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Racetrack closed; fight against noise continues
Editor: It is good that the Gordon Park Speedway dirt track will remain closed for the near future. Richard E. Hogue Grovetown

Shipp's Georgia criticisms no laughing matter
Editor: Columnist Bill Shipp quotes ex-Gov. Roy Barnes about his desire to keep Georgia off the front page of The New York Times, which Shipp translates as helping Georgia avoid national ridicule. Shipp states it is too bad some current state leaders did not adopt Barnes' principle. Then Shipp uses his sly innuendo/ridicule to blast the rebel flag and the 10 Commandments and goes on to slam the state school superintendent and U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Zell Miller. Richard Netzley Evans

Columbia County GOP urges unity
Republican officials preached party solidarity at the Columbia County Republican Convention on Saturday.

County considers community events board
Tentative approval was given during a Columbia County Community and Emergency Services Committee meeting Thursday to create a county community events board.

Project provides for agency, memorial
Kirsten Lee decided to take her senior project outside the classroom and help the community - raising $2,000.

Whitehead announces bid for state Senate
Surrounded by family members and political supporters, Jim Whitehead officially launched his bid for a state Senate seat Friday morning.

Lakeside students start Libertarian group
Lakeside High School has its Young Republicans and Young Democrats, but thanks to two students, it now has a national third party represented.

Local Bronze Star recipient remains loyal to the Corps
Marine Corps Col. Stephen Wolf spent nearly two years away from his family while helping rebuild a country.

Fourth grader steps ahead
Although he's only in the fourth grade, Gage Davis is one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming an orthodontist.

Cancer charity is ready to rock
A celebrity will help raise money for the American Cancer Society for the second year.

School cited for civic pride
Stevens Creek Elementary School works hard to be seen as more than just a school in Columbia County.

Evans woman named to state advisory panel
Gov. Sonny Perdue has tapped an Evans woman to serve on the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

School board member to hold public forum
Columbia County Board of Education Trustee Wayne Bridges will meet with his District 2 constituents at a public forum Saturday.

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

Pet of the week
This 1-year-old Siberian husky/Australian shepherd mix is very loving and available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call Roman Howerton at 541-4077 or visit www.co.columbia.ga.us and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies, such as today's Pet of the Week, and kittens is $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered.

School lunch menus
Here are Columbia County School lunch menus for the remainder of the week.

Get up and go
Vendors are needed for the upcoming Grovetown Heritage Festival, to be held April 24 near City Hall. The committee is soliciting participants, especially vendors and entertainers. Vendors can call 854-9319 for information. Those interested in participating in the auto show can call 868-8371. For more information, call Rosa Lee Owens at 863-1867.

Arbor Day
Shana Tafro (left) a fifth-grader at Brookwood Elementary School who is originally from Bosnia, helps Chief Forest Ranger Steve Abbott plant a green ash tree at the school for Arbor Day. Shana won third place out of 3,190 entries in a statewide Arbor Day poster contest.

Bands raise funds
Greenbrier High School freshman Newt Barnes, 14, performs with the band Jolly Roger, which won the Battle of the Bands fund-raiser sponsored by the Lakeside High School PTSO on Saturday in Lakesides gym. The event featured 10 bands performing in 30-minute sets.

Time capsule
As reported 24 years ago in The Columbia News, March 12, 1970:

Handing out hugs
American Legion Post 192 had its annual Hug-A-Bear program Feb. 27. The Legion family collected 1,435 stuffed animals for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Martinez Fire Department, Grovetowns police and fire departments, Harlems police and fire departments, the Leah Volunteer Fire Department and the Rebecca Moon Foundation. The stuffed animals are used to comfort children in distress.

Current events
The first of five planned forums by Columbia County School Board members will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the Lakeside High School auditorium. Trustee Wayne Bridges will be the host of the forum, which will provide an opportunity for the public to present issues and concerns related to the school system.

Latching the barn door
Edison, New Jersey, may be a wonderful place to live, but my only memory of that New York City suburb occurred at a Ramada Inn checkout counter about 25 years ago. Following a family visit to New England, we were returning to Georgia when the unthinkable happened.

Appreciate trustees; give input
This week in Georgia is School Board Member Appreciation Week, designated to recognize the significant contributions of elected officials who oversee the public school systems around the state.

'Straw' votes still get action
Two years ago, then-Columbia County Republican Party Chairman Alvin Starks caused a minor political earthquake by putting a dozen straw-poll questions on the GOP primary ballot.

Athlete spotlight
As a youngster, Dillon Smith learned the basics of gymnastics by participating in a mobile bus program. A few years later, Smith expressed an interest in going to the gym to continue his training. Twelve years later, Smith is preparing for state competition.

Schools lifters are ready for state contest
A group of Greenbrier athletes may feel they have the weight of the world on their shoulders as they prepare for state competition.

Bottom Line: Small colleges showcase big talent from Columbia County
It's likely that not many of you have been following this year's Division III basketball tournament, but the event is the big show for the top 32 Division III programs in the country.

Big sports weekend looms for schools
John Kerry was the big winner on Super Tuesday earlier this month, but there will be more than one victor on Super Saturday in Columbia County.

Athlete in his 50s is still kicking
When Eddie Singleton finishes his kickboxing match Saturday, his work will have only just begun.

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