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State's license list endangers professionals
As a licensed professional Im deeply concerned about the practice of the Georgia Secretary of States Office in listing home addresses of all licensed professionals within the state on the Secretary of States Web page database.

Religious leaders aren't more often predators
The vast majority of clergy people and others who have influence in the lives of young people and vulnerable adults are wonderfully dedicated people, men and women who serve God and humanity with little or no public acclaim.

Old stores disappear, replaced with car dealers
Beautiful Columbia County!

Newest Goodwill draws big crowds
Shoppers crowded to the Goodwill Emporium's grand opening last Saturday at its new location in Martinez.

First Friday brings art lovers out to museum
Ashlyn Bradshaw couldn't quite get the look she wanted.

Thomson Food Lion will close this week
Just as Thomson is celebrating many new businesses, one of its older ones is saying goodbye.

Dulcimer jam strings music lovers along
The lilting sounds of mountain dulcimers sweetened the chilly air of the lakeside cabin.

New restaurant planned for old Shoney's building
The old Shoney's Restaurant on Bobby Jones Expressway will become a family pizza joint just in time for Masters Week.

After office
It's Monday, Jan. 13 - inauguration day for the governor and state constitutional officers. Former State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko is not in Atlanta. She's at her home in Appling.

School plays host to Family Night
If you feed them, they will come.

Psychologist briefs parents on abduction
A psychologist presented a program for Riverside Elementary School parents on ways to discuss abduction and how to train your child to respond to dangerous situations without scaring them.

A face in the inaugural crowd
Now I know what happens when the dog catches the car.

Acting their age
Teachers and pupils celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up as if they were 100 years old.

Time capsule
On Monday of this week, the Harlem School, led by Mrs. Rep Whidden, conducted an air raid practice drill.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menu

Current events
The United Methodist Women of Martinez United Methodist Church will hold a presentation on Zimbabwe, presented by Lola Parks and Ida James at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Get up and go
The Harlem United Methodist Church is holding The Ins and Outs of Storytelling, a workshop on the art of Biblical storytelling by professional storyteller Tracy Radosevic. It will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1, at the church at 115 Milledgeville Highway, Harlem.

Reveling over reading
Westmont Elementary School pupils dance during the celebration the school gave as a reward for the children meeting their reading goals under the Reading Renaissance program.

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

Abusers arrested, even if they're cops
Three years ago, Columbia County deputies were summoned to a Wheeler Road home on a report that a woman was being assaulted by her boyfriend.

Information: Too much, or not enough
In a letter today, Madeline Moyer worries that the Georgia Secretary of States Office posts, on its Web site, the home address of all professionals who register with the state.

Hard choices aren't popular
Pontious Pilates name is well-known to religious people. As the government representative responsible for allowing the execution of Jesus Christ, whom Pilate knew was innocent, the Roman governor is immortalized as an example of a public official who did what was popular rather than what was right.

False impressions
It was a common ritual, standing at the checkout counter waiting for the clerk to approve my check.

No room for 'sunshine patriots'
United Nations inspectors in Iraq recently discovered 11 chemical warheads that werent included in the list of weapons Iraq provided in December.

Lakeside, Greenbrier dive into school rivalry
Bryan Wells never experienced the athletic rivalry between Lakeside and Greenbrier high schools. He graduated from Lakeside in 1996, and Greenbrier didn't open until the fall of that year.

Super Bowl pairings show that risk-taking can pay off
With the Super Bowl on the horizon, I sat down with the intention of writing a story on some of the hot topics that emerged during the NFL season.

Athlete Spotlight: Justin Otis
Lakeside High School senior Justin Otis has a habit that is very hazardous to other people's health.

Harlem High fall sports banquet
Photos by Mike Howell

Teams want to end month strong
It's do-or-die time for Columbia County's high school basketball teams.

Sports briefs
The Greenbrier High School Athletic Boosters will hold a silent auction Feb. 1 as a fund-raiser for the school's baseball program.

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