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Local community isn't immune to national economic downturn
It is certainly appropriate for the newspaper to call upon local officials - and in particular, the county's development authority - to be proactive in addressing the economic issues that have been and will continue to be confronted by area businesses.

Pupils improve scores in CRCT retests
Columbia County pupils showed improvement after the summer retests of a benchmark state exam.

County to inform on mosquito control
Columbia County officials decided last week to bolster their public education efforts regarding mosquitoes. Officials will include articles on mosquito-control efforts on the county Web site and in newsletters sent each month with water bills.

Program promotes work done in state
Though Leslie Carson works full-time, she devotes most of her spare time to her home business -- Luna Bug soaps.

Yellow jackets already might be nuisance, too aggressive
Lately, I have received many calls about yellow jackets. Usually, I don't get these calls until late August or September, when yellow jackets become more aggressive, but more nests are now being found.

Harlem school to celebrate new year
While most students are still enjoying their summer vacation, Harlem High School officials want to get them prepared for the upcoming start of school. With classes resuming in less than a month, the school is holding a Back to School Celebration Wednesday at Harlem High.

Data show two area schools failed to meet state standards
Two Columbia County schools -- Harlem High and North Harlem Elementary -- failed to make adequate yearly progress, according to data released last week by state education officials.

Pupil 's detailed duck wins blue ribbon in state contest
Samantha Stewart's painting of a blue-beaked duck won her a blue ribbon in this year's Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition.

Love of garden is family tradition
When Judy Kirkland looks at her vegetable garden, she remembers with fondness the time spent helping her mother in the family's garden.

Leadership class members announced
Leadership Columbia County last week announced its Charter Class of 2010.

Lakeside High School valedictorian Asim K. Siddiqi and his parents pose with Gov. Sonny Perdue and first lady Mary Perdue during valedictorian day at the governor's mansion June 6. More than 350 Georgia high school valedictorians attended the event.

Police blotter
A Columbia County judge refused Wednesday to reduce bond for a woman accused of running down an Augusta man with a tow truck.

On Vacation
Kelly Prater, of Appling, was one of the participants in the Mission McDuffie trip to Honduras in June. The group of Columbia and McDuffie county residents stayed at a ranch, performed construction work in a village and held vacation Bible school for children.

Property Transfers
Jonathan Taylor to Brandon C. Grinage and Melissa H. Grinage, 756 Locks Way, $285,000.

Marriage Licenses
Christopher Ollis Cain and Johanna Kathryn Kent applied for a marriage license June 12, 2009, and were married June 14, 2009, in Martinez.

Melinda L. Sebek and Anthony M. Sebek, July 8, 2009.

Adoption Showcase
Dixie is a 3- to 4-month-old female basset or beagle-ridgeback mix.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School Class of 1999 reunion is scheduled for Oct. 2-3. For information, go to

Vacation Photos
Cynthia Wheeless and her sons, Chase, Zachary and Shane, caught a 7-pound, 23-inch-long bass in Nanny & Papa McNair's pond on June 12. The day before, Steve Ware gave them one hook and plastic worms and explained how to catch the bass, which he had been trying to catch for a long time.

Current events
The Columbia County Health Department will hold a back-to-school immunization walk-in clinic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 28-Aug. 10 at all three health department clinics. For information, call the Evans clinic at (706) 868-3330, the Appling clinic at (706) 541-1318, or the Euchee Creek clinic at (706) 556-3727.

Numbers show trends in governor's race
The candidates for governor released their first campaign disclosure reports recently, and the numbers might tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race. Among the Republicans, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal is in the strongest financial position with $1.2 million.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, July 19 Columbia County News-Times.

We don't pay to look away
Just a couple of weeks ago, Columbia County Animal Control Officer Russell Swann stumbled into an unwelcome 15 minutes of fame when he rousted some nude sunbathers from a church graveyard.

Augusta Tech campus, finally?
Area residents would be fully justified for healthy skepticism regarding the pending construction of a Columbia County campus of Augusta Technical College. But just as we can hope Lucy eventually will let Charlie Brown kick that football, so can we hope that the campus will eventually be built.

Football teams must take steps to prevent heat-related deaths
Two-a-days have long been a part of high school athletics. But the National Athletic Trainers' Association recently asked that teams eliminate these football practices, at least during the first week of August when high temperatures can make extra practices deadly for athletes.

Beagle Club event will cater to all ages
As the dog days of summer arrive, the CSRA Beagle Club will hold their 10th annual Barbecue and Trade Day on Saturday.

Camp calendar
Riverside Middle School will hold a fundamentals football camp starting Monday and ending Friday, from 8-11 a.m. each day. The camp is open to those entering grades 5-8. Cost is $70. Participants will learn the basics of each position. Drills will be practiced without helmets or pads.

Mother forms organization to reach at-risk youth
Cathy Parker recently founded Athletes to Champions, a nonprofit group aimed at promoting youth athletics in poor areas. The organization partnered with the nonprofit group Power Cross last week to hold a football camp in Statesville, N.C.

Swimmers swarm Augusta during championship meets
Brandy McCauley had reservations Monday entering the CSRA Swim League Division I Championship. More than 20 of her swimmers were on vacation. But the Crocodiles proved they were the deepest, finishing off their third consecutive undefeated season by claiming the Division I title.

Sports Newsmakers
nThe Augusta Arsenal U8 3v3 Team won second place at the Jekyll Island Summer Soccer Blast on July 12 at Jekyll Island, Ga. With this win, the boys are headed to play in Disney's 3v3 Challenge National Championship at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex on July 30.

Sports Calendar
The Georgia Heat, an Evans-based 8-U travel baseball team, is seeking three more players to fill its roster. For information, contact Russ Markwalter at (706) 541-2978 or (706) 833-4879.


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