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Vote for 'independent businessman' as county commission chairman
It's time to elect the independent businessman Brett McGuire to the Columbia County Commission chairmanship.

Greenbrier graduate finishes firefighter training program
Though he's been there less than a year, one young cadet with McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services has gone above and beyond the usual call of duty.

Academy teaches rock-star skills
James Tankersley's dream of becoming a rock star has become a reality.

Fireworks safety urged for Fourth
Dr. Fred Mullins believes fireworks are best left to the professionals.

Area plans 2 nights of fireworks
Columbia County residents won't have to travel far this Independence Day to partake in patriotic festivities.

Four apartments heavily damaged by thunderstorm
Four families were burned out of their Martinez apartments and trees fell around Evans during a thunderstorm that blew through Columbia County on Friday afternoon.

Troops in Baghdad read to children via DVDs
Becky Bresnahan's 3-year-old son loves books.

Patriotism in action
Larry Ogletree placed an American flag in front of every house in the Mitchell Park neighborhood in Riverwood Plantation over the weekend ahead of the Fourth of July.

Tim Steflik, an Evans High School alumni and graduate of Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, is in Bulgaria training to serve in the Peace Corps.

Current Events
Calender of local events.

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

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

On Vacation
Ginger Woods and Maxine Joyner, both of Martinez, visited the Great Pyramids of Giza during a trip to Egypt.

Change ahead despite voters
It didn't really hit me until I thought through it, but the mindless, change-for-change's-sake folks must be swooning over this year's elections in Georgia.

Candidates dry up at water forum
Apparently the idea that Columbia County is politically important is all wet.

July 4th effort targets drunk drivers
Along with all the fun of July 4th festivities, there can be danger when we hit the road for those backyard barbecues or fireworks shows. Unfortunately, our holiday crash statistics show the travel season between July 4th and Labor Day can be one of the more dangerous times of year to get behind the wheel.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

Evans High grad heading to college level
There's a growing list of sports activities you probably shouldn't take part in while Tavarus Ferguson is around. That is, if you want to keep your dignity.

The water's fine
Ron and Melrose York (center) help cut the ribbon at the recent opening of the Kathryn M. York Adapted Aquatics Center at the Family Y. The center is named for the late Katie York, an Augusta Christian Schools student who died two years ago from complications of viral encephalitis.

Clinic allows disabled to water ski, go tubing
Summer officially arrived for Troy Williams on Saturday.

Gordon Park Speedway results
Threats of rain held off Saturday night for a full slate of racing at Grovetown's Gordon Park Speedway.

Sports camp calendar
- The Evans High School Cheerleading Camps will start Tuesday and run through July 16. The camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. The cost for each camp is $100, which includes a T-shirt and lunch. For information, contact Adell Poss at (706) 361-5108 or

Sting 's 12-under team is also in nationals
Billy Jackson needed a coach for his 14-under team heading into the 2010 Amateur Athletic Union summer season. So the director of the Columbia County-based Georgia Sting AAU organization called someone he knew had loads of experience, both as a player and a coach for recreation teams.

Sports calendar
The Marshall Family Y in Evans will hold fall soccer league registration through July 9 for interested participants in Evans and Grovetown. The coed league is for ages 3-10. Practices and games for those in Evans will take place at the Augusta Jewish Community Center and Oakey Grove Church. Practices and games for those in Grovetown will take place at Goodale Park and at the Evans locations. Practices start the week of Aug. 9. Parents need to provide a water bottle, cleats, shin guards and soccer shorts for their child.

Athlete Spotlight
Greenbrier soccer players Tyler Sanders (left) and Casper Farver are the main defensive players on the team.

Swim league results
Swim league results

If cheerleading is a sport, karaoke can be a concert
My colleague, News-Times sports writer Justin Williams, argued in his Sunday column that cheerleading is a sport.


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