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County chairman pushes merger
In terms of government structure, Barry Fleming wants Columbia County residents to think of the line between Columbia and Richmond County as a wall - a barricade against the wrong way to consolidate governments.

Residents still waiting over zoning plan
Residents along North Belair Road will have to wait to see what happens to a 14.5 acres near the intersection with Ronald Reagan Drive.

Holiday memories
With five children, Frances Lindley has many fond memories of Christmas' past in their Owens Road home in Columbia County.

Worker displays his Christmas spirit
Although represented in miniatures, Chester Plecha's love for Christmas is one that is collectively large.

A Santa's story
As he always does this time of year, Charlie Beale opened the closet and reached for his Santa Claus suit.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 37 years ago, Dec. 24, 1964

Current events
The annual subscribers meeting of the Martinez Volunteer Fire Department will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the department headquarters on Washington Road. The accounting firm Cleaveland and Anderson will submit the 2001 audit for approval of members. The operating budget for 2002 will then be discussed and two members to the board of trustees will be elected.

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

Get up and go
The August Mini Theatre is now selling tickets for its revised play Pickin' at 430 8th St. The show, which details tolerance and violence in schools, will be presented at 8 p.m. Jan. 18; 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 19; and 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Augusta Technical College's Jack B. Patrick Technology Center. Cost is $8 or $7 per youth in a group of 10 or more. For more information, call 722-0598 or visit

Property transfers
Broad Oaks Land and Investment Company to Jeff B. and Janet B. Whisnant, Shetland Acres, 2.4,$17,950

A Christmas story remake
Late March, 01 BC:

A reason to celebrate
Christmas is not just a holiday.

The paper paradigm
In one of the earlier episodes of The Waltons, John-Boys parents, as a special present, gave him a stack of writing tablets and new pencils. He held them in reverent, appreciative awe, and I remember, as an impressionable young teen-ager, knowing exactly how he felt.

Childhood gift provides a lifetime of memories
Jean Honeycutt McCormick was just 10 years old when she discovered what she calls her blessing. It was a talent for sewing that stitched together a special Christmas she remembers, some 67 years ago. And it was giving, not receiving, that made it memorable.

Welcome to the party
I dont know about you, but e-mail is a regular part of my day. Whether communicating with church members, friends across the country or missionaries around the world, I depend upon this form of communication. Almost weekly I receive what I call general messages from various persons. The e-mails origin is usually unknown, but it gets forwarded several times until someone I know sees it, likes it and then decides to send it on to me.

Panthers dominate Pack
Columbia County's public high school students finished their exams on Wednesday afternoon, but the Greenbrier Wolfpack wrestling team took one more test Wednesday night at Lakeside High School.

Gold led Lions to respect
Some of you may not realize it, but Columbia County lost one of its finest coaches last week when Mike Gold was forced out at Augusta Christian.

Sports briefs
Registration will be held January 12 for the USA Team Tennis Spring 2002 Junior Tennis League. Players and captains can register from 9 a.m. until noon at Newman Tennis Center or Petersburg Racquet Club. If you are not already on a team, you may register as an individual and will be placed on one.

Old story retold at Augusta Christian
Back in 1979, on a cold December night at Augusta Christian Schools, two high school students had just watched a basketball game and were ready to say goodbye.


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