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Bush critic forgot word 'essential' in quote; still free to vent 'hatred'
Ben Franklin said, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Deere plant marks 15 years
John Deere workers learned something interesting Monday about the company's namesake as part of a 15th anniversary celebration for the Grovetown plant.

Soldier explains how to support troops
U.S. Army Capt. Michelle DiGuglielmo was at Harlem United Methodist Church on Monday to talk about her one-year deployment in Iraq.

Garden club meeting gets into fashion
Sixteen of Harlem High School's Young Women of Excellence will sport some fresh new fashions, some straight from the garden and biodegradable, at the Harlem Garden Club meeting Tuesday.

Mothers long for news of children at war
Felicia Dumas says there is no feeling in the world that can compare to the uncertainty of having a child deployed in a war zone.

Teen stays dedicated to sport
Horses have long been one of Elizabeth Smith's passions. The 16-year-old developed an interest in the long-mane animals when she was a young child.

Legislators to recap key issues for area
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is offering the public a chance to hear about the 2006 state legislative session from the legislators themselves.

Library might extend Thursday hours
The new Columbia County Library is expected to be getting some new Thursday hours. Meanwhile, a retention pond at the memorial gardens next to the library might be receiving a new addition - that of a decorative fence.

Principal on leave gets support
Parents spoke up in defense of absentee Greenbrier Elementary School Principal Jon Pike at a Tuesday school board meeting.

Michael Ingham of Evans was named to the Dean's List with Honors at Lee University for the fall 2005 semester for achieving a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Vacation photos
Taking a trip out of town, or just planning to spend some time at the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times.

Military newsmakers
Air Force Airman Jason B. Hamilton has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Robert Franklin Hayes and Nita Slown Hayes, May 5.

Current events
Columbia County Juvenile Court is seeking volunteers for the Citizens Panel for Foster Care Review. After training, volunteers meet once a month and review compliance with court-ordered foster care. For information, call Brian Stutts at (706) 860-0661.

Lester Conellis Williams, 28, of the 3500 block of Edgeworth Drive in Hephzibah, was charged with driving under the influence on Feb. 24, 2002, and was fined $100.

Three take top places in Draw Your Mom Coloring Contest
The News-Times received hundreds of entries in the annual Draw Your Mom Coloring Contest in honor of Mothers Day.

Greyhound of the week
Gus, a retired racing greyhound, is a petite 3-year-old with a very sweet disposition. He is predominantly black, with small gray-and-white markings.

Property transfers
Demetrius M. Brown et al to Scott A. Woodams, 4506 Country Glen Circle, $158,158.

Police blotter
Former Georgia Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko pleaded guilty Wednesday to accusations that she had tried to steal federal money.

An Easter photo review
The News-Times asked readers to send in family photos of their Easter activities. Here is a sampling of the photos readers sent in:

Less talk, more action on impact fees
As expected, a committee made up of builders and residents decided impact fees are just too complicated for Columbia County.

What's all the fuss about prayer?
Once again, as has happened from the seating of America's First Continental Congress in 1775 to May 4 of this year, our nation recently observed a "National Day of Prayer."

News is matter of perspective
Mother's Day 2006 is a great day for moms, even for those getting burnt toast and weak coffee delivered to their bedside by well-meaning children who otherwise can't put their own dishes in the sink.

Error ends 'Pack's fine season
Greenbrier boys soccer coach Chip Warren summed up perfectly the Wolfpack's 1-0 loss to Chamblee in the Class AAAA state semifinals Tuesday night.

It's postseason, but Columbia County baseball is far from over
We're in for a treat. Last fall, only one of five Columbia County football teams made the state playoffs. We did a little better in basketball, when five of 12 girls and boys teams made it to the state tournament.

Outlaws meet the challenge
The Outlaws 12-and-under team took first place in USSSA Directors Cup Challenge in Soperton, Ga., in April.

Lions claw way to state finals
State championships are nothing new at Augusta Christian Schools.

This time, Lakeside wears the golf crown
Last year, the Lakeside Panthers finished as runners-up in the AAAA golf state tournament. They had to watch as Etowah hoisted the trophy as state champs. Perhaps that experience was good for some of the young Panthers because this time around the roles were reversed.

Young Panthers turn tables on old golf foe
Typically, a varsity sports team full of mostly sophomores isn't exactly a state tournament contender.


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