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County needs to resolve dangerous intersections along Belair Road
Editor: I would like to point out two very dangerous intersections in Columbia County.

Hot weather, lack of rain creating many problems for area gardeners
Although it is not officially summer yet, the summer pattern of heat and drought has been taking a toll on most plants.

Grovetown will expand learning program
An innovative scheduling program that produced a dramatic increase in the reading and math skills of kindergartners at Grovetown Elementary School will be tried with first-graders.

Father of the Year
Mark Leszczynski remained an active part of his teen daughters' high school lives through their shared passion for lacrosse.

Tax increase will fill school budget gap
The Columbia County school board adopted a $178.8 million budget Tuesday for the 2011-12 school year.

In summer, regular checks for ticks are recommended
Tom Blalock had an uninvited guest join him and his family on a recent nightly walk. The guest turned out to be a tick that went undiscovered for nearly 10 hours.

Bluegrass band will perform at church
An award-winning bluegrass group will perform Friday at an Appling church.

Library system set to install faster computers for patrons
Columbia County Library computer users should experience faster service starting next month.

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

Marriage Licenses
Christopher Ryan McAlister and Mary Nicole Spohr applied for a marriage license on May 18, 2011, and were married May 20, 2011, in Evans.

Storm damage
Herman Pilgrim examines the damage to a home he rents in East Robinson Avenue in Grovetown after a large chinaberry tree blew down during Wednesday night's storm.

Property Transfers
JJ&Z Builders LLC to Lisa D. Adkinson, 366 High Meadows Place, $115,085.

Columbia County Father of the Year Nominees
Winning Nomination: Mark A. Leszczynski nominated by Emily Leszczynski, 18, Evans

North Harlem Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Casey Allen, Amelia Asterita, Gillian Carn, Camden Carter, Alex Chambers, Macy Estes, Brent Freeman, Paula Gant, Nathaniel Gomez, Noah Harman, Jordan Irwin, Colton Lopez, Kayla Malpass

Cynda Berger and Donald Cooper, June 14, 2011.

Current Events
Church Of Our Savior (Episcopal), 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez, will hold vacation Bible school for ages 3 through fifth grade from 6-9 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information, call (706) 863-1718.

Girls from Girl Scout Troop 20711, from Bel Air Elementary School, recently attended their year-end spring formal dance with a significant male role model.

Pet Adoption Showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties.

Earning the title for 'Daddy's Day'
"By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father."

Coffee for government employees? No way
Coffee drinkers are well aware that the price of the bean has skyrocketed. If you want to brew a pot at home, you'll pay nearly double what it cost a year ago.

Coalition aims to return blade
By way of Lord Polonius in "Hamlet," William Shakespeare famously advised, "neither a borrower nor a lender be."

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sports Newsmakers
The GA-SC Bulls U-14 Boys Soccer Team won the 2011 Georgia Soccer President's Cup White Division May 7-8.

ADs say Greenbrier has top program in Region 2-AAAA
When Casey Heckathorn's boys basketball squad broke through in making the state playoffs this past season, the last thing he and his players were contemplating was how it fit into the big picture.

Sports Calendar
Soccer: The CMI Blast Series 3v3 World Tour Soccer Tournament is scheduled for Saturday at Blanchard Woods Soccer Park. Team ages range from 5 to adult and include boys, girls, men, women and co-ed. Registration cost will vary depending on age level.

Lions star Martin receives scholarship after big season
Augusta Christian's Tyler Martin has parlayed his huge senior season on the baseball diamond into a college scholarship. He will play at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga.

Camps Calendar
Baseball: The Evans High School Youth Baseball Camp for ages 5-14 will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Monday through Thursday at the school. The cost is $80. E-mail coach Ricky Beale at

Harlem softball camp
Rebecca Clark, 10, fields a grounder during Mike Leverett's Harlem High School softball camp at Patriots Park.

Lions football team goes to meetings with Hokies
Keith Walton has a special treat he likes to give his football players at Augusta Christian.


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