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Citizens urged to 'speak up for school nurses' as cuts proposed

Regular taxpayers couldn't get away with cheating on taxes
In recent weeks, Democrats have been exposed for how insincere they are when it comes to their tax policies. As hard as they have advocated for higher taxes and fought gallantly against any tax cuts in the past, it seems they are not so willing to pay their fair share of taxes.

School system is wasting money if it's replacing good textbooks
I have been told that Columbia County schools are on the "five-year plan" concerning classroom textbooks. If this is true, what a monumental waste of taxpayer money!

Darwin's evolution theories 'unified the races into one species'
Feb. 12 is the 200th birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. February is also Black History month, and it is only proper that we honor and recognize the contributions of both these men to the advancement of civil rights.

Information wanted on Marshall plan
Columbia County's planning and zoning board failed to decide Thursday on changes to the Marshall Square development. After discussing the revised site plan for nearly 1 1/2 hours in a public meeting, the planning commission tabled it until April.

Lakeside wins second at Science Bowl
Students from Dorman High School in Roebuck, S.C., repeatedly beat the Lakeside High School students to the buzzer in the final round of the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Regional Science Bowl.

Teenagers earn top honors for displaying musical talent
Two Columbia County teens captured the top spots at the 2009 Augusta Symphony Youth Competition.

Incidents drop as population rises
Despite rising population and a declining economy, crime rates in most areas of Columbia County dropped in 2008.

Quartets will serenade for fundraiser on Valentine's
Augusta's Garden City Chorus is offering sweethearts a serenade on Valentine's Day.

Workers in Public Safety are honored
The Harlem Department of Public Safety recently honored two of its own. Dispatcher Don Ramsey was named 2008 Employee of the Year, and firefighter C.J. Baldwin was named 2008 Firefighter of the Year at the department's annual meeting Dec. 22.

Harlem Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Evans Christian Academy Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Adoption spotlight
These animals and others are available at Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Greenbrier High School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Rigsby named Teacher of the Year finalist
Bel Air Elementary fourth-grade teacher Michele Rigsby, Columbia County's Teacher of the Year, was announced Monday as a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year, which will be awarded May 15.

Teens donate stuffed animals
Greenbrier High School students and members of Teens for the Master help MCG Children's Hospital patient Cal Stevens, 10, place 112 donated stuffed animals into a bin in the MCG lobby Dec. 18. Rhodes started the Teens for the Master club as a senior project.

Current events
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, at 4921 Columbia Road, will hold mother's day out and preschool registration for 2009-10 starting today. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the education building. For information, call Nicole at (706) 447-4522.

Police blotter
A Martinez man accused of keeping explosive devices in his home was arrested and released from jail Friday. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office charged Chad Wells, 37, of the 300 block of Sally Drive, with possession of explosive devices, said Capt. Steve Morris.

Blue Ridge Elementary Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

New billboard isn't too quaint
There has always been a bone in my throat regarding the billboard on Industrial Park Drive at Washington Road. It isn't that I don't like billboards (I don't), but the fact that the billboard was so cleverly sneaked in as the last billboard in the Evans Town Center Overlay District.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

School budget goes on forced diet
Columbia County school officials last week temporarily pulled peanut butter from school lunch menus. Rather than continue to field repetitive calls from worried parents, school nutrition staffers put the peanut butter in storage until next month.

Athlete Spotlight: Atom Young
There was a time when Atom Young was running too much. But he did enough to garner attention. Young signed a letter of intent Feb. 4 to run cross country and track for The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Georgia Lightning win championship
The Georgia Lightning were the South Carolina Winter State Champions on Nov. 15-16.

Young signs with The Citadel
Lakeside senior Atom Young signed a letter of intent to run for The Citadel. Young suffered from mononucleosis during his senior cross country season but managed to run a personal best and finish third in the Class AAAA meet.

Razorbacks steal victory in squeaker
As Evans High School forward Anthony Williams left the floor after the Knights' loss to Cross Creek on Friday, the senior had a promise. "We're going to be all right," he said.

Seniors help Evans edge Cross Creek
Evans High School senior DeeDee Dewalt struggled to keep it together Friday when the Knights played host to Cross Creek. "I wanted to cry and wanted to stay focused at the same time," Dewalt said. "It was nice."

Sports calendar
The Grovetown High School Athletic Foundation Booster Club will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the Columbia County Board of Education offices. Officers will be elected and fundraising events organized.

Harlem, Butler girls fight for top seed
The Harlem High School girls basketball team dropped just its second game of the season last week as they were upended by Josey 48-47.


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