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Tree barely misses champion title
What started as curiosity over the species of a certain tree ended with Columbia County having its own almost-champion Scarlet oak.

Woman sees new freedoms with leader dog
Terri Gibbs-Daughtry is getting used to having something warm and fuzzy with her everywhere she goes - and it's not her husband, Grovetown City Councilman David Daughtry.

Church gets awesome gift at Christmas
It's a gift that leaves the Rev. Bryan Matthews and his congregation at New Life Christian Center awestruck.

Thomson nightclub to receive protests
THOMSON - The alcoholic beverage license of T&W Cafe Lounge Inc., will be examined at a public hearing, the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners recommended last week.

Teacher enjoys spending time off on the paths less traveled
Angela Allen has many sides. She's a homemaker, an accounting instructor and loves hiking and mountainbiking.

Pastor sees congregation grow
The Rev. Eric Taylor stepped out on faith.

Chamber to hold banquet
It's party time.

Course tests firefighters
Donna Blessing climbed the ladder, came back down, climbed it again, carried some hoses be-fore she climbed the ladder once again while carrying an ax - all while wearing near 70 extra pounds of turnout and breathing gear.

Norwood ponders Senate run
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood knew it was coming.

Property transfers
Wesco Inc. to Lillie Collins, 1347 Wendell Lane, $135,500.

A little snow, a lot of fun
Bianca Hughes tries to catch snowflakes in her mouth as she and her first-grade classmates at Martinez Elementary School play.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 60 years ago, Jan. 29, 1942

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.

Inform taxpayers, then ask for money
Just after Columbia County commissioners agreed to join a regional economic development initiative, Chairman Ron Cross is calling for meetings to discuss another regional proposal.

Seniority will lure Norwood
We don't know how good we have it.

Hearing welcome, long overdue
There is a sense in Thomson that public officials are perhaps a little sheepish about their slow-as-molasses effort to shut down a community cesspool: the notorious T&W Caf Lounge.

Manna fed spiritual hunger, too
The people (of Israel) spoke against God and against Moses and said, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!

Sports schedule
Basketball: Lakeside at Burke County, 5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7 p.m.; Greenbrier at Statesboro, 6:30 p.m. (girls) and 8 p.m.; George Walton Academy at Augusta Prep, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; John Milledge Academy at Augusta Christian, 6:30 p.m. (girls) and 8 p.m.

Ups and downs
Augusta Preparatory Day School basketball coach Kevin Furtado experienced the thrill of victory last week. Then, in a matter of minutes, he tasted the agony of defeat.

Evans High football and cheerleading awards
Evans High School football and cheerleading award winners

Sports briefs
Greenbrier fundraiser

Patriots set to christen soccer field
Columbia County's newest middle-school soccer team doesn't have any goals, but that's OK - the Grovetown Middle School Lady Patriots are going to have their kicks anyway.

Columbia County well represented in Peach Belt
In Division II baseball, there's no question that the top conference in the country is the Peach Belt Conference.

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