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Hearings about tax levies are scheduled
Columbia County and city governments will conduct public hearings this week to set property tax rates.

Grovetown campus to open
Registration starts Tuesday for current students at Augusta Technical College, which will open a new Grovetown campus in August.

Schools to be using improved Web site
Columbia County school officials said a new school system Web site at should be available for public use by Monday.

Longtime judge Hardaway dies
Columbia County lost one of its longest serving public officials Friday when Probate Judge Pat Hardaway succumbed to a prolonged illness.

Pastor celebrates 25 years at West Acres
About 1,500 people worship each Sunday at West Acres Baptist Church.

Ensuring security
When Hillary Tanton left Martinez to study international relations, she never intended to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Gardens provide multiple benefits
Gardening can provide a lot of things: extra food for the family, flowers for decorations and herbs that can be used in most any meal. But gardening also provides exercise and relaxation.

Animal Services to hold open house
Columbia County Animal Services staffers plan to show off their new headquarters during a Tuesday ribbon-cutting and open house.

Cost might delay Family Y building
Construction bids that came in higher than expected likely will prompt Columbia County commissioners to push back plans to build an exhibition hall and Family Y facility in Grovetown.

Some insects in garden will provide protection from their pesky cousins
When we think about insects, fungi or bacteria in the garden, bad things normally come to mind. We hate the sight of plants that have been eaten, leaves that are turning brown, or plants dying.

Current Events
Harlem change: The Harlem City Council meeting scheduled for Monday has been moved to July 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Property Transfers
Charles H. Thomas to David Bruyninckx and Joyce M. Bruyninckx, 5436 Meadowlark Lane, $59,250.

The Gift Loft of Evans, at 400 Town Park Blvd., Suite 200, held a Grand Opening Ribbon Cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Pet Adoptions
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. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered and cats are litter-box trained prior to placement. To adopt, donate, or for information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to

Utica College graduate: Renee Marie Robbins-Yonkin , of Grovetown, has graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Utica College in Utica, New York.

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

On Vacation
Columbia County residents Bob and Claudia Thoresen, Don and Evelyn Lawrence and Joe and Deborah Covington toured the Hawaiian Islands with stops at Oahu, Kauai and the big island of Hawaii before returning home from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Romana Salle Gartman and Willard Darrell Gartman, June 29, 2011.

Marriage Licenses
Bradley Woodward Adams and Katelyn Elizabeth Blackston applied for a marriage license on June 6, 2011, and were married June 25, 2011, in McDonough, Ga.

All about Alaska
A group from West Acres Baptist Church in Evans enjoyed a 12-day Alaska trip. They traveled on the McKinley Explorer train from Anchorage to Fairbanks. They toured Denali National Park and saw Mt. McKinley, where this group photo was taken. After five days of touring, the group boarded a cruise ship for seven days along the Alaskan coast.

Christopher Richard Sherman, 28, of the 1200 block of West Martintown Road in North Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on April 1, 2011, and was fined $810.

In mourning for Miss Pat
For many of the people who just arrived in Columbia County, Pat Hardaway is someone you probably wouldn't have met unless you got a ticket or maybe need to probate a will.

In celebration of good neighbors
"Better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off." - Proverbs 27:10

Fewer reasons to argue? That's good news
Columbia County commissioners recently approved a request by the Animal Services Advisory Board to allow that volunteer group to meet quarterly rather than monthly.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, July 17, 2011

Camps Calendar
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.

Tennis camp
Tennis instructor Christiane Krupp shows Jack Jewitt, 5, how to hit the ball during a tennis camp at Petersburg Racquet Club for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Ex-Pack player puts in work to be fit, ready at Air Force
Back when Dylan Turner donned the green and gold of Greenbrier High School, there was no questioning his versatility on the football field.

High school football is just around the corner
As we enter late July, there's one month to go until the high school football season kicks off.

Sports Newsmakers
The Augusta A's 15U travel baseball squad is comprised of boys from Greenbrier, Evans and Lakeside high schools.

Getting a kick
Andrew Swinford, with Tiger Rock Martial Arts Institute, watches as Tony Travillion, 7, Anisa Travillion, 7, and Leann Chang, 8, practice Tae Kwon Do during a camp at Augusta Jewish Community Center.

Sports Calendar
Soccer: 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.


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