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Parents should be held accountable for pupils
In response to the Sept. 8 editorial, Best "choice: Stick with schools, I agree the parents in Grovetown and Harlem area do trust our neighborhood schools, but some points of the editorial show your bias. No. 1 is the quote regarding the No Child Left Behind law, a Bush administration program that is sowing confusion, opened the doors for parent to remove their children from Title 1 Schools considered "low performing on standardized testing for two years in a row.

Another Confederate monument is 'offensive'
Has nothing of any significance happened to Columbia County or any of its citizens since the 1860s? Since the Civil War, when right prevailed, have there been no Georgian men and women whose valor and honor is worth celebrating?

Brookwood Glen site of homes tour
The Builders Association of Metro Augusta will once again sponsor the 2002 Parade of Homes.

Voters OK McDuffie's 1-cent tax
Turnout in last week's sales tax vote in McDuffie County, topped projections and put millions of dollars into school board coffers.

Panel to discuss tree law
Members of the Columbia County Tree Ordinance committee will meet again Monday night to hammer out details in a proposed countywide tree ordinance.

Residents protest group homes
Residents of Chimney Hill subdivision who are concerned about the location of group homes in neighborhoods met again with Columbia County and state leaders Monday night.

Devoti take oath
Mark Devoti was sworn in last week as the newest member of the Columbia County Commission. The former Grovetown City councilman fills the District 3 seat vacated by Barry Fleming - who chose to run for the Georgia House of Representatives.

Proposed mega-boat ramp get new location
Once dollars were taken out of the equation, the location of a planned mega-boat ramp at Wildwood Park was easily changed.

Raising the big top
Workmen raise the poles that support the bigtop at the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus Friday morning.

September tagged baby Saftey Month
There's information everywhere on how to keep children safe. From Web sites to magazines, from doctors to grandparents, every new - and not so new - parent has access to a ton of information on what to do to keep their little ones safe. There are even seminars and specialty stores designed around child safety.

Going to the dogs
A group of Girl Scouts crinkled up their faces with a collective "ugh" as they each bit into a dog treat.

Needed rains bring headaches
It was over almost as quick as it started.

County native featured in 'Forbes'
Few 23-year-olds can boast about having their picture in a prominent magazine. But, Danny Bush, a 1997 graduate of Lakeside High School, can.

Pupils head to flagpoles to pray for United States
Sophomore Joseph DeLoach pulled on a special T-shirt for Wednesday morning's See You at the Pole event at Augusta Christian Schools. The black shirt read: "Satan is a Poo Poo Head."

Red Cross of Augusta meets annual mission
Its mission statement sounds simple: the American Red Cross vows to "provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies."

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Current events
The Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain Support Group will present a family conference titled Families Helping Families Living with Chronic Pain and Fibromyaligia from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24 at the University Hospital Levi Hill III Auditorium, 1350 Walton Way, Augusta.

Property transfers
Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Gary E.Bishop, 1412 Asbury Drive, $237,900.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 40 years ago on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1962.

Get up and go
It's Spooky To Be Hungry, the all volunteer neighborhood-based food drive benefiting Golden Harvest Food Bank will take place on October 26. 'Spooky' currently takes place in more than 80 local neighborhoods. Now is the best time to help your neighborhood get involved in this fun, meaningful, family-friendly event. Volunteers participating in It's Spooky To Be Hungry will also be part of the national Make A Difference Day effort. For information, please call: 863-5863.

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

Brownie donation
The Sept. 11 project of a local Girl Scout Brownie troop has resulted in the gift of more than 60 stuffed animals to the Martinez Fire Department.

Columbia County newsmakers
Augusta Iron & Steel Works Inc. announced some organizational changes within the company.

Two homes have Hardy history
There seems to be some misinformation as to what happened to the house where movie great Oliver Norvell Hardy was born. One story is that the house was moved. This is not true.

The plan for our lives
My young granddaughter cant decide whether she wants to be a singer when she grows up, or work with dolphins at Sea World. Today, that is. Last week and the week before that she had other plans. So like a child.

Cracks widen in 'coalition'
Ed Presnell says theyre putting the cart before the horse.

Erect barriers to protect motorists
Residents of some Old Belair Road subdivisions that back up to Interstate 20 have been worried sick since the start of a Department of Transpor-tation project to remove trees near the highway.

Ashley brown column
Former Greenbrier High School football standout Michael Hicks was known as an offensive threat when he was with the Wolfpack. As a three-year starter for the Pack, Hicks played quarterback, tailback and wide receiver.

Sports brief
Petersburg Racquet Club in Martinez is offering fall tennis clinics for beginning adults and juniors.

Victories keep coming for Augusta prep
Augusta Preparatory Day School's soccer players assembled Wednesday for a team photo at Boardman Gymnasium, and the Cavaliers had no trouble mugging for the camera.

Weekly bowling scores
High games and high series

High School sports schedule
Monday Cross Country: Augusta Christian at Augusta Prep, 4:30 p.m.

Collision course
The Lakeside and Columbia middle school football teams posted convincing victories Tuesday, as the Panthers and Raiders each reached the season's midpoint with perfect 3-0 records.

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