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Study shows interstate should be used to benefit area tourism
Those involved in Columbia County's tourism and hospitality industries received tips Wednesday on how to better promote the county and their respective businesses.

Quality time with daughter makes him father of year
When it comes to what Carter Scott enjoys most about her father, the 10-year-old is happy just spending quality time with him. Rance Scott, a contractor, was named The Columbia County News-Times ' Father of the Year.

Class to focus on care of others
Area caregivers learning to take care of themselves as they care for others is the focus of six-week course being offered through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

Rezoning for apartments will have to wait
Anyone wishing to rezone property in Columbia County to build apartments will have to wait until next year. On Tuesday, the Columbia County Commission approved a yearlong moratorium on multifamily housing rezonings.

Park plans are revised
Columbia County officials presented a revised plan last week for Evans Town Center Park.

Officials approve changes to Harlem 's alcohol ordinance
Harlem officials on Monday approved an amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance that will allow a bed-and-breakfast to serve alcohol.

Man shares helpful tips for growing, using herbs
Harlem resident Tom Blalock is learning more about herb planting from his wife, but said he has planted rosemary, dill, basil, chives and garlic in the yard, while an old enamel wash pot serves as a container for his mint plants.

Consider this before growing tomatoes
Gardening is the No. 1 hobby in America, and growing vegetables is a large part of gardening. Tomatoes are one of the most popular crops.

Father of the year nominees

Police blotter
A Columbia County jury convicted a Grovetown man Wednesday of 12 felonies for sexually assaulting a child.

Young professionals join chamber
Young Professionals of Augusta held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on May 19 to celebrate joining the chamber.

Greenbrier Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks

Along for the ride
Jerry and Linda Liverett, of Grovetown, pose with statues of Laurel and Hardy during Thunder Over Augusta. The statues and car were created by Gary Russeth, of Harlem, and is on display in the Oliver and Hardy Museum.

Property transfers
Perisseuma Business Group LLC to Nand L. Verma, 1007 Micah Trace, $94,400.

Marriage Licenses
Kyle Mark Lumague and Tani Rochelle Fromm applied for a marriage license on May 26, 2009, and were married May 26, 2009, in Evans.

Adoption spotlight
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438.

State Farm office opens
State Farm's Kelley Lawrence Agency held a grand opening with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on May 13. It is at 4534 Washington Road, Suite 13, Evans.

Maryland Fried Chicken grand opening
Maryland Fried Chicken held a grand opening with The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on June 5. The restaurant is at 6008 Clarks Hill Road, Appling.

Melissa A. Buck and James Phillip Buck Jr. , May 22, 2009.

Current events
Perry Reed and Co. will perform during the first half of the morning worship service at 11 a.m. today at Bethesda Baptist Church, 5793 Old Augusta Highway, Harlem. For information, call (706) 556-6818.

Rule of fatherhood: Don't lose the baby
Even nine months of erratic crying and unpredictable cravings did not prepare my husband for what lay beyond pregnancy.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, June 21, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Toughen school policies while law waits
Georgia's Supreme Court this past week very likely handed a get-out-of-jail card to Melissa Chase, the former Harlem High School teacher and coach sent to prison for 10 years for a single, consensual sexual encounter with a 16-year-old student.

Anniversary of fatherhood
This Father's Day I expect to wake up at the beach after a few days of vacation, something I haven't had in a long time. All three daughters will be around, providing the best Father's Day presents possible just with their presence.

Stories can slip through the cracks
At dinner one evening last week, the conversation turned to the College World Series. Someone asked me where the University of North Carolina stood. I didn't know. I enjoy sports. But I don't always know everything going on outside my bubble.

Sports Calendar
Students zoned to attend Harlem High School this fall who want to play football should call coach Jimmie Lewis at (706) 564-4712 for summer workout information.

Sports Newsmakers
Trevor Wright, of Evans, shown with his grandparents, Jeannine and Harold Wright, of Thomasville, Ga., recently placed third in the 30th annual Rose City One Mile Fun Run in Thomasville.

Comeback caps off Rice 's career
Jeff Rice was given plenty of reason to doubt himself entering the baseball season.

Camp Calendar
Augusta Prep will hold its seventh annual summer volleyball camp Monday through Friday. Middle school sessions for grades 5-8 will run from 9 a.m.-noon each day. High school sessions for grades 9-12 will be held 1-4 p.m. each day. Cost is $120.

Orioles win rematch to take Little League title
The Yankees skipped the famed pinstripes Monday. The solid blue T-shirts and undefeated record was enough to earn the respect of the Orioles before the championship game of the Martinez-Evans Little League Major Division.


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