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Mentor, other sport shooters thanked for senior project help
How do you give thanks to a person who was willing enough to help you with the toughest of tasks? How do you thank a person who supplied you with all the equipment and help needed for an activity? I am still trying to find that answer.

Disputes over noise level will keep track closed
The dirt track is expected to stay quiet this racing season at Gordon Park Speedway.

County is urging disaster readiness
In the wake of a debilitating ice storm last month and on the one-year anniversary of a calamitous tornado, Columbia County Emergency Services begins the effort to educate the public on natural disaster preparedness for Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Jumpin rope for a good cause
It might look like they are having fun, but all that jumping up and down is to help raise money to combat heart disease - the No. 1 killer in the county.

Court officer devotes her career to helping children
It's rare to find Margaret Tutt Adams without a butterfly pin on her lapel or a frog-shaped ring on her hand.

Artist wins logo contest
Lynn Forbes described her concept for the county's new logo as elegant and progressive.

Expert urges students to invest, save
Financial professional Woody Merry recently spoke to Lakeside High School students about the importance of saving and investing.

County honors veteran educator
In recognition of Black History Month and to honor a Harlem native for her decades-long commitment to the area's schools, Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday named Feb. 17, 2004, as Mary Elizabeth Sanders Day.

Harlem junior is expert on cars
Chris Newsome's first memory of repairing a car was when he was five years old and changed a tire on a race car.

Weathering the storm
A tornado that ripped through the Wheatley farm a year ago today did more than destroy buildings. It also robbed the elderly Evans couple of monuments of their past.

Site plan begins for school
Work on the site plan has begun at the county's new elementary school at Mullikin and Conn roads.

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in The Columbia News, Feb. 25, 1954:

School lunches

Georgia College & State University Dean's List
The following area residents were named to the Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Ga. dean's list for fall semester.

William Gray and Bettelou Brown, Feb. 17, 2004

Property transfers
Mark B. Herbert to Kailash Sharma, 1061 Furys Ferry Road, $315,000.

Get up and go
Regular services for Mosaic United Methodist Church, a new congregation forming in Evans, begin today at 11 a.m. at the Evans High School theater. For information, visit

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

A tale of two worlds
I didnt realize it then, but growing up in the 1950s was a breeze - even if you were different, like being a Christian teenager. We may not have enjoyed the teasing because we didnt smoke, drink, dance or wear more than a smidgeon of make-up, but there were bunches of us and we had lots of support. Besides, there was something noble about setting ourselves apart from the world, as our church and parents taught us to do.

Women lead the way in Columbia County
Perhaps the first signs came Jan. 5, when fellow Columbia County school

Voting early, but not often
It's still illegal to vote often. But on Monday, you can vote early.

Harlem Fall sports award winners
Softball: Most Valuable Player - Brandy Braswell.

Starting small
The prep baseball season is on the horizon, but the field of dreams is more like a house of horrors at Harlem High School.

Lakeside High honor state wrestling champ
Justin Otis finished his prep wrestling career last year, but his legacy will live on at Lakeside High School.

Ex-Panther finds success with Tigers
Former Lakeside High School athlete Jamie Rigdon is now in his eighth season as head baseball coach at Savannah State University, where he is building quite a legacy.

Sports briefs
The inaugural Daniel Hall & Shane Williams Memorial Golf Tournament will be March 6 at Rocky Branch Golf Club in Lincoln County.


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