Sunday, December 1, 2002

Thanks to District 4 for 'faithful' trustee vote
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the voters of Columbia County, District 4, who voted on Nov. 5.

Display of wall 'magnificent,' not disrespectful
After reading the Nov. 24 letter by Vietnam veterans Ed Knight and his wife concerning the Vietnam veterans moving Wall memorial, I feel it necessary to respond with the correct information. I, too, am a Vietnam veteran, Airborne Infantry 100 percent disabled.

Tree sellers help people spruce up for holidays
Glenn Brown has been selling Christmas cheer in the Augusta area for 18 years.

Holiday home tour scheduled
The West Lake Garden Club will sponsor a Christmas Tour of Homes Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Columbia County Foundation for Children.

Sheriff leading holiday parade
Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle has worked the Martinez Christmas parade in some fashion since he came to the sheriff's office in 1984.

County wants volunteers with wheels
The Columbia County Emergency Management Agency is recruiting volunteers who have four-wheel-drive vehicles to assist the county in foul-weather conditions.

Police motorcycle unit gets $1,000 donation
To help the Columbia County Sheriff's Office honor their fallen comrades, the Thomas L. King Funeral Home and the Alderswood Group donated $1,000 to the sheriff's office motorcycle unit.

The big cheese
By January, Tommy and Connie Thompson expect to have 120 kids.

So others may live
MOODY Air Force Base, Ga. - When American soldiers and airmen lie severely injured, pinned down by enemy fire and caught miles behind enemy lines with no visible means of escape, the don't lose hope because of the efforts of the son of a Martinez couple.

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

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 25 years ago on Wednesday, Nov. 20. 1977.

Ready to roll
Johnny McGahee, a meter reader for Columbia County Water and Sewer Services, demonstrates how to use the new Segway Human Transporter on Wednesday in Evans. Department employees will begin using the device in January.

Blue Ridge Elementary School honor
The following pupils at Blue Ridge Elementary School have been named to the A honor roll for the first nine weeks:

A good deal for county's kids
Shortly after Georgias lottery went online in 1993, demographers discovered a disturbing trend: Uneducated poor people were paying to send wealthy peoples children to college.

To the victor is redemption
Augusta Mayor Bob Young chose a curious phrase in commenting on his narrow electoral win Tuesday over Ed McIntyre.

The 'light of the world'
When much of your life is centered in the church, you dont need advertising slogans, department store displays or a downtown blaze of light to tell you Christmas is on the way. Sunday Schools plan programs, choirs rehearse music, and the worship committee schedules special events long before Santa arrives at the Mall.

Board should open up to public
Two days before Thanksgiving, miles away from most of Columbia Countys population, school board members approved a new calendar for next year that creates additional breaks and spreads the 180-day school year over a few more days.

Harlem church rose from ashes
The year was 1902, 100 years ago in the village of Harlem. Much excitement filled the air as members of the Methodist Episcopal Church gathered in front of their newly built church.

Weekly bowling scores
Listed by high game, series

Ex-Globetrotter visits area schools
A former Harlem Globetrotter bounced his way into Greenbrier Middle School last Friday afternoon to shoot some hoops and discuss the value of education.

Cream of the crop
Another prep football season is in the books, and for the sixth consecutive year, I had the fun (but difficult) task of putting together an All-Columbia County high school football team.

Sports briefs
Columbia County residents Tom Northcutt and George Patton set new Georgia State Masters Swimming records while competing with Greater Augusta Swimming in the Dixie Zone Championships in Anderson, S.C. Northcutt, swimming in the 35-39 age group, set a record in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 5:04.93. Patton set records in the 100- and 200-meter individual medley events (1:08.06/2:29.31) in the 40-44 age group.

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