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Muslim defender should leave for Mideast
For the first time on almost six years I acquired a copy of The Columbia County News-Times, and noticed that Barry Pascal is now the publisher. Congratulations, Barry; its about time.

Grovetown chief should be fired over aliens
When a citizens goes into court and lies, hes a perjurer; when a cop goes into court and lies, its called testi-lying, and hes called a witness for the state. If a citizen helps criminals in their illegal enterprise, hes called a co-conspirator; when a cop aids and encourages lawbreakers, what is he called? In Grovetown, chief of police.

Wal-Mart opens in Evans
Teresa Neal's trip to Wal-Mart just got shorter.

Emergency system wins county approval
Columbia County will serve as the site of a pilot project for an emergency notification system using a local company's mass calling service.

Countywide tornado drill called success
Huddled against a wall, they tucked their arms, heads and legs in and held on tight.

Funeral homes address fears
Brenda Thomas is rethinking her future.

Harlem calls for laborers
Money problems have forced Harlem City Council members to ask for help from anyone with a hammer.

Shooting injures two
A 24-year-old Harlem man who police say attempted to commit suicide Thursday night also accidentally shot his mother in the process.

Current events
Stevens Creek Elementary School will have an orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday for parents of kindergarten pupils entering during the 2002-03 school year. For more information, call Susan Hadden at 868-3705.

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

Euchee Creek Elementary School honor roll
A and A/B honor roll students

Columbia digest
Silver Eagle Speedway has a new owner.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia New 24 years ago on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1978.

Gun lock giveaway
Project Homesafe representative Vinny Cherico shows Theresa Gantt how to use one of the free gun locks that he was giving away outside Sam's Warehouse on Bobby Jones.

Resumen del Espanol
La pista de carreras Silver Eagle Speedway tiene dueno nuevo.

Property transfers
Larry Norris to E. Dean Disher, 5266 Mill Branch Road,$25,000

Columbia newsmakers
Holly Blount, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Linden Blount of Martinez, was named to the dean's list at Valdosta State University for the fall 2001 semester. Blount is a graduate of Lakeside High School.

Parents must stay in the game
Tackled by critics of proposed elementary school curriculum changes, Columbia County School Superinten-dent Tommy Price did what all good quarterbacks do: He called a time-out.

Belair project takes a detour
In the political arena, sometimes too much is made of flimsy links between people and events; we feed on intrigue, looking for skeletons hidden in some government closet.

The Pharisees' bad name
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead mens bones.

Swimmers finish strong for season
Columbia County athletes didn't claim any state titles at the Georgia High School Association Swimming and Diving Championships, but the county still capped the prep season in style at Westminster High School in Atlanta.

Sports briefs
The Augusta District Dietetic Association is having its ninth annual golf tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club on Saturday, March 23. This is a fund raiser for the association, and all interested players are invited to participate.

Lakeside cheerleader gets Hawaii spotlight
Lakeside Middle School eighth-grader Lauren Chandler had quite an experience earlier this month.

Bowling scores
Weekly Bowling Scores, Men's and Women's High Game and Series Jan. 26-Feb. 12

Three Oaks for sale
The sun was shining in Harlem, but a black cloud was hanging over Three Oaks Golf Course

Harlem soccer poised to improve
Harlem High School's soccer team had plenty in common with opponent Thomson in last week's season opener.

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