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'Communist Manifesto' dusted off in modern American initiatives
In 1848, Karl Marx and his collaborator, Freidrich Engels, published the Communist Manifesto that was to be the pattern for an unsuccessful German Revolution that year. Now, the Manifesto, and some of its companion documents, are possibly being dusted off here in America.

A top 10 place to be
A national family-focused magazine just added another feather to Columbia County's cap. Evans was named one of the 10 Best Towns for Families in Family Circle magazine's August edition.

Activities will include food and fireworks
From fireworks to barbecue to history lessons, activities in celebration of the nation's independence are all over Columbia County this weekend.

Campers develop creative skills
Nick O'Neal said his family recently found a baby rattlesnake inside his Evans home. So the 7-year-old spent part of his week at Camp Invention creating a device to deter snakes from entering his home. The camp was held this past week at Martinez Elementary School.

Evans was once Evens on envelopes
While a national magazine names the Evans area as a top place for families to live, residents living in Evans a century ago might have known their community's name by a different spelling.

Leader recognized for volunteer work
Debbie McCord attended the Georgia Republican Party Convention in May hoping to glean a better understanding of the political issues facing the state. While there, the former chairwoman of the Columbia County Republican Party received one of the convention's most prestigious annual awards -- the A.A. Richardson Volunteer of the Year Award.

Rock Out Hunger
Trey Pitts (left) and Andy Colbert performed with the Mason Jars at Earth Fare, which teamed with Golden Harvest Food Bank to sponsor Rock Out Hunger on Thursday. Earth Fare donated 5 percent of the day's sales to help end hunger in the area. The food bank sold hamburgers for a donation.

Current events
If your neighborhood is holding a July 4th celebration, send a photo to as a .jpg attachment, with information about the event in the body of the e-mail.

Church prepares for new sanctuary
Members and friends of Redeemer Presbyterian Church PCA gathered June 14 at William Few Parkway and Clanton Road in Evans for a groundbreaking ceremony on the 25-acre site of the church's future location.

Lessons in survival
The Junior Ranger camp at Mistletoe State Park was held June 9-11, with participants learning about birds and building bluebird boxes on the first day, canoeing and playing water games on the second day and building a survival shelter, starting a fire and camp cooking on the third day.

Cooling off at camp
Children attending the Grovetown Against Drugs Summer Camp at Liberty Park played in the water sprayed by a fire truck on the last day of the camp Friday.

Shannon McGinley, Wesleyan College alumna (from left), presented Sarah Fechter, Augusta Prep class of 2011 and Anna Markwalter, Augusta Prep class of 2010, Wesleyan First Awards from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.

Family gathering
Julie-Kate, Megan, Noa, Harrison, Evan and Christopher enjoyed their annual Easter egg hunt at the home of their grandparents Linda and Dennis Rote, in Martinez.

Time capsule
As reported 32 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, June 22, 1977:

Police blotter
A motorcyclist was killed Saturday morning after hitting a vehicle on Interstate 20 near the Belair Road exit in Columbia County. Larry Thomas White, 61, of Gainesville, Ga., was pronounced dead at the scene about 9:45 a.m., said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.


Candidate visits local party
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, a Republican candidate for governor, talks with Bob Beckham, of Evans, after Saturday's Columbia County Republican Party breakfast meeting, where he was the guest speaker.

Pet adoptions
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. Call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Community earns a pat on the back
When the Los Angeles Lakers won a national basketball title a couple of weeks ago, fans responded by rioting, looting and destroying cars. When Family Circle magazine's latest issue ranked Evans as one of the top 10 towns in America for families, residents quietly responded by continuing to enjoy their community.

Stump speech needs more pep
Columbia County has had visits from many of the candidates for next year's statewide elections. But the electioneering wasn't official until Saturday. That's when state Sen. Bill Jackson threw a party in the backyard of his circa 1835 home out in Appling, featuring barbecue, music and political speeches.

Drive safely and soberly this July 4th
This July 4th weekend, Georgians will leave home behind and pack the kids in the family car headed for their favorite summer vacation destinations. Unfortunately, July 4th has joined the growing list of America's heavy-drinking holidays like Halloween, St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve.

Sports calendar
The Southeastern Coaches Combine will be held July 27 at Grovetown High School. Players in grades eighth through 12th zoned for Grovetown High School are welcome to attend. Cost is $15 and due the day of the combine.

Sports newsmakers
Lakeside baseball varsity head coach T.J. Davis , junior varsity head coach Drew Shelton, and varsity assistant coach Dan Sneeringer were on hand for the baseball banquet June 8 as players received awards.

Track standout is inspired by idols at junior nationals
Jemir Martinez recognized the names and faces from television. The former Greenbrier High School track standout earned the right to mingle with some of the top sprinters in the world and stood shoulder to shoulder with those he grew up idolizing.

Greenbrier High School Year in Review
Each week during the summer, The Columbia County News-Times will highlight a different high school with a look back at its five biggest stories from the previous school year. This week's focus is on Greenbrier High.

Camp calendar
The CSRA Heat Volleyball Club will hold clinics on Sunday afternoons at Augusta Prep for girls in third grade through high school. The clinics will run until Aug. 2. Cost is $95 (or $90 for those registered before June 1).

Summer ball helps Jacket raise his stock
Many 20-year-old college kids have summer jobs. However, few make the amount of money former Greenbrier High star Brandon Cumpton is earning this summer -- though his work won't pay right away.

Athlete Spotlights: Greenbrier High School
Greenbrier pitcher Katie Tracy led the softball team to its 13th region title.

The Futures win tournament
The Futures 12U team won June's "Sun Fun Bash Baseball Tournament" in Lexington, S.C., an ASA tournament.


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