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If Bowen Pond was dredged, no one checked on the quality of work
Editor: In the May 26 News-Times, the story "Commission votes to fund evaluation of Bowen Pond," mentions that the pond was dredged.

Morris deserves acclaim as only commissioner to vote 'no' on pond
Editor: Once again, Columbia County taxpayers are forced to pay for a lake in a Martinez gated community. Bill Morris was the only commissioner who can see that the pond is a rich man's toy.

Grimaud 'must have done something good' to draw so many mourners
Editor: "The man must have done something good," said the preacher at Arthur Grimaud's grave-side services May 20.

Augusta Prep commencement emotional for head of schools
Jack Hall had addressed each graduating class at Augusta Preparatory Day School for the past 11 years before Sunday's early afternoon commencement ceremony at the school.

Pageant will raise awareness of cancer
An upcoming beauty pageant will also be a fundraiser in the fight against cancer.

Augusta Tech 's campus in Grovetown completed
After a wait of 11 years, a Columbia County campus of Augusta Technical College is set to open this summer.

Vendor sought to operate cafe at county library
Columbia County officials again are trying to find a vendor for the cafe in the Columbia County Library.

Take action to manage risk of on-board blazes
Fire aboard ship has always been a dreaded and often fatal experience. For large ships, it is the second largest hazard for crew and passengers. For us small guys, it can be just as serious.

New technical college offers many programs
A new technical college recently opened to prepare students for the work force.

Labor of love
A fire-breathing dragon with metal scales guards Gustavo Gonzalez-Franco's backyard.

Your Photos
Easton Todd Davis digs in to a Mickey Mouse cake at his first birthday party, which was attended by friends and family. His parents are Jeff and Katie Davis, of Grovetown.

Euchee Creek Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Brianna Davis, Malachi Fabiano, Mckay Fanning, Kamren, Key, Mary Milby, Jonathan Moody, Karsen Worley and Emma Wurst.

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. on weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Police Blotter
Suspect indicted in death of water plant worker

Blue Ridge Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Brianna Jacobs, Harrison Stahler, Johnathan Arneman, Oran Hurst, Grace Lam, Alexander Colligan, Breanna Dent, Rheagan Doran, Bri Douglas, Thomas Mai, Ian Lizama, Kelsey Paap

Celebrating veterans
A crowd listens to Fort Gordon Commanding Gen. Alan Lynn Saturday at the Columbia County Amphitheater as an American flag, raised by a fire truck, waves in the background. The 11th annual Red, White & Blue Veterans Celebration paid tribute to the country's armed forces.

Current Events
Donations sought: Columbia County's Recreation Department is collecting softball equipment to send to Alabama counties in the Dixie Softball Organization affected by recent tornadoes. Equipment donations may be brought to the Patriots Park office through Friday, with monetary donations sent to Dixie Softball Inc., 1101 Skelton Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35224. For information, call (706) 863-7523.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lynching tale gets unraveled
You never know what you'll unravel when you start pulling a thread.

Corporations invest in politicians
Last summer, Delta Air Lines decided to do more for Georgia's legislators than just give them campaign contributions or have lobbyists buy them meals and drinks during the General Assembly session.

County coaches say interest in diving is starting to grow
When Columbia County's divers produced solid finishes at the state meet, the coaches expressed pleasant surprise at the burgeoning interest in the sport.

Special Olympics Summer Games
Emory University: May 20-22

Evans tennis shines
The Evans High School boys tennis team advanced to the second round of the Georgia state playoffs. In a recent region tournament in Waycross, Evans beat Richmond Hill, Wayne County and Glynn Academy to become Region 2-AAAA champs for the first time since 2004. Team members are William Bailie, No. 2 doubles (front, from left); Robert Anderson, No. 1 singles; and Taylor Powell, No. 2 singles; Jonathan Baker, No. 2 doubles (back, from left), Patrick Frits, No. 2 doubles; and Will Rabb, No. 1 doubles. Not shown is Keith Sellers, No. 3 singles.

Several schools hold instructional camps
When Ricky Beale gives instructions to his players, the Evans baseball coach can only hope they're getting the full message.

Athlete Spotlight: Eunice Yi
When Eunice Yi starts a practice session at Jones Creek Golf Club, it's not long before children gather around.

Ex-Harlem softball star among Jaguars, Peach Belt offensive leaders
Former Harlem High School standout Kacee Camp recently completed her junior season for the Augusta State University softball team, and once again Camp was a leader for head coach Melissa Mullins.

Camps Calendar
Lacrosse: Greenbrier High School's second annual Fast Break Lacrosse Camp for boys in Grades 4-8 will be held June 6-10 from 6-8 p.m. at the school. The cost is $65, which includes a T-shirt for those who register by Friday. A registration form is available on the school's boys lacrosse Web site.

Sports Calendar
Rowing: The Augusta Rowing Club will hold its 10th Annual National Learn to Row Day on Saturday at the Boat House, 101 Riverfront Dr., Augusta. The event will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Members of the club will offer tours, ergometer (rowing machine) demonstrations and instructions, hands-on lessons on the dock, and on-water instructions. Lunch will be provided.


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