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Media should have reported West Lake suicide
Before anything else is written let me say my heart goes out to the family involved in this tragedy. I cannot begin to fathom the depths of their pain.

County readies for Christmas
Columbia County residents will line the streets soon to welcome Santa Claus, led by a entourage of sparkling floats, youth groups and marching bands playing favorite songs.

City Hall lot becomes vibrant garden
As temperatures continue to drop, gardeners know planting season has arrived.

Greenbrier student rebounding from life-threatening injury
Michael and Tara Hill have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving - love and support from their community and friends and the health of their son Phillip.

Gun laws clash with growth
With the growing number of housing developments in Columbia County, the buffer between front yards and rural areas suited for target practice is getting smaller in some spots.

Christmas calendar
The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for participants in Grovetown's annual Christmas parade, scheduled to begin at noon on Dec. 6. Applications are available from GDPS at 306 East Robinson Ave., Grovetown, Ga., 30813, or by calling 863-1212.

An American salute
Brookwood Elementary School pupil Megan Pope played the Statue of Liberty during the Proud to be an American presentation titled Americana at First Baptist Church of Augusta on Friday.

At your service
Columbia County Commissioner Tom Mercer waits on Ellen Cox (left) and Dale Daniel at the Peppermill restaurant during Turkey Fest.

Time capsule
As reported 47 years ago in The Columbia News, Nov. 22, 1956:

School gift
Jerome Johnson, the manager of the Bi-Lo on Bobby Jones Expressway, presents a check for $1,000 to South Columbia Elementary School Principal Donna Murray.

Commissioner sworn in
With his wife, Donna, looking on, Lee Anderson is sworn in Nov. 17 by Probate Judge Pat Hardaway as the new Columbia County District 4 commissioner.

What are you most thankful for?
The News-Times asked second-graders at Lewiston Elementary School what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here were their responses:

Pet of the week
This 8-week-old gray and cream tabby kitten is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Thanksgiving in 2003
No one needs convincing that, on Thanksgiving Day 2003, the world is not a secure place. Some would say thats also a description of todays America, and a far cry from the country conceived in freedom and nurtured on thankfulness for our visionary Founding Fathers and the God who, in the words of Katharine Lee Bates, "shed his grace on thee."

A holiday for the glass half-full
Can you imagine what it must have been like for them? Never mind the trip, brutal by all accounts. Once ashore, the Pilgrims were poorly equipped to face the wilderness of this new world. They came in search of the free practice of their faith, but the cost of this freedom was immense.

Counting community's little blessings
Sometimes its the little stuff that makes a good community great.

Don't take out all of the fun
Either I write so seriously most of the time that folks are caught off guard if I swerve into what my pal Joe Cook refers to as spoofery, or some people take themselves too seriously.

Girls will score by the basketful
Last year's high-school basketball season proved one thing, at least where Columbia County's prep squads are concerned.

Athletes win spots on all-area cross-country team
The 2003 high-school cross country season ended last month, but that didn't stop Columbia County's prep athletes from running away with more honors last week.

Athlete Spotlight: Trey Carr
Trey Carr has a tendency to go in circles, but that doesn't mean he's just spinning his wheels.

No. 1 Shaw ends Greenbrier's football season
The 2003 high-school football season officially ended last week for Columbia County, but the Greenbrier Wolfpack went down fighting.

Lakeside softball awards
A banquet to honor the Lakeside High School softball team was Nov. 12 at the school. The Lady Panthers went 29-11 this season, the best record in school history.

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