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Protesting war is like biting hand that feeds
Isn't it amazing that there are so many people who oppose the war with Iraq? I really have to laugh, especially when noticing the colleges with kids/adults holding signs - peaceful or not - protesting the war. The Rev. Todd Upchurch, Dearing, Ga.

Vote for Rowland, because nice signs won't
We want to add our support for Jody Rowland to be elected the next sheriff of Aiken County. I am sure all the candidates truly want to be sheriff, but higher education, experience, qualifications and proven leadership rank Jody Rowland the superior choice to hold such an honorable office. We do not want to let campaign promises that are not obtainable without exorbitant tax increases "muddy" the water. Sheran and Tom Proctor, North Augusta, S.C.

Writers right; writer pens 'upbeat amusement'
I agree with the Punds March 16 letter, Smiths commentary laudable, about Jason Smiths column. This young man displays his talent with just the right bit of wit, and it is a pleasure to read such upbeat amusement amidst the current world climate.

Rowland will keep office from backsliding
Two recent events have helped me decide for whom I will vote in the Aiken County sheriff's race. The first was Mike Hunt's admission in a recent newspaper story that he and his campaign are working with the Irish Travelers. Douglas E. Morris, North Augusta, S.C.

Rowland is a choice we can't pass up
When I consider a candidate for Aiken County sheriff, I look at moral character and relevant education and experience. I don't know all the candidates personally; they all appear to have some of these traits. Brent Rankin, North Augusta, S.C.

Fire chiefs' association endorses Hunt
The Aiken County Association of Fire Chiefs publicly endorsed Mike Hunt for sheriff of Aiken County on March 5. One might ask, what is the link between the association of fire chiefs and a sheriff's candidate? Mark Key, New Ellenton, S.C.

Hunt is accessible and dependable
As busy as President George W. Bush is, he has already gotten back with me regarding a letter I wrote to him about my organization, The America's Dialysis, Diabetic, Senior Citizen Club. Jimmie W. Barton, Langley, S.C.

Longtime Aikenite thinks Hunt is best
On March 25 we have a choice of voting for the next sheriff of Aiken County. Having lived here for the last 50 years, and Aiken having been so good to me, I would like to make a contribution to all citizens of Aiken County, and all persons passing through Aiken, by casting my vote for Michael Hunt to be our next sheriff of Aiken County. Joe B. Babb, Aiken, S.C.

Hunt: A positive change for Aiken County
This letter is in support of Mike Hunt, a Republican candidate for sheriff of Aiken County. Mike Hunt is a fine Christian man who exhibits qualities needed to be sheriff. Elizabeth B. Barranco, North Augusta, S.C.

Rowland committed to professionalism
On March 25 residents of Aiken County have the opportunity to vote for Jody Rowland for sheriff in the Republican primary. Henry E. Holley, Aiken, S.C.

Hunt will increase rapport with other departments
I've known both of the Republican candidates for Aiken County sheriff for well over 20 years. During this time, including my 13 years as the Jackson chief of police, I've had an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses. In my opinion, Lt. Mike Hunt of the Aiken Department of Public Safety is the best candidate. Dennis N. Rushton, Jackson, S.C.

Difference in views divides Grovetown remarks
I am writing in reply to David G. Edmiston Sr.s letter of Feb. 12 ( let_letters_021103_1207_4.shtml), in which he condemns my Jan. 29 letter relating to corruption within Grovetown ( let_letters_012903_1744_6.shtml).

What fallout will there be after war?
I recently had a near-death experience, and it has haunted me ever since. Though no one put a gun to my head and I did not even see a knife, the experience was shocking. What I, like most Americans who have never been on a battlefield, suddenly realized is there will be a lot of fighting long after the war with Iraq is over. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

Rowland apprehended Irish Traveler
I agree with the articles in The Augusta Chronicle regarding Jody Rowland. If Aiken County residents are against crime, they will vote for Mr. Rowland to be sheriff. Michael Garner, Aiken, S.C.

Smoking should be banned in restaurants
I am responding to the editorial on smoking that was printed on Feb. 17 ("Time for smoke ban?"). I totally agree to a smoking ban in restaurants in the Augusta area. I disagree with nothing that this editorial had to say. Jake Storm, Evans, Ga.

