Thursday, February 6, 2003

Post miscues kept wedding guests out of Fort Gordon party
My sisters daughter had a lovely wedding on Saturday, Jan. 11. The reception was held at Fort Gordon at the Gordon Club. While planning the reception, the first question asked was whether the guests have any problem getting on the post. She was given passes for her guests and assured there would not be a problem.

High schools teach students to communicate in foreign tongue
I was devastated to learn that I am an arbitrarily required foreign language teacher. Until Barry Paschal informed us in his Jan. 29 column, Spend money on sure thing, I thought that I was a valued member of a profession that I love.

The late Herbert Cadle left lasting impression on family, friends
In tribute to the late Herbert Cadle, who passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 74:

Police fighting rising burglaries
Few crimes feel more invasive than someone burglarizing your home - busting down the front door or jimmying a window, rummaging through your stuff.

Disaster devastates shuttle fan
On Monday, Greg Brooks was wearing his space shuttle Columbia T-shirt, an outward homage to the seven astronauts who died when the space shuttle exploded Saturday over Texas.

County reaches out after shuttle disaster
In the spirit of kinship, Columbia County officials commissioned a 3-by-4-foot sympathy card to send to the families of the space shuttle Columbia's flight crew.

Thomson residents go with the Flo to become whine-free
Mike Carrington never stood a chance.

Expert storyteller conducts workshop
Everyone is a storyteller. Just ask professional storyteller Tracy Radosevic.

Burglary arrests rare; alert neighbors help
A Martinez man and two Augusta juveniles were charged in the burglary of the Backyard Tavern on Wednesday.

McDuffie chamber honors residents
Brad Graham was a little surprised to be standing at the lectern, holding the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Me and my shadow
Elijah Hicks is a small thing.

Movies at Hardy museum
The City of Harlem Relay for Life Team, Ollies Army, is holding Movie Night beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Laurel and Hardy Museum, 250 North Louisville St., Harlem.

Local lawmakers take places among GOP leadership
Columbia County's legislators are wearing Republican hats.

Harlem to hold business breakfast
In an effort to boost economic development, the Harlem City Council will host a Harlem Business Breakfast.

Blood drive
Martinez Fire Department administrator David Butler donates blood during the Columbia County employee blood drive last week at the Columbia County Government Complex in Evans. The drive was the countys most successful yet, with 121 donors.

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

Happy New Year, Chinese style
Wojciech Konopka demonstrates the art of kung fu during a Chinese New Year celebration at Patriots Park.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menu

Get up and go
The Traveling Toilet was such a success that the city of Harlem's Relay for Life is adding a second toilet. Anyone can pay $10 to have the toilet sent to someone. Once in the yard, the resident can pay $10 to have it removed and sent to someone else. For more information, or to surprise someone with the Traveling Toilet, call Harlem City Hall at 556-3448.

North Harlem honor roll
North Harlem Elementary SchoolA and A-B Honor Roll

Brookwood Elementary honor roll
Brookwood Elementary School A and A-B Honor Roll

Current events
The Columbia County Extension Service's monthly Gardening at Lunch seminar will be from 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. today at the Evans Government Complex auditorium. The topic will be theproper pruning of plants.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 41 years ago on Thursday, Feb. 8, 1962.

Blue Ridge honor roll
Blue Ridge Elementary SchoolA and A-B Honor Roll

Rules on fairness lack common sense
Sometimes it is easy for communities to forget that federal laws, decided in faraway Washington, D.C., can have profound effects locally.

Community speaks: License revoked
Its hard to believe, but in the days leading up to the hearing in which the alcohol license of the T&W Caf Lounge Inc. in Thomson was revoked, some in the community actually were calling the action too harsh.

Raising a home-grown terrorist
We used to go fishing with dynamite and the fishermen would always tell us to make sure our stomach and legs were out of the water. Of course, Saddam would do the opposite and stand in the river up to his chest.

Bad memory in TV images
It was - what, 17 years ago? - back when Americas space shuttle was still somewhat of a novelty. Launches still made the nightly news and the next days front pages.

Panthers pounce, Pack stumbles
If Columbia County's high school basketball squads were judged in stock-market terms, the Lakeside Lady Panthers made the Fortune 500 last week, while the Greenbrier Wolfpack went the direction of Martha Stewart.

Lakeside wrestlers dominate in Region 3-AAAA tournament
The Lakeside Middle School Gymnasium was the site of the Region 3-AAAA high school wrestling team duals on Saturday, and it turned out to be a banner day for Columbia County.

Sports briefs
The Evans High School Fastpitch Boosters Club is sponsoring a fund-raiser and mixer Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Evans High School commons area. Fast-pitch softball players, coaches and parents are invited. Two live bands will perform - Evans' own A Dying Prayer and, for the parents, The Velletones. There will be a $3 donation at the door.

Signing day here for area's top football talent
As many as 10 members of the Class of 2003 in Columbia County may play college football next fall, but only two are likely to sign scholarships today on National Signing Day.

Athlete Spotlight John Michael Harris
Evans High School basketball player John Michael Harris is not the excitable type. Whether he's just drained a game-winning basket or missed a makable shot, his face exhibits the calm demeanor of a high-stakes poker player.

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