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Sheriff's Office, DA hailed for jailing 'pervert'
In February of 2002 the Columbia County Sheriffs Office arrested Jack Andrews on numerous charges including, but not limited to, sexual molestation of a child and multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child. This came on the heels of a year-long investigation. Having reached a plea agreement, Andrews was sentenced in Columbia County on Aug. 13.

Proliferation of signs weren't Founders' idea
The Southeastern Legal Foundations threat to take Columbia County to court over its yard sign ordinance proves that frivolous lawsuits are filed by folks other than those who spill hot coffee on themselves and then sue McDonalds.

Common sense needed for future leadership
Here we go again. Election season is upon us. Its the same trump card every time - the children, the children, the children. Exactly what do they need? Their own personal Columbia County Disney World or Taj Mahal? Having lived in Columbia County for more years than my choice of candidates combined, I beg to differ.

Classes offer early exposure to music, art
As the strains of Hawaiian beach music filled the air, Vonda Darr asked a group of preschoolers and their moms to use their imaginations and pretend to be octopi.

Exchanges offer family special view of the world
Mitsuhiro Hayashida doesn't speak much English, but when he does, he emphatically proclaims his love of Georgia.

West Nile worries residents
When Pam Tucker asked who is scared of West Nile virus, everyone in many of the large groups she spoke to raised their hands.

Private schools resume classes
Two Columbia County private schools began the new year this week.

Road-widening plan displayed Thursday
The Georgia of Department of Transportation plans to widen a section Columbia Road and wants to hear from you.

Settled in court
Cindy Mason is the keeper of all records.

Back to class
Photos by Jim Blaylock

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

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 35 years ago on Thursday, Aug. 22, 1957.

Columbia newsmakers
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Howard, Sr. were married July 6, 1952. They celebrated the occasion with a reception held June 29, 2002 at the First Baptist Church of Augusta. The reception was given by their children, Patricia H. Hunter, Jan H. Lamb and John R. Howard, Jr. Joining them were their grandchildren and great-granddaughter along with many other family and friends.

Get up and go
Bible Cathedral, a local non-denominational congregation of over 100 members is kicking off the first year of AWANA at 7 p.m. Sept. 4, at the church at 1116 Fury's Ferry Road, Evans. The public is invited to attend.

Current events
A public input meeting to discuss preliminary design proposals for Wildwood Park will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29, at Eubank Blanchard Community Center, 6868 Cobbham Road (Highway 150), Appling.

Predictions in retrospect
This time of year, we swim so deeply in politics that those of us in the punditry business sometimes forget to take a breath.

Political game tangles school funds
The good news for South Columbia Elementary School is that their Spanish program is finally getting $50,000 promised last year.

Lessons in Politics 101
A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he is a statesman.

Current events
A public input meeting to discuss preliminary design proposals for Wildwood Park will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29, at Eubank Blanchard Community Center, 6868 Cobbham Road (Highway 150), Appling.

Young Lions
It would be understandable if first-year Augusta Christian School football coach Bruce Lane examined AC's gridiron schedule, and then circled some key contests for the 2002 campaign.

Region rivals ready for football season
With the kickoff of the 2002 high school football season just around the corner, prep squads in the CSRA are conditioning and practicing everyday to get ready for the opening coin toss.

Sports briefs
USA Team Tennis will hold registration Sept. 7 at Petersburg Racquet Club for its Fall Junior Tennis League. Sign-up times are from 9 a.m. to noon. Players and captains can register; if you are not already on a team, you may register as an individual, and will be placed on one.

Gridiron alumni score for boosters
THOMSON - A bunch of guys with bald heads and loafers took on a group of players about to enter middle age in a flag football exhibition.

New football coach stresses success
A quick glance at his office provides some insight into what makes Bruce Lane tick.

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