Firefighters vouch for county's need for fire tax
I continue wonder why the citizens of Columbia County feel the way they feel regarding the fire tax. So far I have seen a lot of people who question the whole purpose of this tax, and ask why will their money be wasted like the stormwater tax.

Federal "No Child Left Behind" law "unrealistic"
This letter is in response to a recent story that said thousands of schools were deemed failing because of the test performance of special education students.

Couple extends charity raffle for house
It's not too late for a chance to own your own home. A couple raffling off their house has extended the date of the drawing for another six months.

Deadly accident saddens many on holiday
Christmas was somber for the family and friends of Marie Pat Oglesby.

County wins many emergency grants
Columbia County's Emergency Services Division received more than $500,000 in federal and state grants throughout 2003 to fund emergency prevention and response.

Student is undaunted by obstacles
Diagnosed with spina bifida, Sarah Williford got her first wheelchair when she was 2. But that doesn't slow her down. In life, she's going as fast as her wheels will take her.

Safety tips can douse fire's deadly danger
Martinez resident Marie Pat Oglesby died in a Christmas Eve house fire.

County faces a busy 2004
There will be little down time for Columbia County's city and county officials as the new year begins.

Grovetown OKs road improvements
During a recent City Council meeting, Grovetown officials approved the use of state grant money to improve three Grovetown roads.

School board has many changes in store
From building classrooms to adjusting what's taught in them, the Columbia County school system is expecting a year of change.

Abandoned wolf hybrids unwelcome in Georgia
First, they were abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Then, the two wolf-hybrid dogs were found and nursed back to health. Now, because of a state law, their lives are threatened again.

County plans improvements for Wildwood Park
Improvements are under way at Columbia County's lakefront Wildwood Park, and officials hope that an ongoing plan to upgrade amenities in the 975-acre park will result in economic boost to the area.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Eagle Scout project
Justin McClendis made a sign for Augusta Urban Ministries for his Eagle Scout project. Justin, 16, is a Lakeside High School student and a member of Troop 56, which meets at Warren Baptist Church.

Property transfers
South Carolina Electric and Gas Company to Oren N. Trefz, 430 Stevens Creek Road, $2,000.

Divorces
Kenneth H. Sumner and Charlotte B. Sumner, Dec. 23

Time capsule
As reported 35 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 2, 1969:

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

Police plotter
An Evans couple was charged with lying to an officer.

Idle dreams of a lotto loser
One of my favorite religious jokes goes like this: Know the difference between a Methodist and a Baptist? A Methodist will speak to you in the liquor store. (Hey, I was raised a Baptist, so don't beat me up too badly.)

Boom year ahead for business climate
If recent business news is any indication, 2004 is shaping up to be a boom year for Columbia County. Consider:

Psalm for a new year
By the sound, Asaph, a musician in King Davids court and author of a number of Psalms, was as excited about a new moon in his day as we are about a new year in ours.

Taking the high road to Scotland
The gray clouds on the drive to the airport floated to the strains in my mind from the Scottish tune "You take the high road and I'll take the low road and I'll be in Scotland before ye..."

Just let the club swing into position
It might be a good idea to rename the golf swing. The more proper term is the golf positions.

What does the future hold in school, pro sports?
Every year, like many of you, I have a list of New Year's resolutions. Well, not any more. Whether it's trying to lose weight or pay all my credit cards, things come up. Perhaps I ride by Wendy's, or my wife rides by Windsor Jewelers; either way, the resolutions are short-lived. So this year I've sworn off resolutions. Instead I will make some predictions.

Coaching rule spawns odd arrangement at Lakeside
Who's the boss of the Lakeside High School girl's basketball team?

Editor gets the itch to return to the pitch
With one quick glance at the release form, it occurred to me that this might not be the best way to spend $35.

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