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Holiday cheer
Lindsay Goodpasture, 9, visits with Santa at the American Legion Post 192. The Post recently played host to the Easy Riders Annual Christmas Toy Run. Organizers passed out presents and gift baskets to families and children.

School ready to open
Grovetown Middle School's 415 pupils will start the new year at a new school Friday.

Pet strives to become top dog
Georgia Smelser sleeps with a bear in her bed.

Boards set to shuffle leadership
The Columbia County Commission and the Board of Education will spend part of this week planning their leadership for 2003.

County saw year of many changes
In 2002, Columbia County remembered old friends and celebrated new additions There were the November elections which brought change and some surprises. Columbia County Commissioner Chairman-elect Ron Cross became the first chairman to be elected by vote of the people of Columbia County.

New year promises excitement
Though it's a little cliched to say so, New Year's Day really is a time for a fresh start, a time to kick off new ideas.

United Way fund-raiser ties one on
Call it his special-occasion tie. "I wear this tie when they ask me to," said Rick Toole, the United Way of the CSRA's campaign chairman, of the white United Way "thermometer tie," which charts the progress of this year's campaign.

Elaborate displays fill home with Christmas spirit
WILLISTON, S.C. - Christmas is filled with happy memories for Robin and Dannie Dukes.

Time capsule
As reported 39 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 2, 1964.

Get up and go
A weight management program, A Taste for Life, teaches how to live a balanced healthy life from a Christian perspective. The 13-week session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 6 at Wesley United Methodist Church on North Belair Road.

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

Looking back at 2002, ahead to 2003
Columbia County enjoyed a year of relative calm in 2002, as voters made minor changes in elected leadership and saw two of their tax dollars biggest projects to date come on line.

Farewell to two public servants
As 2003 begins, the terms of two Columbia County Commission members come to an end.

Resolutions made to be broken?
Ever since I started writing back in the late 1970s, I have made a list of New Years resoluti

Net's no help with pledges
Make 2003 the year you get more meaningful stuff done every day!

Hoops season expected to heat up
The new year brings new challenges for the Greenbrier High School boys basketball team. Likewise, the Lakeside High School girls will hit the court in 2003 with new resolution.

Athletes shone brightly in 2002
Many Columbia County teams and athletes made 2002 a year to remember.

Athlete of the Year: Roy Cheney
Though he worked hard to become the most decorated high school track-and-field athlete in Columbia County history, Roy Cheney made hurdling look easy.

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