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'Dedicated' Spanish teachers deserve support
I read the Dec. 12 letter from DiAnne Johnson, Span-ish teacher at Evans Elemen-tary, and felt I had to respond. Please know that the person reportedly from Stevens Creek who said that if we had to do what her school does that wed do nothing, does not speak for any of the parents I know at Stevens Creek. We are grateful for any and all of the quality teaching our children receive.

Children waiting for adoption 'deserve our help'
Hundred of thousands of children in this country desperately need our help. They are often shuffled from home to home. And they dream of getting to stay someday, of attending the same school year after year, of making friends and not saying good-bye. Most of all they dream of having a family who loves them.

Naming policy restricts boosters
If retired educator Rosa Lee Owens had her way, the new Grovetown Middle School would be named to honor Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau.

On guard
A slow, steady flow of river water cascades over the dam,heading to the banks where Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Steven Leathers patrols.

Points key to plan for greenspace
The target areas are determined.

Harlem ushers in Christmas
Seven-year-old James Rittwage stayed on a mad dash for candy.

Crime zones
Here's a list of crimes compiled from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The offenses included are:

Current events
First Baptist Church of Evans will be offering free gift wrapping on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the church on the corner of Washington and Belair roads.

Columbia newsmakers
Dustin T. Elliott, a 2002 graduate of Lakeside High School, recently enlisted into the National Guard. After eight weeks of basic training next summer at Fort Seal, Okla., he is scheduled to receive training in artillery as a cannon crewmember.

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

Blue Ridge Elementary honor roll
Blue Ridge Elementary honor roll

Get up and go
The Augusta Newcomers Club of the CSRA meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call Debbie Negua at 860-6752.

Riverside Middle School honor roll
Riverside Middle School honor roll

Time capsule
School officials set rules for playground use

New name policy fouls Greenbrier
For the members of the Greenbrier High School Athletic Booster Club, the Columbia County School Boards new rules on facility names must seem like getting into extra innings and then losing the game on a bad call by the referee.

Toll the ancient Yuletide carols
As much as I enjoy hearing and making music at Christmas time, some folks tell me they get awfully tired hearing Christmas carols from mid-November to New Years Eve. But you bah-humbuggers will be happy to know that when carols were introduced more than a thousand years ago, some folks didnt want to hear them at all.

County feels urge to merge
Some members of the black community use the N-word as a means of empowerment, wresting the epithet away from those who would wield it as a weapon.

County Christmas hoops title up for grabs
The Columbia County Christmas Tournament will bring some holiday cheers this week to the Lakeside High School gymnasium, where Evans, Harlem, Greenbrier and Lakeside will vie for basketball titles.

Sports are high on wish list
There are only six shopping days left (counting today) before Christmas, and like a lot of sports fans, I am compelled to beg Santa Claus for a few things we desperately need in sports.

Sports briefs
Petersburg Racquet Club will offer free tennis lessons Thursday and Friday to any child 18 and under. The lessons will run from noon to 2 p.m., and if the child does not have a racket, one will be provided. Contact Dave Gleason at (706)860-9288 for more information.

Basketball show must go on at AC
The inaugural Augusta Christian Schools Christmas Classic basketball tournament will be played as scheduled this week, but the main focus will not be on the teams competing for titles in the girls' and boys' divisions.

Greenbrier grapples with success of new program
There was a specific reason why Greenbrier High School senior Caroline Griggs witnessed the Wolfpack wrestling team's Brierpatch debut against Evans High School last week.

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