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Chairman Cross 'takes high road' in re-election bid
Ron Cross has been a long-time friend and a man in whom I have absolute respect, both personally and professionally. He is hands-down the best qualified candidate for chairman of the county commission and the only candidate with the experience to keep Columbia County prospering.

Don't be fooled by 'cut taxes now' political rhetoric
It is time we discussed the real issues in the campaign for Columbia County Commission chairman. We hear this popular political rhetoric of "Cut Taxes Now," but Brett McGuire's big financial backers and supporters have openly challenged the quality of life we all enjoy in Columbia County.

Chairman challenger won't get support if he won't back Pam Tucker
After reading Tom Mercer's comments in the July 7 News-Times, I immediately chose to re-assess my support for Brett McGuire.

Despite perception, party has stayed neutral in races
Undoubtedly this has to be one of the worse campaign seasons that I have experienced by reading papers, listening to the radio and receiving so many Facebook notices if one so chooses, and a portion of this will be over by Wednesday. Thank goodness voters now have many options, and one that appears to be the best is to get to know the candidates before you begin reading about them.

Vote 'yes' to renew education sales tax for all Columbia County schools
On Tuesday, the voters of Columbia County have an opportunity to vote "yes" for the continuation of our Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or E-SPLOST. A "yes" vote will renew the 1-cent sales tax for another five-year period.

Conservatives need to 'raise voices and be heard'

It's in Columbia County's best interest to re-elect Cross as chairman
I have watched the race for the chairman of the Columbia County Commission from the sidelines while I made my decision on whom to support in the race. Because I have friends on both sides, it has not been an easy decision.

Summer scores raise overall retest success rate above '09
Columbia County pupils scored lower than their counterparts last year on their second chance at passing a standardized state exam.

Grovetown endorses apartment project
Grovetown city officials gave their support to a potential low-income housing development at a Monday city council meeting.

Primary voters will determine leadership
Unlike many other communities, the governance of Columbia County likely will be decided Tuesday.

Even 'brown thumbs ' grow kitchen herbs right at home
The fresh aromatic blend of herbs that can add spice to any meal also can add spice to a home or garden.

North Belair project gains sidewalks
County officials recently approved a change order to the widening of North Belair Road between Washington and Evans-to -Locks roads to include almost a mile of new sidewalks and multi-use trails in the area.

Overwatering frequently contributes to stress in drought-tolerant plants
This area of Georgia is known for hot, dry summers. Even with these conditions, there are flowers that can grow and thrive.

Riverview needs bigger building
The foundation for an Evans Methodist church was laid beneath an elm tree off Furys Ferry Road more than a half-century ago.

Marriage Licenses
Joshua Donald Gibbs and Allie Elizabeth Moore applied for a marriage license on May 20, 2010, and were married June 12, 2010, in Augusta.

On Vacation
Kenneth and Pam Johnson recently spent time on Hilton Head Island, S.C., while attending the wedding of their son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Emily Johnson.

Property Transfers
Trillium at Crawford Creek LLC to Wilson A. Cruz and Myong Cruz, 2013 Highgrass Court, $270,000.

Celebrating the Fourth
Marisa Rogers, 7, dressed in patriotic colors to ride a scooter in the Fourth of July parade in the Cambridge neighborhood.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. For information or to adopt, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to

List of recent local divorces

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

Class Reunions
Classmates are being sought for the Harlem High School Class of 1980's 30th reunion, to be held Saturday at Red Oak Manor in Harlem. For more information, e-mail

Seventeen members of the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa attended the state convention April 30-May 2. The chapter presented to state president and chapter member Sara Ann Birdsong a painting of her home in Appling. Pictured with Birdsong are Alpha Epsilon members Phyllis Kitchens, Brenda Newman, Angela Hobby, Heather Graves, Angela Hamill, Connie Norman, Sherry McKie, Celie Powell, Jane Cely, Shelley Evans, and Bette Wilcher. Attendees not pictured are Mary Booth, Phyllis Means, Debra Roberts, Marilyn Huff and Lisa Arnold.

Current Events
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist Jason Crabb will perform in concert at 10:30 a.m. today at The Sanctuary, 302 Byrd Road, Evans. Admission is free. For information, call (706) 364-8284 or go to

Re-elect Chairman Ron Cross
In this year's race for commission chairman, Columbia County residents have been forced to witness one of the ugliest political seasons in recent history.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, July 18, 2010.

Winding down for the count
The primary election season is on the fast downhill slope to 7 p.m. Tuesday, when the polls will close, the count will start, the winners will party and the losers will pout.

"O" Zone state tournament action
Columbia County Nationals' J.T. Hartfield makes it to third before the North Macon All-Stars' Brian Fitzpatrick can get control of the ball.

State Amateur victory boost for Bama 's Knox
Lee Knox picked up the biggest win of his golfing career last weekend.

Sports Camps
Jim Siple will conduct his annual free summer conditioning workouts for children ages 10 and older through the end of August. The workout is open to participants from any school and is designed to get athletes in shape for the fall season. Workouts will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. All workouts will be held at Blanchard Park in Martinez, located off Belair Road at 4541 Dewey Drive. Siple has been a volunteer coach with the Columbia County Recreation Department for 22 years. For information, call (706) 860-1592.

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County Recreation Department is seeking host families for teams visiting the area for the Ponytails World Series on July 31 through Aug. 5 at Patriots Park. Ten families are needed to help show the visiting teams around the county and handle several other team needs. Participating families can choose their favorite state team among those still needing a host. For information, contact Ken Warner at (706) 312-7402 or or Christi DeLoach at (706) 312-7411 or

Son able to walk in father 's footsteps on the state level
In many cases, heading out of town for an All-Star state baseball tournament means venturing to a new, unfamiliar city.

Vick geared up for U.S. Junior Amateur
Austin Vick has never traveled north of Tennessee, so playing golf in Michigan will be an entirely new experience.

More positive comments are needed for good work
Donnie Fetter got about 20 e-mails, two phone calls and numerous face-to-face comments. I got only two e-mails.


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