Jackson; coaches are Wes Kendricks (back left) and Lee Powell.

Sports Calendar
Team members are being sought for a reunion of the Tubman Junior High School 1963 football team to be held Sept. 5. For information, call Charlie Beale at (706) 863-9818, or Pat Ford at (706) 650-0405.

Columbia County Dixie Boys ear trip
The Dixie Boys 14-year-olds recently won the state tournament in Statham, Ga. They are now getting ready for the World Series, which begins with opening ceremonies on Aug 1. Team members are Heath Durand, Will Price, Phillip Dukes, Garrett Haskins, Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor, Mitch Borror, Ricky Herbert, Jacob Lane, Spencer Duffie, Austin Crown, Price Rogers and Aaron Jones. Coaches are Chris Price, Ben Dukes and Curtis Crown.

Lakeside's Tau adds wrestling job to his band director duties
The search for Randy Hill's replacement as Lakeside High School's wrestling coach ended earlier this month with a hire already close to the program.

Columbia County bids for World Series in 2010
Four teams from Columbia County's recreation department are traveling this week to play in the World Series in their respective divisions. County officials are trying to make sure at least two teams stay put in 2010.


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