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Other areas threatened by Rhinehart's approval
Tuesday night's decision by the Columbia County commissioners (to grant an alcohol license to Rhinehart's) was a sad and embarrassing night for representative government. It proved that our elected representatives were not willing to follow their own plainly worded zoning regulations and did not wish to represent the citizens they were elected by.

Thanks to Samaritans in January's ice storm
I wish to publicly thank Helen Strickland and William and Steve McDade for being outstanding citizens recently and possibly saving an elderly woman from an unknown fate.

Middle-schooler excels in music
When Whitney Daly hears music, her toes instantly start tapping to the rhythm. When listening to orchestra music, she quickly picks up on the sounds of the flute.

Historical group to honor bridge of love
Joan Harrison is looking for a couple who want to build a bridge of love between two people and two states - exactly as it was done 80 years ago at the Sand Bar Ferry bridge.<

Students countywide hit books in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday
Columbia County schools celebrated Read Across America last week.

Parties want input on primary ballot questions
With the presidential primaries behind them, Columbia County's political leaders are planning for the next round of primary elections in July when the ballots will include nonbinding questions about local issues.

Man gets life term in murder
The last of three men accused of fatally shooting an Evans couple in their home six years ago was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last week.

Edwards carries county in primary
Though he didn't win on a state level, U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., was the preferred candidate for Columbia County Democrats.

Loss of sight undeters ceramics instructor
In her darkest hour, Ruth Muns saw the light.

Catholic church to break ground
The old will soon be new again when an Augusta Catholic congregation migrates to Columbia County.

Relocated auto dealership makes artistic statement
Tutus and business suits intermingled Monday night as owners of two new car dealerships in Columbia County celebrated their grand opening with a special contribution to the local arts community.

Controversial alcohol license approved
Though disappointed with county commissioners' decision Tuesday to approve a liquor license for Rhinehart's Oyster Bar, Patrick McCraith said he hopes residents opposed to the location of the restaurant are cordial after it opens.

Tractor maker shows local growth
John Deere Commercial Products' presence in Columbia County is growing stronger, economic developers said last week.

Time capsule
As reported 36 years ago in The Columbia News, March 7, 1968:

Police blotter
A Columbia County Sheriff's Office employee was arrested Monday in connection with $50,000 discovered missing from a sheriff's office account.

Property transfers
Belair Ridge LLC to Stacey M. Smith and Joe R. Smith, 324 Beech Lane, $68,900.

Columbia County newsmakers
Thirteen teams of middle-school pupils from the CSRA competed in the regional Science Olympiad on Feb. 21. The event was held by Augusta State University.

Military newsmakers
2nd Lt. Adam Rivette, a 1999 Evans High School graduate and a 2003 U.S. Military Academy graduate, recently graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger Course, one of the toughest military schools in the world.

Grovetown Elementary School honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the second nine weeks A honor roll at Grovetown Elementary School:

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Get up and go
The deacons, deaconess and trustee ministries of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church will have an anniversary celebration at 5:45 p.m. today, with the Rev. Lessel Leonard of Green Grove Baptist Church in Augusta.

Harlem High honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the second nine weeks A honor roll at Harlem High School:

Ly Thi Do and Thoi Van Do, March 2, 2004.

Like the war, flag fight finally over
Glory, hallelujah. The voters of Georgia have spoken loudly enough that the voices of those still complaining about the state flag will soon fade to disgruntled muttering.

Few voters, lots of views
It's hard to blame anyone for not voting in Tuesday's presidential preference primary. If we did, in Columbia County we'd be blaming just about everybody.

A passionate review
"Mel Gibson's The Passion defies expectations and opens to a flood of tears and ticket sales.

'Passion' triumphant, unashamed
In its first five days, The Passion of Christ, an incredible movie by Mel Gibson, took in more than $125 million, making it the third top grosser for a five-day opening. And it shows no signs of slowing down.

High school sports schedule
Monday Baseball: Evans at Cross Creek, 6 p.m.

Sports briefs
Wednesday is the deadline for entries in the Harlem Relay for Life Softball Tournament, which will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Harlem City Park. Registration costs $5 per player, and proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Minimum age for players is 16. For information, call 556-8335, or 556-9713.

Wolfpack opens baseball season with wins over local rivals
Spring-like weather made its appearance in Columbia County last week, as the sun heralded the arrival of the high school baseball season.

Tournament winners
The Under-12 Lady Patriots won the 2004 Concord Cup Tournament in Conyers, Ga., on Feb. 28-29.

Many stars hit local hardwood in 2003-04
Another high school basketball campaign is in the books, and for the second straight season we are losing one of the premier players in the state. The county's all-time leading scorer, Lakeside's Matt Scott, is moving on.


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