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Writer confuses language study with bilingual education
Letter writer Michelle Lewis, who apparently feels qualified to home-school her children, completely misses the point regarding the teaching of the Spanish language in Columbia County schools (letter, June 2, "Politically correct school board seeking bilingual education).

County greets drainage questions with silence
Ty Hendrix (letter, Sarcastic "thanks for departments lack of help, May 25) is apparently experiencing what other Columbia County citizens have experienced when trying to get a response from their elected officials - silence. It would also appear that Columbia Countys Engineering Department is either making up new Georgia law or they are above it.

County's private school students reflect on year
Hundreds of Columbia County private school students celebrated with tears and laughter on the last day of school Friday.

James Boothe, come on down!
James Boothe realized a dream from childhood recently when he got to spin the big wheel as a winner on The Price Is Right.

School facilities sought for crises
A health department official has asked the school board to sign an agreement of understanding that would allow the department to use school facilities and staff in case of an emergency.

Program gives kids chance to water-ski
Kurt Lawton approaches the shore of Lake Thurmond, assisted by his walker, looks out at the boats and waits for the chance to do something he's been wanting to do for the better part of a year - waterski.

Graduation day - Augusta Prep
Ryan Naus gave Board of Trustees President J. Timothy Shelnut a high-five after he received his diploma.

Private schools end year
School is out for Columbia County's two private schools.

Family receives soldier's medals
P.J. Rodgers always knew there was more to his father-in-law's story than just one medal.

Graduation day - Augusta Christian
As Augusta Christian graduates crossed the stage to accept their diplomas, a message that each had previously recorded played. Most were thankful. Some were comical. All were hopeful.

Greenspace board sees new plans
Columbia County took another step toward creating a Greenspace Advisory Board recently.

King of the road
Billy Burrows has spent the last six years on the road visiting all the Harley Davidson dealers in the country. The Augusta Harley Davidson dealership on frontage road was the 767th dealership he has visited. Mr. Burrows has traveled extensively throughout all of the lower 48 states and Canada in his quest. Soon he plans to extend his travels to Mexico.

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

Sonfest 2003
Robert E. Lee of Harlem checks out items from vendor T.R. Brooks, also of Harlem, at Sonfest 2003. The event, which featured a food court, children's play area, arts and crafts, live entertainment and a contemporary Christian Concert, was held at Harlem Baptist Church.

Safety demonstration
Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Leslie Himebaugh discusses safety with Scott Johnson of North Augusta during the Emergency Preparedness Open House Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Evans. The event featured several presentations on how to make homes safer.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 43 years ago on Thursday, June 1, 1961.

Current Events
Registration is open for the Toastmaster Teen Leadership Program until Sunday or until the session is filled. The program is offered by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

Time for summer break
I lean and loaf at my ease, observing a spear of summer grass.

Citizens should see evaluations
Another year has passed, and once more Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price has received a passing grade from the School Board.

Hidden stones hold clues to past
While attending the funeral of my aunt several years ago, I was very intrigued by a conversation I had with another person there.

Pair of stories draw gossip
There are two competing stories these days among political junkies and gossip-mongers, and both cases have brought experts out of the woodwork.

Best reforms give local control
Georgia politicians, it seems, are always riding the education reform bandwagon. After all, who can oppose reform of a system that perpetually ranks near the bottom in national standings?

Sports briefs
There will be a silent auction Saturday at the Evans High School commons area to benefit the Evans High baseball and softball teams

Seasons played part in success
For every season, there is a purpose. For Columbia County's high school athletic teams, fall and spring were times to excel, while winter was less than heavenly.

Augusta Christian tops list
Hundreds of athletes. Exactly 100 teams. Thirteen different sports. Six high schools. Three separate seasons. One Columbia County prep program with local bragging rights.

Athlete spotlight
The Columbia County News-Times again honors some of the county's top atheletes for the 2002-2003 academic year

Quality & quantity
Private-school sports programs generally have fewer athletes than their public-school counterparts, so in order to raise their level of play, private schools focus on quality over quantity.

Field honors young player
Words were in short supply Friday despite the crowd that gathered at the Harlem Recreation Park to dedicate Field II to Andrew Hawkinberry.

College golfers struggle
Karsten Creek Golf Club was the scene of a massacre last week during the NCAA Division I golf championship.

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