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Renewing sales tax 'will help to keep school system as one of the best'
In these times of economic troubles and cutbacks in governmental services, one of the best deals Columbia County citizens have going for them is our school system.

It's an insult to compare competitive cheerleading to beauty pageants
I read with amusement Donnie Fetter's June 30 column regarding Justin Williams' June 27 column on the status of cheerleading. At least Williams got it right.

Columbia County 'needs to keep Ron Cross' as commission chairman
I served eight years on the Columbia County Commission, four of them four years ago with Ron Cross as chairman. He always treats folks with respect. He is a good listener and always seeks input from not only other commissioners but county employees.

Gardening at Lunch resumes at library
The Columbia County Cooperative Extension Service will resume its free Gardening at Lunch series today with a program on controlling insects in the lawn and shrubs.

Local authors will meet with library visitors
The Columbia County Library is offering readers a chance to mingle with some local authors this weekend.

Certifiably prepared
Susy Allen likes to be prepared. That's one reason the Martinez woman signed on for the Columbia County Community Emergency Response Team.

Building permits drop with expiration of tax incentive
Federal tax incentives for homebuyers ended two months ago and likely will affect Columbia County's surge in residential building permits

Nonpartisan ballots are set for November
Qualifying for nonpartisan political races ended Friday with four candidates opting to run for two Columbia County school board seats.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The facility is located at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Current Events
Early and absentee voting in the July 20 primary is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Friday at the Columbia County Board of Elections office, Building E, 500 Faircloth Drive, Evans. Advance voting will be held July 12-16.

Class Reunions
Evans High School Class of 1985 will hold its 25-year reunion July 16-17. For information, call Kelley Cross Sleeper at (706) 860-6151.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

Time Capsule
As reported 46 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, July 9, 1964:

On vacation
Hunter Alexander, Heath Alexander, Jordan Welch, and Haley Alexander went on a cruise to the Bahamas to celebrate Haley and Jordan's graduation from Greenbrier High School.

Celebrating Independence Day
Korean War veteran Gordon Sparks salutes the flag during America the Beautiful at the Grovetown Fourth of July Celebration.

Grovetown high School
Grovetown boys basketball players Denzell Garrett (left) and Myles McDavid have led the Warriors this season.

Bomb boys should fry
First there was a Greenbrier graduate injured at Georgia Tech while trying to make a backyard explosive.

Setting standards good for tattoo parlors
Ten years ago in Columbia County, after a rash of prostitution-related arrests centered around seedy massage parlors, county officials knew they had to take action.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, July 7, 2010.

Former star at Lakeside nearly earns another title
Former Lakeside High School standout Reese Hoffa had another good showing last month at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Wildwood Park debuts new look at entrance, gatehouse
A four-month face-lift of Wildwood Park's entrance way has been completed, pending a final walkthrough.

Coach has AAU squad riding high
Felix Andrews enjoys challenging the teams he coaches.

Model plane club members look to take off from landfill
A group of area model plane and helicopter pilots are hoping to make Columbia County's trashiest spot their new airfield.

Sports Camp Calendar
The Evans High School Cheerleading Camp will be held Monday through July 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day. The cost for the camp is $100, which includes a T-shirt and lunch. For information, contact Adell Poss at (706) 361-5108 or

Extreme-ly talented team

Sports Calendar
A 12-Under travel baseball team is seeking additional players for its upcoming season. Players must not have turned 13 before May 1. For information, contact Kevin Thompson at (706) 533-5299 or Donald Long at (706) 339-1257.


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