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27 area neighborhoods on display at inaugural event
More than two dozen new neighborhood developments throughout the area were on display Tuesday during the inaugural "New Home-A-Palooza" at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Program gives scholarships to childhood cancer survivors
Throughout her college career, Grovetown resident and childhood cancer survivor Cherelle Claiborne has received a scholarship from the American Cancer Society.

Tasting event to benefit female cancer patients
A wine and cheese tasting event scheduled for Thursday at Earth Fare will benefit an Augusta organization that offers support for women diagnosed with cancer.

Gardener has planted seeds for fall's vegetable harvest
Mary Louise Hagler is still harvesting her summer crops, but she's already looking ahead to her fall garden.

Schools now coping with $4.5 million lost in funds
Columbia County school officials will meet Tuesday to discuss options for coping with the loss of about $4.5 million in state funding following the latest round of budget cuts. One option might include a tax increase.

Late-summer insects abound
When we get to the end of July, there are many insects that start to build their populations. These insects like the hot weather because they have plenty of plants to feed on or their prey is increasing.

Cancer survivor's poem in 'Chicken Soup' compilation
Amy Breitmann's unborn daughter saved her life. During a routine exam while eight months pregnant, Breitmann's doctor discovered a tumor and she later was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Advisory board members accused of rudeness to shelter staff
Columbia County commissioners voted Tuesday to send members of the county's Animal Care and Control Advisory Board a letter chastising them for "inappropriate behavior."

Class Reunions
The Butler High School class of 1969 is planning a 40th reunion for Aug. 22. Members should go to or to join. For information, e-mail

Marriage Licenses
Frederick William Hunt and Dorothy Rebecca Menckhoff applied for a marriage license Dec. 30, 2008, and were married June 20, 2009, in Martinez.

There are now five living generations in the Herbert family. They are: great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Ray (center), great-grandmother Ophelia Herbert (right), grandfather Mark Herbert, father Bryan Herbert and daughter Kaitlyn Herbert.

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped.

Rebecca Hobley and Lorne Hobley, July 15, 2009.

Property Transfers
Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 502 Ellington Court, $45,000.

Grand openings
New York Life Insurance Co. , 4246 Washington Road, Suite 8, in Evans, held a grand opening with The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and members of the Greenbrier football team June 17. The company is a supporter of the team.

Police Blotter
A single-vehicle wreck on Hardy McManus Road left a Greenbrier High School senior critically injured.

TMI on gender of mosquitoes
Growing up on a farm, I pretty much figured out how to tell which animals are female and which are male. But will someone please explain to me why I need to know whether mosquitoes are male or female?

Local lawmakers are chopped liver?
Columbia County's legislative delegation - state Sen. Bill Jackson and state Reps. Lee Anderson, Ben Harbin and Barbara Sims - must be useless. Why? Our county commissioners said so. How? They hired a lobbyist.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, July 16 Columbia County News-Times.

Lake ruling could swamp north Georgia
That gurgling sound you hear is the sound of metro Atlanta's economic prospects going slowly down the drain. That prospect is more likely now with the ruling from federal Judge Paul Magnuson that the Army Corps of Engineers never had the legal authority to allow Atlanta to withdraw water from Lake Lanier.

Camp calendar
The GA-SC Bulls Soccer Club will hold a summer camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 17. Camp will be held today through Wednesday at Hammond's Ferry in North Augusta. The North Augusta camp is a Bull's ProXtreme camp featuring professional soccer players.

Wolfpack mourn for Smith
Heads did not hang on the Greenbrier High School sideline or in the locker room when Chris Smith was on the prowl. Whenever the Wolfpack football team needed a pick-me-up, it was often Smith who provided it.

State champs
The 10-year-old Columbia County All Stars are the 2009 GRPA state champions. They won the championship at Patriots Park with a record of 4-0.

Another young life taken far too soon
I did not know Chris Smith. I knew he was a football player at Greenbrier High School who played defensive back and wide receiver, but I had never met the young man.

Johnstun prepared to go pro
Area golfers probably have seen enough of Jordan Johnstun, but they won't have to deal with him much longer. Johnstun, a former Georgia Southern golfer from Evans, won his third consecutive Augusta City Amateur last Sunday. He expects to turn pro in February.

County team off to World Series
Columbia County's Dixie Ponytails team will pack up their 16-passenger van and leave Friday for Sumter, S.C. The Ponytails earned a berth to the 2009 World Series after winning the Ponytails state tournament in Perry, Ga.

Sports calendar
The Southeastern Coaches Combine will be held Monday at Grovetown High School. Players in grades eight through 12 zoned for Grovetown High School are welcome to attend.


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