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Early foreign language is valuable education
It is almost a clichd observation to suggest that languages are best learned at an early age. As someone who teaches K-12 foreign language methodology courses, it has been a genuine pleasure to have observed several Spanish classes at Stevens Creek and South Columbia Elementary Schools and to witness the success achieved by the Spanish program.

World must pray together, tear down walls
God gave us this Perfect Paradise, mother earth, to live. He gave us The Bible to teach us how to enjoy it. We are all neighbors. God is no respecter of person.

County recognizes fast crash response
Pam Tucker just wanted to give praise where praise was due.

Evans on parade
For Evans High School senior Rykie Belles, canceling the trip to the London Parade was out of the question.

Mayor gives council Grovetown refresher course
Grovetown's newest city council members already are learning about the issues that they'll have to face during the next four years.

Harlem weighs format
Before being able to get into the financial aspects of the coming year's budget, Harlem council members want to reorganize the city.

Patients benefit from motorcade
Politicians from across the state united to raise more than $2,000 for the Georiga Regional Hospital patients at the 43rd annual Georgia Municipal Association Mayors Motorcade on Dec. 12.

Current events
The Martinez Fire Department will have a training session regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's asbestos regulations from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 15 at the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency office on Faircloth Drive in Evans. For reservations, call 799-8134 or 667-5155.

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

Get up and go
The CSRA Agency on Aging offers several programs for seniors throughout the Augusta area, including those detailing adult day care, home modifications, personal care aids, care in the home and others. For more information, call 210-2018 or toll free at (888) 922-4464.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 59 years ago, Dec. 17, 1942.

What I got for Christmas
The Christmas my grandson was 5, I received the following early morning call:

Some Christmas gifts we didn't get
Trash cans today are filled with brightly colored paper torn from Christmas gifts that piled under trees and brought smiles to young and old alike.

Celebrating a legacy of giving
On any given day, millions of people gamble on the slim chance of winning millions in state lotteries. Few of them ever get a dime, but still spend considerable time daydreaming about what theyd do with all that money.

Remember 'vacant chair'
He was a former schoolteacher who chose to fight, even though he knew that his own cousin might face him on the other side of the battlefield. He thought this war would be of short duration and that the Union would be victorious. And so, as the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry marched forward in battle at Balls Bluff, John William Grout had no thought of becoming a hero or even being remembered should he fall.

Some resolutions should be easy to keep
The new year is almost here - that means it's time for more false promises.

Swimmer keeps time on his side
The good news is he's getting faster. The bad news is he's getting less sleep.

AC interim coach gets win
The basketball coach leading the Augusta Christian School Lions sports a goatee. He also dresses sportily, and he has a proven track-record in the Georgia High School Association.


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