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Commentary 'totally reflected facts' of Knob Hill dispute; HOA is right
Editor: I wanted to comment on The News-Times' June 26 editorial, "The (unnecessary) battle of Knob Hill."

Animal services limits scope of operations during move
Beginning Tuesday, Columbia County Animal Services will close for two weeks while staffers move to a new location.

Nepotism policy could affect trustee
A new nepotism policy approved Tuesday by the school board might prevent school trustee Wayne Bridge from seeking re-election next year.

Berry good deal
As Fred Cadle walked through rows of blueberry and blackberry bushes, he pointed out how full many of the bushes were with berries.

Accidents can take enjoyment out of 4th
While Independence Day is a time for fun in the sun and fireworks, people should use caution to ensure a safe holiday.

Marine Reservist taking part in exercise in Africa
The sun barely peeked over the horizon when the stillness was shattered by the roar of artillery. A Marine Corps Reservist from Evans crawled out of his tent into the southern Moroccan morning to start another day.

Several plants can be used in creating patriotic garden
Displaying the American flag is one way to show patriotism. Some folks have carried their love of country a little bit further by planting a patriotic garden, complete with red, white and blue flowers.

Fourth events feature food, fireworks
Barbecue and fireworks add to the celebration Monday for this year's Fourth of July observances in Columbia County.

Clethra will fill summer garden with color and a spicy fragrance
When July gets here, there are few shrubs in the landscape that will bloom. So, when a plant is found that will bloom in the middle of summer, it should be added to the landscape.

The Murphy Agency, Inc. -- Allstate Insurance, at 420 Furys Ferry Road, held a ribbon cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on May 3.

Blood Drives
Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold blood drives in the following locations in July:

Property Transfers
Wells Fargo Bank to Federal National Mortgage Association, 545 Great Falls, $168,683.

Police Blotter
Grovetown police are looking for a man they say was growing marijuana at his Grovetown home.

Stevens Creek Elementary School Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Yousra Abo-elhamd, Rishab Agarwal, Micah Anderson, Vinny Balan, Carson Barrett, Cassidy Bauer, Zach Bedell, Sara Beldsoe, Molly Bembry, Andrew Best, Jonathan Boggs, Lily Brown, Dylan Cardwell, Brett Chafin

Evans High Reunion
The Evans High School Class of 1949 celebrated its 62nd reunion on May 20 at Golden Corral.

Military Newsmakers
Air Force Airman Kenneth T. Jones graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the grandson of Mancie Paschal of Thomson.

Current Events
VWF Post 6445, 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem, will hold a barbecue starting at 1 p.m. Monday. Donations will be accepted. For information, call (706) 556-9194.

Marriage Licenses
Roy Allen and Tanya William McKie applied for a marriage license on June 8, 2011, and were married June 16, 2011, in Evans.

On Vacation
Heading out of town or visiting a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to cnt@newstimesonline. com. Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip

Adoption Showcase
Kitten season is here, and Heartsong Animal Rescue has many beautiful kittens to choose from. All kittens are vaccinated, dewormed, spayed or neutered, and litter-box trained. They are very sweet and well socialized. Cats and kittens can be seen at PetSmart through the month of August during normal business hours in the pet center.

Flying high
Brad Lowe (left), winner of the Columbia County News-Times' flag contest, is presented with an American flag by Culpepper Lumber Ace Hardware vice president Shane Pangle.

Tina D'Aversa and Daniel C. D'Aversa, June 21, 2011.

Brittany Williams was presented the A.C.E Award by the Columbia County Exchange Club. Trevor Maddox of Grovetown High School was presented the Vocational Award.

Sports Calendar

Camps Calendar
Basketball The Upward Basketball Camp for boys and girls entering grades 5-8 will be held July 11-15 at the Warren Baptist Church Family Life Center. The camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon daily. For information or to register, go to or call (706) 860-0454.

Get Up and Go
A bone marrow drive will be held 1-5 p.m. July 10 at Lazar's Trailers and Welding, 487 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez. For information, call Tiffany Carney at (706) 836-1180.

Celebrate freedom safely, responsibly
With July 4 falling on a Monday this year, the celebration of our country's Independence Day once again gets its own long weekend.

These misfortunes aren't ours
Homer Simpson succinctly expressed the schadenfreude of finding humor in other's misfortunes: "I can laugh because it's not happening to me.

Signers paid dearly for our freedom
The Declaration of Independence ends with one of the more passionate appeals ever put to words and memorized by yesterday's grade-school child: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lakeside grads making waves on the college level
Prior to his 2008 graduation from Lakeside High School, Joe Hastings signed to play soccer at Faulkner University before his senior season had even started.

Junior 's trip from S.C. results in his first win
As players in the boys 13-14 division finished their rounds midday Monday in the Solvay Specialty Polymers AJGT Tournament at Bartram Trail Golf Club, they conjectured on just what score might win.

Sports Calendar
Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club will hold its 3v3 Summer Soccer Camp on Monday and Thursday nights through July 28. It will run from 6-7:15 p.m. For information, go to or call the club at (706) 854-0149.

Camps Calendar
The Upward Basketball Camp for boys and girls entering grades 5-8 will be held July 11-15 at the Warren Baptist Church Family Life Center. The camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon daily. For information or to register, go to or call (706) 860-0454.

Passing league has started to catch on
As upwards of 15 teams converged on Greenbrier High School on Tuesday evening for the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes 7-on-7 football passing league, thunderstorms halted play before it really started.

Expect Belcher to be back as team bids for three-peat
There is no doubt that 2011 has been a tough year for former Greenbrier High School star Nolan Belcher.


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