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Quest for governor's office is based on conservative principles
On May 23 I had the opportunity to speak with the Columbia County Republican Party about my candidacy for governor of Georgia. I determined to seek this office after more than 14 years as an elected representative and small business owner in this great state.

Mistletoe State Park plans events for families, juniors
Mistletoe State Park employees want area residents to become familiar with the park and are offering two programs this month to help.

Centers to provide cool places to go in summer
As sweltering weather approaches, residents can find several places for cool relief throughout Columbia County. Beginning Monday and extending through Sept. 30, six cooling centers will be opened in key locations in the county.

Mosquitoes love to find water pools
Recent rains have left standing water in yards throughout the county. From empty flower pots to barrels and even children's toys, the standing water can bring about some critters.

High school students sought for volunteer program
Columbia County high school students looking for community service opportunities this summer can start by lending a helping hand at an Appling nonprofit center.

Seminar will help keep loved ones safe
Those recently diagnosed with a memory-related disorder might not know where to turn next, but they can gain insight into their disease Saturday through a free workshop.

Not all insects are harmful to plants
When most gardeners think about insects, fungi or bacteria in the garden, bad things normally come to mind. But not all insects, fungi and bacteria in a garden are bad. Many of these organisms provide benefits for our gardens.

School board settles lawsuit over fuel contaminating soil
Columbia County school officials settled a nearly $64,000 lawsuit Tuesday related to soil contamination. Fuel from the system's transportation headquarters seeped into the topsoil of some neighboring property owned by Sample and Son Inc., a landfill company.

As lake nears full pool, more accidents possible
Recent rains put water in Clarks Hill Lake. And with the reservoir at nearly full pool for the first time in several years, Army Corps of Engineers officials expect more visitors this summer.

Home school teams excel
The Augusta Area Home School Math team competed in the 35th annual Augusta State University Mathematics Contest on Feb. 27 against 28 teams from the area. The Augusta Area Home School Team finished fifth at the State Science Olympiad competition at Emory University on April 4.

Gardening Calendar
The deadline for organic producers or those shifting to organic farming to apply for a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service has been extended to Friday. For information, call (706) 724-2247.

Jennifer Anne Wagner and Jeffrey R. Wagner, May 18, 2009.

Harlem Middle School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Marriage Licenses
Andrew John O'Connor and Kristina Marie Mitchell applied for a marriage license on April 29, 2009, and were married May 2, 2009, in Evans.

Euchee Creek Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

On vacation
Ethan Ballard, of Evans, enjoyed a recent afternoon fishing with his grandfather, James Ballard.

Current events
The Columbia County Historical Society is seeking photos, information and artifacts related to the former Leah High School for inclusion in a historical display. Call Gary or Nancy Blanchard at (706) 541-0043.

Lakeside graduates
Betty Bailey, Pierre Cail and 2009 Lakeside High School graduate Niki Cail.

Blue Ridge Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Martinez Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Adoption Showcase
Jake is a Boston terrier/Chihuahua mix. He would do best in a home with no small children because he does not like being picked up. He is current on vaccinations and has been microchipped.

Property transfers
Wells Fargo Bank to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 710 Hudgens Court, $150,029.

Police blotter
Columbia County authorities issued arrest warrants Wednesday for a Delaware couple in connection with a May 11 kidnapping in Evans.

Previous zoning suit recalled
In discussions about the Marshall family's recently filed lawsuit against Columbia County, some insightful people have seen parallels to a suit filed 13 years ago in another zoning case.

Welcome home, Rachael!
Attagirl, Rachael. Welcome back; Columbia County is very proud of you!

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, May 31, News-Times.

Lake 'Whatchamacallit' fosters growth
After learning that from 1790 to 1950 the population of Columbia County varied only slightly between 8,300 and just more than 13,000 people, I wondered why in the last 50-60 years we have multiplied nearly 12 times.

Summer Sports Camps
Petersburg Racquet Club summer camp sessions will run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, with swimming offered at the end of each workout. Clinics are open to ages 7-18, from beginner to intermediate levels.

Greenbrier standout lands at Lehigh
Bryan Andrews sent game film to a number of schools after his senior football season. He signed his letter of intent May 19 to play for Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa., a school that valued his grades as much as what they saw on film.

Evans alum pens book about his life as a fighter
Forrest Griffin's resume is growing. The Evans High graduate has been a police officer, a reality television star and an Ultimate Fighting champion. On Tuesday, he'll make his debut as an author.

County products deliver on diamond
Columbia County is known as a hotbed of baseball talent, and that reputation will continue thanks to the play of a trio of county products who played in the Peach Belt Conference this year. Each earned all-conference honors for their play in 2009.

Sonic Blast make Series
The Sonic Blast 14-and-under baseball team, based out of Columbia County and Aiken County, won the Global Sports qualifier held in Statesboro, Ga., on May 17.

Sports calendar
The Augusta Choral Society will sponsor a golf tournament benefit on Monday at Belle Meade Country Club in Thomson. The format will be Lauderdale/Best Ball. A new Dodge truck is the hole-in-one prize.

Park to host first drag boat races
The East Coast Drag Boat Association will make its first ever stop in Columbia County, holding races on Clarks Hill Lake on Saturday and Sunday. The races will be quarter-mile, head-to-head events where outboard boats will reach speeds of up to 120 mph.


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