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County wins with lawmakers in leadership roles
Kudos to The Columbia County News-Times and staff writer Donnie Fetter in last Wednesdays story, "Local lawmakers take places among GOP Leadership."

Help, understanding needed in daughters' case
I come to everyone and ask for justice for my children and I.

Howell should offer proof criticism isn't valid
This is written in response to sports editor Mike Howell's extensive rebuttal in last Sunday's Columbia County News-Times sports page. While Howell's comments border on protesting too much, I would have preferred to see something more objective given all the space given to his response.

McDuffie County see few flu cases
THOMSON - McDuffie County still is waiting for the flu bug to hit.

Diner's future unclear
Ted and Grace McMillan have been operating the popular Evans Diner for a short seven months and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Seniors raise $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation
While most Columbia County seniors are hoping to make an A on their senior project, Greenbrier High School senior Kathy Gaskin hopes to make the wish of a child come true.

Businessman plans to expand, refinish feed and seed
A longtime Evans business is going back to its roots.

Former owner of Evans Diner faces jail term
The president of Two State Construction Co. should be reporting to prison soon to serve out his sentenced prison term for his part in a conspiracy which defrauded Monsanto-Searle Corp. out of millions of dollars.

Chamber holds coffee forum Monday
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce wants to offer a little more than networking possibilities to its members.

Student's project focuses on violence prevention
Last summer, Sana Hashmi won a gold medal.

High school students named good citizens
THOMSON - The Captain John Wilson chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution society announced the winners of its annual Good Citizen Essay Contest on Wednesday at the McDuffie County Library.

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.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 40 years ago, Thursday, Feb. 8, 1962.

School lunches
Lunch menu for the week.

National Burn Awareness week kicks off
This week is National Burn Awareness Week, a week to put safety on the front burner, said Greg Brooks, president of the CSRA Trauma Society, a training agency for the National Safety Council.

Current events
The Georgia Commercial Pesticide Test will be given at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Columbia County Extension Office located at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

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

Healthy diet from Atlanta
Joke of the week: State Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, invited people up to Atlanta Thursday for the annual Augusta Day celebration of the Augusta Metro and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Assurance after tragedy
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? ... Tell me, if you understand."

Use caution in changing ethics law
It is a coincidence that the case playing out over the past few days - in which state Sen. Don Cheeks, R- Augusta, is portrayed as intervening on behalf of a child sex offender - occurred just before a debate over new state ethics rules.

Finally, will naming orgy end?
Oh, sure, state Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, gets picked on a lot for some of his legislation - its hard not to roll your eyes when you see a state official, year after year, trying to change the law so he can ride a motorcycle without a helmet.

Camp enjoyed Harlem hospitality
The residents of Harlem have always had a very special way of receiving and entertaining travelers who enter the gates of the village. Its called Southern hospitality!

Thomson football players sign college deals
THOMSON - Six Thomson High School football players signed their letters of intent to play collegiate football on Wednesday.

Signing day surprises
As expected, Evans High School senior Steven Rogers signed some important paperwork Wednesday. Likewise, Augusta Christian School senior Trey Pitts put pen to paper on college football's National Signing Day.

Special Olympics Winter Games results
Thirteen athletes from Columbia County Special Olympics competed in the State Special Olympics Winter Games, held Jan. 24-26 in Cobb County.

Sports briefs
A Cheer Clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 22 at the Riverside Middle School gym. The clinic, which is sponsored by the RMS cheerleaders is for ages 4-12, and the cost is $25, which includes lunch and a T-shirt.

Signs of success
National Signing Day arrived with much fanfare last week, and for five Columbia County high school seniors, Wednesday's ceremonies could be have been summed up with a song.

Cheerleaders have something to cheer about
Columbia County's high school fans are giving three cheers for region performances turned in last weekend by the Evans, Lakeside and Harlem competition cheerleading squads.


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