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Top players must excel for teams to post winning seasons
Last year Columbia County's public high-school football teams combined to win just 11 games.

Football rivalries are young, but run deep
If you want some insight on high-school football rivalries in Columbia County, just talk to Cheng Ho.

Wolfpack seeks more dominance in region
The Greenbrier High School football team has claimed Columbia County bragging rights the past two seasons, but beating local rivals Lakeside and Evans has been bittersweet for the Wolfpack.

Bulldogs looking for big victories
There's one thing you can certainly say about Harlem High School football coach Jimmie Lewis - he's not shy about setting high standards.

In world of high-school football, success means sacrifice
In this country, everyone is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Lions are ready again to take the offensive
The Augusta Christian Schools football team didn't achieve its goal of competing in the state finals last season, but neither did the perennial contenders in the Georgia Independent School Association.

Athletes train long hours off the field
Though some people might see short skirts and shaking pompons, area cheerleaders know that it takes athletic strength and endurance to make the squad.

First-year coach wants wins now, not later
Here's the scoop on the Evans High School football team: This year the Knights sport a large junior and sophomore class and a talented freshman group. With the team moving into a new region in 2004, the future looks bright.

Panthers put their heart into better 2003
Considering the Lakeside High School football team suffered through a miserable season in 2002, you might think the Panthers' enthusiasm for the game would be fading away.

Task force did its job; changes up to legislators
This is in response to the recent News-Times editorial concerning the Columbia County Board of Educations task force committee and its findings regarding the countywide election of a school board chairman.

Thanks for reporting on actions of 'Teflon Doc'
Once again, your newspaper has succeeded in getting a message to your readers and the citizens of our County. The latest news regarding the Teflon Doc brought out what most of us have known all along.

Printing photo of wrecked vehicle was 'sadistic'
How could you be of so little conscience, or compassion, that you would print the picture of the wrecked vehicle that killed my son, Daniel Hall III and Shane Williams in the Aug. 17 News-Times? How can you not understand that such a decision would terribly hurt the parents of all victims, as well as tear apart the small amount of healing we have experienced in the past four months?

Chamber thinks big with small business
Leona Holley decided to become a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce during its recent membership drive.

Museum wins beautification award
An old home with a new look continues to attract the attention of passersby in Grovetown. Now a new sign in front of the 3-year-old business is getting even more recognition.

Valery Dinkins keeps classroom exciting
It's after lunch, and Harlem Middle School sixth-grader Jonathan Grimsley actually volunteers to read his essay about his pet rock, Rock Bottom.

Horsing around has serious message
In the front yard of Charles Curley's Holiday Park home, an American flag snaps in the breeze atop a tall flag pole. Underneath it flies the black-and-white POW/MIA flag: "You Are Not Forgotten."

Pupils buddy up for fun day at Augusta Prep orientation
Augusta Preparatory Day School pupils started the new year Tuesday, but some newcomers to the school got a jump start Monday during new-pupil orientation.

Crime rises in municipalities
As Columbia County grows, so do its cities. As the cities grow, so do their crime rates.

Get up and go
Happy Tails Rescue, an animal welfare group that places stray and abandoned animals in new homes, has set a new adoption schedule including its Friday Feline Fiesta. T

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 37 years ago on Thursday, Aug. 18, 1966.

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

On vacation
Bill and Linda Getha, of Evans, (from left) with their daughter, Heather Taylor, and her husband, Rion, of Tully, N.Y., visited Earthquake Park in Anchorage, Alaska.

Questions will wait outside
Gov. Sonny Perdue will be in Augusta Saturday to meet with constituents in private sessions in Mayor Bob Youngs office at the Marble Palace. Citizens who called Monday morning to make reservations have five minutes to talk to Georgias freshman leader.

Taking it off in tenths
They promised, Youll lose weight, but, oh, how they lied; oh, how they lied to me.

Enrollment shows school success
The best news to come from word of the sudden uptick in Columbia County school population is that county officials are pushing ahead with plans to build a new elementary school in the Evans area.

2003 Dixie World Series Champions
The Columbia County Recreation Department Dixie Boys All-Star team was favored by many to win the Dixie Boys World Series earlier this month in Jackson, Tenn.

Athlete spotlight: Josh Adams and Shermoan Daiyaan
Size is not the most important thing in football.


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