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Emergency director gives reason for fire trucks responding to wrecks
I have a question: How much money could the county save if the fire department was not called out on every vehicle accident? I understand this is a policy; is it a prudent one?

Historical Society hopes to gather items from old school
Members of the Columbia County Historical Society are seeking artifacts for a planned display commemorating the former Leah High School.

Plants bring color to holiday decor
The Christmas season is here and many are in the process of decorating, or already have decorated, their homes.

Leaders OK rules for planning board
After abandoning an ordinance considered in November, the Columbia County Commission approved the first reading of updated rules for the county's planning board during a Tuesday meeting.

Evans junior plans to help community
Ivana Hughes looks to her parents as mentors. The Evans High School junior said their shining example of helping others has given her the desire to be a community activist and a motivational speaker.

Church's village is tradition
Martinez United Methodist Church renews a Christmas tradition next weekend with its 10th annual A Walk Through Bethlehem Village.

Riverside pupils fill stockings for returning soldiers
They are not hung by the chimney with care, but a lot of feeling went into the stockings that 110 Task Force Lightning soldiers of the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade will find in their Fort Gordon barracks when they return from Afghanistan this month.

Book compiles teacher's musings on life
If there's one lesson Lucy Adams has learned, it's that Mama is always right.

Thomson Nativity grows every year
Like pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle, the village of Bethlehem lies in stacks of lettered and numbered wood panels in the park area of First Baptist Church in Thomson.

Woman will show off skills, sell scarves
Holiday preparations begin early for Evans resident Katie Gastelle. Gastelle, who crochets scarves and afghans for friends and family members for Christmas, said she usually gets started in July.

Grant will be used for training staff
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced in October that New Creation Christian Transitional Housing Inc. is receiving $33,664 from the department's Compassion Capital Fund, according to a news release issued by the department.

Planting now aids tree roots
Though many people might assume that spring and summer are the best times of year to plant, fall and winter are the best time to plant trees, one local nursery owner says.

Heavy-equipment retailer opens
Columbia County gained a new John Deere-related business Thursday with the opening of Metrac, a heavy-equipment retailer.

Police blotter
Columbia County deputies are seeking a man they say robbed a Martinez pizzeria at gunpoint Wednesday evening.

Property Transfers
Steeplechase Keystone LLC to James F. Parkinson, 254 Full Circle, $172,700.

Photo: New Nutcracker cast
The cast of the Columbia County Ballet's The New Nutcracker performed sold-out shows this year at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans.

Divorces
Deirdre D. Davidson and Stone K. Obi, March 6, 2006.

Photo: Home Depot opens
Home Depot employee Ed Reilly (left) helps Thurston Hall, of Appling, find the right size bolts on opening day for the new Home Depot in Evans on Thursday.

Time capsule
As reported 52 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 1, 1955:

Current events
The choirs of Shiloh and Philadelphia United Methodist churches will perform a Christmas cantata at Shiloh, 5970 Cobbham Road in Winfield, at 6:30 p.m. today. Call the Rev. Kim Webb at (706) 228-5013.

One wild ride
Steven Newsome (from left), Joe Rich and Jack Hixon traveled to Cincinnati to visit the nearby Creation Museum in September.

Newsmakers
During Alpha Delta Kappa month (October), the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa donated $100 to the Columbia County Foundation for Children.

Photo: Kroger completes expansion
Shirley White serves samples of ham and cheese in the deli department of the Kroger on Columbia Road. The store recently finished a major expansion and renovation.

Lakeside Middle School Honor Roll
Honor roll of sixth through eighth grade students at Lakeside Middle School.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens.

Book sale benefits United Way
Cedar Ridge Elementary School pupils recently participated in a book sale to benefit the United Way. Pupils donated books from home that they did not want to keep.

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for students attending schools in Columbia County.

Things to do
The Augusta chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will present a free lunch program, Communication: The Language of Alzheimer's, at noon Tuesday at the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Center, 919 15th St. For reservations, call (706)721-0609 by noon Dec. 10.

Evel and Elvis have left the building
Last Friday, I broke the sad news to my children. "Evel Knievel died today," I put it bluntly. They digested my report in bumfuzzled silence, prompting me to quiz, "Y'all do know who Evel Knievel was, right?"

A new front in hardware wars
Nancy Beasley grew up as my nearest unrelated "next-door" neighbor in Winfield, a mere quarter-mile down the dirt road.

Good change from county commissioners
A week ago, we warned that county commissioners were giving political control of the appointed planning and zoning board to developers and builders. Instead, the commissioners modified their plan - and made it better.

Greenbrier sweeps tri-match
Greenbrier and Evans squared off on the wrestling mat last week in a tri-match with Burke County.

Harlem preps for nonregion contest
Two Columbia County rivals will square off on Tuesday in a nonregion game. Harlem's girls basketball team will travel to Lakeside for a matchup of two teams that look dramatically improved from last year.

Pigskin Picks winner
Pigskin Picks 2007 grand prize winner Keith L. Reese holds his daughter, Ivie, 1, as he collects his prize from Columbia County News-Times publisher Barry Paschal.

Ideal finish to wacky season would be playoff
As is the case virtually every season, college football fans are griping about the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system and clamoring for a playoff. The clamoring has reached a fevered pitch because of the wild 2007 season, and the completely flawed system we are stuck with.

Chadwick relinquishes post
Former Greenbrier athletic director and football coach Scott Chadwick addressed the Wolfpack football players Wednesday afternoon.

Lions, Cavaliers settle for split
Augusta Prep and Augusta Christian split a pair of varsity basketball games at Boardman Athletic Center on Tuesday. The Lady Cavaliers beat Augusta Christian 42-34 before the Augusta Christian boys found revenge in a 78-64 win.

Leader of the 'Pack captures top honor
Volleyball season has come and gone with another year full of action. Greenbrier distanced itself from the rest of the public school pack this season.

Prep Calendar
The week ahead in Columbia County sports.

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