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Chairmanship challenger needs to answer questions about taxes
Brett McGuire is a candidate for chairman of the Columbia County Commission. His campaign signs prominently call for "tax cuts now." In order to evaluate his single platform issue I, and I'm sure others, need answers to four questions.

County needs chairman focused on 'wise use of taxpayers' money'
It is the time for new leadership in Columbia County. All aspects of federal government we complain about exist right here in our own county.

Georgians seem to 'have little pride in appearance of their roads'
I live in this beautiful county which, unfortunately, has the most trashy roads and roadsides I have ever seen.

Citizen deserves praise for coming forward to help clear storm damage
I would like to express my thanks to a Columbia County citizen named David Harriss. During the rain and wind storm at 7:30 p.m. June 10, I was investigating a traffic accident on Harlem-Grovetown Road involving a vehicle and a tree that had fallen in its path.

Mullins family to request rezoning
Property owners of land once planned for a major commercial development in Evans now want it rezoned for houses.

'We do get a bad rap '
When Robert Thornhill enters a Columbia County restaurant, he is accustomed to the reaction from employees.

Park details must be finalized
Though Columbia County commissioners recently earmarked more sales tax money for Evans Town Center Park, any extra amenities they might add to the project still must be determined.

Lady Antebellum tickets to go on sale
Tickets for country band Lady Antebellum's concert in Augusta go on sale Friday.

Nontraditional pet store takes donations, trade-ins
Clyde McCaslin recently opened Columbia County's newest pet store -- David's Fish and Pets.

Bulldog fans
Laura Tinney (from left), UGA head football coach Mark Richt and Tim Rupert attended the Augusta Bulldog Club meeting April 29 at Julian Smith Casino.

Greenbrier Elementary School's Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
List of honor roll students from Greenbrier Elementary School.

Lakeside junior to show skills at Perfect Game Showcase
The 2010 Evans Classic baseball tournament was held Thursday-Saturday at six high schools: Evans, Lakeside, Greenbrier, Harlem, Grovetown and Westside. The tournament featured 32 squads from 19 schools, with several schools fielding multiple teams. In addition to schools from around the Augusta area, reigning Class AAAA state champion Marist (Atlanta) and Walnut Grove (Loganville) played in the event.

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

Sports Calendar
Calendar of local sports events.

Sports Camp Calendar
Sure Shot Basketball Camp for boys entering grades second through fifth will be held 9 a.m. to noon June 26-30 at Lakeside Middle. The camp costs $75. For information, call (706) 855-6900.

Columbia Middle School's Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
List of honor roll students from Columbia Middle School.

Getting in the swing
Will Simons, 8, bats in the cage during the Girls and Boys Bulldog Baseball Camp at Harlem Recreation Field.

Pet Adoption Showcase
List of local pets available for adoption.

Current Events
Calender of local events.

Alley Cranata, a senior Girl Scout in Troop 20133, stands with Louise Meadows after being presented the Callie Meadows Memorial Award at the Young Woman of Distinction meeting at St. Paul's Church. Alley is a freshman honor student in the gifted program at Grovetown High School.

Celebrating 100
Christina Nazzaro and her mother, Margaret Nazzaro, went to Sea Isle City, N.J., to celebrate the 100th birthday of Margaret's mother, Mary Minchelli, on May 15.

Augusta Prep Year in review
Gabe Eichel (left) and Thomas Bigham

Time Capsule
As reported 40 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Wednesday, June 17, 1970.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

Residents' input needed on survey
Considering the blistering heatwave that has been squatting over our community for the past few days, the old joke is especially appropriate: Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it.

Policing ranks isn't popular
So, what do we make of the folderol over the firing of Lakeside High School teacher Margaret Mudrak?

Flag-to-flag winners dominate
During racing action Saturday at Grovetown's Gordon Park Speedway, Brandon Overton led from flag to flag to win in the Crate Late Model division, but David McCoy, who challenged for the lead, came from back in the field to take second place.

All-star selection process overhauled
As deputy county administrator for Columbia County, Scott Johnson said he had heard some complaints about the way the county's recreation department selects its Dixie Youth baseball all-star teams.

Evans awarded sportsmanship honor for second time since 2006
Evans High School has been selected as Region 3-AAAA's 2010 recipient of the Georgia High School Association's Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award.

Greenbrier grad heads to Omaha with USC
Greenbrier High grad Nolan Belcher and his cousin, Kody Belcher, had fantastic weekends.


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