Thursday, January 9, 2003

Writer has it wrong: Money was at the root of war
Speth ignores the fact that Abraham Lincoln, in his inaugural speech on March 4, 1861, stated I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the United States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so.

Remembers story of infamous Duke hecklers
I enjoyed Barry Paschals recent column about the Lakeside/Evans heckling.

'User rationale' should apply to school tax, too
A recent editorial said that The fairest fees are charged to those on whom the service has the most impact.

School ties
Grovetown Middle School's 415 pupils began the second semester at their new school Friday.

County plans new park
You probably will not find any baseball diamonds when the Blanchard Woods Park is completed.

Family Y set for grand opening
Columbia County will get its own branch of the Family Y when the Marshall Branch holds its grand opening Saturday.

Grovetown's Employee of the Year wears many hats
Laura McManus is many things - Grovetown Department of Public Safety communications officer, Grovetown clerk of court, mother of four, Mary Kay agent and parade organizer.

County's leisure services manager leaving for Hilton Head
The way Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross calls it, Frank Neal is being banished.

Classmates join in on boy's cancer fight
Pupils at Stevens Creek Elementary School donned pajamas and holiday hats as they headed off to school last month.

Harlem Middle faces spaces
Half of the population at Harlem Middle School left last Friday when the new Grovetown Middle School opened its doors.

School's in
Grovetown Middle School's begin the second semester at their new school.

Current events
Residents can recycle their Christmas treesin the Bring One for the Chipper program between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at Home Depot on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Time capsule
As reported 73 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 2, 1930.

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 childrenhelped with the program and sorting the food.

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

Get up and go
Stage III, Columbia County's community theater, will perform a dinner presentation of The Dinner Party by Neil Simon on Jan. 16-19 at the Jewish Community Center.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Grovetown Middle School, at last
If all the people who deserve credit for the opening last week of the new Grovetown Middle School, one man stands at the head of the line: the citys mayor, Dennis Trudeau.

Good call by freshman judge
Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan had big robes to fill when he was appointed to succeed Jim Blanchard, who had risen to a superior court post. Already, Flanagan has taken a stand that is a pleasant surprise to a sometimes jaded community.

Two old sides of same fight
Back when the wounds from the fight were fresh and ordinary folks were still mad about the way Roy Barnes snitched Georgias old flag, it was easy to get up a pretty good head of steam complaining.

Some '03 predictions
Why should astrologers, psychics, and pundits have all the fun? Besides, those perennial predictors of probability are wrong just as often as those of us who never get our prognostications heard, anyway.

Rival fans tone down courtside abuse
The last time the Evans and Lakeside high school basketball teams squared off, the on-court action was overshadowed by the antics in the stands.

Middle-school athlete will get his kicks on national level
Several weeks ago I detailed the exploits of Evans Middle School seventh-grader Kevin Millward, who won his age division at the Punt, Pass and Kick state finals.

Stars shine on diamond
The Columbia County Stars 12-and-undertravel baseball team finished their fall tournament schedule by winning two of the past three tournaments and placing second in the Tournament of Champions in Atlanta.

Weekly bowling scores
Listed by high game, series

Athlete Spotlight: Toya Coard
Lakeside High School's Toya Coard doesn't need to wear her heart on her sleeve. Her passion is simply stated by a shiny necklace adorned with a basketball gliding into a golden hoop.

Dogs, Lady Panthers open with wins
So far it's been a happy new year for at least two Columbia County high school basketball teams.

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