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It's 'wishful thinking' to believe major religions are compatible
As with most issues, the truth lies somewhere between these extremes. The primary fallacy in McDowell's argument is the insistence that the concept of "God" transcends religions: "We all worship the same God!"

Hearing on budget takes little time
With few members of the public in attendance, it took just eight minutes for Columbia County commissioners to present the county's proposed $57 million budget for next year at Tuesday's public hearing.

Harbin to speak on economy
The Columbia County business community will hear Thursday from state lawmakers regarding the recent Legislative session.

Businesses plan expansions
Though numerous businesses continue to struggle through a poor economy, some Columbia County companies recently announced expansions.

Officials will continue work on school budget
Columbia County school officials will continue Tuesday to discuss a proposed 2009-10 budget containing millions of dollars in cuts.

Picture perfect
Mallory West, 8, of Martinez, won the Columbia County News-Times Draw Your Mom contest for the picture of her mother, Kristy West.

Commission's move to limit units may kill apartment plan
The Columbia County Commission's decision on Tuesday to reduce the residential density at Marshall Square might cause developers of the Evans property to set aside their plans.

Grovetown seeks new judge
Grovetown city officials are seeking a new Municipal Court judge after asking Judge Peter D. Johnson to resign Monday.

Other galls can cause deformation
During the spring, many things can cause our plants to look deformed. Last week, I wrote about fire blight and leaf galls, which can make azaleas and camellias look deformed.

Mother helps sons overcome learning disabilities
Kimberly Goss taught her sons how to crawl their way to success -- literally. When the two were children, Kimberly and her husband, Bill, took them to be tested at an area learning center and were told that neither boy would ever develop the intellectual capacity to attend college.

Pupils show school pride
During the past three years, fifth-graders at Lewiston Elementary School have taken school pride to a new level.

Picture perfect
Mallory West, 8, of Martinez, won the Columbia County News-Times Draw Your Mom contest for the picture of her mother, Kristy West.

Making a difference
Justin Salter, of Evans, asked for canned goods for the Columbia County Cares food pantry in lieu of gifts for his 15th birthday March 1.

Adoption showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a licensed animal rescue group that takes in stray and unwanted dogs and cats. Adoptions are held every weekend at SuperPetz on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez from 1-4 p.m. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438.

Time capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 5, 1960:

Ribbon cutting
Monkey Joe's held a ribbon cutting ceremony with The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on April 15. They are located at 368 Furys Ferry Road, in Martinez.

Draw Your Mom coloring contest
Entries from the Draw Your Mom contest.

James Fredrick Smith Jr., 30, of the 4600 block of Etterle Road in Blythe, was charged with driving under the influence on Oct. 21, 2008, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

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

Jennifer Kalakikos Smith and Brandon Lee Smith, April 24, 2009.

Property transfers
Aris T. Hardin to Eric R. Harrison and Keri M. Harrison, 557 Kathryn Place, $299,900.

Dr. Kelly Hughes recently completed her certification examinations and is now a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Welcome boost for our cleanest industry
It was a stroke of good luck that the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association held their annual convention here in Columbia County last week, just in time to kick off National Tourism Week.

Travel industry strengthens community
Should you decide to plan that Memorial Day getaway to see friends and family, know that your hard-earned money is going to support a critical industry, keeping hardworking Americans employed and helping sustain the nation's economy.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, May 10, 2009 News-Times.

Mother's Day is in the cards
Happy Mother's Day to all.

Evans softball star celebrates signing this time
Laura Brown put off the party for months before giving in. The Evans senior signed to play softball for Augusta State during the early signing period last fall. There was no ceremony at the time, no cake or cameras. The news slipped under the radar.

Very little being said on Wimberly's firing
Forrest Wimberly is out as Augusta Prep's soccer coach after eight years, the past four as a full-time staffer at the school.

Four Bulldogs sign in softball
Harlem softball coach Mike Leverett tries each year to find college scholarships for his players, and sometimes for other area players. This year's class included four Bulldogs seniors who earned scholarships to continue playing softball.

Sports calendar
Students zoned to attend Harlem High School in the fall who want to play football are asked to call coach Jimmie Lewis at (706) 564-4712 for summer workout information.

LaSure will play in Peach Belt
The praise for Parker LaSure during his signing ceremony Tuesday was that he is a fighter and never gives up on a match.

Camp calendar
Riverside Middle School's Cheer Camp will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Riverside gym. Cost is $25. The camp is open to participants in grades 1-5. For information, e-mail


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