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Don't be hasty in dumping Perdue over state flag
Since Gov. Sonny signed Georgias new flag into law, I have already heard that some of my fellow Confederate flag supporters have been calling him a turncoat and a traitor. I respectfully disagree. I am a member of several Southern heritage groups, and I was thoroughly disgusted when Gov. Roy Barnes orchestrated the flag change in 2001; consequently, I helped put Perdue in office.

Foreign language instruction vital to community
I am writing to express my continued support for the Spanish language program in the K- 12 classrooms.

Make plans for site in case Fort Gordon closes
Because our nations leaders may decide to close Fort Gordon in 2005, we need to start planning now for how to take advantage of the facilities at the base.

Pupils revel, reflect on school year's final day
The final school bell rang Friday for Columbia County's 19,000 students, ending the 180-day school year. The Columbia County News-Times sent reporters to several schools, allowing them to take in the sights of the last day.

Developer proposes 152-unit housing plan for Grovetown
A developer hopes to turn a Grovetown trailer park into a residential and commercial development.

Middle-school math whiz ranks among nation's best
Peter Huang attributes his mathematical talent to his Chinese heritage.

Festival delivers true blues
THOMSON - Bass, bridles, and blues. All three are components of a Thomson-McDuffie County "brand" that city and county officials are pushing hard. One of them - blues - was front and center Saturday at the 10th annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival.

Graduates march out of county's high schools
They recalled good times and bad: the tragic deaths of students and beloved teachers, the prolonged shock of the Sept. 11 attacks, the challenges as they struggled with new dress codes, identification badges and shorter lunch periods, and the challenge of senior projects.

Legion post retires flags with dignity
Practice makes perfect, even when it comes to retiring Old Glory.

Memories stay golden for Harlem's class of 1950
While high school seniors across Columbia County celebrated graduation day, a group of senior citizens celebrated theirs as well.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times 28 years ago Wednesday, May 21, 1975.

Relay for Life
A group of Thomson children get some camera time along with WJBF-TV anchors Brad Means and Jennie Montgomery during the Augusta television station's Your Hometown broadcast last Friday.

Current events
Ron Cross, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, will hold a town hall meeting Thursday night at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The meeting begins at 7 and will cover various topics, including the county's newly revised fire services study. For more information, call 868-3379.

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

Get up and go
The Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold its 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.

Not all education comes from books
Education is hanging around until youve caught on.

A good turn for committee
Theres a mix of good news and bad as a result of the Columbia County school systems study of foreign language instruction.

Celebrate freedom
If there is any downside to Columbia Countys Red, White & Blue Veterans Celebration, it is that the architect of this weekends event wont be able to see his handiwork.

Sports Briefs
The Evans High School Youth Baseball Camp is June 9-13 at the Evans baseball field. The camp is for players ages 7-14, and the daily camp times are 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $85 per camper. Proper baseball attire is needed. Each camper should bring his or her own glove, bat and shoes. For more information, call Ricky Beale at 863-1198 or 284-4168.

The Wolfpack is back with a balanced attack
Back in February and March, some people were saying 2003 was going to be a down year for the Greenbrier High School baseball team.

Greenbrier, Lakeside advance in playoffs
Two Columbia County high school baseball teams still have some work to do in the Georgia High School Association state playoffs, while two other county squads can start their summer vacations.

Team poised to make history
The Lakeside High School girls soccer team enters unknown territory tonight, but Lady Panthers coach Donny Rogers has been there before - and he's got a gut feeling that something good will happen.

Athlete Spotlight: Rich Pugh
Rich Pugh doesn't like to talk about himself. He prefers to let his racket do that for him.


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