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Critic of creationism seminar 'made a number of false statements'
I just concluded a speaking engagement in your area and happened to read the letter against us by Joe Fausnight (Feb. 20, "Answers in Genesis' founder's visit will espouse "clearly bad science").

Couple has big celebrations
Charles and Kay Allen's true wedding anniversary might come around once every four years, but they wouldn't want it any other way.

Sheriff's department earns association's highest honor
Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle has something new to brag about. In January, Whittle traveled to the National Sheriff's Association Winter Convention in New Orleans, where he was awarded the association's highest honor -- the Triple Crown.

Lemonade helps burn victims
Business was brisk at a lemonade stand in the Lewiston Elementary School cafeteria Friday. Second-graders sold lemonade for 25 cents a cup to raise money to help the patients at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, particularly those who were burned in the Savannah sugar refinery explosion Feb. 7.

Harlem considers water options
Harlem's quest for water might mean purchasing it from McDuffie County. City officials are negotiating with neighboring county officials on tying in to their water system in an effort to decrease Harlem's dependence on Columbia County for water, Mayor Scott Dean recently said.

Planning board deadlocks on ex-fire station in Appling
The Columbia County Planning Commission deadlocked on a Thursday vote to rezone land that once housed an Appling fire station. Commissioners voted 2-2 to rezone about a half-acre at 2733 Louisville Road from special use to a residential/agricultural zoning.

Job fair shows pupils options
Starting life after high school often comes sooner than many students realize, and a career fair at Evans High School on Thursday gave them a head start on their post-graduation days.

Physicians offer services monthly
People without health insurance might fret about steep medical bills at the first sign of illness. Once a month, they now have a place to turn in Columbia County for their medical needs.

Harlem wants to help change
Columbia County school administrators and teachers might expect countless questions from anxious parents whose middle-school children recently were rezoned for next school year.

School's achievement recognized
Harlem High School is one of more than 80 Georgia schools to be designated recently as an Advanced Placement Honor School.

All Star Twisters take first place
Hayden's All Star Twisters Youth Black team won first place in its division at the Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta on Feb. 15-17.

Nicely signs with NC Central
Evans High School's Jonathan Nicely sits between his parents, Willie and Joann Nicely, as he signs a scholarship to North Carolina Central University. Coach Marcus Allen and Jonathan's cousin, Brenda Harrington, stand behind him as he signs.

Vacation photo
Don and Phyllis Moccio, of Grovetown, and Millie and Dwight Townsend, of Evans, visited Thailand for 14 days in November. They saw the Grand Palace, the Golden and Reclining Buddhas, the floating market, the bridge over the River Kwai and other sights.

Ice Bowl competition
Justin Andrews putts during the Ice Bowl, a charity disc golf tournament sponsored by the International Disc Golf Center at Wildwood Park on Feb. 23. The tournament raised approximately $500 for the Columbia County Cares food bank.

Current events
The American Legion Post 92 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the post, on Legion Drive off Owens Road. For information, call (706) 863-5259.

Schlein celebrates birthday
Calbert Schlein of Appling (from left), Ruth Schlein of Appling, and son, Lester Schlein of Augusta, celebrated Ruth's 80th birthday on Feb. 17 at the Eubank Blanchard Community Center. Family, friends, and members from her church, North Columbia Church, were present for the celebration.

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Adoption spotlight
This male Chow mix is very friendly. He is about 4 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Get Up and Go
Volunteers are needed to help staff the gift shop and book sales area at the Columbia County Library in Evans. For information, call Barbara Williams at (706) 863-8760.

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Feb. 27, 1958:

The following Columbia County students, along with their choral directors, recently participated in the 2008 Georgia All State Chorus program in Savannah:

Police Blotter
An Appling man charged in the January 2007 murder of Thomas Tankersley pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to prison.

Hobday crowned Miss Evans
Jillian Hobday was crowned Miss Evans High School 2008 on Saturday. Jillian is a senior and the daughter of Jeff Hobday and Jeanne Yun.

Focus on tickets sends wrong message
Georgia state troopers wrote 3,207 tickets in McDuffie County last year. They wrote 1,363 in Columbia County.

Getting along with happy thoughts
It's time for all of us to think happy thoughts. Thoughts that make you smile even if some of the things you're thinking about aren't physically right in front of you. Here are some of mine.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

Time sure flies as kid gets old
As if traipsing around Fort Gordon last week trying to keep up with soldiers half my age and twice my fitness level didn't make me feel old, I have now arrived at Daddy D-Day. Actually, it's B-Day - for my oldest daughter.

With loss, Greenbrier teams fade to Black
The Greenbrier High School girls basketball team lost a nail-biter in Bainbridge during the weekend in the first round of the state playoffs.

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Sports Calendar
The Augusta Power travelling AAU and exposure basketball program is looking for players for its boys teams and 15-U girls team.

Bus trip didn't hinder Bearcats
Evans coach Kevin Kenny was encouraged by the lengthy trip that the No. 2-seed Knights' first-round AAAA state playoff opponent faced.

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Athlete Spotlight: Bethany Anderson
Bethany Anderson's dream was in jeopardy until about two weeks ago. The Greenbrier High School senior knew since middle school that she wanted to play college softball but, as her high school years reached the final stretch, she was without an opportunity.


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