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More community effort needed to prevent arson
Every 18 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the United States.

Dad deserves more credit for recreation efforts
I would like to comment on the recreation director for Columbia County, Charlie Beale.

Lakeside team competes in National Science Bowl
Where do troglodytes typically live?

Water park will dry up
After nearly 15 years of splishing and splashing, Krystal River Water Park is turning off the waterworks.

School's spring carnival scores A-plus for fun
Beth Newton knew she had it coming.

Yard sales raise money for charities
Columbia Countians got a double dose of charity yard sales Saturday.

Interviews continue for chamber leader
The members of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce may have a new leader soon.

Governor will visit Thomson
THOMSON - Make way for the governor.

Project strives to boost AIDS awareness
The first AIDS Awareness Fair sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Youth Against AIDS will be Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta.

Augusta Prep senior is STAR runner-up
Ashwin Rajendra, a senior at Augusta Preparatory Day School, was named Georgia's STAR student runner-up for 2003 by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.

For art's sake
Westmont Elementary School art teacher Courtney Owen (right) and some of her fifth-grade art pupils - Seth Dymeck (from left) Nick Hagen and Stephen Bailey - prepare for the school's annual end-of-the-year art show.

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

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 38 years ago Thursday, May 6, 1965.

Current events
The Evans high School Career/Technology Education Faculty and Advisory Board will hold The Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in front of the school on Cox Road.

Property transfers
Pierwood Construction Co. to June D. Garnett, 1431 Knob Hill Circle, $294,000.

Get up and go
The Georgia Forestry Commission's Columbia County Unit, who issues burning permits in person and by telephone, now offers them on-line. Visit www.gfc.state.ga.us and follow the directions.

Require license for home builders
Among the many issues that fell by the wayside in this years marathon session of the Georgia Legislature is one that would have helped cut down on home construction and remodeling scams.

Post mortem for breakfast
A couple of months ago, before the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce pre-legislative breakfast, I referred to the advantage Columbia County lawmakers have over their Richmond County counterparts:

Government is not the answer
Serving as a freshman member of the Georgia House of Represen-tatives has been a great experience. I am grateful to the people of Columbia County for the opportunity. It has been especially interesting to be a Republican freshman legislator in the General Assembly when Georgia has, for the first time in over a century, a Republican governor and a Republican Senate. I have been very impressed with Gov. Sonny Perdue, even as he has inherited the worst financial situation the state has seen since the Great Depression.

The joys of May Day
If wars and rumors of wars, a still-sluggish economy, or 24-7 construction on Interstate 20 are weighing you down, relax, read a good book, or download a favorite, even frivolous memory and live it again. For me, that bit of remembered frivolity is synonymous with the arrival of this very, merry month of May.

Rivals brace for tough season finale
It was just a coincidence, but the high-school baseball campaign in Columbia County has a fitting regular-season finale this week.

Prep kicks off with win in girls soccer playoffs
The Augusta Preparatory Day School squad got the ball rolling last week for girls soccer in Columbia County, and now the local public-school teams will try to follow suit in state-playoff action.

Benefit for basketball star
A benefit will be Saturday to provide funds to help Lakeside High School senior La'Toya Coard cover expenses for an all-star basketball tournament in Sydney, Australia, this summer.

A time to remember
Greenbrier golfers Anna Maddox, 14, and Eric Wagner, 18, remember fellow Wolfpack golfers Daniel Hall and Shane Williams during a memorial service in their honor

Athlete spotlight: Jefferson Knox, Clayton Boardman, Rob Bennett, Alexander Abate
Augusta Preparatory Day School golf team members Clayton Boardman, Jefferson Knox, Rob Bennett and Alexander Abate weren't interested in working their way up the ladder.

More high school athletes commit to college careers
Four Columbia County high-school athletes proved their net worth last week.

AC Lions shine on diamond
Going into the season, most baseball fans in Columbia County knew that Augusta Christian's Jordan Belcher would be a favorite for Area Player of the Year. What they probably didn't consider, however, was that his biggest challenge may come from teammate Will Reese.

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