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Atlanta reporting on Georgia flag rally 'stooped' to new low level
We've known for quite some time that many media outlets are totally against Southerners who choose to promote and defend their Southern heritage, but not until recently was I made aware of the levels to which their agents will stoop.

Evans High concert piece strike an emotional chord
Holly Spivey loved the stars. Her fascination was the inspiration for a commissioned piece of music in her honor by Cincinnati composer Steven Reineke.

Festival will celebrate Grovetown's heritage
Organizers of the Grovetown Heritage Festival used what they learned from last year's event to put plan an even bigger celebration of the city's people and history.

Seniors group offers driving refresher
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicts that the number of senior-citizen drivers will increase dramatically over the next 20 years as baby boomers age. As the number of elderly drivers increase, so does the possibility for crashes, according to officials.

Lawmakers end rough session
Starting in 2007, Columbia County high school students will have to earn a 3.0 grade-point average to receive a HOPE scholarship. Voters will be able to choose this year if they want to elect the school board's chairman and decide if a ban against same-sex marriage should be added to the state's constitution.

Agency to honor volunteers for elderly
The Area Agency on Aging annually recognizes a volunteer who goes above and beyond to help with senior citizens, but this year it also will recognize groups.

Celebration marks lake's anniversary
Thurmond Lake celebrated its 50th birthday last week, with important guests from the halls of Congress and the Pentagon.

For Evans student fun is instrument
One area teen who plays three instruments and sings in her church choir claims her musical talent is inherited.

Agency to honor volunteers for elderly
The Area Agency on Aging annually recognizes a volunteer who goes above and beyond to help with senior citizens, but this year it also will recognize groups.

Senate candidates start campaigns in ernest
The race is on, and the campaign slogans have been picked separating the two Republican candidates running so far for the state Senate's 24th District.

Board still struggles with Spanish program
Would you be in favor of an approximate 1.5 mill property tax increase to fund an elementary school Spanish program?

Student's Web site enlightens on autism
Vandna Jerath, a Johns Hopkins University junior from Martinez, has created a Web site to give people with autism a forum for expressing themselves through writing and visual arts.

County educates residents on zoning
It was jokingly titled Planning for Dummies - And Smart People, and when it was over, several Columbia County homeowners left a little wiser about the zoning policies that govern their neighborhoods.

Senior wins art-school scholarship
Michael Grazick has always been artistic. His father, Dennis, remembers Grazick visiting when he was young, spending most of the trip drawing or sculpting Play-Doh dinosaurs.

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in The Columbia News, April 15, 1954:

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

A phone number with the article "Changing seniors' food provider beneficial, cheaper, officials say," in the Wednesday, April 14 edition of The Columbia County News-Times was incorrectly listed. The correct phone number for the Bessie Thomas Senior Center is 556-0308.

Angela Johnson and Harry Johnson, April 5, 2004.

One-car accident
Elvin Daniel Ray, 54, lost control of his Ford F-150 truck Wednesday after he sneezed and felt a sharp pain in his side.

School lunch menus
Columbia County school lunch menus

Spelling champs
Augusta Christian Schools pupils were winners at the ACSI Spelling Bee recently at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, S.C.

Columbia County newsmakers
Billy Byler, of Martinez, was recently named to the Dean's List at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville for the fall 2003 semester. Byler, a junior mass communications major, is son of Bill and Carol Byler and an Augusta Christian Schools graduate.

Wanda Berry Rollins, 54, of the 600 block of Kemper Drive in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on Feb. 6, 2004, and was fined $700.

New business ribbon-cutting
Several businesses and government leaders attended a Columbia County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony April 1 for Concept H.R., a human resources outsourcing company based in Aiken.

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

Watching 911 at work
The Columbia County Communications center held an open house Wedneday with safety displays and refreshments.

Students explore African culture
Augusta State University sociology professor Dr. Ralph Watkins did a presentation on African countries and cultures for Evans Middle School seventh-graders

Property transfers
Columbia Road Ventures LLC to Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc., 514 Tudor Branch, $40,200.

For the birds
Thirteen-year-old Candi Moyer (left) builds birdhouses with Tabitha Lykins, 9, and Heather Lykins, 6, at the Little River Marina and Family Resort.

Passing torch, keeping flame
Kurt Kaiser's hymn, Pass It On, quickly became one of the most popular Christian song of the 1970s:

Showdown on fire services looms
It may seem flippant to refer to the upcoming deadline for a fire service agreement with Columbia County's two cities as a showdown at high noon.

Personal yarn for dam story
Like many other locals, my life has been affected by the big idea that, more than 50 years ago, created the biggest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River.

Memories of former teammates remain strong with Pack golfers
Embroidered on the sleeves of the Greenbrier High School's golf team's shirts are the initials D.H. and S.W.

Sports briefs
Southern Mpact will have 2004-05 Allstar Cheerleading tryouts May 3-8, with a parents' meeting 5:30 p.m. May 3. Participants 12th grade and younger are invited. For information, call 737-2727.

Panther prospect drawing interest
Matt Scott finished his career at Lakeside with more than 2,000 points. No other player from the CSRA can make that claim. However, during the season the calls were not coming in from college coaches at the rate expected.

High school sports calendar
Baseball: Augusta Prep vs. Westminster, 4:30 p.m.; Evans vs. Cedar Grove, 5 p.m.; Lakeside JV at Greenbrier, 5 p.m.; Harlem vs. Josey, 5 p.m.

Magazine lauds Lions' weight-training program
The Augusta Christian Schools athletic program was profiled in the spring issue of Bigger Faster Stronger (BFS) magazine, where author Steve Green details Columbia County's own version of the Charles Atlas story.

Fishing tourney set for Mistletoe
The Bulldog Division of the $6.3 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League will visit Mistletoe State Park on Satu


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