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Citizens proud of rescuers, mourn for victims
I am not a brave policeman, willing to run into a crumbling inferno to get strangers to safety, only to have my life cut short as the tower fell; or strong enough to stay as long as it takes to rescue every possible survivor, then recover every body still caught in the destruction.

Sister city visit gives new hope
After returning from a recent visit to Columbia County's sister city, Nowy Sacz, Poland, county Commissioner Barry Fleming said he was filled with hope for the future - even in the midst of a national tragedy.

Creation story earns Martinez pupil award
Ashley Rachels has a decorating quandary - where to hang her major award, the one with Georgia's gold seal.

Moment of silence
They gathered in the dark and chilly morning, watching while the rising sun backlit the American and Georgia flags flying at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Firefighters will give to the fallen
Among the many letters now posted on a bulletin board at the Martinez Fire Department's headquarters are notes expressing the feelings of a communityafter the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

Commander signals readiness of troops
The nation's war on terrorism will be a different kind of war, but it won't change the role of the Army Signal Corps, Fort Gordon's commander says.

Fire calls
Martinez Fire Department activity report for Sept. 9-15:

Property transfers
Belair Commons to Homes with Merritt Inc., Lot 28 & 29, Belair Commons, $38,000

Elementary lunch menu
Elementary lunch menu

Indian dance
Evans High School freshman Nina Talukdar along with her sister Runa Talukdar, a senior at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, recently danced the ''Bharata Natyam,'' a classical dance from Southern India, at the Hindu Temple of Augusta.

Current events
A pumpkin soap box derby rally will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 at Fort Gordon. Weigh-ins for the race will begin at 7 a.m. The derby will include three categories: stock division for those age 9-16, super stock division for those age 9-16 and a masters division for those age 11-16. For more information, call Charles Weathers at 798-9466.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 47 years ago, Sept. 23, 1954

Police reports
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.

Firefighters help 'brothers'
Perhaps no one in our community has felt more compelled to lend a hand in the rescue and recovery efforts in New York than local firefighters.

Don't overreact to bomb scares
Just as the Sept. 11 terror attacks brought out the best in patriotic pride and spiritual renewal, so did the historic disaster uncover the worst among us.

Time to turn other cheek?
In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus told his disciples they should no longer live by the law of equal retribution - an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth.

Forgiving 'trespasses'
To say Denyce Graves has a beautiful voice is to say that Billy Graham is just another preacher, that Mark McGwire is just another batter, or that Neil Armstrong is just another pilot. As Graves sang The Lords Prayer during the worship service at the National Cathedral, Laura Bush, with simple elegance, leaned over to her husband and whispered, Beautiful!

Substance beats style
Columbia County Commissioner Tom Mercer would admit hes not the best public speaker in the world. His voice-box often sounds like its full of rocks - not quite gravely, more like sandy; kind of a raspy tone that doesnt project very well.

High school sports schedule
Cross Country: Augusta Christian at Central Fellowship, 4:30 p.m.; Lakeside at Evans, 4 p.m.; Harlem at Washington County, TBA.

Greenbrier athlete fellowship sees membership grow
It's never too late to find your faith.

Greenbrier tops Lakeside
Greenbrier High School softball coach Garrett Black had reason for doubt during the Lady Wolfpack's game Thursday at Lakeside High.

Sports can help us move past grief over attacks
Like all Americans, I was horrified by the terrible tragedy on Sept. 11.

Football gets middle schools back in routine
Columbia County's middle school football season was supposed to start Sept. 11, but that was not a day for fun and games.

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