Presidential candidates shirk duties in Senate while on campaign trail
Is this country great or what? It is a place where you can not report to work, not do your job, and not only continue to get paid and not even get fired, but earn income and medical care for life.

Club will mark Hardy's 116th birthday
Friday would have been Oliver Hardy's 116th birthday. Members of the Berth Marks Tent plan to celebrate in style. They are holding a birthday bash Friday to honor Harlem's famous native son.

County to 'go all out' for chamber's awards night
Those attending the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Celebration Dinner and Awards Night Program on Jan. 28 might get the sense they're walking the red carpet on Oscar night, chamber Executive Director Karen Chrjapin said.

19th annual play to give King's lessons
Brookwood Elementary School fifth-graders will perform in the school's 19th annual production of I Remember Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

Broun sees lessons in languages
Funding for foreign-language classes in elementary schools became a major point of discussion during U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's recent visit to Stevens Creek Elementary School.

Jazz concerts return to county
A Saturday concert soon will usher in a month of jazz in Columbia County.

Friends write, direct play for students
Eddie Zipperer and Jamie McAteer might not live in the same town, but that didn't stop the two friends from writing and directing their own play.

New rezoning plan unveiled
Columbia County school administrators presented their middle-school rezoning proposal to a crowd during a public hearing at Evans Middle School Thursday.

Coroner remains loyal to position
Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins says his life revolves around one little thing: his pager.

Belcher is Citizen of the Year
Doris Belcher could not stop giggling. All she could do was laugh and fan herself during a ceremony Thursday when she was named the Harlem Woman's Club 2007 Citizen of the Year.

Community's aid sought in roundabout design
Pupils from Greenbrier schools will have the chance to design a unique piece of architecture on Riverwood Parkway.

Mistletoe Park to hold murder mystery weekend
It'll be a whodunit mystery weekend at Mistletoe State Park Feb. 8-10 as the park plays host to its annual Murder Mystery Weekend.

Merchants Association holds meeting
Merchants Association of Columbia County's 2008 officers were sworn in during the group's annual meeting.

Current events
Sunday is the deadline for entries in the 2008 Miss City of Harlem scholarship pageant, to be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Harlem High School. For information and applications, call (706) 556-0043 or go to www.harlemga.org.

Things to Do
The CSRA Parkinson Support Group will hold an open discussion at its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Towers dining room at 724 Green St., Augusta. The meeting will include door prizes and light refreshments. For information, call (706) 364-1662.

Adoption spotlight
This male black Labrador retriever mix is about 3 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Police blotter
Four teens were arrested in the Dec. 20 beating and robbery of a pizza delivery driver.

Mayor's Chili Challenge
Bonnie Boggs, of Evans, serves Doc Alexander, a recent transplant from Washington, D.C., a sample of her Texas-style chili at the third annual Mayor's Chili Challenge in Harlem on Saturday.

Time Capsule
As reported 40 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, January 11, 1968:

Get Up and Go
CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. Writers needing a support group are invited to attend and bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. For information, call Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.

Vacation photo
Five friends in the 319th Reserves and their wives vacationed in Nashville, Tenn.

Business openings
Allegra Print and Imaging held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 25 with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate their 25th anniversary and grand opening of a new location in Martinez near the Martinez Post Office.

Hurry up and wait for lights
The Grovetown area's growing population created much of the need for the new high school. The new high school deserves the kind of community support and historical heft that the name will give them.

Girls' night out dangerous for guys
Girls' Night Out: PMS aside, it's the most dangerous night of the month for guys.

Sleet? Ice? Snow? Maybe. Panic? No
Experience says that soon as the first ice falls, officials will be flooded with calls from overreacting parents and hopeful children asking if schools will close.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, January 16.

Athlete Spotlight: Elizabeth Hare
Tucked away on an 11-acre farm in Appling, one often can find Elizabeth Hare with her two equine teammates, Lillie and Pete.

Evans sustains another loss
For the second-straight week, the Evans High School boys basketball team sustained a loss when their opponents scrambled from behind to score a dramatic victory.

Augusta swimming competition
Paul Thompson, of Evans High School, competes in the 100-yard backstroke during the annual Pack-Panther swim meet between Greenbrier and Lakeside, as well as other local high schools, at the Augusta Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon.

Greenbrier tops Evans despite list of setbacks
Going into Saturday night's region matchup with archrival Evans High School, Greenbrier was hurting. It had lost four consecutive games and was without junior point guard Bryan Andrews, who was injured in a game against Harlem.

Sports calendar
The Julie's House second annual golf tournament will be held March 12 at the Bartram Trail Golf Club to raise money to provide shelter, goods and services to homeless women and their children.

Swimming Results
Panther/Pack Invitational Swim Meet Results, Jan. 12,

Augusta Prep coach focuses on teamwork
After a nine-year hiatus from head coaching, Steven Boyd recently put his sneakers on again to take the helm of the Augusta Preparatory Day School's girls varsity basketball team.

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