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Answers to school traffic include times, buses
In her recent story in The Columbia County News-Times, Traffic woes continue at area schools, Melissa Halls quote from Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price is priceless. He gives three simple solutions in one sentence that would reduce congested traffic:

Parents' priorities skewed on homework, time
In response to M. Murros letter of April 24, Schools need later start times; students need less homework, and R. Johnsons letter of May 5, Early start times, extra projects hurt student rest, regarding students being given too much homework:

Students receive merit cerfificates
The Columbia County Board of Education recently presented certificates of merit to several students who have recently achieved academic and club-related honors.

Celebrating mom
That Kim Helmly Cosby will spend Mother's Day with family and friends isn't very unique.

Students electric auto engineered for success
"Did anybody tighten the tires?" Christopher Evins wondered aloud as a fellow member of the Evans High School Electric Vehicles Club took the group's dual-engine-powered racer for a full-speed test run around the back parking lot.

Schools name teacher of the year nominees
Columbia County's 24 schools and its alternative school has each named its 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year nominee.

Proposal targets retiring teachers
Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price introduced a proposal to board members this week that would provide incentives to teacher retirees returning to work in the classroom.

Resumen en espanol
Un plan de diez anos para mejorar la recreacion en el Condado de Columbia projecta la construccion de docenas de parques con un precio de $77 millones.

Property transfers
Alexander A. and Amy S. Greenbaum to Charles Philip Harris, 3712 Clark Crossing, $189,500

Columbia digest
A 10-year plan for recreation improvements in Columbia County foresees construction of dozens of parks with a price tag of $77 million.

North Harlem Elementary honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the honor roll at North Harlem Elementary:

Cooling centers
Two cooling centers in Columbia County are open for residents who need to seek shelter from the heat. The centers will remain open through the end of September.

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

Columbia County newsmakers
The Rev. Jerry Pitman is the new pastor of Silver Run Baptist Church in Harlem.

Augusta Christian honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the honor roll at Augusta Christian Schools:

Euchee Creek Elementary honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the honor roll at Euchee Creek Elementary:

Bel Air honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the honor roll at Bel Air Elementary:

Mothers toil with mo' love
It could have marked a low point in life for me. Hearing the words was startling for someone like me, proud of my working-class background, possessing a do-it-yourself streak that causes twangs of guilt when someone else changes my trucks dirty oil:

Mothering in grand style
Its been 11 years since Ive shopped for a Mothers Day card, or wrapped a special gift to honor the woman who gave me life. Though I stored many good memories of our half-century together, there was a time during the early years when assorted illnesses and too many babies too fast kept her from occupying the primary nurturing role in my life. But Im living proof that Gods promise to supply all your need according to His glorious riches.... (Philippians 4:19), is true, even if that need is for someone, at least for a while, to take a mothers place.

Recreation plan a good head start
Columbia County has grown by nearly 40 percent in the past 10 years. If it grows by just 3 percent per year in the next 10 years, there will be more than 40,000 more residents here.

Area golfers gear up for state tourney
The Georgia High School Association Class AAAA state tournament will be played Monday at Forest Hills Golf Club, and Lakeside High School is the host squad.

Sports briefs
The Georgia Games East District Sports Festival will feature youth baseball tournaments May 17-19 at Patriots Park. Age divisions include 14-under, 12-under, and 10-under. The entry fee is $200, and each team is guaranteed three games. Awards will be presented to first, second and third place winners, plus all participants will receive a T-shirt. For more information contact Kelvin Lampkin or Mike Brodhecker at 863-7523.

Evans coach sees season of success
As I settled in to write this column, I had no idea of whether the Evans Knights were alive or dead in the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs.

Camping out
When the final bell rings Friday at Columbia County's public schools, students can finally take a vacation.

Bulldogs fail to make state
The Harlem High School baseball field was spruced up for the 2002 season, but a new paint job couldn't hide the writing on the wall.


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