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Warnings about seat belts are 'offensive' to families of accident victims
Regarding the March 12 editorial in The News-Times, "Parents: Remind your children to buckle up":

Program for young leaders set
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for participants in its Youth Leadership Program, Class of 2009.

Kids' change to benefit center
Schoolchildren in Columbia and Richmond counties can save their loose change to make a change in other children's lives.

Historic district amended in Harlem
After more than six years of work, Harlem city officials recently voted to create a historic district within the city.

Churches hold Easter services
Easter conjures up memories of egg hunts, dinner with family and friends and early-morning church services. Many churches throughout Columbia County are continuing the tradition of special services on Easter morning.

Winds, hail leave trail of damage
Officials consider Columbia County relatively lucky after strong storms and tornadoes ravaged nearby areas.

Annual class teaches tricks of growing tomatoes
With the official start of spring just days away, garden centers are stocked with plants for the spring vegetable garden.

Bo Bice headlines first of Music Evolution Series
Country-rock crossover artists Crossin Dixon, of Mississsippi, play for the audience at the Columbia County Amphitheater during the first concert of the Music Evolution Series. The series, by For The Fans Entertainment, will run through the summer.

Pet of the week
This 2-year-old male Bassett hound mix is very friendly. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

School lunches
Columbia County School lunch menus

Valentine's week whirlwind
For Valentine's week, Larry and Margaret Alligood took a trip to Las Vegas to see Phantom of the Opera and a Cirque show, then went to the Whistler ski resort in British Columbia, Canada.

Current events
The Greenbrier Elementary School book fair will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through March 26. Family night will be 4-6:15 p.m. March 25.

Police blotter
A 14-year-old Evans Middle School pupil was charged Thursday with stealing a purse from a classmate's locker.

Time capsule
As reported 53 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, March 17, 1955:

Harlem Easter Egg Hunt
Regan Mink, 6, of Harlem, grabs an egg to add to her collection during Harlem's annual Easter egg hunt Saturday at the city's park. Nearly 3,000 plastic eggs were scattered throughout three fields at the park.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Next year, temptation will be easier
Bingo. Six weeks ago I decided to give up bingo for Lent. Last year I gave up sleep. I set my clock 20 minutes earlier every morning so that I could spend time in prayerful meditation, which often ended in unintentional dozing; a taxing task for my unwilling circadian rhythm.

At least pre-K drawing improves
Some things never change. True, there are some changes in Columbia County's public-school pre-kindergarten program registration. But they are really, really tiny.

Concert site looks to grow
This could be the start of something big. Those of you who didn't make it to Sunday's Bo Bice concert at the Columbia County Amphitheater missed a chance to see what could be a giant leap in the county's cultural evolution.

Wolfpack sweeps Bulldogs
Off the bat, it appeared Josh Baggett had engineered a grand send-off for Greenbrier on Friday.

Prep calendar
Lakeside at Greenbrier, 7 p.m. (boys)

Prep leaves ties behind with win over Greenwood
Forrest Wimberly was just glad it wasn't a tie. The Augusta Prep girls soccer coach watched three of his team's first four games end in knots.

Athlete spotlight: Mary Glenn Yort, Elizabeth Hayes and Jamie Alexander
Elizabeth Hayes struggled to find words for the success of Augusta Prep's "Magic Triangle."

County teams end exciting hoop season
This was an exciting basketball season in Columbia County. We did not have a team make a deep playoff run this year, but there were some terrific individual efforts and a few games that deserve mention.

Track and field results
Meet at Greenbrier High School on March 11. Evans, Statesboro and Washington-Wilkes.


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