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Television trades 'family hour' for raunchier prime-time shows
When Sen. John Dingell was pulled out of line and strip-searched before boarding an airplane, was that the first time a politician was caught with his pants down and he did not have to lie about it?

Consolidation would give 'thieving' commissioners more power
Consolidation is a bad idea. (I risk being labeled a troglodyte. CAVE person, troglodyte - get it? Never mind.) One of the basic underpinnings is that the present Columbia County Commission is doing such a good job as evidenced by the burgeoning growth of the county. Nonsense.

Education seeks ways to fill budget deficit
Columbia County taxpayers might fund some of the teacher training planned for this year that was threatened by state budget cuts.

Students glimpse tourism industry
Tourism brings millions of people a year to the Augusta area.

Death closes crossing
Fresh signs and flowers adorn the area of a railroad crossing where a Harlem woman was killed by a train Monday.

Class is helping develop leadership of tomorrow
After hearing pharmaceutical saleswoman Keisha Tutt describe her day, Chasity Hamilton was sure that's what she wanted to be.

High school science curriculum change
The Columbia County Board of Education is now in the process of revising the high school science curriculum, a change which will affect students next year.

Current events
A blood drive for the Shepeard Blood Center will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday 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.

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

Property transfers
PM Brock Homes and Development, Inc. to Trudy Suber Sullivan, 655 Deerwood Way, Evans,$264,900

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 32 years ago, Jan 22, 1970

Achieving excellence
Nan Melcher (left), a second-grade teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School, helps Shelby Nobles, and paraprofessional Bea Scheyer helps Shelby McKinzie in the school's media center.

Fort Gordon job cuts? Read fine print
For the record: There are no plans for Fort Gordon to cut its civilian personnel.

Bill will advance Georgia bus safety
Within the span of a few recent days, Columb

Bet on Craig to beat poker
From the beginning, the odds were pretty low that Georgias fledgling video poker industry would go down without a fight.

Improve deadly train crossings
Harlem Mayor John Bentley has sometimes been rightly criticized - including in this space - for jumping into proposals a little too quickly, only to be reined back in by laws that require more deliberation.

Take the Bible personally; put it in your own words
Last Sundays emphasis at our church was baptism. Taking our cue from the baptism of Jesus, we read the appropriate Scripture, heard a sermon on the meaning of the sacrament, and renewed our own baptismal vows.

Weekly bowling scores
Weekly Bowling Scores - Men's and Women's High Game and High Series 12/29 - 1/12

County hoop teams make headlines this season
Harlem High School senior Domonique Brown expected the Bulldogs to contend for a Region 3-AAA title in football, and that's exactly what happened during 2001 - Harlem stood atop the region standings late in the season and eventually settled for third place.

Players give thrill to crowd
Greenbrier Eric Marshall: 38 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals, 7 assists, 1 blocked shot.

Derrick earns region honor; Johnson keeps up with Cubs
Mickey Derrick, the head football coach and athletic director at Greenbrier High School, earned a huge accolade at the recent Region 3-AAAA meetings.

New coach heads AC baseball
Augusta Christian Schools new baseball coach Eric Lairsey had just signed his contract. Before the ink was dry he had his eyes on the sky.

Magnificent match
Region standing wasn't at stake, and it wasn't a championship contest.


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