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Stimulus will help in short run, but new borrowing laws needed
To head off fears of a looming recession, Democrats in the House have come to an agreement with Republican legislators and the president over the details of an economic stimulus package.

Mitt Romney is 'what a conservative Republican leader should be'
This Tuesday we go to the polls to choose who we want as our party's presidential nominee. I am supporting Gov. Mitt Romney.

Voters of all parties should 'plead with the Father of lights' for wisdom
After having read our Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, I have not found the phrase "separation of church and state" in these three documents.

Scrabble players hold first tournament
A faithful group of Scrabble players hoped to spell "victory" last weekend. The Sunday Scrabble Club held its inaugural grand tournament at the Columbia County Library on Jan. 26-27. Fourteen players competed for prizes.

Bee competitors to receive gifts
Twenty-four pupils will compete in the countywide spelling bee, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Grovetown Middle School.

Pupils flock to Scrabble club
Scrabble dictionaries and rule-books were close at hand, but the 28 Stevens Creek Elementary School pupils who recently squared off with the popular board game concentrated more on having fun.

Vegetables take lots of careful planning
Bryce Mutch's onions have been shipped from Texas and he plans to have them in the ground next week. Mutch has done all of the planning and prep work in order to see the fruits of his labor.

County water rates might rise in April
Columbia County water customers might see a bump in their bill come April. County commissioners will review a resolution Tuesday to increase the water rate by 2.9 percent each year for the next three years.

Week has foul weather tips, information
As spring approaches, so does the threat of severe weather. Emergency officials are urging residents to be prepared.

Hostas thrive as full-shade plants
Plants come in many different sizes, shapes, colors and textures. They grow in many different conditions as well. Some plants like to grow in full sun, partial shade or in full shade.

Zaxby's franchise owner gets achievement award
Zaxby's restaurant franchisee George Deuhring took home the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's top annual prize -- the Lifetime Achievement Award -- during a Monday awards ceremony.

Get ready to vote Super Tuesday
Super Tuesday arrives this week for 23 states, including Georgia, for the Presidential Preference Primary and caucuses. Debbie Marshall, Columbia County's board of elections director, recently said she expects a 30 percent voter turnout for Tuesday's primary.

Soccer player is working to help autistic children
Mary Kate Lollar has done her research and works therapeutically with a young boy with autism. But what she most desires is for other people to realize the emotional and financial aspects that families of children with autism face.

Marriage licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a non profit 501 (c) 3 rescue. We rely on donations and volunteers to do the important work we do. If you can donate time, or items for the many animals we rescue, please contact Loretta at 706-855-1241.

Strategic Financial Management opens new location
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross holds one end of the ribbon and Columbia County Chamber Director Karen Chrjapin holds the other as Jan George (from left) and Scott and Missy Fitzgerald, of Strategic Financial Management, cut it at their new location.

Divorces
Regina Isbel and Nickie C. Isbel, Jan. 11, 2008

Get Up and Go
Friends of Columbia County Libraries are seeking donations of used books. The books are sold in the library book store, with funds used to buy new books and fund library programs.

Woodsmen hold banquet
Woodmen Lodge 1406 in Harlem recently held its annual awards banquet. Pictured are Betty and Kenneth Hall (from left), receiving the Fraternal Spirit Award; Jimmy Tankersley, the president of the lodge; the Rev. Roger Vest, who received the Honor Award; and Larry Morris, who received the Conservation Award. Gene Grider (not pictured) received the Good Neighbor award.

Current events
Columbia County's Sounds of Jazz concert series will continue at 7 p.m. Saturday with a performance by saxophonist Fred Williams, and Feb. 16 with Preston and Weston at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

Police blotter
A woman called police Tuesday after the package she expected to contain an iPod she purchased on eBay arrived empty.

Time capsule
As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Thursday, Feb. 6, 1974:

Vacation photo
The Rev. and Mrs. Dan White of Appling spent Christmas at Lake Winnecone, Wis., while visiting friends.

Belair Elementary Honor Roll

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County Schools.

Property transfers
John J. Hickman to John H. Capes and Celia G. Capes, 152 Cofield Road, $395,000.

Tell us: What are your priorities?
What do the citizens of Columbia County want? What are your priorities? What do you want your sales tax to pay for? Tell us.

Don't wait to prepare for bad weather
From freezing temperatures during the Masters Tournament to record-breaking heat in December, last year's weather was an enigma.

Do-it-yourself elections kit?
Though it's too late to use them on Super Tuesday, it's not too late to own a piece of election history. You, too, can have your very own punch-card-ballot voting machine.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, February 3, 2008.

Sports calendar
The GreenJackets 12-under travel baseball team is looking for players who will not turn 13 before May 1. Pitching is a plus. First date for tryouts is Feb. 9. For information, call Keith Barden at (706) 210-1039 or (706) 589-1039.

Statesboro puts an end to Lady Wolfpack win streak
The streak is over. Greenbrier High School's girls basketball team survived a scare the first time it played Statesboro this season. The Lady Wolfpack wasn't so lucky Tuesday.

After Super Bowl, save some room for county basketball action
Happy Super Bowl Sunday. Or, if you're in the advertising business, happy Big Game Sunday. I don't think the NFL has yet claimed the rights to Sunday, but the time might be coming.

Program teaches tennis to kids
Meet Nora Rauscher, age 6. She can serve. She can volley. Most important to Craig Jones, the tennis director at Petersburg Racquet Club, she can use her head.

County has produced standouts in softball
Former Greenbrier High School softball star Brittany Leverett had the kind of college freshman season that players dream about. She batted .350, with nine homers and 54 RBIs, while helping guide Columbus State to the national final four.

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