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Why doesn't the president use military to help after disasters?
As a former active duty Marine I have always wondered why the president does not use our military to help out in disasters. We have the people in Texas that are in dire need of food and shelter and electricity. Why not send in the Marines and soldiers to set up mess tents and tent shelters for the people with MASH units? Paul Brewer, Martinez

Paul Broun shouldn't debate if he feels he has nothing to gain
First it was Barry Paschal "hitting" on U.S. Rep. Paul Broun for not debating his opponent in the upcoming election. And now it's Chris Young in the Sept. 17 News-Times (letter, "Broun has 'retreated from previous position' to avoid debates"). Mike Milford, Evans

Incident with stray shows county is 'mighty quick to euthanize'
It seems like Columbia County Animal Care and Control is mighty quick to euthanize. Jane Haulbrook, Harlem

Additions to existing buildings are 'developer/contractor welfare'
"How much?" was my first response upon reading the proposed amount (in the sales tax referendum) needed for the Columbia County Judicial Center. Were they going to replace the tacky mahogany paneling with teak or upgrade the gold plated faucets with the real thing? Perhaps carpet the judicial chambers with the pelts of endangered species? Nah; it's for parking . Apparently the idea that people might need to park at the courthouse was not part of the original package. Dave Stewart Sr., Grovetown

Martinez woman wins 'bathroom sweepstakes'
Evidence that Dawn McKee's Martinez home was built in the mid-1970s was clear from its avocado-green bathroom.

Fort Gordon program lets civilians walk in soldiers' boots
It wasn't an average day for Georgia state Rep. Barbara Sims.

Greenbrier grad tries for model slot
A Greenbrier High School graduate needs votes from the public for a chance to compete on a modeling reality show.

Military Milestones
- Air Force Airman Joseph M. Clark , son of Alice Clark, of Fort Gordon, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Top wild-game cooks will get cash prizes
The inaugural Wildwood Sportsman Festival will be Saturday at Wildwood Park, and coordinator Jeb Bell is seeking more participants.

Bond referendum, budget cut discussed
To generate community interest in the upcoming vote to renew a 1-cent sales tax and a separate bond referendum to build an aquatics and tennis center, Columbia County officials set aside time during a Tuesday commission meeting to discuss the issue.

Society of chemists honors teacher
Many years ago, Evans High School chemistry teacher Jill Harrell found herself running from one group of students to another to answer their questions during labs. She soon found a way to ensure that they were better prepared and has stuck with her plan ever since.

Spa Day provides respite for cancer patients
Oncologist Dr. Sharade Ghamande stays up to date on the latest medical treatment for gynecological cancers and cares for each of his patients according to their condition.

Fair to offer information on Christian colleges
At least 20 Christian colleges will be represented Sept. 29 at the National Christian College Fair at Augusta Christian Schools' gymnasium.

In the End of the Wired Affliction
Music is a vital part of Spc. Aaron Lawson's life.

Walk will help VA hospital meet many needs
Kim Hoge has a long wish list of items she would like to provide for veterans and active-duty service members hospitalized at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Cason indicted in Clean Water Act case
A federal grand jury indicted Harlem's director of Public Works on Wednesday, alleging he violated the Clean Water Act.

Get Up and Go
Church of the Holy Comforter will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Gardens behind the Columbia County Library in Evans. The Columbia County Humane Society will be available for pet adoptions. Dogs must be on leashes. For information, call (706) 210-1133.

School Lunch Menus
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Darlene Bartlett, risk manager for Columbia County, was designated a certified risk manager by Certified Risk Managers International. Bartlett graduated from Augusta College (now Augusta State University) with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Current Events
Cooks are needed for the wild game cookoff at the inaugural Sportsman's Festival Saturday at Wildwood Park. The 5K run scheduled for the event has been canceled. For information, call Jeb Bell at (706) 541-3761, or e-mail

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.

Property Transfers
Joan E. Walker to Dennis Stanfield, 552 Cedar Rock, $150,000.

Kristina A. Jacob and Richard K. Jacob, Sept. 5, 2008.

Teens attend Fuge
The youth group at First Baptist Church of Evans participated in Mission Fuge 2008 in Charleston, S.C. Pictured are Josh Byrd (back, from left), Jeremy Odum, Chad Brantley, Matt Shank, Kaylie Fuller, Madison Samples, Michelle Rogers, Dwaine Rogers and Angie Byrd; and Seth Confer (front), Billy Payne, Macey Samples and Rachel Byrd. Not pictured is Sarah Bronson.

Augusta Metro cuts ribbon
The Augusta Metro Credit Union held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce recently.

Knology marks 10 years
Knology celebrated its 10th anniversary with a combined Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting Aug. 25.

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

Voting available, but no need to rush
Not so long ago, absentee voters had to sign an oath that they wouldn't be able to come to the polls on election day before they were allowed to cast an absentee ballot.

Motorists, be forewarned
As if gas prices didn't make it tough enough to be on the road these days, now my youngest daughter has her learner's permit.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, September 21, 2008

Garden clubs serve community
Garden clubs long have been stereotyped merely as a circle of friends who come together to socialize and share gardening stories.

Sports Calendar
The Marshall Family Y in Evans is searching for referees for its upcoming flag football season. Experience preferred. For information, call Justin Goolsby at (706) 922-9658.

Special Olympics award
Christina Nazzaro was invited by her uncle to participate in the Special Olympics in Sea Isle City, N.J. The event was crabbing and Christina came in first by catching 19 crabs.

Protect lawn from fall, spring diseases
The past three weeks have brought us many cloudy days and some rain. This has been a blessing because it has helped relieve some of our plants from drought conditions, and it has helped reduce the number of chinch bugs that were attacking lawns with St. Augustine grass.

Region title in sight for 'Pack
Greenbrier softball coach Garrett Black probably has the line memorized.

Augusta Prep scores stunner against rival
Augusta Prep boys soccer coach Forrest Wimberly knew his team had the potential to upset Westminster.

Pigskin Picks
Week 3 of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 146 entries with 14 qualifiers getting all 10 correct; 28 qualifiers got nine; 42 qualifiers got eight; and 39 qualifiers got the minimum http://seven.Two. Two entries were disqualified for duplication of the entrant's name. Remember: Only one entry is allowed per person, per week, with a maximum of two per household.

Winkler back on the court with the Bulldogs
The Augusta Bulldogs have their bully back.

Evans ROTC competes
Members of the Evans Knight ROTC Raiders compete in the one-rope bridge portion of the Columbia County Rogers Cup on Sept. 16 at Lakeside High School. The teams also competed in map-reading, obstacle course, cross-country rescue and a three-mile run.

Tennis Results
Petersburg Racquet Club held the PRC Fall Tennis Classic Sept. 11-14. Results are listed below:

Former Harlem star comes through for GSU in the clutch
The Georgia Southern University Eagles came from behind to win a thriller last weekend. GSU appeared to be headed to their second loss of the season when former Harlem star Tim Camp came up with the play of the season thus far for the Eagles.

Coast Guard Auxiliary uses volunteers to serve lake area
The Coast Guard has a long tradition of honor, respect and devotion to duty. Those commitments spread throughout the service and certainly include the Auxiliary -- an all-volunteer arm of the Coast Guard.


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