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County's GOP delegation fails in leadership
Christopher Noah, Ph.D., wrote The News-Times last week and expressed his kudos to the legislative delegation from Columbia County, as well as his optimism for future actions on their parts.

Plant a tree in memory of Columbia astronauts
While on his first and last mission in space, Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon did experiments on the effect of desert dust on rainfall. While circling the earth he could see some of the results of the reforestation that Israel has done in the Negev desert. He e-mailed a friend back home that it would be great if every Jew in the world would donate a tree to be planted to push back the desert.

Group recognizes third grader's art
Evans Elementary School third grader Barry Eatman now can say he's a poster child.

Student chosen to spend day on Lennon bus
Evans High School junior Drew Kovacs was one of eight area students selected to spend a day aboard the John Lennon Songwriting Tour Bus.

Star profiles
Profiles of Columbia County STAR students

STAR material
As the saying goes, you can't do much better than perfect, which is why Ashwin Rajendra's perfect 1,600 score on his Scholastic Assessment Test won him the coveted title of Columbia County's 2003 STAR Student.

Chamber president says shop here first
THOMSON - Incoming president of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce Mary Anne Coussons has one thing in mind when it comes to the development of Thomson: more business.

Senior citizens voice concerns
The Georgia Department of Human Resources for the Division of Aging Services held a public hearing Wednesday morning at the McDuffie County senior citizens center.

Perdue announces Severe Weather Awareness Week
A statewide tornado drill takes place on Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Remembering Columbia
First-grade students from Stevens Creek Elementary School drew pictures and wrote messages to give to families of the crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Students get ready to retake assessment
Riverside Middle School eighth-graders will be sharpening their No. 2 pencils as they prepare to retake the Middle Grades Writing Assessment.

Grovetown council approves sidewalks
All five hands of the Grovetown City Council raised simultaneously at the regular meeting Monday approving $30,000 of already informally-committed funds to add sidewalks to Harlem-Grovetown Road.

Harlem's drama team performs at conference
Harlem High School's drama department was among only 12 schools in the state selected to perform at the Georgia Thespian Conference.

School board OKs money-lending policy
The Columbia County Board of Education has developed a policy that will allow schools to borrow money from the school system for capital improvement projects.

Woman aims to educate public on heart disease
Edith Roth means business.

Just for kicks
Even for former NFL players, the saying remains the same: you can go home again.

County wil get new ambulance
Columbia County officials plan to add a sixth ambulance to the Furys Ferry Road area, hoping to reduce response times and improve service to one of the county's fastest growing areas.

Police blotter
A Martinez man - accused of aggravated child molestation and at the center of a political controversy - is now registered as a sex offender and featured on the Columbia County Sheriff's Department website.

New boat docks
Work has begun on the Petersburg Boat Docks at the canal headgates in Columbia County. The work marks the first phase of construction that will eventually restore the locks, dance pavilion, barbecue pit and caretakers' house.

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

Time capsule
Spurgeon Kirk, the top fullback of the Blanchard High School Bulldogs, was recently awarded a four-year athletic scholarship to Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fla.

Property transfers
T. Gary Waters to Tyffani L. Chaney, 4515 Derryclare Lane, $88,800.

Mad for science
Stevens Creek Elementary School pupils Mitchell Hauff (from left), Mitchel Banks, Abigail Thielke, Karah Koellner, Latie Patrick, Pooja Kondur and Stephany Chang won first place in the schools science fair.

Class performance
Blue Ridge Elementary School second-graders sing during their class production of Once Upon a Lily Pad.

School lunches
Columbia County school menus

Treated like children
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.

No welcome mat here for theives
Just a couple of weeks ago in this space, we took note of recent crime statistics in Columbia County that showed an alarming increase in burglaries.

Prepare for severe weather week
Spring will be here in just a few short weeks. Its been a cold winter, and we al

Sorry, RMS kids: state says test again
School officials are heaving a sigh of relief now that theyll be allowed to re-administer the eighth-grade writing assessment at Riverside Middle School.

Hysteria hits plan for poll
If it were up to the majority of people in the state of Georgia, slavery would still be legal and lynching would still be the law of the land.

G.A.M.E.S. go to county athletes
Columbia County athletes struck gold last week, and they also tapped into some silver and bronze at the Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports awards ceremony.

May off to hot start for Jaguars
It's a magic number in major league baseball, and no one has reached the mark since 1941, when Ted Williams topped .400. The Splendid Splinter finished with a .406 batting average that year with the Boston Red Sox.

Soccer coach ready to kick off season
Technically it's still winter, but that won't stop Columbia County's public high school soccer teams from officially breaking the ice on the spring sports season.

Harlem's boys basketball coach proves he has guts
While watching Kim Chambers in action the past seven years, from his time as girls basketball coach at Augusta Preparatory Day School to his current stint with the Harlem High School boys basketball team, I've noticed he's gone through some changes.

Greenbrier and Lakeside miss out on playoff trips
Maybe what happened Wednesday at the Cross Creek High School gym was a bad omen for two Columbia County high school basketball teams.


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