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Critic right with complaints about Grovetown
I am writing in defense of Larry Waks (letter, Jan. 29, "Warns drivers: Grovetown cops, court 'corrupt'"), and to counter the Feb. 12 letter by David Edmiston, "Slam at Grovetown violates Army conduct code":

America's 'friends' would allow Iraq to triumph
Let's follow the prudent advice of our friends in the Senate and House, and the French, the Russians and the Germans who want us to give Saddam Hussein yet another chance to disarm and destroy his weapons of mass destruction. He has only agreed in writing and by treaty to do so, so the Coalition Forces would stop short of total victory to end the Gulf War. And never mind the last 16 United Nations resolutions that called for Iraq to disarm. Why not another chance?

Team rivalry between EHS, LHS 'out of control'
I am a proud parent of an Evans High School soccer player. After reading the recent letter from a Lakeside basketball parent about the Evans students and parents, I just had to write this letter.

Civilian officers hired to augment security on post
The newest group of civilian police officers at Fort Gordon received their badges and credentials Friday.

Running for a cause
Some Lakeside Middle School pupils recently got to roll out of bed and into the classroom wearing their pajamas.

Museum receives $100,000 gift
The Watson-Brown Foundation recently awarded $100,000 to the Augusta Museum of History.

Panels suggests implementing languages earlier
Foreign language may one day be taught in kindergarten through 12th grade in Columbia County schools if the recommendations of a committee charged to study the issue are implemented.

Residents still waiting for industrial park
THOMSON - Tick tock, tick tock.

Theater company puts focus on projects for young actors
Young actors and actresses in Columbia County now have a new outlet for their talent - the Young Artists Repertory Theater Co. Inc. (YART).

Friends remember murder victim
THOMSON - Gone, but certainly not forgotten.

School board finalizes chairman study
The Columbia County Board of Education on Tuesday settled on a 20-member task force to study the issue of having an at-large elected chairman.

There's a new fair coming to town
The local carnival company that provided rides for the Augusta fair since 1956 will bring its talents to this year's Columbia County fall fair.

Tucker hits emergency annivesary
Pam Tucker didn't always know what she wanted to be.

Employees will accept punishment
THOMSON - Two McDuffie County employees will not appeal their punishment for accepting favors and gifts from county contractors and other employees.

Tucker hits emergency annivesary
Pam Tucker didn't always know what she wanted to be.

Pastor preaches rules of gardening at seminar
God and tomatoes occupy most of the Rev. Jim Bennett's time.

Video makes science exciting for kids
The National Science Center and the Army are producing a short video to inspire elementary and middle school pupils to study math and science.

Educator makes cut for state Teacher of the Year
Evans Middle School seventh-grade social studies teacher Dr. Lorraine Hall was named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2004 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

McDuffie set to soar into Masters
THOMSON - When Augusta airports get overloaded come Masters time, McDuffie County will be glad to pick up the slack.

Groups plan blood drives
Though blood supply levels are not as dangerously low as they were in January, some local groups are playing host to the bloodmobile to help keep those levels from dropping that low again.

Residents still waiting for industrial park
THOMSON - Tick tock, tick tock.

Skilled competition
Dan Alexander, a senior at T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School, tries to diagnose a problem with a small engine during the SkillsUSA Vocational Clubs of America competition at Evans High School.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Grovetown Middle honor roll
Grovetown Middle School A and A-B honro roll

Grovetown Elementary honor roll
Grovetown Elementary School A and A-B honor roll students

South Columbia Elementary honor roll
South Columbia ElementarySchool A and A-B honor roll students

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

Property transfers
Leann Wood Schumaker to Raije Maria Jagnandan, 313 Rockdale Road, $105,000

Euchee Creek Elementary honor roll
Euchee Creek Elementary School Honor Roll for second nine weeks.

Current events
Registration for the Family Y's new Hockey School and In-line Hockey League programs is available at the Marshall Branch, 4534 Washington Road in Evans through Wednesday. The programs will be Saturdays from March 8 through May 10 at West Acres Baptist Church in Evans.

Gesture lends support to our troops
Columbia County gets a quick reminder on the importance of the military to our community at times like these. When our nation begins to prepare for war, activity not only increases at Fort Gordon, but our citizens in the reserves start to get their activation notices and one by one begin shipping out.

New arena: Augusta needs sales pitch
Some of the fundamental questions about Columbia Countys potential support of a new Augusta arena project are coming not just from our countys own leaders, but from those in Augustas government.

State catches up to county
It looks like Columbia County was just ahead of its time.

Perfect record crashes to an end
I have been driving since I was 21 years old. Trust me, that's a very long time - four decades, to be exact. Up until last year, the only mishaps have been minor fender-benders, unless you count the almost-collision with a train that was only averted by fast thinking, slamming the Corvair into reverse and running into a beer truck.

On the heavenly line
If the first chapters of the Bible had been written in the 21st century instead of In the beginning, along with the heavens and earth God created, the author might have added e-mail and the Internet. At least that's what the following unsolicited message from the Internet suggests. (As usual with receipts of this nature, I have no idea of the source.)

Weather gets Lakeside off to slow start
Lakeside High School baseball coach Jimmy Smith looked 10-feet tall last week.

County set to see another excellent year on the field
At some point, Columbia County is bound to have a down year in high school baseball. Then again, maybe not.

Thomson sets sights high after disappointing 2002
THOMSON - While short on wins the past few years, the Thomson High School varsity baseball team isn't short on confidence.

Teams will meet for first time in history
For Columbia County's high school baseball fans, a seven-year itch is about to get scratched.

High school baseball
Opening-week schedule

Sports briefs
The third annual Icebreaker Tournament will be March 7-9 at Patriots Park. The youth baseball tournament is open to 10-and-under, 12-and-under and 14-and-under age groups (age control date is Aug. 1, 2003). The cost per team is $225. For more information, call Kelvin Lampkin at 863-7523 or 799-9811

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