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'Disappointment' drives criticism of Gold Cross
This letter is in reference to my March 5 letter, which was to be targeted at the public and to Columbia County commissioners - who never replied - and not directly at Gold Cross EMS. My question to all is how can our tax dollars be used for supplying private contracts in Richmond County with our subsidized ambulances. When Gold Cross says it is using these units for mutual aid, I can tell you that is false.

Disagreement with police would apply to all
This letter is in response to the April 2 letter by Amy Williams. Either she is incredibly nave or she intentionally attempts to cloud the issue by making it appear to simply involve a $15 traffic citation. It does not. The issue is honesty and integrity in law enforcement.

Forestry commission gets rolling with mobile-classroom program
The Georgia Forestry Commission has a new tool to prevent homes from falling prey to forest fires - the Wildland Urban Interface Mobile Classroom.

Golf fund-raiser returns in fight against disease
THOMSON - Four-year-old Julia Smith knows that she is different. However, her mother Helen hopes that soon Julia will just be like everyone else.

Car dealers unafraid of nearby contenders
Car dealerships tend to exist in clusters, with several large car lots often neighboring one another.

Evans minister will lead White Oak spring meeting
White Oak Campground's Spring Camp Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27.

Schools shoulder tragedies
For senior school psychologist Kay Blanchard and her staff of five school psychologists, learning of the deaths of two Greenbrier High juniors Tuesday evoked a two-word response:

Fire proposal takes bite out of fees' collections
Talk of county government taking over fire service in Columbia County is taking a toll on collection fees.

Bigger Memorial Day event planned
The planning committee for the third annual Red, White and Blue Veterans' Celebration Memorial Day event is planning for bigger crowds and more enthusiastic celebration.

Library stays put despite high fees
Columbia County commissioners have decided to keep the county's library system in the East Central Georgia Regional Library System - at least for now.

Billboard spat drawing to close
Two years ago, the big green billboard on Washington Road was at the center of a controversy.

Teacher cuts possible in McDuffie budget
THOMSON - Effects of the struggling economy are knocking on the doors of McDuffie County classrooms.

Grovetown woman trains for Boston Marathon
For Brenda Cooter, the fourth time was the charm.

Man takes birds under his wing
To some they might look the same - loud, giant splashes of color on their wings. But for Ron and Tammy Johnson, each of their birds has a story to tell.

Soldier gets bit of home in Iraq
As long as Spc. Shawn Henderson is in Iraq, the City of Thomson will be there, too.

Foundation welcomes children for a day of fun and games
There's nothing quite like playing hooky on a warm spring day.

Appeals court to convene in Evans
The state Court of Appeals will present oral arguments in three cases at the Columbia County Justice Center in Evans on Tuesday.

Faith journey
Frank Ellis and Madeline Edwards, 6, hold the cross for the Stations of the Cross, a recital of the journey through the last hours of Jesus, held at the future site of the Church of the Holy Comforter on Furys Ferry Road.

Columbia County newsmakers
Spc. Jason Tucker recently was recognized as Soldier of the Year for the 1st Battalion of the 214th Field Artillery. He was chosen by the unit's superiors for B Battery before going on to win the title for the battalion.

Riverside Elementary honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the A honor roll at Riverside Elementary School:

Current events
The city of Harlem is marking City Government Week from Monday to Saturday. Events include:

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Property transfers, DUIs and divorces
E. Blackburn Construction Company Inc. to Bryan G.Pagan and Melanie J. Pagan, 704 Brownsfield Lane, $226,500.

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

A miracle for all time
In the year 2003, western coalition forces predicted a decisive victory over a tyrant in the Middle East. Though pockets of resistance and determined skepticism remain, a prophecy in our time is being fulfilled.

Making sense of technology - finally
While Columbia Countys government continues to study ways to inject common sense into the way it purchases good and services, the school system is considering a better way to buy computers.

From the past to the present
The lanky man walked past in an aisle of the grocery story, a puzzling message on his T-shirt: Dont Mess With Texas.

It all comes out Easter week
This years Masters Tournament held an exciting finish and afforded Canadian Mike Weir the opportunity to don the coveted green jacket. The 2003 champion exhibited tremendous consistency and accuracy down the stretch, even into sudden death with Len Mattiace.

Promise in a time of community grief
If ever there were a time when our community needs the promise of Easter, this is it.

High school sports schedule
Monday Baseball: Greenbrier at Westside, 5 p.m.; Harlem at Josey, 4 p.m.; Evans at Cedar Grove, 5 p.m.; Augusta Christian at Westminster, 4:30 p.m.

Trio of Lakeside athletic stars sign on for college careers
A crowd gathered Wednesday at Lakeside High School, just to see three students sign their names.

After players' deaths, golf team vows to play on
The Greenbrier High School golf team was supposed to be back in action last week. The Wolfpack was ready hit long drives and sink short putts during their match Tuesday at Rocky Branch Golf Course.

Schools are dominating their regions
When spring break ends, the championship season begins for Columbia County's high school athletic teams.

Tennis star excels while coping with speech impediment
Nathan Tingen had every reason to look forward to his senior year at Augusta Christian Schools.

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