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It is 'entirely legal and moral' to remove citizens before a crime
I missed Barry Paschal's May 27 column about Michael Adam's arrest ("A fictional victim?"), but did read Gene Rickaby's response criticizing Paschal's position (letter, June 3, "'Outright wrong' for cops to create 'a sinful situation,' troll Web").

Nature walk puts all eyes on plants not native to area
Did you ever wonder how nonnative plants arrived in Columbia County? So you want to know what exotic plants live in our state parks?

Annual summer blood drive set to begin
In order to keep blood reserves from becoming critically low during the summer season, two area agencies are seeking donors for their annual summer preparedness blood drive.

County, Merchants group team up on building project
Columbia County Merchants Association board members recently discussed a proposed partnership with Columbia County government to build a multi-purpose building at the association's fairgrounds.

Budgeting seminar is for everyone
In tough economic times, saving every penny can become a necessity.

County Employee of the Month
Sheriff's Deputy Nate Mercer was presented the County Employee of the Month Award at Tuesday's Columbia County Commission meeting by Commissioner Ron Thigpen.

Officials adopt smaller budget than last year's
Columbia County officials approved a new budget Tuesday that is less than the current budget.

Partnerships sought to do local projects
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross is seeking people and civic groups interested in being partners with one another or the county on community service projects.

County educators' pay has steadily increased
Columbia County school officials recently adopted a $173 million budget for next school year and likely will give it final approval at a Tuesday meeting.

Pharmacist awarded
Bryan K. Harrell, of Evans, was one of 78 graduates to receive the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree May 17 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Georgia campus. He is the son of Barbara and Charles Harrell, of Woodstock, Ga.

Laurel and Hardy Museum receives new items
The Laurel and Hardy Museum of Harlem desperately needs more room thanks to the generous donation of a fan of the comedic pair.

Kathleen Janette Youmans and Tracy Aldon Youmans, May 27, 2009.

Preeschool signups
- Trinity Baptist Preschool at 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, is holding registration for the 2009-10 school year for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Call Shannon Story at (706) 799-0637.

North Columbia Elementary: Fourth Nine Weeks honor roll

Jose Luis Ruiz Ubando, 36, of the 100 block of Bird Lane in Ellerbe, N.C., was charged with driving under the influence on March 13, 2009, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Bel Air Elementary: Fourth Nine Weeks honor roll

Conditions make for mold, mildew
The extended spring, with the cool temperatures and excess moisture, has been great. The lake is full, and we have good soil moisture.

Marriage Licenses
Christopher Dwight Cabarrus and Tamekia Nicole Williams applied for a marriage license March 16, 2009, and were married March 28, 2009, in Augusta.

Adoption showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, Inc. is a 501-C3 nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Company TSC (next to Sam's) on Bobby Jones Expressway. Call (706) 955-0438 for information about the group or featured animals.

Current events
The Columbia County Foundation for Children is sponsoring a summer volunteer/community service program for area high school students.

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

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

Lewiston Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Smaller budgets mean smarter work
There's probably a special place in the burning afterlife for whoever coined the phrase, "work smarter, not harder."

More gubers seeking office
Did you feel the earth tremble Wednesday when former Georgia Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes announced his entry into the gubernatorial race?

Son is Southern with a capital 'S,' y'all
My 11-year-old son, who cultivates optimism at the world's expense, asked "Mama, am I Southern?"

Editorial cartoon
The editorial cartoon for Sunday, June 7.

12-year-old runner places 10th in race
Trevor Wright, of Evans, came in 10th in a field of 57 in the Buzzard Blast 5k Run on May 30 in Louisville, Ga.

YMCA 's lacrosse program attracts more participants
Jake Hornung, 12, is not a newcomer to lacrosse.

Lakeside's new AD will inherit top-notch program
Donnie Burch knows Lakeside High School's academic reputation might always trump its athletic programs.

Special Olympic results
Thirteen students from Columbia County schools participated in the State Special Olympic Summer games May 29-31. They were held at Emory University in Atlanta. Here are the results:

Love affair with golf has been rekindled
When I was growing up I played virtually every sport I could. I loved basketball, baseball and football the most. I played all three into my high school years and continued to play basketball on the college level.

Sports calendar
The Evans High School football program and Touch-down Club will hold its third annual golf tournament Saturday at Bartram Trail Golf Club.

Summer Sports Camps
Lakeside High School will hold a swim camp Monday at West Lake pool. The camp is open to ages 10-17. Cost is $75 and includes lunch both days. For information, call (706) 364-9811.


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