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Confederate ancestors should be remembered
We want our flag back, be it through a Constitutional Amendment, a repeal of the act that was forced through the House and Senate, or by means of a statewide Referendum. A yes-or-no, do you want the new flag or the old flag will do.

Citizens should protest bike-path omissions
With the growth of our county, there will be an increase in pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths. The challenging economy and air pollution controls will someday return us to biking, walking and mass transit. The most efficient way to help prevent deaths and injuries is to build bike paths, sidewalks and crosswalks in areas that people ride and walk today.

Christmas trees have uses beyond the holiday season
The life of a Christmas tree does not have to end with the holiday season.

Old cell phones put to new use
Technology is taking what cell phones can do to new levels all the time. Many cell phone users upgrade almost as fast leaving their old phone unused and rarely thought about.

Living miracle
To look at him, people would never know that Marcus Perry had undergone a kidney transplant. The 13-year-old plays with his 2-year-old brother, Malcolm, like any other child.

Fort Gordon's Fisher House helps many patients' families
Far away from home and with no transportation, Patricia Thomas spends her days waiting for her son to get better.

Leaders frown on road expansion
There's finally some consensus among local leaders about the future expansion of North Belair Road - there shouldn't be one.

Charitable gifts can be less taxing
At a time of year when everyone's thoughts turn to giving presents to family and friends, it's also a good time to consider giving to charity.

Time capsule
As reported 46 years ago in The Columbia News, Dec. 27, 1956.

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

Current events
New Life Worship Center will hold a New Year's Eve service at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the church at 3550 Morgan Road, Hephzibah.

Columbia County newsmakers
Eight members of Boy Scout Den 5, from Pack 615 of Wesley United Methodist Church, recently participated in their second annual Salvation Army Canned Food Drive. The kids enjoyed helping with the program and sorting the food.

Writer leaves poetic justice
Real writers, we snobbish scribes believe, get agents when they plan a book. Publishers pay advances on their ideas, and the writers then wait for fat royalty checks when the hardback hits the best-seller lists.

Tough price for Washington Road fix
Talk about a mixed blessing: Columbia County officials now say badly needed traffic improvements on Washington Road in Evans could come sooner than expected. But the project carries with it a potentially steep price if businesses are cut off from their customers as a result.

What did you get?
Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father who does not change like shifting shadows.

Wish list of 'forgotten' gifts
Were sure the bag was too full, the sleigh was overloaded, the reindeer were overworked already.

Marking 30 years of recreation
The Columbia County Recreation is very seldom heard from, sitting on the eastern side of the state. The department has been a leader in several areas over the past 30 years, sits quietly, not looking for recognition, but gladly sharing its ideas with others.

Sports briefs
A Technical Soccer Training Christmas Skills Camp will be Thursday at the Patriots Park Gymnasium. The camp will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is for ages 5-16. The cost is $40 per camper. All campers need to bring a sack lunch, indoor shoes, shin guards and a ball. Instruction and water bottle provided at the camp. For more information contact TST Soccer at 706-294-5033 or register online at

County recreation department's history marked by growth
Recreation in Columbia County has grown immensely in the past 30 years, and it looks like more growth is coming. The Columbia County Recreation Department plans to acquire additional land throughout the county.


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