Sunday, January 19, 2003

Debate over cause of war continues; slavery was reason Civil War started
Tom Stafford's Jan. 8 letter, Writer has it wrong: Money was root of the war, brings up several issues that are worthy of discussion.

Corps discusses lake plan
More than 300 people packed the Belair Conference Center on Wednesday to hear details about the Corps of Engineers' proposal to conserve water in Clarks Hill Lake by further reducing flows into the Savannah River.

No errors found in county's finances
Columbia County's books are pristine, according to the results of an annual audit.

Fire department benefits from grant
Harlem firefighters got to add a few new outfits to their closet thanks to a grant from the Georgia Municipal Association.

'Traveling Toilet' helps raise funds for Harlem relay
Jean Dove and Kathy Watts went into the Harlem Police Department on Thursday morning to report some graffiti outside to the chief.

Tooting his own horn
It took six years of dedication and work, but Aaron Woods finally made it.

Area Kmart survives closings
The blue light has blown in Aiken, but it continues to blinkbrightly in Martinez.

Grant will aid flood prevention program
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency is helping Columbia County pay for part of a project aimed at flood prevention.

Evans High band to play in national invitational
The Evans High School band will participate in the National Adjudicators Invitational, an event only open to groups which have been recognized for exceptional achievement as a performing group.

Panel gives tentative approval to zoning
If you live in the western end of the county, chances are your child might be attending a different school next year.

Schools call on community to help judge seniors' projects
For the first time this year, Columbia County high school seniors will be required to present their senior projects before a community panel.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 35 years ago on Thursday, January 18, 1968.

Get up and go
The Korean War Veterans Association, Sgt. Harold F. Adkinson Chapter 225, meets monthly at 2 p.m. on the third Saturday in the Burnettown Town Hall, S.C. Highway 421, Burnettown, S.C.

Property transfers
West Lake Inc. to B.E.C. Custom Homes and Development Inc., 5022 Congressional Drive, $61,000.

School lunch
Columbia County school lunch menu

Current events
The Columbia County Retired Educators will meet at noon Jan. 28 at Charlie B's Restaurant for the dutch treat meeting.

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

Maybe they're just pulling our legs
Pardon us if were confused.

Safe community relies on partnership
The successive headlines were startling: First, Crime increases in Augusta. Then, (Columbia) county crime rate drops.

Living by the 'golden rule'
If youre worried about the price of gasoline rising a few cents per gallon in this country, take a look at whats happening in Israel. On Jan. 1 the price of gasoline in that Middle-Eastern country rose 5.8 percent. Instead of the $4 a gallon they paid the day before, Israeli drivers now pay $4.23.

Kids help remember time of King
Through the grimy, streaked window of the school bus, I watched as he watched me. Our two buses were passing each other at an intersection, and on that balmy Georgia afternoon I looked into his dark eyes and suddenly realized that none of his brothers rode on my bus.

Trustees stall with analysis
During a contentious meeting with local citizens a couple of years ago in Atlanta, state Reps. Bill Jackson and Ben Harbin left the room to vote in the Legislature.

High school sports schedule
TUESDAY Basketball: Baldwin at Lakeside, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; Greenbrier at Jones County, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; Augusta Prep at Augusta Christian, 6:30 p.m. (girls) and 8 p.m.; Richmond Academy at Harlem, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.

Columbia County athletes not making the grade
On several occasions in the past couple of weeks, I have been informed that a number of talented young high school athletes won't be playing sports this spring.

Evans athletes get praise, say farewell to coach
The first annual Evans High School Football and Cheerleading Sports Banquet was marked by words of wisdom from a successful college football coach, but a prep football coach who is now looking for a new job also shared the spotlight.

USC Aiken taps county to fill roster
On March 22, 2001, Kenny Thomas took a business trip that turned out to be a pure pleasure.

Sports briefs
The Lakeside Panther Athletic Association has scheduled its annual fund-raiser golf tournament for Monday at West Lake Country Club. Lunch will be at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The entry fee is $400 per team for the Lauderdale-format event. Hole sponsorship is $100. For more information contact John Smith at860-9308 or Harry Revell at 722-0768.

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