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Michelle Obama's comment was 'appalling for a first lady candidate'
Most knew that a Michelle Obama inane utterance was just a matter of time. We all know what she said - this is the first time she can be proud to be an American.

Medicine is practiced with love
Having a family practice physician in Grovetown is a blessing for many city residents. For that physician, Dr. Timothy McKenzie, the practice is a godsend.

Training for Iraq
On Jan. 9, 133 members of the Georgia National Guard's 278th Military Police Company left Fort Gordon for Fort Dix, N.J., where they began training for a one-year deployment to Iraq.

County employee of the year selected
Columbia County officials recently recognized Linda Lindley as the 2007 employee of the year.

Needs of wounded soldiers being addressed
Through the open window of his office in a portable building, Lt. Col. Everett Sharpe can hear the sound of progress as construction on new facilities for the Warrior Transition Battalion nears an end.

Bowls needed for event
The deadline is near for crafters to provide their wares for the annual Empty Bowl fundraising luncheon.

Time has come to get tools ready for work
After the long winter months, it's time to pull that mower out of the shed, dust it off and see whether it still runs. Likewise for that blower, edger, trimmer and other gardening tools.

Unlocked cars make easy targets
Chris Leitza did everything authorities say he should have to avoid becoming the victim of a vehicle break-in. His family's conversion van was locked. It was parked close to his Martinez home. And it was directly under motion-activated security lights.

Evans attorney appears in Oscar-nominated movie
William Cassara, of Evans, has a role in a film that could receive an Oscar tonight. He isn't an actor. Instead, Cassara's profession as a lawyer put him on the big screen.

Simple steps can help water quality
Last Sunday night, we got what we call in this area a good-old gully washer.

Groups show their support for veterans in hospitals
School groups, civic clubs and veterans organizations had an opportunity to show their support during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week at both divisions of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

City loses a 'faithful servant'
Longtime Grovetown City Councilman David W. Daughtry, 54, died Tuesday at Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta.

Teen on mission to help Romanian orphan
After spending the past two summers on mission trips to Romania, Chelsea Leonard has become so enamored with the plight of the children there that she is soliciting funds to sponsor a child as part of her senior project.

Single soldier treasures contact with daughters
Technology plays a key role in helping Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Rende stay connected with his children.

Rezoning OK'd for air ambulance site
Gold Cross/AirMed officials want to expand their business into Columbia County and bring a helicopter with them.

Adoption showcase
Andy is a 1-year-old lab mix. He is house broken and ready to be a family pet.

Police Blotter
Columbia County sheriff's deputies responded to the street in front of South Columbia Elementary School on Tuesday after a pickup hit a girl. The girl's injuries were not life-threatening.

Time capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Feb. 22, 1962:

Express Oil Change opens
Tyler Brooks, the owner of Express Oil Change in Evans, cuts a ribbon with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 15.

Patrick M. Casey and Mary G. Casey, Feb. 15, 2008.

Current events
Friends of Columbia County Libraries will hold an informational coffee for volunteers at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Evans library meeting room. Volunteers are needed to help staff the gift shop and book sales area. For information, call Barbara Williams at (706) 863-8760.

Property transfers
WLI/DAM LLC to Harold Johnston and Winifred Johnston, 1001 Secession Court, $224,100.

Peter and the Wolf performed
Rebecca Moffatt, in the role of Cat, and, at left, Elizabeth Kenyon, as Bird, dance with the Columbia County Ballet in Peter and the Wolf at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on Feb. 17.

Military Newsmakers
Navy Seaman Recruit Danielle S. Brown, daughter of Elizabeth A. and Hoise S. Brown of Martinez, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Brown is a 2006 graduate of Lakeside High School.

Larrie Reece, of Evans, has been named to the President's List for the fall 2007 semester at the University of Mobile in Mobile, Ala.

Family reunion
Four generations of the Ernest and Patricia Burch family gathered at their childhood home in the foothills of Chattahoochee National Forest near John's Mountain, 20 miles north of Rome, Ga., for the annual Burch family Christmas gathering.

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

A day in Army an eye-opener
Fort Gordon's "Augusta in Army Boots" allows ordinary citizens to put on the uniform for a day and hang around with soldiers. It is, of course, a very good public relations program. But it also is a tremendous gift to those civilians.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, February 24, 2008.

Slave 'sorrow' songs filled with hope
Joe Carter died two years ago. But before leukemia took the talented black singer from us much too soon, he traveled the country educating audiences about the music genre we call "spirituals."

David Daughtry gave a life of service
If you look all the way back from David Daughtry's 1971 graduation from Harlem High School to his November re-election to Grovetown City Council, his life between those years was given to service to our nation and our community.

Cardinals keep Lions guard in check for win
Tyler Bourdo burned Cardinal Newman too many times. The Augusta Christian Schools guard did well both times the Lions played the Cardinals during the regular season. Cardinal Newman coach Kevin Rose decided to let someone else try to beat his team Monday.

Ex-Evans players do well on the college level
Former Evans High School players Glen Miller and Wes Wuchte are in the middle of a pretty special season at Aiken Technical College.

Aquinas senior rewarded for passion, performance
When college coaches call Tommy Garcia to inquire about one of his players, the conversation always goes the same way.

Lack of fitness plays role in Irish's defeat
Lan Nguyen burst onto the local soccer scene Wednesday, scoring two goals during Evans High School's 4-3 win at Aquinas. The match was only the freshman's second as a high-school player, but she's already earning high marks.

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. Call Keith Barden at (706) 210-1039 or (706) 589-1039.


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