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Critics wrong; Greenbrier principal earns praise
As vice president of the senior class at Greenbrier High School, I am appalled at the immaturity and total lack of respect that parents and the media have given Greenbrier. Sundays letter by Charlie Johnson absolutely disgusted me, and showed that he was misinformed about the situation.

Carraway's 'word is good' in Greenbrier defense
I am responding to Charlie Johnsons letter Sunday. He asks, Why is (Greenbrier High School Principal) Dr. Sandra Carraway still in her present position?

'There is no cover-up' of school discipline cases
Re: Sundays letter from Charlie Johnson, "Cover-up of sexual misconduct at Greenbrier High "isnt over, and the May 4 News-Times editorial, Lack of action allowed assaults:

Wreck damages West Lake sign
A chunk of a familiar landmark on Furys Ferry Road is missing.

Outdoor festival lets children in on the fun
The National Wild Turkey Federation on Saturday showed children a good time as big as all outdoors.

Governor impressed with retolled airport
THOMSON - During a stop last week at McDuffie County's Augusta Tech branch, Gov. Sonny Perdue had plenty of good things to say.

Thomson is coming down with new case of the blues
THOMSON - Thomson and McDuffie County are ready for the blues.

School year winds down this week
About 1,168 Columbia County high school seniors will walk across the stage of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center to receive their diplomas Saturday.

Festival helps children play it safe
In a world made for adults, the East Central Georgia Safe Kids Coalition and the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center wants to teach the public how to integrate child safety into their routines.

Burn permits available online
Columbia County residents with piles of yard waste now can obtain a permit from the state online to burn the debris.

Harlem's drama students could enjoy Fringe benefit
Amid frantic last-minute preparations for last weekend's spring musical, Footloose, Harlem High School drama director Roy Lewis had to start making travel arrangements for 30 to Scotland.

Grovetown celebrates heritage
If you want attention, throw a party.

Students receive career scholarships
Alisha Mertins wants to become a registered nurse and midwife more than anything.

The retiring kind
Columbia County Board of Education Associate Superintendent Jonnie Ghetti pins a carnation on retiring Blue Ridge Elementary School kindergarten teacher Ann Overstreet at a reception at West Lake Country Club for retiring Board of Education employees.

Columbia County newsmakers
Baker Edwards Hatcher, son of Randy and Marilee Hatcher of Martinez, has been selected salutatorian for the Class of 2003 at Fork Union Military Acade

Current events
The Columbia County Extension Service will hold a lunch seminar on lawn and garden irrigation conducted by Charles Phillips, county extension agent, today. The seminar begins at 12:10 p.m. in the Evans Government Center Auditorium.

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

Get up and go
The Georgia-Carolina Boy Scouts of America will hold the 17th annual Alltel Boy Scout Golf Classic on Monday, June 9, at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a box lunch at noon. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner will follow the tournament.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 35 years ago on Thursday, May 9, 1973.

Wal-Mart donations
Evans Wal-Mart manager Patrick Clifford (center) handed out matching grants and bonus grant checks to Jason McClure, Medical College of Georgia Student Fund (from left); Donald Putnam, Riverside Middle School; Sherry Riner, Riverside Elementary; Lillian-Katherine Blanos, Augusta Clean & Beautiful; Ruth Bonaparte, Grovetown Middle School; and Chip Warren, Greenbrier soccer team.

History lesson
Grovetown Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Dealia Yancy dressed up in Civil War era clothing and created Civil War scenes with her class.

Columbia County newsmakers
Baker Edwards Hatcher, son of Randy and Marilee Hatcher of Martinez, has been selected salutatorian for the Class of 2003 at Fork Union Military Acade

More entries in the draw your mom coloring contest
More than 600 children entered The Columbia County News-Times' Draw Your Mom Coloring Contest, and just a few of the artists' works are pictured here.

Harlem honor needs financial boost
The Harlem High School drama team, already renowned for its past honors, got its biggest praise yet last week when director Roy Lewis was notified that the school is one of just a dozen in the entire country to be invited to Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2004.

'Old Lady River'?
Before Mothers Day and the notorious visit to Augusta by the protestin Martha Burk fade completely from view, Id like to revisit an old topic I thought had faded from the public trough.

After Bennett, virtues still virtues
It recently has been revealed that Dr. Bill Bennett, author of the Book of Virtues as well as other notable works, has been spending time in the gambling casinos of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Salute to vet includes song
When you get a call from retired two-war veteran like Col. O.G.A. Zoni Mastroianni, you feel like snapping a salute.

Small steps to improve education
State Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, took on a new role in the state Senate this year when the legislative body switched to Republican control.

Three athletes commit to colleges
Three wishes were granted recently to a trio of Columbia County high school seniors, and it's not because they rubbed a lamp.

Athlete Spotlight: Jordan Whitaker
Harlem High School's Jordan Whitaker has a not-so-simple goal - to see the Bulldogs' baseball team win the Class AAA state championship this year.

Columbia County well-represented at Rotary sports banquet
Last week I had the opportunity to emcee the 27th Annual Billy Prince Sports Awards presented by the West Augusta Rotary Club. I was blown away with the accomplishments of the student-athletes.

Lions fight, fall short in baseball playoffs
The Augusta Christian School baseball team was denied on two fronts last week in the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA state playoffs.

Sports briefs
The 38th annual Sertoma/North Augusta Country Club Junior Invitational Golf Tournament will be June 23-26 at the country club. The 54-hole medal-play event is limited to the first 100 entries ages 13-18 who qualify. The entry fee is $40, which includes a practice round and banquet. For registration or more information, call (803) 279-0704.

After spotty 2002, Harlem returns to familiar place in state playoffs
Over the past 25 years, Harlem High School has chalked up numerous region championships, five state titles and two second-place state finishes.

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