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Columbia County government deserves time 'under media scrutiny'
Editor: Do you remember the 2008 presidential debates? Sen. John McCain stated that Sen. Barrack Obama acquired an inordinate amount of taxpayer funds designated for earmarks, aka, pork.

Late-summer insects arriving early
The dry, hot, humid summer has had many of our plants under stress. When plants are stressed, they are more susceptible to insects and diseases.

Proposal aims to revamp Martinez
A plan to revitalize portions of Martinez and provide tax credits to businesses moved forward Tuesday during a Columbia County Commission meeting.

County, schools adjust taxes
Property taxes on Columbia County land owners were raised and then lowered, both on the same day last week.

Construction begins on tax software corporate offices
he Chili's restaurant in Marshall Square will soon get a neighbor.

Cut off from service
Dee Tapley uses a lot of water each day.

School 's memorial garden keeps growing every year
When a death claimed one of their own, the pupils at Westmont Elementary School sprang into action to find a way to remember the kindergartner.

Commission rejects project bids
Columbia County commission members on Tuesday rejected bids for an exhibition hall and Family Y facility in Grovetown.

Kathryn Harbin and Grant Harbin, July 18, 2011.

Police Blotter
Police are looking for two men who reportedly robbed three teens at the Columbia County Amphitheater last weekend.

Time Capsule
As reported 32 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, July 25, 1979:

C&C Automotive held a grand-opening ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on June 30. It is at 3954 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.

Current Events
The annual meeting of Martinez Volunteer Fire Department Inc., dba Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, will be held at Fire Department Headquarters, 3910 Desoto Drive, Martinez, at 7 p.m. Monday. All residents are invited to attend.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is an nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the area.

Carmen Salaya-Ramirez, 24, of the 6400 block of Ridge Road in Appling, was charged Nov. 21, 2010, and sentenced to 170 days in jail.

Property Transfers
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Michael L. Myers, 140 Cyndee Circle Court, $69,000.

Marriage Licenses
David Alan Finney and Kaitlin Amber Mobley applied for a marriage license on July 1, 2011, and were married July 1, 2011, in Evans.

Humane and human care
Animal Services Manager Linda Glasscock cut the ribbon Tuesday at the new Animal Services building.

Tricks plotted to make you feel old
There are several things in life that I don't understand. Maybe all of you could think about these and help me out:

See? Fines never should have been focus
Skepticism validated. Back in 2008, when Columbia County commissioners voted to use sales-tax dollars to build a new post for the Georgia State Patrol, a state agency, we were supportive.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, July 24, 2011

Staffer missed at grand opening
Tuesday was supposed to be a celebratory day for the staff of the Columbia County Health Department.

Almost a miracle on ice
As Richard Redd and Elliott Wilch prepare for another year with the Columbia Cyclones travel hockey club, something tells them that nothing could top what happened last season.

Changes mark local American Junior Golf Association event
The American Junior Golf Association has had a presence in Columbia County for two years.

Thursday show will highlight local talent
WJBF-TV is already home to the area's only 30-minute high school football show each Friday night. Last year they joined with ESPN to produce a 60-minute, end-of-the year award show that got rave reviews, and now they are pushing the envelope even further.

Local ace doing well after injury
When Nolan Belcher threw the pitch, he knew something wasn't quite right. When he threw two more pitches, the pain was unbearable.

Sports Calendar
Recreation: Columbia County Recreation Department is holding fall sports registration through Aug. 5. Football, softball, soccer and baseball will be in season for the fall.

Sports Newsmakers
The Woodbridge Beavers Swim Team competed in the Black and Green Relay Meet at Woodbridge on June 17. The events included a tacky sweater relay, doggie paddle relay and a freestyle family relay where families swam against each other


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