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Grovetown residents must abide by water restrictions
Starting Monday, Grovetown residents will have to abide by citywide water restrictions because of a low water supply.

Dealership wins award as partner to Safe Kids
Rene Hopkins considers the folks at Master Buick Pontiac GMC an ally. That's why the coordinator of Safe Kids East Central nominated the Martinez dealership as the 2008 Community Partner of the Year from Safe Kids Georgia.

Events planned for July 4th celebrations
For those looking to celebrate Independence Day in traditional style, several family-friendly events promise to light up the sky.

Moles kill the grass in digging for dinner
Having a healthy lawn comes with a price -- one that some homeowners might already have experienced this year.

Delay in tax collections puts schools in limbo
The Columbia County School System might need to borrow millions of dollars to remain financially stable, school officials said last week.

Tomatoes subject to many diseases
Last week, I wrote about tomato spotted wilt virus, bacterial wilt and tomatoes that roll their leaves. I would like to continue discussing some of the most common problems with tomatoes.

Ann Renay Acosta and Robert Acosta Sr., June 16, 2009.

University of Georgia spring 2009 Presidential Scholars List

Police blotter
Law enforcement agencies in two states are investigating the Wednesday kidnapping of a Harlem woman.

Father of the Year
Columbia County News-Times Publisher Barry Paschal (left) and Robert Thurman, vice president of Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co., present the 2009 Columbia County Father of the Year plaque to Rance Scott, of Evans, and his daughter Carter.

Cub Scout camp
Colton Bruce, 9, goes down a water slide at a Cub Scout camp at Riverside Park. Other activities included tennis, fishing and a variety of craft projects.

Adoption Showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Martinez that relies on donations to the rescue animals. Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. Animals are current on age-appropriate vaccinations and spayed or neutered.

Vacation photos
Russell and Jin Brown, of Grovetown, paused for a rest while climbing the Great Wall of China on May 1, International Labor Day.

Property Transfers
Perisseuma Business Group LLC to Phuong Dung Thi Le, 1005 Micah Trace, $89,900.

Current events
Washington Isaac Holmes, the artistic director of the Columbia County Choral Society, will perform in a dessert concert at 4 p.m. today at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Road, Augusta. Tickets cost $12 and are available at the church office. For information, call (706) 736-4575.

Tax 'relief' might hit us in the pockets
Welcome to the land of unintended consequences. Population: You. Columbia County taxpayers - and others all over the state - could wind up paying more in taxes to make up for problems with a law designed, ironically, to provide tax relief.

Tourism is economic development
You might have heard about the tourism market research study the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau commissioned this year. I'd like to share just a few things we can do as a community to help encourage additional outside spending from visitors.

Hey, Sanford; show us a photo
After all the hullabaloo over South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's unexplained disappearance during Father's Day, there he was holding a press conference Wednesday to apologize to everyone for what turned out to be a secretive trip to Argentina to have an affair.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sports calendar
Columbia County Recreation Department is looking for people ages 16 and older to officiate youth baseball and softball games. For information, contact Gary Tam or Jim Mock at (706) 863-7523.

Campers earn nicknames as they learn to set sail
The boy they called Rocket had become a victim of the absent wind. The young sailor, a participant in the Augusta Sailing Club's youth camp last week, earned his nickname for his speed.

Camp Calendar
The CSRA Heat Volleyball Club will hold clinics on Sunday afternoons at Augusta Prep for girls third grade through high school.

Greenbrier baseball coach recruits college kids to engage community
About 20 children from the neighborhoods of downtown Augusta took part in a baseball clinic last week at May Park.

Evans assistant shares his story
Marcus Allen shares a name with a Hall of Fame football player, but the Evans High School receivers coach made his name locally as a baseball player.

Experience helps junior golfer in win
St. Simons Island native Scott Wolfes used some local knowledge to cruise to a four-shot victory at the 44th Annual Georgia Junior Golf Championships.


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