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Help from late store manager left lasting impression on boy
Barry Paschals Oct. 31 column in The News-Times on the life of Lindsey Yeomans was outstanding. We need more news on people who spend a life helping others.

Tag-office glitch may force auto owners to pay extra in taxes
I have an early November birthday. The day before Thanksgiving I realized that I had not paid my car tag tax. I immediately called the car tag office. I was told that in May the tax office had some problems with the compute. I was also told that the company mailing the forms out from Atlanta was having problems. I was notified that I would have to pay a penalty even thought it was not my fault that I did not receive the tax notice.

Foreign language can survive, but schools need consistency
Re Barry Paschals Nov. 25 column, "Equity means "adios:

Waste authority considers new options
Columbia County has a trash problem, and officials are looking for a solution.

Parades kick off holidays
The first two parades of the holiday season wowed spectators over the weekend, drawing thousands to Robinson Avenue in Grovetown and to Washington Road in Martinez.

Tis the season
As the tree's lights flashed on, they signaled the end of the ceremony - and of a long process.

Lakeside Middle School honor roll
Lakeside Middle School

Martinez Elementary awards
Martinez Elementary awards

Grovetown Elementary honor roll
Grovetown Elementary School honor roll

Current events
The fourth-graders of Brookwood Elementary School will perform the school's 12th annual version of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker several times during December. The schedule is: 9 and 9:40 a.m. today at Brookwood; 9:30 a.m. Thursday for guest schools and day cares at Brookwood; and 9:30 a.m. Friday at Sue Reynolds Elementary School. The performance is free. For more information, call Johnny Carr at 855-7596, Ext. 217.

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

Get up and go
A meeting to discuss a reapportionment mapping of the legislative districts and how they will affect the area will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Sheraton Hotel in Augusta.

A Columbia County Christmas
Highlights of the Columbia County tree lighting.

Rezonings on tap
There is a constant tension in Columbia County as citizens demand a conflicting combination of quiet suburbia and retail convenience. Developers seek the greatest return on their investments in meeting these needs; that often means a change in the designation of a sites permitted use.

Christmas high finance
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and the money not scarce?

The RICO victory
From the start, the prosecution of six Augusta men under Georgias Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act seemed like a stretch.

Hallelujah! County lights tree
Back in 1999, an editorial in this newspaper lamented that while fast-growing Columbia was making efforts toward building up its own identity - with a new Evans courthouse on the way and a library in the planning stages - everyone but us had a Christmas tree.

Sports briefs
On Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20-21, Petersburg Racquet Club will offer free tennis lessons to children ages 18 and under who have not played before, or who have limited experience. These holiday lessons are from noon to 2 p.m. Tennis rackets will be provided, if needed. Anyone interested in participating needs to register in advance by calling Petersburg Racquet Club at (706)860-9288. For more information, ask for head professional Dave Gleason.

Pack begins wrestling; Panthers await
A new Columbia County squad debuts this week, as the Greenbrier High School wrestling team competes in a three-way match Friday at T.W. Josey High School.

10-year old sets sights on Olympics
A couple years ago, Marjorie Schaffer let her daughter race on the condition that she at least finish.

Christmas tournaments
Retail stores won't be the only high-traffic sites this Christmas season.

Former Evans High School standout set back by knee injury
Former Evans High School standout Fredie Williams put in a lot of work this summer, and was ready to make his mark as a collegiate basketball player.


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