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Officials should reject Confederate History nod
The Columbia County Commission is considering a proposal to name April as Confederate History Month in Columbia County. As a citizen of this county, I find such governmental recognition of the Confederacy appalling and disrespectful.

For Rhinehart's neighbors, 'welcome to hell'
I take no pleasure in realizing that my friends and neighbors are going to get a taste of what I have been enduring for more than three years when Rhinehart's becomes operational.

Service, music fills Scout's time
Scouting can instill many characteristics and qualities in young people, and Jeff Haas is no exception.

Chairman question could go to public vote
Local legislators are preparing a bill that will allow voters to decide if they want an at-large elected school board chairman.

Residents urged to check on tax
With the April 15 tax deadline approaching, there are more than 1,000 Columbia County residents who qualify for a tax credit but probably don't realize it, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Clown gets kicks making others laugh
When Debra Sneeder puts on her makeup and clothes and drives to work, she gets a lot of stares.

Gardeners must be mindful of pre-spring weather changes
Cold winter months often send even die-hard gardeners into hibernation.

Essay winners
The following pupils from Lakeside Middle School in Mrs. Dorn's grammar/writing classes have won or placed in the following competitions:

Tax collection grows, but percentage sags
Though the county's collection of its 1-cent sales tax has not dropped, the county's finance director said she is concerned that the money did not come in as strongly as expected.

Racetrack noise fight goes to court
Disputing the way the county has measured noise around the Gordon Park Speedway, lawyers for the dirt racetracks' owner argued against a court injunction Wednesday.

Lutheran building ministry helps Martinez church expand
Jesus Christ's carpentry background inspired a group of Lutheran senior citizens to follow in his woodworking footsteps, and a Martinez Lutheran church has welcomed their ministry.

Pupils' Math-A-Thon adds up for charity
Bel Air Elementary School pupils recently raised $1,400 during St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Math-A-Thon.

New principal hopes to find key to success
Kirk Wright has a new key chain.

Board revisits Spanish teaching
The Columbia County school system will change the way it delivers Spanish to middle-schoolers next year.

Restaurants flock to Furys Ferry Road
With a wider road and more people moving to the area, Furys Ferry Road is becoming a haven for hungry diners.

Columbia newsmakers
Several local students earned the required 3.25 to 3.75 grade-point average to be named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Science fair winner
Kaylyn Chavous, daughter of Hank and Kay Chavous, won First Place in the CSRA-RESA Science Fair.

Births
James Herschel O'Neal III: James H. O'Neal Jr. and Courtney M. O'Neal, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, James Herschel O'Neal III, Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Berry H. Moore Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. James H. O'Neal Sr., all of Martinez.

Divorces
Alicia D. Hornsby and Derrick Lomont Hornsby Sr., Feb. 11, 2004.

St. Teresa of Avila ground-breaking
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church broke ground March 7 on the $5.5 million first phase of construction for its new church on a 44.5-acre tract on Columbia Road.

ArtsFest at Augusta Prep
ArtsFest 2004 was held on the main campus of Augusta Prep. Parents and children enjoyed viewing student artwork, a variety of performing artists and lots of arts and crafts activities.

Time capsule
As reported 46 years ago in The Columbia News, March 13, 1958:

School lunch menus
Here are Columbia County school lunch menus for the week ahead.

Military newsmaker
Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Anthony W. Deckert, son of Debbie S. and Daniel A. Deckert of Grovetown, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits physically and mentally.

Property transfers
W.T. Lamb and Associates to Medallion Construction Company Inc., 1895 Long Creek Falls, $23,500.

Blue Ridge ability fair
Blue Ridge Elementary School pupils Sydney Penney (from left) and Jenna Berry walk through a visually impaired obstacle course with the help of parent volunteer Melissa Best during the school's Ability Fair.

Evans business expands
Representatives of Cushman Paint and Body of Thomson cut the ribbon opening the new business on March 4.

Evans FCCLA excels
The officers of Evans High School's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America vowed to continue their outreach and build a better world at the Fall Leadership Conference in Covington, Ga., last fall.

Police blotter
An Augusta Preparatory Day School pupil claiming to be the victim of death threats is now charged with committing the terroristic acts himself.

Arrogant Christians
I knew the story, and believed its message, long before I saw the movie. Except for deepening my view that the death and resurrection of Jesus was the only way a sinful mankind could be reconciled to a holy God, nothing in The Passion of the Christ, or the criticism it inspired, changed that belief. What I didn't know, however, before the movie made its dramatic entrance onto the media stage, was how little those who are not Christians know about what we believe.

Options don't offer much choice
Though John Kerry has now sewn up the Democratic nomination for president, Al Sharpton and Dennis Kucinich remain in the race; John Edwards, Carol Mosely-Braun, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, Richard Gephardt and Joe Lieberman have all pulled out of the race.

Commissioners: Don't chicken out
In a letter today on Page 5, Evans resident Keith Moses urges Columbia County commissioners to reject a proposal to name April as Confederate History Month. Commissioners, especially Chairman Ron Cross, are showing signs of squeamishness on the designation. Some county citizens are needlessly stirred up over the proclamation, and at Tuesday's Commission meeting may urge officials to forego the declaration this year.

Rescue from 'Sweathogs'
Let me tell you about Gene Sullivan.

Sports briefs
Youth in the CSRA who want to brush up on stroke techniques are encouraged to register for clinics offered by the Aiken-Augusta Swim League. The Augusta clinic is scheduled at the Augusta State University pool March 29 through April 2 (no class April 1), from 6 to 7 p.m. The Aiken clinic is scheduled at the University of South Carolina-Aiken pool April 5-8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost at each facility is $40 per swimmer.

High school sports schedule
Here is the High School sports schedule for the week ahead.

Pack players give colleges net gains
During their prep careers Jennifer Wells and Rachel Cordier have seen the Greenbrier High School volleyball team rise to the elite ranks in the Georgia High School Association.

Jags pitcher shrugs off sophomore slump on way to 4-0 start
Former Evans High School standout Justin Walker got off to a slow start on the college diamond in 2003.

Rivalry combines tradition, respect
The benches cleared before the first pitch Wednesday at Harlem High School, as coach Jimmie Lewis and his Bulldogs sprinted toward the visiting Lakeside Panthers.

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