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'Hype and hoopla' drives elementary foreign language idea
There is a need for someone to justify all the hype and hoopla over teaching Spanish at the elementary or even the middle school level. A trial in one middle school was abandoned in the past.

Whose idea is consolidation? City citizens should have say
It might not be a good idea for Harlem and Grovetown to lose their autonomy. It would be logical for them to be happy to have no city taxes and have the rest of the county support their infrastructures. How-ever, would the other citizens of Columbia County be happy to pick up their tab?

Service offers tax help to Sept. 11 victims
Columbia County-based income tax service Rhodes-Murphy is offering free income tax preparation and filing for residents of Washington and New York City who were affected by the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Man gives award to victim of Sept. 11
She is admittedly dispirited, and her eyes water from the lack of sleep.

Parents scrambled to get children home
Columbia County middle and high schoolpupils had a shortened day Wednesday.

Cancer claims county friend
Working all night in the cold, ice and snow was the easy part.

Wonderland
Brandon Gray just saw snow for the first time.

Get up and go
The Leah Volunteer Fire Department will have a special meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at station No. 2 on Burks Mountain Road. The public is invited to attend.

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

Current events
The next meeting of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be held January 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Authority Building by the Augusta Boat House. The Auxiliary has new leadership: Norman Daniels, who recently relieved Dr. Wade Hamer as Flotilla Commander, and Kimberly Dailey, who assumed the job as Vice Commander. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is charged with teaching boating safety and free boat inspection for the CSRA.

Winter stroll
A motorist stranded at the intersection of Belair and Columbia roads gets help from another driver.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 32 years ago, Jan 8, 1970

Barnes picks the best man
When Jim Blanchard Jr.s father lost a six-month bout with lung cancer and heart disease just four days before Christmas in 1973, County Ordinary Kathryn Morris appointed the son to fulfill his fathers unexpired term as Columbia County commissioner.

Consolidation deserves fair hearing
Besides discussions about new county district maps, one of the items on the agenda for Mondays meeting of the legislative delegation is the first real public discussion of the idea of consolidating Columbia Countys government with the cities of Grovetown and Harlem.

Take advantage of time for input
Early last summer, the members of the Reapportionment Committees from the Georgia state House and Senate traveled all over the state holding public hearings on plans to redraw the states political boundaries.

Peace on earth, coming when?
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men.

Hoops rivals will face off
This week's high school basketball action features rematches, grudge matches and a probable mismatch.

New year follow-up on players
With the new year under way, it's a good time to get updated on a few Columbia County standouts, including former Evans High School star Todd Greene.

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