Monday, July 5, 2010

Voters in 2012 might remember incumbents' 2010 support of incumbent
Two diseases have become epidemic at the national scene: "Taxandspenditis" and the "Perpetuity Syndrome." When you add to that the "Arrogance Bug," you can have a very sick public office incumbent. All but the most talented, humble men and women, who do not forget who "brung them to the dance," and why, tend to develop these maladies. Now these bacteria or viruses, whichever they may be, seem to have spread to at least this local scene.

County might give raises, cut millage
Columbia County commissioners might decide Tuesday to lower taxes and give raises to employees.

Heritage trail plan waits for funding
Columbia County's Colonial history likely won't be a new tourist attraction anytime soon.

Blanchard Woods Park will host Division II soccer finals
>Blanchard Woods Park is the new home of the NCAA Division II men's and women's national soccer championships.

Commission forum draws little interest
A poorly attended forum to hear from Columbia County Commission candidates on Wednesday focused mostly on taxes and finances.

Life jacket could mean survival in water mishap
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary encourages the wearing of life jackets during the July 4th holiday.

Lightning can heavily damage trees
The storms of the past few weeks have damaged many trees in our area. I have seen trees that were uprooted and trees that were struck by lightning.

Food safety is important when having Fourth feast
The Fourth of July and backyard barbecuing go hand-in-hand. And, along with the burgers and hot dogs, there are a few other things cooks should take with them to the grill.

State 's new fees not fair, arcade owners complain
A new state law adding fees for operators of arcade games has two Columbia County amusement park owners decrying the government for picking on the little guy.

Marriage Licences
List of recent local marriage licences.

Divorces
List of recent local divorces.

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

Property Transfers
List of recent local property transfers.

Newsmakers
Columbia County Ballet, 639 Furys Ferry Road, held a 25th anniversary Roar of Love ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on May 15.

Current Events
Calendar of local events.

sports Calendar
Calendar of local sports events.

Presented award
Columbia County Foundation for Children President Kathy Shuford and foundation board member Jean Barney presented a Partnership Award to Jim Beck, of French Market Grille West, for the restaurant's support of the inaugural Arbor Day Spring Fling on April 30 to benefit the foundation's scholarship fund.

Pet Adoption Showcase
List of local pets available for adoption.

Military Newsmakers
Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Wilkerson and Col. Chris Kemp case the colors for the 359th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade on April 10 at the Army Reserve Center at Fort Gordon. The 359th is a Reserve unit with about half of its members from the Augusta area.

Sports Newsmakers
Stars Baseball came in first in the Tool Player Classic in Monroe, Ga. on May 15-16.

Competition? go fishing
We knew he was opening a can of worms.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, July 4, 2010.

Dejvu for the 'war within a war'
"War cannot for a single minute be separated from politics."

No local voice without GOP ballot
Voters in Columbia County have been heading to the polls for two weeks. Casting ballots in advance of the July 20 party primaries, more than 478 voters had visited the Board of Elections office by Tuesday. Staffers also have mailed about 500 absentee ballots.

CSRA swimmers gain from competition, camaraderie
Caroline Atseff admits she doesn't know the ins and outs of the CSRA Swim League scene quite yet.

Junior golfers will converge on area for Howell tournament
The American Junior Golf Association is set for a return to the Evans area for the third installment of the Charles Howell III Junior Championship.

Summer shines light on Columbia County's best
Columbia County has always had solid baseball and golf programs. That means summertime is usually when our area athletes shine, and that is exactly what has happened recently.

Spectator parents need way to fill down time
They say that patience is a virtue. Apparently, "they" have never been to a swim meet.

3 on 3 soccer puts an emphasis on strategy
There is so much strategy involved in 3-on-3 soccer that Jason Spinks compares the fast-paced game to chess.

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