Behavior of few isn't reflective of all students
I am thoroughly upset about Nancy Edenfields Dec. 11 letter in The News Times about the behavior of my peers at the Evans boys varsity basketball game.

Students aren't 'trash,' don't deserve epithets
Re the Dec. 6 Evans vs. Lakeside game, and Nancy Edenfields subsequent letter:

Both high schools participated in trash-talking
I am enrolled in Evans High and I was at the game Friday. Both schools were equal in their taunts.

Letter 'disgraceful' in branding Evans students
Nancy Edenfields Dec. 11 letter, Evans students game taunts "appalling, trashy vs. Lakeside, is disgraceful.

'Low-class insults' didn't just come from Evans
Re the recent letter by Nancy Edenfield: I find it appalling (to use her word) that an adult can label an entire school by what a few teens did at a basketball game. It would seem that Edenfield had an attack of selective hearing during the game. Students tossed low-class insults back and forth throughout the game from both sides of the court.

Fire safety
During Martinez Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Thigpen's presentation, he turns off the lights and tells his audience to get out of the building in the dark.

Events offer chance to dine with Santa, Grinch
For those who like a little sour with their sweet during the holiday season, the Columbia County Recreation Department will play host for its Breakfast with Santa followed by Lunch with the Grinch on Saturday.

Politicians to discuss issues over breakfast
Columbia Countians get their chance to address local politicians before they head into the 2003 session of the General Assembly.

Woman gives gifts from the heart
For Bridgid Molyneaux, gifts from her heart begin with work from her hands.

Police play Santa for needy youths
To serve and protect is the primary responsibilities of any law enforcement officer. However, for some local cops that credo has expanded to include playing Santa Claus.

Firefighters test skills, equipment by burning house
The Martinez Fire Department set fire to an abandoned house Wednesday to test the water flow rate of their new 5-inch hose.

County marks 212th
The audience sat enthralled as the angelic voices of Kiokee Baptist Church's choir rose through Columbia County's Appling courtroom Tuesday in celebration of two important birthdays, the birth of Jesus Christ and the county's 212th.

Residents speak out at sheriff's evaluation
A handful of Columbia County residents and sheriff's office employees voiced opinions about the sheriff's office at a Monday meeting with an assessment team as part of the sheriff's office's tri-annual re-accreditation process.

Property transfers and DUIs
Susan Connor aka Susan W. Wasden to John V. Furtner, 136 Crawford Drive, $97,550.

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

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menu

Sometimes, boring is OK
While Augusta;s government seems to always produce the controversy du jour, and Co-lumbia County sleepily rolls along, there is a common thread running through the meetings that lawmakers are holding in each county with the Chamber of Commerce.

Caroling throughout the years
"Theres a song in the air for the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!"

Getting by on fewer goodies
Every year, around Christmas, local lawmakers get together with local government officials to discuss prospects for the coming year.

Study election of school chairman
In meteorological terms, when one weather system clashes with another, storms crop up.

Lakeside teams outswim Greenbrier at dual meet
The weather outside was frightful, but the water was so delightful during the dual meet between the Lakeside and Greenbrier high schools swim teams last week at Augusta Aquatics Center.

Columnist offers his predictions on area basketball teams
The high school basketball season is well under way, and Columbia County squads are busy to trying to find the right mix that will make them click when region action heats up after Christmas.

AC names yet another head baseball coach
Life after Pete Meadows has turned into a game of musical chairs at Augusta Christian School.

Sports briefs
Three Evans High School fastpitch softball players were honored with Class AAAAA All-State recognition. Senior Anna Cheely was named to the All-State second team, while senior Natassia Wilkes and junior Meredith Weare were honorable mention All-State selections.b>

Greenbrier awards
Greenbrier High School fall sports award winners

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