Cost, rationale for county's logo should be exposed
I read Barry Paschals column from this past Sunday (Ol Saint Nick isnt in office, Dec. 7). As the column indicates, the impact the recession has had on county and state tax receipts continues to be a serious issue. Two pages further into the paper there is an article concerning the new Columbia county logo contest.

Board approves school calendar
After two parent surveys, the Columbia County Board of Education last week approved a school calendar for the next two years nearly identical to the one this year - including the four-day fall break.

Friday is deadline for local design contest
There is no shortage in the images that represent Columbia County.

Evans High grad helps make elven magic at Keebler plant
Not many people can claim they work in the Hollow Tree with elves. But Guy Ball, a former Evans resident and now plant director for Kellogg's Keebler division in Macon, does just that.

Program prepares Prep parents
Parents networking with parents is what a new voluntary program at Augusta Preparatory Day School is all about. The school purchased the Parent-to-Parent program earlier this year from the Passage Group for use in bringing parents together to learn what has changed from their generation to their child's.

Pictures with Santa help humane society
At Christmastime, Santa Claus visits little boys and girls - and their pets.

Gold Cross introduces satellite tracking system
Gold Cross Emergency Medical Service is trying to improve ambulance service in Columbia County by upgrading its dispatch center.

Twins' camp work is something special
Georgia's Camp Big Heart has drawn two big-hearted teens who volunteer their summers to help at camps for children with special needs.

Pupils decorate Fort Discovery
Computers, cameras and microphones aren't the typical Christmas tree ornaments, but area pupils adorned trees Dec. 4 at National Science Center's Fort Discovery with the handmade miniatures.

Teachers learn through world travels
Three Columbia County teachers are showing that they will go to the ends of the earth to improve their craft.

Semifinalist named in scholarship drawing
Madison Spires may have been born on a lucky day, but it was her dad's birthday that proved to be lucky for her.

Residents near I-20 could get some quiet
A multi-billion dollar federal appropriations bill could translate into new noise barriers in Columbia County.

Assistant district attorney goes on leave from Iraq
Peter Christine was a month old when he last saw his father.

Augusta Christian students selected for TIP Talent Search
Augusta Christian Schools pupils were selected recently to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. The TIP Talent Search is beginning its 24th year and is the largest program of its kind in the nation. The program identifies academically talented seventh-graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school.

Christmas calendar
Brookwood Elementary School will perform its annual Christmas concert Friday at 2:15 p.m. The concert features approximately 25 soloists from all grade levels K-5. The audience will also participate in several familiar sing-alongs. Most of the music will be taken from the 1997 Christmas CD recorded by Brookwood pupils. The event is free. For more information, call 855-7596.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Columbia County Newsmakers
Lessie M. Chapman of Evans recently completed accredited specialty course work from the University of Florida in association with MediPro Seminars, LLC, in life care planning and related catastrophic case management.

Police blotter
Steven Louis Barnes and Patricia Ann Rouse were sentenced Wednesday after they were convicted of several charges in a New Year's Day armed robbery of escort service clients.

Property transfers
Qualified Intermediary Services LLC to Matthew Wolf, Stephen S. Wolf and Desiree M. Wolf, 701 Devon Road, $117,273.

Get up and go
The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Government Center Auditorium in Evans. For more information, call 868-0959.

Parkway dedicated
Columbia County Development Authority Chairman Bill Coleman cuts a ribbon to dedicate International Parkway, a road connecting Lewiston and Chamblin roads that will open up 260 acres of land for Horizon North industrial park.

Sky Soldiers speak to cadets
Cadet members of the Augusta Composite Squadron pose with members of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation during the Boshears Fly-in.

The shepherd's story
Lets now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that God has made known tous.

A semester in the history books
The clock ticked as semester finals drew nearer. Im pulling a strong 4.0 and really didnt have anything to worry about, but I studied, like always.

Licenses protect builders, buyers
It was a long time coming - perhaps years too long - but Columbia County commissioners have finally put in place the mechanism for monitoring the workmanship of the countys builders.

Welcome to humble hero
We like our heroes to be larger than life, able to leap tall buildings and save the day. But a heroic figure who stepped off an ASA plane at Bush Field Tuesday morning walked into the terminal just like you and me: hat and ticket in one hand, suitcase in the other.

Sports briefs
The Lakeside and Evans high school swimming and diving teams competed in a dual meet Dec. 4 at Augusta Aquatics Center. The Lady Panthers beat the Evans girls 165-135, and the Knights topped the Panthers 159-137.

All-county softball team is loaded with talent
Each school year, it has been my pleasure to select all-Columbia County high school teams in the major prep sports - football, basketball and baseball.

Coach pleased with Prep's progress after grueling stretch
Watching your basketball squads play six games in seven nights can give a coach great insight on where his players stand.

Fledgling Golf Academy rolls out welcome MATT
When it comes to his job as manager of Jones Creek Golf Club, it pays for Jeff Howell to know the golf business from every angle.

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