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Serving on Harlem City Council was 'an honor'
It is with profound regret, yet with great expectations and hope for the future, that I have tendered my resignation from the Harlem City Council.

Citizens should show their pride by not littering
As a member of the Columbia County Youth Leadership Program, I participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup of a portion Columbia Road. During a recent cleanup I was appalled at the amount of litter that had collected in our particular area over the course of the month. Not only were there restaurant cups, plastic bottles, and cigarette butts, but we also picked up dirty diapers and socks that individuals had carelessly thrown out of their windows.

Sub officer's commitment runs deep
When many people think of the war in Iraq they imagine foot soldiers in skirmishes on the barren desert, or of F-16s unleashing precision guided bombs.

Author publishes his first mystery
THOMSON - After years of being a bookworm, Melvin Edwards decided it was time to take the next step.

Pupil approached by stranger prompts new look at safety
Columbia County school leaders are taking a look at bus-stop safety after a man tried to pick up an elementary-school pupil last week.

County targets off-road vehicles
Columbia County has a game plan. Now all it needs is commissioners' approval to start limiting motorized vehicles on county right-of-way.

Special Olympians are going global
Three local athletes earned a special opportunity.

Study says more vote machines needed
A study by Augusta State University students says new electronic voting machines are slower than the old punch-card system - but not slow enough to justify purchasing as many additional machines as Columbia County's elections director wants.

If Evans Middle closes, real-estate gold mine opens
A shopping mall, a car lot, a restaurant - the potential for the 21 acres at the intersection of Bel Air and Washington roads is huge.

Councilman to step down in Harlem
The city of Harlem is losing one of its leading citizens.

Retiring employees make a comeback
The Columbia County Board of Education gave tentative approval to a central office reorganization that would utilize two retiring employees in key half-time positions.

City's south side to get restaurant
THOMSON - City officials will get their wish when a new business, Huddle House, enters the downtown area later next month.

McDuffie chamber honors top secretary
THOMSON - Kathy Newsome loves her job.

Grovetown Middle area closer to getting sidewalks
After months of talking about paying for them, sidewalks are coming to the area around Grovetown Middle School.

Fashion police
Looks are not everything. But for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, it doesn't hurt.

School board delays vote on alcohol variance
The Columbia County Board of Education on Tuesday night refused to vote on a request for a waiver of distance requirements from a restaurant that is planning to serve alcohol.

Young cancer survivors are living tribute to hope
THOMSON - Judy Hobbs and Brandi McCoy have each lived through a parent's worst nightmare.

Thomson Elementary classrooms vandalized
THOMSON - Two Thomson Elementary School classrooms were vandalized last weekend, according to Principal Donald Davis.

Technology award
Thomson High School freshman Chris Watkins competed for the first time at the Technology Student Association State Conference last week and placed first in the computer-aided drafting competition.

Property transfers

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

Fast company
Participants in the Tour de Georgia bicycle race charge through Harlem on Wednesday on their way from Augusta to Macon.

Columbia County newsmakers
Tracy Lynn DeBolt, of Martinez, recently was accepted into Golden key International Honour Society and was honored at a ceremony on the College of Charleston campus. DeBolt is a 2000 Lakeside High School graduate and daughter of Roy and Teresa DeBolt.

Get up and go
Organists from six local churches will perform to support the Augusta State University Firefighters Scholarship Fund at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. All proceeds benefit the scholarship, which is available to Augusta-Richmond or Columbia County firefighters or their children.

Current events
Dunn's Chapel's 53rd homecoming is scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Robert Taylor will preach.

Board chairman 'screwed up,' failed to disclose ties to bidder
When elected officials spend public funds, taxpayers trust them to do so in the open. Public officials should never have undisclosed

Almost time for joys of summer
Summer time is finally upon us. Well, almost. Hooray! Time for every one to don their bikinis and hit the beach.

Realm of resurrection
Since you have been raised with Christ set your minds on things above, not on earthly things, for your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Profiles in cowardice
It would be intemperate to refer to Columbia County Board of Education members as lilly-livered weenies.

New players on county's team
Columbia County has a couple of new faces, and the search is on for a third.

High school sports schedule
Baseball: Laney at Harlem, 5 p.m.; Southwest DeKalb at Evans (double header), 4:30 p.m.

Softball signee credits her faith
Before sealing a deal to play softball at a higher level, Evans High School senior Anna Cheely tipped her cap to a higher power.

Private schools are chalking up banner seasons in many sports
The spring sports season is about to peak for Columbia County's Georgia Independent Schools Association teams, and the athletes fancy their chances in upcoming state-tournament action.

Harlem girls win region soccer title
The phrase sounded so foreign in the far reaches of Columbia County, but the words echoed with the ring of truth.

Columbia County basketball players show their talents
Last weekend at the fourth annual CSRA Middle and High School All-Star basketball games, several Columbia County players showcased some major talent.


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