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Rescue two hybrids; all dogs came from wolves
I wish to address the story that was in The Columbia County News Times Jan. 4 about the wolf hybrids that were rescued by Luanne Price.

Wolves should be 'pardoned'
The two Georgia wolf dogs rescued then ordered to be destroyed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Scott Frazier should be pardoned by the governor, and Luanne Price should be applauded for her efforts to save them.

Junior enjoys giving back
Just a brief conversation with Amber Graff reveals she has a very giving heart.

Convention, tourism business grew in 2003
Columbia County saw a busy year in 2003 for its burgeoning convention and tourism activities, local officials said Tuesday.

Harlem school flies special flag from pupil's mother in Iraq
An American flag is a symbol of patriotism, but for Colleen Brown, the flag now flying above her school has a much more personal meaning.

Children find cuffs discarded by escaped criminal
Olivia Fitzgerald, 8, and Kodie Higdon, 7, found something that investigators, divers and high-tech equipment couldn't - the shackles that couldn't restrain Tamika Bumpass.

Chamber leadership changes hands
With the initial steps complete in the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's move to become an independent organization, the rest of this year's work will rest in the details.

Tax office makes new complex full
The Columbia County Government Complex is fully occupied, for now.

Martinez subscribers discuss fire protection
Protecting firefighters' jobs became the focal point of the final subscribers meeting of the Martinez Fire Department on Tuesday.

School wins state honor
Debbie Daniel was one of the people who let out a cheer when she learned Evans High School was named a School of Excellence by the Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday.

Election went to biggest spender
When it came to winning last year's special election for a vacancy on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, Lee Anderson walked away with the seat and the biggest spending tab.

Park offers something sweet
From the side of a tree to a stack of pancakes, Bill Tinley has learned to tap a source of natural sweetness.

Local class opens for emergency responders
John Harlan Sr. said building his group's construction paper tower was like a game of Jenga.

County honors coach
Columbia County Commissioner Lee Anderson (left) hands Shirley Morris and members of the Morris family a plaque recognizing the renaming of Appling Park after the late Lonnie O. Morris Sr., who was a longtime coach and recreation supporter. Anderson presented the plaque during a Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Time capsule
As reported 35 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 11, 1968:

Divorces
Frances Kelly Smith and Gregory Leon Smith, Dec. 12.

Get up and go
The Harlem City Council will review the city's 2004 budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall before the council meeting, where it could be adopted.

Columbia County newsmakers
Jake Armstrong, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Armstrong Jr., was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at Emory University, Atlanta.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Property transfers
Barbara Teague Youngblood to Eliezer and Dena H. Pol Rodriguez, 115 Sunnywood Drive, $112,900.

DUIs
Sharon Rebecca Powell, 34, of the 4600 block of Brittany Drive, Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on Feb. 24, 2003, and was fined $1,100.

Riverside students create homemade books
Christy Shay, 9 (left), and Sarine Husein, 8, both third-graders at Riverside Elementary School, spent part of their Christmas break crafting books about their families.

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

Holiday snapshots
Readers submit their family photos from December

Excellent award for an excellent school
To say the past year has been challenging for Evans High School and its principal, Don Brigdon, would be an understatement.

Resolved, once again
Weve been friends for years, but in all that time Ive rarely seen Joanna happy.

Legislative action important at home
For the average citizen, it is no doubt difficult to get excited about the annual session of the Georgia Legislature. After all, it takes place far down the road in Atlanta, and most of the action occurs in obscure committees with little public scrutiny.

Time to offer fat confession
Virtually no one in the world was amazed, shocked or even mildly surprised the other day when Major League Baseballs all-time leading hitter Pete Rose admitted he had, in fact, stuffed cork in his baseball bats.

Augusta Chrstian makes move to South Carolina athletics body
One of Columbia County's private schools thinks the grass is greener on the other side of the fence - rather, Augusta Christian Schools has decided that athletic competition is keener on the other side of the river.

Riverside tennis extends win streak to 5 years
The Riverside Middle School tennis teams finished their fifth season last fall, but the buzz hasn't faded.

Freshman leads Pack in hoops
Last basketball season I wrote a column on the Greenbrier Middle School girls team that recorded a perfect 14-0 record.

Evans, Harlem girls' hard work still is not leading to victories
These are the moments that a prep basketball player lives for.

Prep sports calendar
Monday Wrestling: Richmond Academy/Westside at Evans, 5 p.m.

Complaining about your swing? Try shutting your face
A golfer has three choices regarding the position of the club face during the swing: you can have a perfectly square club face; you can have an open club face; you can have a closed club face.

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