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Independent used car dealers omitted from paper's recognition
In August 2003, The Columbia County News-Times asked its readers to choose the businesses they singled out as the best.

Columbia County commended for its efforts to improve safety
I have read Columbia Countys Annual Report 2003. I am proud to see emergency services highlighted on the cover and within the brochure.

Memory isn't the problem; it's quality of memories that we lack
As one of those old-timers, I really enjoyed Barbara Seaborns recent column, "Dont know much about history." A couple of comments:

New Methodist congregation wants to make warm gesture
A new church that is forming already is making an effort to help its community.

Basketball keeps Evans engineer young
Fred Fidler sat quietly on the bleachers of the Wilson Center YMCA, resting from the basketball games he plays daily at 6 a.m. before going to work.

Harlem gets ready to party Hardy
Harlem businesses and officials are getting ready for the thousands of people expected to descend on the city's downtown Saturday for the 15th annual Oliver Hardy Festival.

Residents chime in on uses of sales tax
As Columbia County considers a possible extension of its 1-cent sales tax next year, officials canvassed the county last week to hear what residents want to see built in the coming years.

Special election set for Nov. 4
District 4 residents will have start looking for a new representative on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.

County considers stormwater late fees
As lawyers prepare to argue the validity of Columbia County's stormwater utility fee, residents not paying the fee might soon find themselves paying even more.

Student leads breast-cancer project
Ashley Baum is on a personal crusade to arm young people with the facts about breast cancer.

Student fights for change in dress code
He still isn't happy with it, but Evans High School junior Matthew Nance won a partial victory after petitioning the Columbia County school board to change the student dress code.

Library's bright future is in the cards
Eleven-year-old Dakota Casey of Martinez loves to visit the library.

Property transfers
Anita Louise Blankenship Fritz to James M. Wilkins and Deborah H. Wilkins, 5155 Bluegrass Trail, $85,400.

Young author's book signing
Evans High School teen Chris Baugh signs a copy of his first published novel, It All Started in Chem Class, for former Columbia County Commissioner Frank Spears.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Kenneth Allen Pollock and Glenda Sue Pollock, Aug. 26.

School calendar
Brookwood Elementary School will present the musical Bugz at 2:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school.

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

Time capsule
As reported 63 years ago in The Columbia News, Sept. 26, 1940:

Get up and go
Bettis Rainsford will discuss the Edgefield District and its relationship with Augusta at noon Wednesday at this month's Brown Bag History Series at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.

On vacation
June Glisson (from left), Nell Weldon, Pat Blankenship, "Granny" Carter and Melody Carter recently visited Alaska. Melody Carter of Martinez said family members have been on cruises annually since 1992. "In 2004, Granny and I are headed for the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean," Melody said. "She says turning 90 this year isn't going to slow her down - and I believe her!"

Better way to spend school money
Columbia Countys school system has a well-deserved reputation for carefully studying issues before making important changes. In fact, weve often criticized school system leaders for appearing to bury uncomfortable issues by diverting them into committees and task forces.

No longevity in District 4
Wanted: County commissioner wholl keep the job when he or she gets it.

Fragmenting the family tree
I will make your name great, and you shall be a blessing and all the families of the earth will be blessed through you.

High school sports schedule
Monday Soccer: Augusta Prep at Bulloch Academy, 5 p.m.

Lady Dogs want to collar third region title
Don't let the record fool you. The Harlem High School softball team is picking up steam, and the Lady Dogs are in position to capture a third straight Region 3-AAA championship.

Coach's ouster is worst kind of foul play
It must have been an oversight, or so I thought. While attending the Evans High School athletic open house Aug. 7, I studied the list of the school's football coaching staff, and one name was missing.

Sports briefs
Former Evans High School football player Shawn Maw is making a name for himself with the Mary Persons High School team in Forsyth, Ga. Maw is a sophomore for the Bulldogs, and is starting at strong safety for the Class AAA squad.

Harlem player's mental attitude overpowers physical setbacks
Mike Waldoch buckled his chin strap and trotted onto the practice field last week at Harlem High School. The Bulldogs' senior was ready to wreak havoc.

Church softball team wins national slow-pitch crown
Dianne and Roger Tant each issued a challenge, and when the husband and wife accepted, they went on the ride of their lives with the Warren Baptist Church softball squad.


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