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Golfers should check out 'Little Course' while Bartram greens are fixed
Most everyone knows we have lost our greens at Bartram Trail Golf Club and are now playing The Little Course as the new greens are prepared.

Cross, Dean defeat primary challengers
Challengers for the Columbia County Commission failed to overcome the incumbents Tuesday in a close primary election.

Recreational opportunities abound
Columbia County residents might want to unpack their suitcases and unload the car.

Land deal settles Marshall Square case
Columbia County commissioners and the owners of an Evans development suing them announced Thursday that a multimillion-dollar settlement had been reached.

Most of 74 new teachers are veterans of other classrooms
Columbia County school officials recently welcomed more than 70 not-so-new teachers to the school system.

Check adds to cost of tax certificates
Columbia County's recent acceptance onto a Homeland Security identity verification computer network will mean an increase in occupational taxes.

Crape myrtle brings color and variety to landscape
While many plants and trees are dying because of the summer heat, crape myrtles are thriving. And for good reason.

Fall armyworms and webworms, cicada killers arrive early this year
In the plant and insect world, this has been an unusual year.

Grovetown, Harlem miss progress marks
Two Columbia County high schools failed to make adequate yearly progress last school year.

Shots are available at clinics for pupils
A series of walk-in clinics for pupils needing immunizations to attend school will open Tuesday in Columbia County.

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.

On Vacation
Marie Edwards, Joan Stewart, Bernice Bennett, Pat Morris and Marion Harmon enjoyed a cruise to the Bahamas and some fun time, touring the Hotel Atlantis.

Property Transfers
Rhodes Farm LLC to R.B. Culp, 916 Big Oak Circle, $68,000.

Current Events
Today is the deadline to apply for the next class of the Community Emergency Response Team, which starts Aug. 16. For information, e-mail

Trip Quest Travel Services, 206 Newland Circle, Evans, held a grand opening ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on June 22.

Anthony D. Cramer and Amanda Kay Cramer, July 8, 2010.

Pet Adoption Showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue its rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appro-priate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered and cats are litter-box trained prior to placement. To adopt, donate, or for information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to

Pipeline Work Clothes, 3843 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, held a grand reopening ribbon- cutting July 9 with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School class of 2000 will hold its 10th reunion 7-11 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Doubletree Hotel. Tickets cost $45 per person or $80 per couple before Aug. 1. Send contact information to, or go to

Marriage Licenses
Jason Evan Capito and Carly Youngblood Lack applied for a marriage license on May 14, 2010, and were married May 14, 2010, in Evans.

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

Donating blood
Shepard Blood Center phlebotomist Lindsey McCloud prepares to draw blood from Alison Prosnak during the county blood drive at the government center on July 21, 2010.

Georgia's water future trickling away
One year ago, a federal judge from Minnesota named Paul Magnuson signed his name to a 97-page court order that was part of the ongoing water wars involving Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The ink that flowed from the judge's pen to the final page of the ruling could have a profound effect on the water that flows through Georgia, and how it is used, for years to come.

Radioactivity's ugly afterglow
The numbers in an election rarely tell the whole story.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, July 25, 2010.

Taxpayers aren't land speculators
Now that the self-congratulatory applause has faded, we must take a skeptical view of the settlement of the lawsuit between Columbia County and the developers of Marshall Square.

Recreation Department hopes event is a big hit
Putting on a big event can be a costly venture. Serving as host of a recreational league World Series is no exception.

Sports Calendar

Sports Camps
Jim Siple will be conducting his annual free summer conditioning workouts for children ages 10 and older through the end of August. The workouts are open to participants from any school and are 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, 4541 Dewey Drive in Martinez, off Belair Road. Siple has been a volunteer coach with the Columbia County Recreation Department for 22 years. For information, call (706) 860-1592.

Stability found in a stable
Ethan and Connor Occhipinti have spent plenty of time in clinical settings for physical therapy.

Barden developed into top pitcher at Evans
In baseball, a pitcher-catcher pairing is called a battery. It's a suitable term for a relationship that can get pretty charged up at times.

Sinking a hole-in-one
Playing golf for the first time in months, 18-year-old Noel Mankin (center) made his first hole-in-one June 13 at Jones Creek Golf Club. He used a 7-iron on the 165-yard second hole. On hand as witnesses were friend Matt Giddens, sister Laura Mankin and his father, Glenn Mankin (not pictured).


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