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Choose your child-care provider wisely
Parents new to a community often rely on neighbors and co-workers to help direct them to good child care providers. And, according to industry experts, choosing the right provider for your child is easy if parents make an actual visit to several facilities before making a final decision.

Coordinators help pupils and parents
While children might not come with an instruction manual, the Columbia County School System has three resource coordinators and libraries of parenting information to help parents get the information and assistance they need.

Many parents jockey for prized pre-K
It's something akin to a raffle, but the prize is a seat in a classroom.

Columbia County pre-kindergarten facilities
Unless noted otherwise, listed preschool programs are state funded.

Kindergarten registration starts Thursday
Kindergarten registration in Columbia County is scheduled for Thursday through April 2 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Preschoolers can have fun staying fit
Children in their preschool years may be too young to learn their letters and numbers, but they're never too young to take a tumble.

Reading is fun and fundamental
It doesn't take special training to help your children develop the skills that lead to reading.

Columbia County day-care facilities
A list of area day-car centers

Columbia County kindergarten facilities
All Columbia County public schools will hold kindergarten registration at the schools between Thursday and April 2 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Welcome, parents - and try to relax
Anxious, apprehensive, uneasy, even sad and upset could be used to describe some parents of Pre-K students on the first day of school. Fortunately, parents soon realize that the Columbia County Schools' Pre-K Program is the place for their 4-year-old.

Program promotes health, safety for children
One local group is working to make children's lives safer by offering an Emergency First Aid and Injury Prevention program to child care providers in the Central Savannah River Area.

Project helps reach pupils with special learning needs
Project Reach is an aptly named program - educators reach out to special-needs preschoolers to help them get a good start reaching their full potential.

Is your child registering for school? We can help
Starting kindergarten can be a scary, confusing time - and that's for the parents.

Contact new schools as soon as you can
If your family is new to Columbia County, don't be tardy in getting to your new school.

'Community of caring people' helped raise funds for memorial
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each of you for your generous donation for the Daniel Hall and Shane Williams Memorial Golf Tournament held on March 6 at Rocky Branch Golf Course. The tournament was a tremendous success because of your kindness and generosity. We hosted a total of 30 teams and had 45 hole sponsorships. At present our total is $9,500, with the promise of more donations to come. This amount far exceeded our expectations.r:

Former, not current, racetrack owner allowed loud auto racing
I have not broken any ordinances in the running of Gordon Park Speedway. I was running the same mufflers that George Bryan was running when he had the track. They never gave him a citation. I did not get a citation in 2002 for noise, and I did not get a citation for noise during the first three months of racing in 2003.

Subdivision refurbishes distinctive symbol
A broken and worn windmill that stood high at the entrance to Windmill Plantation has been restored and replaced at its gateway to the Evans subdivision.

Evans pupils learn to help keep the environment clean
Candace Wakefield watches one of her classmates find a quarter on the ground and tells him, "You're a lucky ducky."

Harlem athlete, scholar excels
Ron Cupp was so impressed with Mandy Moats at their first meeting that he still uses her as example to other young girls.

Fire service, annexation topic of meeting
Residents living outside Harlem gathered Tuesday to discuss upcoming changes in fire service and the possibility of annexation at a town hall meeting hosted by city officials.

New map would shuffle political seats
If a panel of federal judges adopts new maps tomorrow for the state legislature's political boundaries, Columbia County could see a new House member added.

County OKs Confederate History Month
Race relations and Southern heritage took center stage at the Columbia County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Grand opening draws hundreds
More than 200 hungry customers turned up for Dye's Southern Grill grand opening Tuesday, which is no small feat considering restaurant owner Howard Dye didn't even bother to advertise.

Intern program seeks applicants
The Georgia Department of Labor's 2004 Summer Internship Program will offer internships for up to 65 students. The internship program is designed to provide students at universities, colleges and technical schools with practical work experience, an opportunity to earn school credit and a chance to make up to $1,300 this summer.

Martinez mecca of mini-golf featured
Champions often tread the greens of this nationally acclaimed course, which is considered by golfing experts as one of the greatest in the world.

Family members killed in house fire
More than 200 hungry customers turned up for Dye's Southern Grill grand opening Tuesday, which is no small feat considering restaurant owner Howard Dye didn't even bother to advertise.

Lakeside team wins ASU math contest
Lakeside High School's math team counted sweet victory for the second year in a row, winning Augusta State University's High School Math Competition on March 12.

Daphony P. Lyons and Myrna H. Lyons, Feb. 26, 2004.

School lunches
Columbia Couunty school lunch menus

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, March 18, 1954:

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

Military newsmakers
Army 2nd Lt. Adam P. Rivette has graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., with authorization to wear the distinctive Ranger Tab.

Memorial golf tournament receives gift
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength (left) and former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre present a check to Patrick Crawford from the Ed McIntyre Foundation Inc. for the Shane Williams-Daniel Hall Memorial Golf Tournament at Greenbrier High School on March 11.

Property transfers
R & C Associates Inc., Raquel Walker, J. Brad Lind and Christopher Walker to Blue Jay Properties LLC, 4104 Colben Blvd., $373,500.

Heritage isn't synonym for hate
Black or white, Yankee or Southern, native-born or immigrant, we all live in a part of the country with deep roots to its past - even if many of our county's residents just got here.

Total separation? It won't happen
Long before Jesus returned to his father, and uttered those familiar, parting words, "Lo, I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20), the people of the Old Testament knew the Spirit of God was in their midst. This was especially true of David, the shepherd boy turned king and principle author of the Psalms. Besides the beautiful 139th Psalm quoted above, David frequently wrote of the Lord who, "is with us... dwells in Zion (Jerusalem)... is a great King over all the earth," and more.

Several county players named to all-star basketball rosters
On April 17 the fifth annual CSRA Middle and High School All-Star basketball games will be played at Augusta State University, where some Columbia County athletes will be showcasing their skills.

High school sports schedule
Monday Baseball: Augusta Christian at Tattnall Square Academy, 4 p.m.; Greenbrier at Harlem, 6 p.m.; Lakeside at North Augusta, 6 p.m.

High schools'athletics programs get a lift
Heavy lifting has helped the Harlem High School football team achieve success in recent years, but the school's weight facility could use some pumping up.

Former local coaches seek success in other schools
Their paths crossed this January at a gymnasium in Marietta, Ga., and their stories of rejection and redemption seem intertwined.

Soccer star signs with Berry College
Lea Xenakis is an accomplished pianist, and when she steps on the pitch with the Augusta Preparatory Day School soccer team, she's a real virtuoso.

Sports briefs
Harlem High School's annual baseball camp will be June 7-11 at the Harlem recreation field. The camp is for players ages 7-14, the cost is $50 per player, and the camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day. For more information, call Jimmie Lewis at 556-6659 or Benjie Moore at 556-9136.


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