Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Sign online petition to draft general, 'defeat radical right regime'
As a retired U.S. Army NCO and a life member of the DAV, in addition to being active in the local Democratic party here in Georgia, I strongly urge readers to sign the petition to draft retired Gen. Wesley Clark to run for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

Families are foundation to building education 'from ground up'
n his July 27 guest column (Quality teachers, curriculum key), Columbia County School Superintend-ent Tommy Price provided some exciting reading about his plans for the new school year.

New school year begins in county
Classes start today for Columbia County's 19,600 pupils, including 445 Lewiston Lions who will march into the county's newest elementary school.

Harlem homeowner gets help from youth group
The youth group of Harlem Baptist Church stays busy and works hard.

Stormwater utility suit could be appealed
A lawsuit seeking to overturn Columbia County's stormwater utility fee failed last week when a judge ruled in the county's favor, but an attorney says an appeal is likely.

County to test mosquitoes for disease
Health department officials are no longer testing birds to trace the West Nile virus. They are going after the source - mosquitoes.

Restaurateur buys 1950-style Evans Diner
Neon signs still glow and Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis remain on the jukebox. But the Evans Diner is under new ownership.

Hog heaven: Seminar educates barbecue judges
Enjoying good barbecue is easy. Learning how to judge it takes practice.

Current events
Dr. Sophia Bamford will discuss migration patterns of the huge number of settlers from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina who found their way to Wilkes County and Lincoln County in the 1790s, after the American Revolution. This meeting will be held at the Augusta Museum of History, Sixth and Reynolds Street, Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. The event is free. For more information, contact Carrie Adamson at 738-2241.

On vacation
The Smith family gathered for their first family reunion at Hilton Head Island, S.C., in June.

Police blotter
An Evans man was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and released last week after being shot by a Columbia County deputy.

Paving the way
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross (center) joins Construction Perfected Inc. officials and area residents recently in breaking ground for the project to pave Marshall Road in Appling.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 37 years ago on Thursday, Aug. 4, 1966.

Support looks strong for fire tax
Now that Columbia County officials have finished a series of public meetings to talk about a plan for revamping the countys fire services, whats next?

Barry L. Paschal
A few months ago, U.S. District Court Judge Dudley Bowen ruled that Columbia Countys storm-water utility fee was a tax and thus not subject to federal jurisdiction, sending the case back to state court.

Don't know much about history
The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but it has been composed to be an everlasting possession, not the showpiece of an hour.

Evans baseball banquet
Award winners at the Evans High School baseball banquet included...

Volleyball shows spike in interest
With the high-school volleyball season on the horizon, Greenbrier coach Debbie Born had a problem on her hands. So did Lakeside coach Kevin Williams.

Camp teaches beginners the basics of football
Six boys assumed a three-point stance and wait for the command from football coach Donnie Hutchins of the Columbia County Recreation Department.

Season kicks off with jamborees
Two Columbia County high school football teams will scrimmage with opposing squads this week in preparation for the upcoming season.

Athlete Spotlight
They're not in Kansas anymore, and they're following the yellow brick road. They don't care if Oz is somewhere over the rainbow, because there's no place like home on the diamond.

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