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After electoral votes are tallied, much depends on choice of candidate
Editor:A comparison of the 2008 election results, and an outlook for 2012:

Proceeds from show to benefit education
An upcoming talent show will benefit a scholarship named for an education pioneer in Columbia County.

Abrupt closing of Martinez toy store leaves puzzle for suppliers
For several manufacturers that did business with owners of a recently-closed toy store in Martinez, it wasn't all fun and games.

Fighting the drought
Sweltering temperatures hitting the area have brought sprinkler systems out of hibernation.

New area restaurant to offer seafood, barbecue selections
A new family-owned and operated restaurant lets customers choose from two Southern favorites in one place.

Youngsters have a blast at camps
Audrey Coterel, 8, fields a ball during the softball camp at Greenbrier High School. At left, Kayla Pritchett, 8, catches a fly ball during the fastpitch softball clinic at Greenbrier High School.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

On vacation
Veterans of the U.S. Army Reserve 319th Transportation Company who served in Vietnam, along with their wives, spent the week of May 4 at Fripp Island, S.C., enjoying golf, fishing, watching the Kentucky Derby and telling war stories. Participating were Frank and Sarah Neal, of Evans; Eddie and Barbara Hudson, of Jupiter, Fla.; George and Pat Fuller, of Grovetown; Harris and Diane Cashwell, of Charleston, S.C.; Steve and Letty DuPree, of Atlanta; and Jim and Sue Wilson, of Thomson.

Guess the locations of the flags and win one of your own
While any time is a good time to fly the American flag, Flag Day is Tuesday and Independence Day is coming up July 4. Here's a chance to win a new flag set for your home with a contest from Culpepper Lumber Ace Hardware in Evans and The News-Times .

Get up and go
Columbia County's Second Saturday Concert Series begins Saturday with Sassy Brass, and continues July 9 with the Stephen Lee Band; Aug. 13 with the Jeremy Graham Band; Sept. 10 with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve in a free concert; and Oct. 8 with the Swingin' Medallions.

Time capsule
As reported 54 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, June 6, 1957:

Current events
Sparkle Car Wash on Washington Road, Evans, is holding a fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 122 of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church during June. The troop will receive $4 from each $9.99 car wash from customers who use code 3006.

Newsmakers
Hilary Matfess, of Evans, was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. She is the daughter of Martin and Lisa Matfess and attended Greenbrier High School.

Pet adoption showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services, 6337 Columbia Road, Appling. For information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Adopted 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.

Retirement for a real survivor
Les Stroud treks through the wilderness in "Survivorman," Bear Grylls lives off the land in "Man vs. Wild," and "Survivor" television series pits men and women against nature and each other.

Redistricting train is ready to roll
Georgia General Assembly members currently are holding public hearings around the state, seeking input from voters on how they would like to see their legislative and congressional districts redrawn.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

Coast unclear on tax hikes
Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle probably should count himself lucky.

Sports newsmakers
The Georgia Lightning were the champions of the Mayfest Mayhem NIT in Aiken on May 1. Team members are Camden Martin (front row, from left), Camdon Bailey, Logan Gurley and Dylan Mosley; Cameron Langley (second row, from left), Noah McBride, Eric Jenkins, Kason Newsome, Avery Smoak, B.J. Wright and Zach Digby; Coach Benjamin Wright (back, from left), Billy Kelley, Jack Davis and John Digby.

Modoc Speedway race results (Friday)

Camps calendar
Grovetown High School will hold a volleyball camp for girls in grades 7-10 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. today through Friday. Cost is $35. Contact Amy Slagle at (706) 447-2102, ext. 4453, or amy.slagle@ccboe.net.

Sports calendar
The CMI Blast Series 3v3 World Tour Soccer Tournament is scheduled for June 25 at Blanchard Woods Soccer Park.

Evans native Newman was key for Jags
Evans native Carter Newman was a solid junior player.

Know the ways to respond to different boat fires
F ire on a boat, of any size, is more of a threat than the a fire on land. Those on land can walk away from a fire, but on a boat the option is to enter the water, another potentially threatening environment. So: Fight or flee?

Athlete Spotlight: Augusta Christian Schools Year In Review
Carolyne McKie and April Sganga won the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders national cheerleading title for Augusta Christian Schools.

All County Soccer: Versatile Stone powered Warriors to quarterfinals
When Jonah Huppe and Jan Souag came in as exchange students from Germany, they bolstered a Grovetown boys squad that already had plenty of talent.

All County Soccer: Augusta Prep's Alexander gives opposing defenses fits
Augusta Prep's girls soccer squad had one of its best seasons in program history, tying Westminster for first place in their region with a 13-4 record.

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