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Dogs' killers should suffer guilt
Not only did the war in Iraq begin on March 18, someone found it necessary to shoot and kill three of my dogs on that wet, cold night. Now, some of you will say, Why were they out of the yard? But those of you who live in the country know the answer to that question.

Salary high for 'frill' position
My eyebrows went up when I read that Columbia County had hired a Com-munity and Leisure Services director at a salary of $70,000 per year, $580 per month car allowance and moving expenses of $5,000.

School harassment is nothing new
A few weeks ago a women wrote a letter concerning sexual harassment at Columbia Middle School. It saddens me to know that this kind of behavior is still being tolerated. I was a student at Columbia Middle from 1990 through 1994, I was also a victim of sexual harassment. This act was tolerated on the school bus during class time and between classes. The acts were reported to the teachers and vice principal and nothing was done, which made things worse for me and other girls.

Sites offer feedback on Burk
Please allow all readers of The News-Times to know the Web sites for two petitions against Martha Burks planned activities for Masters Week in Augusta. Many supporters have already signed them, from many places. Many of them are avid readers who are concerned with issues that affect Augusta, as well as other issues affecting the world around us.

County manager search continues
THOMSON -- McDuffie County's search for a new county manager continues.

Sobering thought
A mock drill Thursday at Evans High School to dissuade students from drinking on prom night was designed to be shocking -- and in this case, maybe too shocking.

County sees medical migration
Augusta ENT Associates is one of many medical facilities in Columbia County making a commitment to the Evans area -- a 22,000 square-foot commitment, to be exact.

Medical offices to open
Under a clear blue sky Thursday afternoon, local leaders joined representatives from University Hospital to break ground for the hospital's $8.7-million, 60,000-square-foot medical office complex in Evans.

Hospital backs off on property development
The Doctors Hospital field will remain a field for some time to come.

School board gives OK for pouring license
The Columbia County Board of Education recently gave its approval for a waiver of distance requirements to an restaurant that is planning to serve alcohol.

Commission thinks about suit options
Columbia County Commissioners decided Friday morning to , just days after a federal judge's ruling put a lawsuit against their stormwater utility back on track.

Thomson area braces for Masters
THOMSON -- Make no mistake: McDuffie County is ready for the Masters Tournament.

Rapper delivers music with spirit
Christopher Martin has gone from rap artist to movie star to born again Christian. And now he's coming to Thomson.

Mission is fulfilling for couple
THOMSON -- Tina Barnwell has been to lots of places -- London, Paris, Vienna. The list goes on.

Commission sees problems in bid process
One takes the lowest price for items. One takes the best price for services.

Team plans King-sized fund-raiser
One Harlem Relay for Life team enlisted a celebrity sponsor to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Masters preparations keep hotels, restaurants busy
With visitors beginning to arrive into Augusta for The Masters Tournament, Columbia County hotels and restaurant employees have been busy.

Current events
A reunion for all 1950s graduates of Evans High School will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Property transfers
Andrew J. Hutchins and Okcha Hutchins to Andrew A. Valett, 4133 Melrose Drive, $89,300.

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

Get up and go
The Brookwood Elementary School Counseling Department is offering a special program called Summer Enrichment Opportunities on April 17 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Drop in and browse among displays set up by many community organizations.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 38 years ago on Thursday, April 8, 1965.

CYA with TIA: Fee is rain tax
For the folks waiting on the other shoe to drop, that sound last week was practically a combat boot.

Tobacco tax better than school cuts
Georgia lawmakers, including all state representatives from our area, are now facing the reality that comes from their stand against a tobacco-tax increase: To make up for the lost state revenue in a tough economic year, the states budget will have to be severely cut.

No duel in dual messages
The Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce sent out word last week that businesses in our area should use their signs to welcome visitors to town.

Words and music of the cross
If God sent his son to die for the sins of the world, as the Bible claims and Christians believe, why did it have to be on a cross? Wasnt death by any means enough?

Home alone? Only week or less
Recently, I have been called a privileged woman. But with every story there are two sides.

Harlem sees both sides of 13-run region games
The final scores were identical, but the outcomes were totally different for the Harlem High School baseball team.

Local team wins state Class 5 gymnastics title
Haydens International Gymnastics Academy was the site of last month's 2003 Men's Georgia State Gymnastics Championships, and the Haydens Class 5 team put the home-gym advantage to good use.

Evans names coach
When Marty Jackson announced last month that he was stepping down as head football coach and athletic director at Aquinas High School, he said he was looking for a new challenge.

Columbia County is well-represented at hoops event
The fourth annual CSRA Middle and High School All-Star basketball games will be April 19, and Columbia County will have more participants than ever.

High school sports schedule
Monday: baseball -- Cross Creek at Harlem (doubleheader), 2 p.m.; Greenbrier at Parkview, 4 p.m.


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