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Voters must exercise right to vote in this fall's elections, or risk losing it
Recently I was sitting on my deck with a very dear friend, talking about the 2010 elections. This friend is a very successful businessman and an ex-politician. He made a statement that, the more I thought about it, the more I realized he could be very right.

Fired Columbia County deputy 'sure received speedy punishment'
Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Gregory Key Kernaghan has been charged with multiple offences. Having been accused, he has the right to a fair trial. Kernaghan may opt for a plea, a bench trial or a trial by jury. This is his right under the law, and he is not to be considered guilty until he says so, a judge rules so or a jury of his peers says so.

Choral Society 's artistic director to step down
After Isaac Holmes directs the Columbia County Choral Society for the final time Friday, he has a good idea of what he expects to feel.

Board upholds firing of teacher
A Lakeside High School teacher fired last week after being accused of helping students cheat on a test will face an investigation by a state commission that polices educators.

Kids get hands-on learning at park
Children will have a lot of opportunities to get outdoors this month as Reed Creek Nature Park offers a multitude of programs to fit a variety of interests.

William Few extension hits another delay
An extension of William Few Parkway was expected to open last fall.

Mapping out the county
With just a few clicks of a mouse, residents can have all of Columbia County at their computer screen.

Melons, cucumbers are under attack
Recently, I wrote about the squash vine borer and the squash bug, some of the insects that attack members of the cucurbit family. These insects do a great deal of damage to the plants they infest, but these are not the only insects that attack cucurbits (members of the gourd family, including cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and squashes).

Former mayor of Harlem, pecan factory founder dies
Francis Williams Tracy will be remembered by loved ones as a hard-working man with a deep passion for the city of Harlem.

Schools will dip into reserve
The Columbia County school board on Tuesday gave final approval to a nearly $169 million budget for next school year that calls for spending about $3 million more than what is expected in revenues.

Pet Adoption Showcase
List of local pets available for adoption.

Stevens Creek Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
List of honor roll students from Stevens Creek Elementary School.

DUIs
List of local residents recently charged with driving under the influence.

Evans Middle School
An eighth-grade class at Evans Middle School read The Diary of Anne Frank and learned that the children held at Terezin concentration camp had poems published in a book called Never Saw Another Butterfly by Hana Volavkova. The students researched a formerly captive Jew and then created butterflies using sidewalk chalk in memory of the Holocaust survivors they learned about.

Swim League Resultsn
Results of local swim leagues.

Safe ' again ' at first
Evans High School first baseman Derek Parsons catches the ball as Augusta Christian's Niko Duncan dives back to the base during the Evans Classic baseball tournament Thursday at Evans.

Time Capsule
As reported 53 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, June 6, 1957.

Senior scouts
Girl Scout troop 20012 recently bridged from cadette to senior scouts. As senior Girl Scouts they will work on the Gold Award, which is the highest honor Girl Scouts can achieve. Pictured are Rebecca Smeak (from left), Amy Youngsman, Allison Youngsman, Lucy Olliff and Marissa Griffith.

Get Up & Gp
List of local groups and events.

North Harlem Elementary Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
List of honor roll students from North Harlem Elementary.

Marriage Licenses
List of local marriage licenses.

Newsmakers
Edward She and Gerry Meixiong, of Stallings Island Middle School, took top honors in the 2010 MATHCOUNTS competition on Feb. 6 at Augusta State University. Shown are Principal Don Putnam (from left); Edward, first place; Erik Hammarlund, Augusta GSPE president; Gerry, second place; Amy Steele, coach; and David Simoneau, Augusta GSPE MATHCOUNTS coordinator.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.

Current Events
Calendar of local current events.

Business newsmakers
Bee-Lite Medical Weight Loss held a grand-opening ribbon-cutting with Columbia County Chamber of Commerce members on April 29. The new business is at 4150 Washington Road, Suite 11, in Evans.

Kids get creative at drama camp
A group of first-grade pupils rush off stage as they rehearse for a scene during a recent drama camp at Greenbrier High School.

Property Transfers
List of local property transfers.

Divorces
List of recent local divorces.

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

Agreeing at last with no
The exit door is so close that he can see the light from around its edges, but Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue finally has done something I agree with.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, June 13, 2010.

For better or worse, a day in 'court'
Augusta city commissioners this past week held a retreat to discuss various city issues, and one of their recommendations for making their government run better is to give the city administrator the power to hire and fire.

Community loses 'a legend': Francis Tracy
Former Harlem mayor James Lewis got it exactly right: "We lost a legend."

Boat store on the move to Martinez
An Augusta boating retail and service store is setting its sails for a new location in Columbia County.

Chandler ends career with two national titles
Lauren Chandler can easily recall her first practices as a member of the University of Louisville competitive cheerleading squad.

Ex-area stars selected in MLB 's draft
As expected, former area standouts Brandon Cumpton, Jeff Rowland and Josh Whitaker were taken in this month's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Lakeside 's success sparks debate about public, private competition
To claim Lakeside High School had a banner sports year is putting it mildly.

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