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Heritage Hill needs new access
It is time to extend the Heritage hill neighborhood on Columbia Road to Washington Road. All those neighborhoods connect, and it would provide faster and easier access. I would like to see this done in the next three to five years.

Ancestors would be 'ashamed'
I read with amusement Richard Glisson's Jan. 28 letter, "Take sides against 'racist relics' of Georgia."

County logo: Time misused
As a new resident of Columbia County, I am amazed that the county governing body would spend money and effort to change the county logo. Their time and resources should be utilized to meet the needs of the residents.

World hates USA as 'big bully'
Why is the world so anti-USA?

County logo: Funds flushed
So Columbia County's school kids are to pick the county logo? Much taxpayer money has already been spent (wasted).

Sheriff's 'experience' needed to keep crime low
Congratulations to Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle and his staff for a low crime rate in Columbia County.

Woman's life devoted to education
Harlem native Mary Sanders will go down in history as Columbia County's first black school-board member.

Harlem helps fill out chamber ranks
It was ribbon-cutting day in Harlem on Thursday as four businesses in the city signified their union with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Home disaster kits prove worth in emergencies
Thousands were caught unprepared in the wake of last week's ice storm and widespread power outages. However, with minimal effort and a little foresight, anyone can prepare a kit in case of another emergency situation.

Residents vote, settle on new addresses
Many Columbia County residents living in Appling will lose their Thomson address, but addresses in Harlem will stay the same.

Two Evans musicians share rare musical honor
Two Evans High School band members hit a music-career high note when they were asked to perform as part of the Georgia Music Educators Association's All-State Jazz Band.

Eagle Scout is ambitious
Visibility is a key to being known, and one area teenager realized that on his first day helping out at Augusta Urban Ministries.

Time capsule
As reported 38 years ago in The Columbia News, Feb. 3, 1966.

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

Get up and go
The Greenbrier High School baseball team will hold its annual silent auction 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the school to raise funds for an indoor batting facility. An Elvis impersonator will perform after the auction in a benefit concert for the baseball and softball teams. For information and a list of items up for auction, go to, or call 650-6040.

Civil War display
Wesley Rhoden plays a drum while his father, Eddie Rhoden, stands behind him during a Civil War artifacts display by members of the First Independent Brigade Jan. 24 at the Euchee Creek Library.

Republican Women select new officers
The newly elected officers of the Executive Board of the Greater Columbia County Republican Women are Teri North (from left), president; Debbie McCord, corresponding secretary/membership; Dottie Miller, treasurer/fund-raising; Jean Smith, vice president; and Sarah Kulovitz, recording secretary/public relations.

Columbia County newsmakers
Army 2nd Lt. Paul A. Cutts has graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., with authorization to wear the distinctive Ranger Tab. A graduate of the Ranger course is the epitome of the U.S. infantryman.

Property transfers
James M. Dukes to Robert F. Powell, 312 Hornhead Drive, $79,900.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Pass Georgia's defense of marriage
Warning: These comments aren't for the squeamish. Any reader who lacks the stomach for a frank discussion about the danger of sexual perversion may want to skip the next few paragraphs.

Many thanks for storm response
It all started last Sunday night with an innocuous "advisory" from the weather service that there was a "possibility" of some rain and freezing rain during the early morning hours on Monday and ending by mid morning.

Dems getting jump on GOP
During November's special election campaign for the District 3 County Commission seat, we heard a few complaints because the county's Republican Party set up the three public forums for the five candidates in the race.

Hurling the first stone
The Sunday School lesson that morning was about justice, and the discussion was lively. Specifically, we compared our judicial system today with the one God instituted with the Children of Israel just before they entered their "Promised Land" 3,500 years ago. There was much to compare.

Surprises mark hoops home stretch
One Columbia County high-school basketball team set a record last week, and another county prep squad could match that feat before the season's through.

School move benefits quarterback
When word spread last summer that Travis Clark was leaving Evans High School to play football for the Lincoln County Red Devils during his senior season, Knights fans were split over the move.

High school sports schedule
Basketball: Augusta Christian at Westminster, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; Jefferson County at Greenbrier, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; Jones County at Lakeside, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; Josey at Harlem, 5 p.m. (girls) and 6:30 p.m.; Alleluia at Augusta Prep, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.

Soccer season begins for area high schools
Don't let the weather fool you - spring must be right around the corner, because high-school soccer kicks off this week in Columbia County.

Cheer squad honors
The Evans Varsity Competition Cheerleading Squad won 1st place in the AAAAA Division during the 2004 Mustang Invitational South Effingham High School competition.

Sports briefs
Tryouts for 16-and-under ASA Junior Olympic fast-pitch traveling softball teams will be at 2 p.m. today at Patriots Park Softball Complex. For more information, contact Jim Borum at 860-9489 or (706) 284-5483.


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