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Foreign language worth higher taxes
Im pretty tired of all the hoopla over the Spanish classes being offered at selected elementary schools. Most should already know that the haves will have and the have nots will not. Ive read several of the opinions in the CNT of late, each expressing a point of view from their own perspective. Its not the school systems fault, but a money issue; Dont deprive my child out of learning a foreign language and making him/her more competitive than yours.

Schools should be free to set priorities
As a county in the state that ranks 49th out of 50 in the quality of education of its students, Columbia County should continue to set the example and move forward, not backward, in the struggle to give its students a better, more comprehensive education.

Officials want land rezoning reconsidered
Bill Coleman's clients are casting a $7 million pair of development dice along North Belair Road - but Columbia County's Planning Commission doesn't want to gamble on speculative commercial zoning too close to residential property.

County facing lean budget
Blame Steve Szablewski's holiday blues on the economy.

Deadly road
Blurs of cars race by as a swirling wind whips toward patches of grass and a surrounding stronghold of trees. A zipping buzz of humming engines breaks the silence of the cracked-asphalt setting.

First responders often can be life savers
Bryan Addenbrook isn't a licensed first responder, not yet.

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

Current events
The Harlem Lions Club Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Entry forms are available at Harlem City Hall or by calling 556-3448 or Scott Dean at 556-0083.

Time capsule
Members of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners participated in a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Administrative Complex on Davis Road in Martinez Monday afternoon.

Crime zones
Here's a list of crimes compiled from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Get up and go
Ben and Keeter's Puppets will be at local libraries during the Christmas holidays. The show, called "Christmas Magic," will be performed at the following locations and times: 7 p.m. Thursday at Gibbs Library; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at Wallace Brach Library; and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21 at Friedman's Library.

Zell zings traitor, 'nitpickers'
Georgias junior U.S. senator, Zell Miller, D-Ga., has made quite a reputation in Washington and here at home for not only being outspoken, but for his knack at voicing blunt thoughts that zero in on the views of his conservative Georgia constituents.

Fiscal lesson in bonuses
In the grand scheme of multi-million-dollar budgets, a few bucks for a Christmas bonus for government employees isnt that big a deal. But when Columbia Countys method for paying those bonuses this year is compared to Richmonds, it reveals a textbook lesson in why our county is ascending even as our larger neighbor falters.

Happy birthday, Columbia County
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Tax glitch hits seniors
Jonelle Hurt is angry. And hundreds of other people just like her may be, too; their property tax bills are going through the roof, thanks to a glorified accounting glitch.

Sports briefs
The Augusta Impact 12-U girls fastpitch softball travel team is seeking an all-star caliber pitcher and catcher to join the squad. Pitchers and catchers only are being sought for tryouts. For more information call Jeff Towe at (706)364-2170 or (706)771-5618.

Soccer Champs
As the team captains met prior to Saturday's Georgia Recreation and Parks Association state championship game in the under-10 age division, a rainbow arched behind the pitch at Patriots Park.

Hometown gymnasts take second
The odds were against the home team in the Level 5 state gymnastics championship last weekend at the Patriots Park gymnasium.

Basketball teams see success, improvement
In Columbia County boys' high school basketball action, two teams are off to strong starts this season, while two others have shown marked improvement so far during the 2001-02 court campaign.

Young Evans team improves record to 4-1
Despite losing just about everyone of significance off last year's team, coach Kevin Kenny, once again, has his Evans Knights off to a great start this basketball season.


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