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God has provided each person with a system to test products
If you need a better health plan, there is one inside your body. It is your electrical system. It can detect disease and show you your allergies and the nutrients you don't absorb. It takes about five seconds and I have never seen it fail. It is the same electrical system that makes you uncomfortable when someone is in your space, or wakes you up when they lean over you.

County has done too little to publicize seniors' tax exemptions
The tax exemption information provided on the 2008 Columbia County Tax Statements, now in the hands of most residents, are in my opinion inadequate and biased in favor of the county.

Scouting group is growing
An outdoor group that provides adventurous activities for young adults is looking to add more members to its crew.

Retirees collect for needy kids
An Evans retirement community is holding a fundraiser to help Columbia County children in need.

Community of the year
Sybol Norman has made her home at Jensen's Wymberly of Martinez for 23 years.

Camp provides sixth-graders, parents preview for success
Many pupils find the transition from elementary to middle school a difficult one to make, but school officials at Harlem Middle School aimed to make that step a little easier just two days before the school reopened for classes.

Food banks need more produce
The cold winter months might seem years away for many, but for those planting winter gardens, now is the time to plan and plant. In doing so, local food pantries hope gardeners will plant an extra row of vegetables to donate to the hungry.

Water is key to successful fruiting trees
What a beautiful day. It is raining. I can hardly write because I can't help but look out of the window to view the rain. Watching the rain fall has been a rare event this summer.

Schools report few complaints
Columbia County school officials say they had few complaints about the first day of school on Monday.

Pupil is inspired by experiences during trip to Europe
Amy Tuschen knows what it's like to travel around the world, and wanted her three children to have similar experiences.

Current Events
An Evans Middle School student is the third in his family to travel overseas for a youth leadership program.

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Pat Bourke, of Julie's House, is presented a check for $1,165 from a benefit yard sale held by women in a Bible study group at West Town Community Church.

Time Capsule
As reported 28 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, July 30, 1980:

Michael Scott Green and Laura Ann Green, Aug. 6, 2008.

Vacation Gallery
Seth, John and Lauren Goodenough visited the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., on July 4.

Scenes from the first day of school
Mckenzie and Wesley Allen were ready for their first day of school at Riverside Elementary. Mckenzie is in the fifth grade and Wesley is in the second grade.

Property Transfers
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as Trustee to Terrence Dale and Matt Dale, 586 Jackson St., $115,000.

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

Back-to-school gallery
Sophie (pre-kindergarten), Emma (first grade), George (third grade) and Clara (fifth grade) Wurst arrive at Euchee Creek Elementary on the first day of school.

It's your money, but you can't have it
Columbia County taxpayers got their tax bills in the mail during the past week.

Two more left in family nest
We hauled the middle daughter off to college last week.

Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sports Calendar
The Marshall Family Y in Evans is searching for referees for its upcoming U-7 and U-9 seasons. Experience preferred. For information, call Justin Goolsby at (706) 922-9658.

Facing fire while on water can present multitude of potential problems
Last week, we discussed how to prevent a fire from occurring on your boat. This week, we are going to discuss how to respond to a fire.

Knights out to duplicate success from last season
The Evans High School Knights are ranked No. 8 in Georgia in the Top 10 preseason football poll.

Winkler set for his trip to Beijing
Scott Winkler says there is more than one similarity between him and Reese Hoffa, a two-time Olympian and alumnus of Lakeside and the University of Georgia.

Wolfpack's regional strength will be tested at Union Grove
You might have heard of Greenbrier High School's jump to Class AAAAA this year.

Ladyballers tie for 3rd in Summer Classic
Keyondra Cobb, with the Augusta Ladyballers, looks for a shot during the Southern Premier Hoops Summer Classic event in Norcross, Ga. The Augusta LadyBallers Basketball Club tied for third place in the tournament. The team competed with teams from all accross the Southeast. This event was an NCAA certified event hosted by the South Carolina Basketball Association of Columbia. The team was also recognized during halftime at the Atlanta Dream-New York Liberty game for their participation in the Georgia Games.


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