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Party name error a 'misleading ... smokescreen'
I want to submit my annoyance with the so-called typo regarding the political party affiliation of state Sen. Don Cheeks (in the Feb. 9 editorial, Use caution in changing ethics law).

DFACS critic should 'get self straightened out'
I must be missing something here. I read in Lyons letter about two additional children being born, but no mention of the male side of the equation. Also, I didnt read the M word (marriage) or the H word (husband). It also appears that the C word (contraceptive) wasnt discussed either.

'Unconstitutional war' wasn't fought for slavery
Speth and I could argue about this until Jesus comes back and neither of us would change our minds. I believe Speth is totally brainwashed by the government schools or either in total denial.

Civic club foots bill for GED aspirants
The Martinez-Evans Rotary Club recently presented an $1,100 check to Augusta Technical College to promote education for people who can't afford to take the state GED exam.

Student's program reaches out to community
Stephanie Carani stood all of 5-foot-1 against an attacker towering at least a foot over her.

Charity gives girl a chance to grow
Teen-age volunteerism often consists of a Saturday morning car wash to raise money for a church or school trip. Seldom does it require a sacrifice beyond a few hours of time or a little of their parent's money.

Educator named to state board
Patricia Biggerstaff of Lincolnton, Ga., has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to the Georgia Board of Education to replace Augusta board member Roscoe Williams, who resigned at the governor's request.

'Les Miserables' gets enthusiatic thumbs-up
OK, I admit it: I cried. And not just once.

Fire-service dispute flares up
The chief of Appling's fire department isn't happy about potential changes to fire service in Columbia County - and he's willing to tell anyone who'll listen.

Cats cradled
Lucy Lynx hasn't seen many Augusta Lynx hockey games lately.

Evans grad serves nation at sea
ON BOARD USS BULKELEY - "The war on terror is an ongoing priority for our nation. We will take every measure that is necessary to protect the American people from terrorist groups and outlaw regimes. The world depends on America's strength and purpose and we will meet our responsibilities for peace," said President Bush during a recent radio address to the nation.

Tutoring provides learning experience
Greenbrier High School senior Josh Inouye is working toward an A on his senior project and along the way, is helping other students to succeed.

County wants time to spend state funds
Columbia County wants six more months to spend the first round of state greenspace money it received - a request that spurred Board of Commissioners Chairman Ron Cross to ask for monthly greenspace reports.

Current events
Columbia County Animal Care and Control - with the Columbia County Animal Control Advisory Board and the Columbia County Humane Society - will hold special adoption days Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Westmont Elementary honor roll
Westmont Elementary School's honor Roll for the second nine weeks

Get up and go
A called school council meeting of Evans Elementary School, 628 Gibbs Road in Evans, will be Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in the school's media center. For more information, call 863-1202.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 35 years ago on Thursday, Feb. 22, 1968.

Collegiate honors
The following local residents made the dean's list for the fall semester 2002 at the Georgia Institute of Technology:

Lakeside Middle honor roll
Lakeside Middle School's honor Roll for the second nine weeks

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Fire promotions
Martinez Fire Department firefighter Lee Irwin (left) is promoted to lieutenant by Chief Doug Cooper, who presented Irwin with a red helmet.

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

Blood donor honor roll
Shepeard Community Blood Center Honor Roll for the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency Blood Drive on Jan. 20.

Mistreated? Wait 'til later
There cant be many tasks tougher than seeking better treatment of criminals.

One state budget, two different votes
Two Columbia County lawmakers showed last week that, in politics, its possible to have it both ways.

Look to 'uncelebrated warriors'
The world stands on the brink of war. Each day we wonder if terrorists will strike again, and have advanced our threat level to orange. The economy is faltering, and stores close every day in an effort to keep corporations going.

Washington slept here
Do you know how many U.S. presidents have been to this part of Georgia? I may not have them all, but I was surprised to learn that out of the 43 leaders of our country, at least 11 are known to have touched down for a few hours, spent a night or two or, in one case, remained for an entire winter.

Judges go easy on 'Teflon Doc'
When blue-collar Joe Sixpack stumbles and gets arrested by the cops, he pretty much resigns himself to getting whats coming in court. But if a rich doctor gets in trouble, he can just skate away from any real consequences.

Lions take another 4-AAA crown
To most of the country, it's a semi-sappy television show, but to the Augusta Christian School boys basketball team, "Seventh Heaven" has an entirely different meaning.

Two teams lost, but the fans were the ones who blew it
During the 2002-03 high school basketball season, the Greenbrier Wolfpack and the Lakeside Lady Panthers were a cut above.

Swimmers wrap up season with a splash
Athletes from Evans, Greenbrier and Lakeside high schools finished off the 2002-03 prep swimming season at the Georgia High School Association swimming and diving championships, which concluded last weekend at the Westminster School in Atlanta.

Athlete Spotlight: Garrett Jones
As president of the Evans High School Debate Club, Garrett Jones uses words to win arguments.

Weekly bowling scores
Listed by high game, series:

Great year ends too soon for prep baskertball
Columbia County certainly isn't known as a hotbed for high school basketball.

High school wrestlers win region titles
It was every man for himself last weekend during the Region 3-AAAA wrestling tournament at Lakeside High School.

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