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Bible is clear: Stay away from Harry Potter
As Christians, children of God, we are to be set apart. The Bible clearly teaches to stay away from divination, sorcery, witchcraft, fortune-telling, casting spells, consulting with mediums or psychics.

Law on barking dogs provides little assistance
This is in reference to a police report in the Dec. 9 News-Times. My hat is off to the woman who woke her neighbor to complain about his barking dog.

'Setting record straight' on county history book
The Historical Society appreciates The News-Times interest and support, but youve been missing too many meetings or you would have a better understanding of the facts concerning the publication of our new history book, To Seek A Newer World.

Legislators discuss consolidation
Count State Rep. Bill Jackson and Grovetown resident Rosa Lee Owens out of all this consolidation talk.

New city council members sworn in
Craig Brooks can come out from behind the curtain and be a visible member of the Harlem City Council.

Local man fills new judgeship
Jim Blanchard Jr. hasn't ordered his robe yet, hasn't looked at his new office or the chambers where he will be serving as the newest Superior Court judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Fleming ready for 2002
A year ago, Barry Fleming faced a difficult year as county commission chairman.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 38 years ago, Jan. 10, 1963

Current events
Wesley United Methodist Church will be having a 13-week Christ-centered health program called "First Place" at 7 p.m. today. Participants must attend at least one of the orientations. Weekly sessions will then be conducted from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. To preregister, call Shirley Hunt at 860-4496 or Penny Hodges at 868-9243.

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

Fire calls
Martinez Fire Department activity report for Dec. 23-Dec. 29:

Columbia newsmakers
Jessica Crouse of Martinez was recently inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society at Florida State University.

Get up and go
The Amateur Radio Club of Augusta will be having licensing classes beginning Feb. 4 in the first classroom at Doctor's Hospital. The classes will take place at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and will be offered for eight weeks. For more information, call John Crawford at 793-8819, Kevin Martin at 394-6881 or Allen Menges at 793-1625.

Trust schools, or leave them
Public schools cannot operate without the trust of the public they serve.

Columbia County continues to prosper
Because of the conservative leadership and fiscal responsibility of the elected officials and Board of Commissioners, Columbia County continues to prosper and keep on a steady course in spite of the tragic events and resulting rapid economic downturn which occurred in 2001.

Yankee memories in a Southern school
All it takes to make a former New Englander smile is to cover the ground with a blanket of snow. So when heavy flakes began falling a few nights ago, I knew Id be up earlier the next morning than children on Christmas Day, and Id remember .

Emergency preparations pay off
In times of calm, its easy to dismiss emergency officials often-obsessive drive to come up with plans to cope with disasters. When there are no immediate challenges, all the planning can seem like bureaucratic busywork.

Weather causes scheduling problems for some schools
Augusta Preparatory Day School athletic director Kevin Long summed up the scene for Columbia County's snowbound basketball teams.

Defensive display
There are two words to describe the defensive dominance delivered by the Evans High School boys basketball team last weekend in its game at Lakeside High School.

Whinghter trying to make decision
Augusta Christian School senior Joel Whinghter is still undecided on where he will be playing football next fall.

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