Thursday, January 17, 2002

Roads and Bridges 'real heroes' during snowfall
Well, we keep seeing headlines that Pam Tucker and the Emergency Management Agency handled our recent snowfall. But a big pat on the back goes to the real unsung heroes: the Columbia County Roads and Bridges Department.

Appreciation for assistance after accident
Im writing this to express my heartfelt gratitude for the help we received when our boat sank at Lake Thurmond. There was only one other boater at the dam at that time. Columbia County Sheriffs Deputy Bobby Bradford was patrolling the dam at the time. He noticed our distress and signaled the other boater to our aid. He also made calls for other assistance. Sheriff Clay Whittle should be honored to have such an outstanding man on his force.

County officials should ponder tax for fire fees
I have just had a volunteer from the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department call at my home for donations.

Harlem Woman's club names outstanding citizen
Sam Pursley has spent most of his life helping those who had trouble helping themselves. On Thursday, a roomful of friends and family spent about an hour thanking him.

Crossing danger
Scattered along a ditch only feet from a Harlem train track was a Bible, Christmas wreath, toy bubble gun and a van torn into a mass of shredded metal - the remnants of a fatal accident.

New post office gives Appling a 'modern' look
The Appling Post Office has a new address and a new look.

Officer keeps tabs on local sex offenders
Columbia County sheriff's Sgt. Frank Dodson knows they're out there.

Current events
The Shepeard Community Blood Center and Evans High School Health Occupations Students of America will have a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Evans High's gymnasium. The public is welcome, but visitors must stop by the main office to get a visitor's pass. For more information, call 860-7698.

Get up and go
A blood drive for the Shepeard Blood Center will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Evans Government Center auditorium. Treats from Papa John's Pizza an free t-shirts will be given to donors. Blood is now needed because of a slump in donations since Sept. 11.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 38 years ago, Jan. 17, 1963.

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

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

Shining lights in a dark day
In times of confusion and turmoil, it is easy to dwell on your own problems and not only fail to see the small blessings we enjoy, but to miss the much larger problems others are forced to face.

Columbia County and Harlem lost a trio of 'good men'
Like the song that was popular in the late 60s, Where have all the flowers gone? I find myself asking Where have all the good men gone?

A welcome check
There seems to be some confusion about how a federal grant of $50,000 came through the Georgia Department of Education and to the Spanish program at South Columbia Elementary School.

A tearful goodbye to an 'angel'
The name Ewa Dobrowolska may not be familiar to everyone, but to those who have traveled to Columbia Countys sister city, Nowy Sacz, Poland, or played host to their visitors in return, the peppy, Polish surgeon was an angel.

Sports briefs
The Making Maple Syrup event will be at Mistletoe State Park on Saturday.

AC bests rival Eagles
The Augusta Christian Schools boys basketball team finally broke its Brentwood School jinx last week at the Lions Den.

Court action
Greenbrier High School basketball fans were in a frenzy Saturday night, and the ruckus revolved around one resounding dunk.

Columnist gives personal progress report of teams
In last Sunday's News-Times, Columbia County's high school basketball coaches gave grades for their teams at the season's midpoint.

Lakeside succumbs to Lady Pack in overtime
Greenbrier High School girls varsity basketball coach Garrett Black was hot under the collar Saturday night at the Brierpatch.

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