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California judge 'trying to push an agenda' with ruling on gay marriage
Editor: Regarding California's Proposition 8, a recent Morris News Service column in part read, "Georgia gay-rights groups see hope in California ruling, politicians oppose it."

Comments 'project an image of rich vs. poor' on Harlem area residents
I am a lifelong resident of Harlem, one who not only "grew up there," but who still resides there. I took interest in Barry Paschal's column and the editorial in Sunday's News-Times.

Familes on Intermediate Road were overlooked when water lines came
I am one of those "few" families that live on Intermediate Road. After our very short road was finally paved, mostly due to school buses short-cutting through, we watched as the water lines approached and were dismayed when everyone on Louisville and Wrightsboro roads around us got water while Intermediate Road was overlooked.

A maze of grace
Despite scorching summer temperatures, Jim Steed is already thinking ahead to fall.

Harlem names park for late mayor Glenn Phillips
A newly renovated park in Harlem was named in honor of a former mayor Saturday.

Planners adjust side-setback limit in Windmill Plantation
Columbia County Planning Commissioners agreed on Thursday to reduce the side setback of lots in Windmill Plantation so side-entry garages can be built on future homes.

$500,000 set aside to expand 911 center
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has won approval to set aside funds for an expansion of the 911 center.

New doors may reduce upkeep for fire stations
Low construction costs are allowing the fire department to enjoy a new piece of technology that could save money in the long run.

Youths explore leadership opportunities
A group of Columbia County high school students will learn about the community from outside the walls of a classroom through a youth leadership program.

On Vacation
John and Jo Anne Robinson celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows on Hapuna Beach Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Pastor Jeremiah Hoaeae officiated.

Back-to-School Photos
Tanner Sutton, 9, is in fourth grade at Westmont Elementary School, and his brother Taylor Sutton, 4, started pre-k at Learning Junction Daycare.

School Lunch Menu
List of school lunch menus.

Police Blotter
School psychologists were at Riverside Elementary School on Monday, counseling staff and pupils after the weekend death of a first-grader.

Time Capsule
As reported 42 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1968:

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 puppies and kittens cost $20. 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. weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Current Events
Columbia County School Board trustee Mike Sleeper and school system mentor Andy Kingery will be the speakers at the Third District Republican Party meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the government complex auditorium in Evans. The party breakfast will be held at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at Fatz Cafe in Evans, with reservations requested by Thursday by e-mailing, or calling (706) 829-1343.

How tough are we able to be?
When Augusta Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Carlisle Overstreet shot and killed an intruder in his home last week, the reaction was near-universal:

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Take effort to offer input on state projects
Area citizens who'd like to offer an opinion on proposals for reforming Georgia's tax system are in luck.

Gordon Park Speedway Results
A full field of cars competed at Grovetown's Gordon Park Speedway on Saturday.

Grovetown falls to Glascock County in opener
Normally, a mid-game substitution wouldn't rock the high school softball landscape. In fact, things like that generally go unnoticed as the innings progress.

Sports Calendar
Marshall Family Y registration for flag football and cheerleading for ages 5-14 and co-ed lacrosse for ages 7-15 will run through Sunday. Regular registration for lacrosse and late registration for football and cheerleading will run through Sept. 12. The season starts in October. Regular-season games will be played on Saturdays. The cost for each sport is $55 for Y members and $75 for nonmembers, plus $10 for late registration. For information or to register, visit the Marshall Family Y at 1202 Town Park Lane in Evans, call (706) 364-3269, or go to

Athlete Spotlight: Jamie Galvin
Staring down a long field goal -- or a critical, late-game extra point -- is one of the more stressful jobs on a football team.

The comback 'Pack
As the third quarter turned into the fourth on Friday night, Greenbrier head coach Brian Smith knew his football team was facing an uphill climb.

Time to get the season started with predictions
Two schools that have enjoyed success in recent years will open their 2010 campaign this weekend when Lakeside plays host to Glenn Hills.


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