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Thoughts on flag, godly politics, school dates
The letter from Bill Quattlebaum in the Nov. 20 edition was amusing but very serious ("Losers? Flag protesters got rid of Roy Barnes). We Republicans have a chance to make things better for the masses. We just need to be very careful and not mess up. For if we do, we will never hear the end of it.

'Encouraging words' for parapros appreciated
Thanks to Barry Paschal so very much for his encouraging words and thoughtfulness concerning paraprofessionals (column, More school, more money, Dec. 8).

Grovetown's Christmas lights 'rival the best'
As new residents of your community, we want to express our appreciation to all responsible for the Christmas lights in Grovetown. We think they rival the best efforts of towns much larger.

Columnist 'captured a reality' on discrimination
Barbara Seaborns Nov. 10 column, Tyranny of Tolerance sounded familiar. I remembered a book published in 1957 that had an almost cult-like following.

Commission bids adieu to 2 peers
Amid tears and smiles, Commission Chairman Jim Whitehead thanked those who have helped him govern Columbia County.

School nears its midyear opening date
With less than two weeks left before the scheduled opening date of Jan. 3, there is one thing everybody agrees on: there is still work to be done on the new Grovetown Middle School.

Santa spotting
Throughout the year, Michael Bennett can be found in the deli-bakery department at Kroger.

Can you Canjoe?
Take a hunk of wood and an empty Coke can and what do you have? Most people would say a hunk of wood and an empty Coke can.

Santa makes early stop in Harlem
Three-year-old Janaysha Allen got a great surprise on her birthday - she got to meet Santa Claus, who brought Christmas surprises for her and the other 38 children at the Harlem Neighborhood Development Authority Day Care Academy.

Inspections could prevent fires
With the onset of cooler weather, it is time for homeowners to think about winterizing their homes in order to insure that their residence is safe and warm.

Current events
The Chancel Choir of Harlem United Methodist Church, Harlem, will perform a special worship entitled "Journey of Promises, at 6 p.m. Dec. 22, at the church, 115 Milledgeville Road. For more information, call the church at 556-6885.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 37 years ago, Dec. 24, 1964,

All dogs go to see Santa
Sandy, owned by Leslie Wise of Augusta, has his picture taken with Santa.

Holiday findings
Riverside Middle School science teacher Jim Paschal researched the origins of Christmas traditions in America and presents them to his pupils every year.

Property transfers and DUIs
Toxey M. Smith LLC to Russell T. Smith, 676 Deerwood Way, $90,000.

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

Carols for children
O come, little children, from cot and from hall

Thumbs up for two smart kids
If there was ever any doubt that Columbia County produces some pretty bright kids, a couple of recent accomplishments should end any skepticism.

Ho, ho, whoa! Cheer is here!
I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to come by my house this week for a little Christmas party.

Common sense, uncommon gift
When the story came out that a convicted felon in California died because hed failed to take care of himself after receiving a heart transplant while in prison - even as 5,000 Californians alone await heart donations - I knew that common sense had officially been declared dead, too.

Progress, finally, on chairman study
Though some members of the Columbia County School are only reluctantly on board, local lawmakers seem to finally have convinced trustees that they need to initiate a study of the school boards structure.

Bowling scores
Listed by high game, series

Greenbrier girls pull off the perfect season
The Greenbrier Middle School girls basketball team made history last week, finishing with a home-victory to post a 14-0 record for the 2002 season.

Marshall, Scott put basketball in spotlight
For possibly the first time ever, Columbia County can brag that arguably the best senior and junior in the entire Augusta area play in the county.

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