Players were 'winners' despite 3-1 loss to ACS
Reporting the news, even in sports, should be an unbiased effort providing true insight into the events being reported. In the recent News-Times story describing the March 5 baseball game between the Augusta Christian Lions and the Greater Augusta Eagles, the full story was not provided for your readers ( stories/030903/spo_124-3403.shtml).

ADPS doesn't involve itself in politics
On March 15, your paper ran an editorial, "Rowland for sheriff." The writer of the article implied our law-enforcement agency hoped that he (Rowland) is elected. Pete Frommer, Aiken, S.C.

Officials will be questioned
Columbia County citizens will be able to express their opinions to county commissioners face to face at a Town Hall Meeting on Monday night sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Probe into stolen drug money continues
The outcome of an investigation into the $1,001 that went missing from a Thomson Police Department substation is still months away.

Stevens Creek PTO compiling recipes for book
The Stevens Creek Elementary School PTO is publishing a cookbook, A Spoonful of Excellence - recipes from the staff, families and friends of Stevens Creek Elementary School, a Georgia School of Excellence.

Soldiers' Send-off
THOMSON - It's never easy to say goodbye.

High school athletics feel war's impact
The war in Iraq is under way , and the ripple effect reached some Columbia County high school athletes last week.

Educators pay tribute to country music legend
The Harlem High faculty will present a tribute to legendary country music singer Patsy Cline with the production of Always - Patsy Cline.

Board votes down school tuition for nonresidents
THOMSON - For now, the McDuffie County Board of Education has closed the door on allowing nonresidents the opportunity to pay tuition to attend McDuffie County schools.

Litter bugs beware; there are new deputies in town
Dorothy Packard was disappointed she didn't get a badge.

Course helps seniors hone speaking skills
Toastmasters International was formed in 1924 by a group of men who wanted to hone their public speaking skills. Today, there are more than 9,300 Toastmasters clubs with more than 175,000 members in 70 countries.

18-year-old lands self, truck in deep water
Chevys don't float. Just ask Michael T. Weathers Jr.

'A streak of luck' reunites teacher, ring
Think finding a needle in a haystack is hard?

Get up and go
The Grovetown Heritage Festival committee is seeking vendors to participate in the first annual festival on May 10. Events will begin at 9 a.m. near the Grovetown City Hall and the Grovetown Museum. Events will include a walk/run, crafts, children's activities and a car show.

Community newsmakers
Brian Jordan, a student at North Harlem Elementary School, won first place in the Most Nutritious Category of the 4-H Milk Make Competition on Dec. 5 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Brian is the son of Jim and Debbie Jordan, Harlem.

Around McDuffie County
Trash Amnesty Day

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 34 years ago on Thursday, March 27, 1969.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Property transfers
Howard L. Dent to JRBS LLC, 4908 Washington Road, $16,000.

Art lesson
Harlem High School art student Christine Fulch dressed up as Michelangelo to help teach Euchee Creek Elementary School students about art.

Current events
Area high school students will compete in dance, instrumental, voice and spoken word/rap in the CSRA Talent Explosion at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Imperial Theatre. They are competing for an all expense paid trip to New York City. Two grand-prize winners will be featured on Showtime at the Apollo.

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

School sale would benefit kids, county
One of the hottest commercial areas in Columbia County is the nexus of Washington and Belair roads, ground zero for the area designated as the Evans town center.

Tough decision in budget crisis
After years of neglect, corruption and financial mismanagement, Georgias budget has finally hit the brick wall created by a recession and preparations for war. The combination has created a perfect storm of a budget crisis.

New tree man; forum Monday
Near-equal doses of good and bad news came for Columbia County last week.

History behind hymns
If you thought the Advent season wasnt long enough to sing all your favorite Christmas carols, look in the index of your church hymnal and try to count all the options for Lent.

Weather takes toll on schools' sports
Mother Nature has thrown a damper on the spring sports season for Columbia County's high school squads.

County's Lookouts keep their eye on No. 1
The Columbia County Lookouts 13-and-under baseball team is ranked first in Georgia, according to the USSSA ranking report for the 13-and-under Majors.

Blowing it out
While last weekend's weather put a damper on most athletic events in Columbia County, volleyball players were safe and dry inside area gyms competing in the March Blowout 2003.

Greene hits it big in Texas
Former Evans High School baseball player Todd Greene is currently battling for the first-string catcher's job with the Texas Rangers, and the slugger is putting up a good fight.

High school sports schedule
Baseball: Lakeside at North Augusta, 6 p.m.; Hart County at Harlem, 5:30 p.m.


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