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New pre-K drawing system has potential of increasing favoritism
It was recently reported that the Columbia County Board of Education has adopted a new pre-K drawing process. I applaud CCBOE's attempt to improve the current system, which appears to favor school system employees over parents living within the pre-k zone.Andy Crosson, Evans

Was 'good old boy' system behind change to Harlem liquor law?
When a church official twice commented and questioned Harlem's alcohol ordinance change, at neither meeting did the city council explain or attempt to explain why they changed from one standard to another at this time. This concern stems from the fact that Red Oak Manor's property and the church property adjoins, and that is perhaps what prompted the church official to accuse the city in the first meeting of favoring just one business.W. Fischer, Harlem

Acts of 'senseless animal slaughter' highlight human 'depravity'
Most comments regarding the slain alligator in Columbia County seem to support the killing of the beast on the basis of the ferociousness of the alligators in general, especially those who come into human and domesticated animal contact. Gene Rickaby, Martinez

Stalking more prevalent
The recent arrest of an Appling man charged with attempting to stalk Miley Cyrus made national news.

County school system grows by 535 students
The Columbia County school system grew by 535 students this year.

Plant sale, swap set for Sept. 19
Area gardeners are gearing up for the 10th annual plant sale and exchange at Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Sept. 19.

Screen on the Green to start
As the sun goes down in September, three movie showings will be offered at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

Speed humps bump speeders from road
Speed humps have proven effective at slowing down speeding motorists, according to a study released Tuesday by Columbia County officials.

Hebrew student is honored
As a result of his dedication and school spirit, Martinez resident Ben Dynan recently was honored with an award from the Hebrew academy he attends in North Carolina.

Clark to be honored at game
A Friday rivalry game between the Panthers and Knights will be overrun with Hokies.

New ordinance won 't allow couple 's home
A young Grovetown couple expecting to move into their newly purchased mobile home before the birth of their second child recently had to abandon it because of a city ordinance.

Get a head start on your fall garden: Plant your greens now
A few mornings this week, the temperature was in the mid to low '60s. Does that mean that fall is in the air?

Property transfers
Harris Ridge LLC to Chaffin C. Roseberry, 2030 Kennesaw Way, $88,500.

Around Columbia County
Duckworth Design Center had a grand opening ribbon cutting with The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on July 23. They are at 3814 Commercial Court.

Police blotter
A Grovetown man died when a fire destroyed his mobile home Wednesday morning.

Newsmakers
Matthew Wells, son of Jane and Larry Wells, of Appling, earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law on May 16. Matthew and his wife, Lydia, now reside in Portland, Ore.

Divorces
Desmond Terril Agee and Gloria Bonilla, Aug. 24, 2009.

Newsmakers and scholarship recipients
The Board of Directors for the Columbia County Foundation for Children has awarded a scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year to Nicole Wolbert, graduate of Harlem High School, currently attending the Medical College of Georgia.

Adoption showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. 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 or go to www.csrahappytails.com. The rescue currently has puppies approaching adoption age that can be seen on the Web site.

Current events
Vendor spaces are available for the second annual Sportsman's Festival at Wildwood Park Saturday. For information, call Jeb Bell at (706) 541-3761, or e-mail jbell@columbiacountyga.gov.

On vacation
Heading out of town for vacation or visiting a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to cnt@newstimesonline. com. Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

World Wide Web o' fun
The ancient philosophical question asks: "If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Good pre-K fix, as far as it goes
The proposed changes to Columbia County's pre-K lottery system are a great idea.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, August 30 Columbia County News-Times.

Evans coach earns milestone win
The count on Evans softball coach Colette Cassedy did not start until five years ago.

Knights put focus on return to playoffs
When she was asked about the competition the Evans High softball team would face in Region 3-AAAA this season, Knights junior Kayla Cates' first thought was to discard Greenbrier.

Sports calendar
The Marshall Family Y is holding registration for flag football and cheerleading through Sept. 15. The programs are open to boys and girls ages 5-14. Cost is $55 for YMCA members and $75 for nonmembers.

Augusta Prep learning new system, new coach
Tom Norton sometimes thinks he is too old to keep the schedule he maintains.

The shot heard over the phone
I heard a great story the other day I thought I would share.

A birthday to remember
Tommy Horner and 20 friends from Stevens Creek Elementary and West Lake celebrated his seventh birthday this summer with a trip to Athens, Ga.

State runners-up
The Columbia County Nationals were the Dixie Youth's "O" Zone Major state runners-up.

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