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Case closed: Brown didn't steal or damage signs
The well-publicized sign incident of the Columbia County Commission District 1 race has, in the minds of some citizens, left a cloud on the character and reputation of commissioner-elect Steve Brown. The allegations of theft by taking and criminal trespass are not to be taken lightly. On Aug. 15, the Columbia County Sheriffs Office released a report containing the conclusions of its investigation. The 15-page report is now part of public record and available for review. The following are conclusions from the report:

Larvacide shouldn't be handled without gloves
In a Aug. 21 story in The News-Times, West Nile worries residents, Colum-bia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker said she cant stand it when people are scared and they do not need to be. I cant stand it when people are not scared and they need to be.

Parents responsible for student achievement
I was extremely impressed with Barry Paschals July 31 column, School choice is bad answer. The column addresses the most overlooked, but important, issues in education today.

Justice Center to open Friday
Tom Gunnels has a reason to smile.

McDuffie wins state health grant
McDuffie County is getting a cut of $5 million in state grants from the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Property tax increase is not that much, county says
All those advertisements warning homeowners of a Columbia County property tax increase may have sounded ominous, but after all the math is done the owner of a $100,000 home will pay just $5.89 more per year.

Martial-arts kids get kicks through stuffed-toy drive
When John Michael King was a baby, his grandmother's dog, Oliver, guarded his crib.

New I-20 exit proposed
THOMSON - A public information meeting to discuss the Georgia DOT's proposed plans for the construction of interchange improvements at I-20 and Thomson West Bypass (Three Points Road) in McDuffie County is scheduled for Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

County OKs location for Confederate marker
On the day Columbia County Republican voters went to the polls to offer their opinion on whether a local Confederate group should be allowed to place a marker on the grounds of the Judicial Center in Evans, commissioners were approving a location for the marker.

Dog bites animal control officer
An animal control officer was bitten by a pit bull when he responded to a call of a dog running loose Friday morning at a Martinez residence.

Climb for a cure
It is unlikely that six-year-old Brian Dorsey of Evans will ever climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, but through stories and pictures, it will feel like he's been there.

Current events
What was your child's first day of school like? Send us a picture from your child's first day and tell us a little about it. The deadline for the pictures is Sept. 4.

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

School photos
What was your child's first day of school like? Send us a picture from your child's first day and tell us a little about it. The deadline for the pictures is Sept. 4.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 24 years ago on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1978.

School lunch menu
Lunch menu for Columbia County Schools

Walker's foe seeks funds
In just a few weeks, Randy Hall will be searching for votes from every nook and cranny of Augustas 22nd District state Senate seat.

Justice Center: Open for business
Its been a long time coming - four years, to be exact. But as of Friday, when the ceremonial ribbon is cut, Columbia Countys Evans courthouse annex will be open for business.

Officials shouldn't ignore poll answers
Many of the 1,869 voters who chose a Democratic ballot in Columbia County last week were upset to discover that they couldnt vote in the primary elections much-discussed straw poll questions.

Who's rolling over in what grave?
How many times during the recent election campaign did you hear the following: If our forefathers knew what was happening in politics today they would roll over in their graves?

Banged-up Thomson stalls in scrimmage
The coaching staff and fans of the Thomson Bulldogs got an early look at the 2002 edition of the team this past Friday night during a scrimmage game against the Screven County Gamecocks in Sylvania.

Winning by a foot
Greenbrier High School senior Ben Tankersley is small in stature, but when the Wolfpack football team's place-kicker swings his right leg, he comes up big.

New coaches, quarterbacks enter the mix
Columbia County's public high school football teams kick off the 2002 campaign this Friday night, and with the Augusta Christian Schools season already underway, local prep fans can finally begin the football feeding frenzy.

Expect Greenbrier, Harlem to chalk up victories
Ashley Brown picks winners for Friday night high school football

Lions run away with season opener
The post-Joel Whinghter era at Augusta Christian got off to a fine start Friday night.

Three county squads open play Friday
Columbia County's public high school football teams hit the gridiron Friday night in season-openers for the 2002 campaign.

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