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Would county's proposed pet cremations really be 'private'?
Most pet owners perceive that private cremations means your pet will be placed in the crematory by itself. This cannot be the case with Columbia County. The machine cannot be operated efficiently with one eight-pound cat in a machine capable of holding about 800 pounds in one load. To be cost-effective, four to six pets (would have to be) placed in the crematory at once, the individual remains would then be recovered, and hopefully, properly identified. This means several pets would have to accumulate to start the machine.

Rather than being 'shut out' of case, father has been present at hearings
We have sat idly by while our son has sat in jail for the past 64 days. He was unable to start college this past month and has no idea of the timetable of the events that lay ahead, nor do we.

Rather than being 'shut out' of case, father has been present at hearings
We have sat idly by while our son has sat in jail for the past 64 days. He was unable to start college this past month and has no idea of the timetable of the events that lay ahead, nor do we.

Norwood spokesman fails to consider science in defending bill
There are a number of problems with Duke Hipps approach to managing the collarlands around the lakes (besides the arrogance). Unfortunately, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwoods spokesman (letter, Sept. 3) has not considered the science involved here. At least he appears to have a very limited understanding of managing a water resource. And it is, and I believe should continue to be, a water resource that is being managed and not a real estate resource.

Commissioner's meeting will go electronic
Bulky notebooks filled with agenda items and supporting materials soon could be a thing of the past for Columbia County commissioners.

Mission takes teens to New York
Doing God's work at a small church in Brooklyn, N.Y., is what being a Christian is all about for a group of young people from Harlem Baptist Church.

Soldier embraces home after long Middle East deployment
Ask 1st Lt. David Rivera what he missed most while serving in Saudi Arabia, and the answer will be quick.

County resident gets judgeship
Mike Annis doesn't assume his post as Superior Court judge until Wednesday, but he said he's already been bombarded with supporters wanting to hang onto the seat.

Sponsors add routes to bicycling event
Bicycle riders can double their fun at the sixth annual Cyclists Circle because the event's sponsor, the Rotary Club of Columbia County West, has added a second day of riding.

Grovetown mayor signs up for re-election to fifth term
Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau filed the necessary paperwork Tuesday to run for re-election and put forward the same goal for his next term as he has held for the past 16 years he's been in office: helping his city grow.

Fort Gordon commander lauds women's progress
The first female commander of Fort Gordon spoke at the first luncheon solely for the women of Brandon Wilde.

Martinez school honors patriots
Thursday was a day to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

County remembers the fallen
Columbia County remembrances on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks not only honored those who lost their lives but offered the community a chance to emotionally rebuild.

New library to break ground
For a project as long-awaited as Columbia County's library and performing-arts center, the typical gold shovel apparently wasn't enough for the ceremonially ground-breaking.

Get up and go
Organizers of Mosaic United Methodist Church, a new congregation forming in the Evans area, will hold an informational reception today at Serendipity coffee shop in the Eagle Pointe Shopping Center, 4534 Washington Road, Evans. For more information, call 877-6468.

Children's Choices
Brian Gilliland (left) and Taylor Byrd read a book together in Shannan Curtis' fifth-grade class at Lewiston Elementary School. After finishing the book, the boys will evaluate it for the Children's Choices Project.

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

Columbia County newsmakers
Adrienne Popplewell, an Augusta Christian senior, was awarded the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit for superior scholastic endeavors, and the Augusta State University certificate of Academic Achievement for outstanding academic performance.

Property transfers
Bartley Builders Inc. to Olusegun and Edith Adeleke, 1452 Aylesbury Drive, $245,554.

Isn't it grand
Martha Colley Pryor had lunch with her grandson Jerrick Alston, 7, during Grandparents Day at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

On vacation
Macey Samples, 11, and Madison Samples, 7, take their brother Thomas, 7 months, to the beach for the Evans familys first time at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

What the fight for freedom is all about
Kaitlyn Dunaway, a home-schooled Columbia County 9-year-old, sums up the events now universally referred to as 9-11 with a brief essay:

Library back on track for work to start
Alls well as ends well, as the saying goes - and rarely has that been more true than with the Columbia County Commissions recent reversal of its decision to reject the winning bid for construction of the countys new main library.

Sheriff's campaign first with the most
The next couple of weeks, in political terms, will follow the advice of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest: to get there first with the most.

A monumental decree
Of all the debates raging in the country today - Iraq, the economy, Kobe, etc. - Alabama Justice Roy Moores stubborn streak over his monument to the Ten Commandments is a breath of fresh air. Finally, someone in high places (Ephesians 6:12) believes its lawful, constitutional, and downright Alabama-OK to let God have a little space in an institution He invented (See Psalm 89:8-15).<

High school sports schedule
Monday Softball: Augusta Christian at Central Fellowship, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier gets week to prepare for region opener against Lakeside
The Greenbrier High School football team had a break last week, but "break" might be a poor choice of words for the Wolfpack's open date on Friday night.

Win puts Pack on track in region 3-AAAA
The Greenbrier High School softball team experienced the best of both worlds last week at the Brierpatch.

Panther to Paladin: Bratton becomes Furman's go-to guy
Brian Bratton had a pretty good high-school career at Lakeside, but few could have predicted the success he has enjoyed so far in college football.

Sports briefs
The 14U Augusta Flash girls fastpitch travel team recently completed a great season, but due to age requirements, the squad is seeking replacement players for the 2004 season.

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