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Country is 'fiddling' after failing to learn from historical mistakes
The present near-bankruptcy condition of our country has a long history we have never learned from. Can we dig out of the hole? Not without a drastic dollar devaluation, many experts think, and a financially conservative Congress.

For best tips, see growing experts
Information abounds regarding ways to get rid of fire ants, how to grow the largest vegetables and other lore on what to use to get the biggest bang for your buck in the garden.

D-Day anniversary extra special for WWII vet
J.C. Butler said his 26th birthday wasn't outstanding or memorable in any way other than the fact he spent it on board a ship in World War II.

'Gearheads ' qualify for auto skills competition
A pair of Harlem High School students leave for Michigan next week to show off their gearhead ingenuity in a national automotive competition.

Commissioners OK $54.1 million budget
Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $54.1 million general fund budget.

Broun 's town hall meeting takes on some tough topics
American border control and the national health care bill became hot topics of discussion Tuesday at an Evans town hall meeting hosted by Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Broun.

Hurricane season adds to flooding fears
Heavy rains Wednesday night caused minor flooding in the Harlem and Grovetown areas.

School 's beloved music teacher retires
Brookwood Elementary School music teacher Johnny Carr ended his career the same way he conducted it, with a performance.

Control Japanese beetle problem before they eat everything in sight
Every year in our gardens and landscapes we have unwanted visitors that show up and leave a big mess.

N. Columbia Elementary Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
List of honor roll students from N. Columbia Elementary.

Swimming Results
List of local swim team results.

Get Up & Go
List of local meetings and upcoming events.

Sports Calendar
Calendar of upcoming sports events.

Youth award
Rotary Club of Columbia County President Alan Hampton recognizes Kristina Scruggs as the recipient of the 2010 Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Kristina is a rising junior at Harlem High School and is the daughter of William and Wanda Scruggs, of Harlem.

Bel Air Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
List of honor roll students from Bel Air Elementary School.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office

Property Transfers
List of recent local property transfers.

Planer Mill work begins
Walton Rehabilitation Health System held a groundbreaking to celebrate the construction of Planer Mill Village, a new community designed to provide apartment homes where seniors can live more independently. Apartments in Walton's 13 independent living communities feature wider doorways, roll-in showers, wheelchair-accessible sinks and curbless sidewalks. Walton independent living communities represent a partnership between Walton and HUD. Participating in the Harlem ceremony were Jean Dove, Robin Root, James Lewis Sr., Beth Miller, Melissa Bowen, Miriam Lewis, Mike Pope and Dennis Skelley

Current Events
Calender of local events.

Pet Adoption Showcase
List of local pets available for adoption.

Newsmakers
Augusta Technical College is proud to announce Stephanie Bolton, a medical assisting student on the Augusta Campus, is the recipient of the Lisa Nagle Medical Assisting Scholarship. Bolton received a scholarship made possible by Dr. Paul Fischer, of the Center for Primary Care, who is on Augusta Tech's Medical Assisting Department's Advisory Board. Bolton was also congratulated by Lisa Nagle who is Augusta Tech's program director for medical assisting.

On Vacation
A group from Philadelphia UMC took a cruise to Nassau, Bahamas. Shown are Jackie and Pearson Hannah (from left), Carlene Williams, Gloria Davidson, Brittany Shuman, Rita Wren, Byron Wren, Jim Miller, Tommy Hatcher and Chris Miller. Gerald Wren took the photo.

Corrections
The name of a pitcher for a Recreation Department baseball team was misspelled in a photo caption that ran in the May 30 edition. His name is Lucas Dixon. The News Times regrets the error.

Divorces
List of recent local divorces.

Time Capsule
As reported 31 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, May 23, 1979.

Enjoy the summer, with AC cranked
Don't you just love this time of year? The warmth of the summer sun makes you forget the cool winter days that have left us until next January or February.

Ballot quizzes not too useful
In the movie On the Waterfront, washed-up ex-boxer Marlon Brando famously emotes, "I coulda been a contenda."

Over-protecting a non-sacred cow
Struggling with the funding cuts from the state, Columbia County's school board will soon approve a budget that is smaller than last year's, yet has to serve the equivalent of a whole school full of additional children.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, June 6, 2010.

Grad 's 5K run to help women in the Congo
Hilary Matfess has been interested in U.S. politics for some time.

For your children's sake, don't argue with an ump
At a high school baseball playoff game in May, I remember seeing a player hit a booming home run that gave his team the lead.

High school players can show off talent
High school baseball players will have a chance next week to show off their skills in hopes of taking their game to the next level.

Junior college ballplayers earn All-State honors
The baseball played at the junior college level in Georgia is as good as any in the nation. So when players earn Georgia Junior College Athletic Association All-State honors, they deserve some recognition.

Elite Performance experts give edge to young athletes
T.J. Simmons estimates that about 20 to 25 athletes from the area are signed to college athletic scholarships each year.

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