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Husband is innocent; police 'embellished' story
I resent your paper writing an opinion on something they know nothing about (editorial, Judges go easy on "Teflon Doc, Feb. 19).

Teen boys 'harassing' girls at Columbia Middle School
I am the parent of a Columbia Middle School student. I have some concerns about the sexual harassment of the teen-age girls at CMS. It has gotten out of hand and the administrators do not know how to handle these situations.

City council fights proposed water-rate increase
Renovating Harlem's outdated sewer system may cost residents $10 a month more on their monthly bills.

Schools get $2.4 million federal grant
McDuffie County schools will get $2.4 million in federal money to help enhance after-school programs.

Library project readies for bids
Plans are finally in place and so is the "coming soon" sign.

Weathering through
Columbia County residents learned to be a little safer last week.

Hard work starts to pay off for self-made musician
One day, Tripp Powell decided to take a chance.

Teens help preserve history
High schoolers have been known to cut class and not do their homework.

Students explore civil rights fight
A Coke machine that reads "White Customers Only," a bus depot sign marking a "White Waiting Room," and a man holding a sign saying "Keep Alabama White" were the images that began a civil rights presentation at Augusta Preparatory Day School last week.

Road-widening could be delayed
North Belair Road residents may not have to worry about four lanes of pavement anytime soon.

Harlem restaurant is all in good taste
Julia Elam's neighbors already are spoiled by her cooking.

Music heals woman's soul
From high notes to slow melodic periods, the music of Iris Harden tells the tale of her life, her struggles and her determination to overcome.

Church starts building campaign
Parishioners of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church have pledged more than $653,000 toward the construction of Columbia County's first Catholic church.

Walton Library nears reopening
Harlem's Walton Library, which has been closed since Nov. 5 to complete the second phase of renovations, is expected to reopen soon.

Students at Harlem High School dressed like their favorite teachers as part of their Winter Fest activities.

Property transfers
Yvonne Miller to Johnnie M. Stubblefield Jr., 605 Newmantown Road, $43,000.

Current events
The Martinez Baptist Hearts and Hands Christian Day School open house registration will be Monday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Career day
Tripp Ellis, of the horticulture department at Augusta National Golf Club, talks to Evans High School students about his job.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 47 years ago on Thursday, Feb. 24, 1955.

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

A day at the office
Construction work continues on the new offices of The Columbia County News-Times and the Columbia County Bureau of The Augusta Chronicle.

New districts cut counties in half
The marathon legislative sessions of 2001 in Georgia didnt do much to restore the confidence of citizens. Democrats who controlled all state government admitted they were redrawing legislative lines to help their re-election chances in a state that was inexorably turning Republican.

Who can you believe?
Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes We look for justice, but find none Truth has stumbled in the streets and is nowhere to be found.

Public shouldn't be surprised
Columbia Countys Board of Education will meet Tuesday night in Appling, one of two monthly sessions in which elected officials do the publics business.

Greenbrier Wolfpack teammates reunite on college squad
Former Greenbrier High School baseball standout Bradley Key was expected to be one of the leaders of the 2003 University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team.

County, speedway cut deal on races
Catfish has one more chance.

Sports briefs
Four Augusta Christian School football players have been selected to play in the Georgia Independent School Association Coaches Summer All-Star Game, scheduled July 18 at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon.

Panther heading to Division II
Lakeside High School senior Charles O'Byrne attracted a crowd last week, but after he signed a letter of intent to attend University of Charleston (West Virginia) on a football scholarship, O'Byrne admitted the attendees might have had ulterior motives.

Harlem baseball team returns with older, wiser Dogs
There were times during the 2002 baseball season when Harlem High School coach Jimmie Lewis had to be tempted to roll up a newspaper and dish out some punishment.

Soccer star chooses Winthrop
A couple of years ago Corri Fennell moved from Colorado to Columbia County, but that didn't stop the Greenbrier High School senior from experiencing a rocky mountain high last week.


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