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School calendar 'done deal' only if citizens let it
I want to offer some additional thoughts. First of all, the calendar as approved is only a done deal if the citizens of Columbia County want it to be. No law says that the Board cannot rescind its previous action if it deems necessary.

Everyone wins if Georgia flag goes to voters
Both your editorial position and column are wrong. The flag issue was important - crucial, even. This election was lost by Gov. Roy Barnes because he chose to rule the state rather than run it. For all Sonny Perdues ebullient talk of victory and mandate, he didnt win; Barnes was defeated by his high-handed handling of the school and flag issues. ... If Perdue doesnt visit the flag issue, he will be a one-term governor.

As one road project ends, another begins
As one road project ends, another begins

Martinez firefighters plan training exercise
Panic naturally goes hand-in-hand with structure fires.

School's play offers something different
A Christmas Carol? Nah. The Nutcracker? Not exactly.

Fire department gets early present
Christmas Day is still more than two weeks away.

Students study Civil War life
"How many guns did a soldier carry?"

State grant provides Grovetown officials with new firearms
Thanks to a state grant, the Grovetown Department of Public Safety officers will soon be carrying new Glock sidearms.

Device watches for fast drivers
A little technology may help the Grovetown Department of Public Safety keep speeding from being a problem.

Family Y set to open Columbia County branch
The Family Y will expand into Columbia County when they hold a grand opening for their newest branch at the Eagle Point Center at 4534 Washington Road on Jan. 11.

Tree of Love marks 20 years of memories
THOMSON - One of McDuffie County's most beloved traditions has reached an importantmilestone.

Opinions sought for assessment
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is undergoing its tri-annual assessment and the public is encouraged to voice their opinions.

Civic club applauds firefighter
The Exchange Club of Columbia County recently named Grovetown Department of Public Safety firefighter James Taylor as the county's law enforcement officer/firefighter of the year.

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

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

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 13 years ago on Thursday, Dec. 6, 1989.

A feast fit for Pilgrims and Indians
North Columbia Elementary School pupils Taylor Vaughn (left) and Jadyn Feldman talk while enjoying a Thanksgiving feast.

Columbia County Newsmakers
Cadets Matthew C. Martin and Stephen F. Martin of the Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., both completed outstanding soccer seasons for 2002.

Current events
In 1770, a grant was issued for land in the township of Wrightsborough for those "seeking a newer world." This was the first official settlement for what was to eventually be Columbia County, chartered Dec. 10, 1790.

The look of Christmas
Miss City of Harlem, Kristy Thigpen, flipped the switch to light up the Christmas tree in front of City Hall in Harlem.

Grovetown Middle School honor roll
The following students at Grovetown Middle School have been named to the A or A/B honor roll for the first nine weeks:

Get up and go
The Leah Volunteer Fire Department will elect new board members for the coming year when it meets Thursday, Dec. 19, at Fire Station No. 2 on Burks Mountain Road. Leah residents are invited.

Israel service brings perspective
n Nov. 11th, I returned home from three weeks in the army - the Israeli Army. For two years since this round of troubles started up in Israel, my wife and I watched and saw how Israels economy was being hurt by the fighting.

More school? More money
ev. Roscoe Perry of First Mount Carmel Baptist Church gave a humdinger of a sermon the other day.

An angel's voice?
When we arrived in Germany more than 30 years ago, one of the children on our military installation lost no time telling us what he thought of the German people.

Safety should be child's legacy
Just over a month ago, 5-year-old Evans Elementary kindergartner Morgan Danielle Beverly died when her father accidentally backed over the youngster in the familys Martinez driveway.

Weekly bowling scores
Listed by high game, series

Area athletes get G.A.M.E.S. awards
Three Columbia County prep athletes were announced as winners this week in the third-trimester Great Augusta Medals For Excellence in Sports (G.A.M.E.S.) Awards.

Players enjoy college season
Some former Columbia County high school soccer players had a ball during the recently completed college season.

High school association recognizes AC players
Augusta Christian School football coach Bruce Lane relied on his 10 seniors to provide leadership during the 2002 season, but when the Georgia Independent Schools Association announced its Class AAA all-state selections, three AC juniors led the way.

County natives suit up for Jags
Two players from Columbia County are on the roster this season with the Augusta State University basketball program.

Sports briefs
Lakeside High School will hold its third annual Men's Alumni Soccer Match at Panther Stadium on Dec. 21.

A fitting title
Stacy Wig traveled to Texas during the weekend before Thanksgiving, and she wasn't taking a sightseeing tour in the Lone State - she was the sight to see.

Masterful solution to debate on Masters
As a life-long Augusta-area resident and an avid golfer, following The Masters Tournament is not just a personal pursuit - it's a passion.

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