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National debt, federal agencies raise troubling concerns about future
Editor: I am deeply concerned about the so-called debt reduction talks going on in Washington. America is headed for a financial crisis and I see no solution. Joe Biden goes to an NEA meeting and slams the Republican Party.

Know when weather will, won 't allow for boating
We have all heard the phrase, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a while; it will change." That's true, and it's those changes that we need to pay attention to.

Knology promises expanded TV service
Harlem and Grovetown leaders hope to see improvements in their communities' cable television service now that Knology will be serving the cities.

Broadband network still months from completion
Though the installation of fiber optic lines needed to operate a countywide broadband network should be complete by January, Columbia County residents won't reap any benefits for at least a year.

Church expects to open new sanctuary in spring
An expansion project under way at an Evans church will provide members with a new space specifically dedicated to worship.

Sticking with it
For many of the 35 Columbia County high school seniors receiving diplomas Friday, it mattered little that their graduation moment came more than a month after that of most of their classmates.

Your Photos
Steve and Barbara Schilling, of Evans, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a cruise to the Caribbean on Carnival Valor. They were married in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 5, 1981. They have two sons, Stephen Michael, of Atlanta, and Christopher Andrew, of Evans.

Pet Adoptions
Pet adoptions from Columbia County Animal Services, usually featured on Wednesdays, are temporarily suspended while the agency moves to its new facility on William Few Parkway in Grovetown. It is scheduled to open Monday. For information, call (706) 541-4077.

Time Capsule
As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, June 15, 1977:

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

Sara Rose Newman, daughter of Timothy and Laura Newman, of Grovetown, has earned her master's degree in music performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Current Events
The Family Y offers a variety of camp experiences for children of all ages through July 29. Camp registration must be completed prior to child's attendance. Discount for additional siblings. Register at any Family Y location or online at

Scandal highlights bigger problem
You could cite many reasons for the cheating scandal that has blown up the Atlanta public school system and given Georgia another black eye in the national media.

Countdown to summer's end
On Friday my wife got The Letter.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ignore the rules, and they'll go away
For some 20 years, William Jenkins dutifully paid the sewer fee tacked onto the water bill for his Martinez home. It wasn't until problems developed with his septic tank, which amazingly operated without maintenance for those two decades, that he realized he'd been paying for service that he didn't receive.

Grovetown High 's athletic trainer wins national award
Jessica Kirby says she always knew she wanted to be a high school athletic trainer. What she didn't know was that her career path would lead her to national recognition.

Sports Calendar
Baseball: Martinez-Evans Little League will play host to the state Little League Senior division tournament for 15- 16-year-olds at Lakeside High School Thursday-Monday, with games at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.

Former Augusta Prep star takes third in Georgia Am
Former Augusta Prep standout Lee Knox fired 1-under-par 69 to finish tied for third at the Georgia State Amateur last weekend in Atlanta.

Riders have new place to rent bicycles
Those wishing to bike the Augusta Canal towpath but lack a bicycle or the means to transport one there can rent the needed equipment at the site.

Cavs focus on fundamentals in summer ball
When he took over as head coach of Augusta Prep's baseball program this summer, Brad Hillman didn't know quite what to expect.

Athlete Spotlight: Harlem High School
Harlem's lead softball pitcher is Kristen Mills.

Camps Calendar
Basketball: The Sure-Shot Basketball Camp for boys and girls in grades 2-5 will be held July 25-29 at Lakeside Middle School from 9 a.m. until noon daily. Each camp costs $80. Call Tom Weidenaar or Dave Pitock at (706) 855-6900.


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