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If subjected to standalone vote, Bowen Pond funding would be unlikely
Editor:The Columbia County commissioners have authorized payment of $8,500 to survey the condition of the dam on Bowen Pond. Previously, commissioners used $1 million provided by taxpayers to dredge the pond.

Visits, cards being sought to mark couple's 50th wedding anniversary
Editor:Marvin and Rose Ann Young will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25.

Lone commissioners' vote questionable unless 'politician broke word'
Editor:Surely Richard Hogue received some bogus information about Bill Morris being the only commissioner to vote to repair a private lake in a gated community (letter, June 1, "Morris deserves acclaim as only commissioner to vote 'no' on pond").

Help needed in locating parents of great-grandfather from Grovetown
Editor:My great-grandfather, Raiford Garner Tudor, was born in Grovetown on Jan. 8, 1884. He is buried along with his wife, Harriet Frances King Tudor, and other family members in row 30 of the Grovetown Cemetery, just across the street from Grove Baptist Church.

Misuse of language, modification of words has diminished language
Editor:I enjoyed Barry Paschal's June 5 column, "It's frustrating to see misuse." I am equally aggravated at the misuse of our language and in particular the modification of words we use in everyday conversations.

Retirees' paradise
An Evans development that encompasses a shopping center, schools and several neighborhoods recently was named a top community by a national magazine for retirees.

Cars to be racy, but comedian will not be
An upcoming event combining race cars with comedy starts up area festivities early for Father's Day.

New campus will offer core courses
Augusta Technical College officials last week released a preliminary list of class offerings for the new campus in Grovetown.

Stinging caterpillars make their presence painfully clear
I have been working in my yard and garden lately on such things as pruning and weed control, and have come across many types of insects. Some are good but most damage plants, and might cause harm to people.

Deputy administrator will be county 's next manager
The Columbia County Commission voted Tuesday to pass the reins of government management to Deputy Administrator Scott Johnson starting Aug. 1.

Gardeners producing good will with crops
A church outreach, coupled with the enthusiasm of area master gardeners, has turned an unused plot of land into a thriving community garden.

Site cleared for new burger restaurant, other businesses
A popular burger joint is expected to open this year in Evans.

Dexter Bernard Jenkins, 40, of the 1400 block of Cham-pion Pines Lane in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on April 17, 2011, and was fined $810.

Get up and go
Evans Christian Academy, 213 South Old Belair Road, Grovetown, will hold open house at 7 p.m. Thursday and July 28. For information, call (706) 364-3565.

Greenbrier Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Shannon Sullivan Zellner and Jamie Zellner, June 2, 2011.

Property transfers
M. Davis to BBAD Development LLC, 938 Rollo Domino Circle, $45,000.

Current events
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, will hold Youth and Graduates Day at 10:45 a.m. today, with Christopher Leslie, youth minister of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Augusta. For information, call (706) 860-7091.

Art contest winner
Ashton McKettrick was recently named a district winner in the 17th annual Georgia Farm Bureau Federation Art Contest. A student at Harlem High School when she entered the contest, McKettrick received a $100 cash prize for being the winner from the Georgia Farm Bureau's 4th District. She is the daughter of Ron and Crystal McKettrick. Columbia County's runner-up for the art contest was Rebecca Beaird from Evans High. The county's essay contest winner was Samantha Wingate from Harlem Middle School; the runner-up for the essay contest was Diana Kight from Lakeside Middle.

Time capsule
As reported 53 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, June 12, 1958:

Your Photos
Laura Tinney poses with actor Gary Sinise on April 21at the 319 Transportation Vietnam Veterans Salute to Wounded Warriors dinner, where she worked as a volunteer.

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

Pet Adoptions
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a non-profit 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. Call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to >

Greenbrier Middle School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Greenbrier High School Clinical Healthcare Science students recently became the first county students to receive the title of Certified Nursing Assistants by the State of Georgia in the school setting. The students are William Aslaner, Chelsea Brannon, Katie Cliatt, Kyrstin Eckert, Parker Ellison, Abby Evans, Courtney Gastelle, Alyssa Hall, Kaylie Holt, Kasia Konopka, Chelsea McGahee, Anna Morris, Whitney Odom, Amy Penton, Heather Perry, Cecily Scott, Courtney Thompson, Faith Barnett, Ally Bauer, Shelby Berns, Sherae Bramwell, Morgan Cannon, Kelly Dalton, Layne Deas, Ashley Duncan, Taylor Grice, Katie Hooks, Lindsey Knox, Chelsea Lewis, Olivia Mann, Rita Payne, Nina Shouse, Ryan Thacker, Mary Lane Turbyfill, Austin Vickrey, Ansley Williams and Lindsey Yates.

Marriage licenses
Harry McCalister Jr. and Jessica Danielle Arnold applied for a marriage license on April 18, 2011, and were married April 22, 2011, in Martinez.

It's our lake; we should be able to use it
It doesn't take a hydrologist to understand Bowen Pond's importance to Columbia County's stormwater drainage.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Policy debate was smokin'
It's not often that government discussions take such philosophical turns. But that was the case Tuesday when commissioners and citizens debated changes to the county's smoking restrictions.

Harlem archer sets sights on earning Olympic gold
When Cleavy Stanley prepares to back out of his driveway, he lets loose a quick blast of his car horn.

All-County team boasts big talents
Another baseball season is in the books. There were many highlights and a few disappointments, but in the end, it was another good year on the diamond. Many players performed at a very high level and deserve special recognition, so I present the 2011 Columbia County News-Times All-County Team.

Talent in county goes beyond major sports
Though another student-athlete could still get into the act, recent Greenbrier High School graduate Brittany May likely will be the last to sign a letter of intent to compete in college athletics for this past school year.

Greenbrier athlete to take the next step with Pacers
Kati Smallwood has coached pole vaulters on and off since Greenbrier High School opened in the mid-1990s.


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