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Republicans need to show backbone, 'return to core principles'
Will the Republican Party please step up, display evidence of vertebrae and return to its core principles of minimal spending, limited government and standing with conviction?

School system should promote Perez as new Harlem principal
Harlem High School's principal, Alan Griffin, is moving to the alternative school next year. This move will open the principal's job for applicants, and no doubt there may be many that are qualified.

Parents' start 'sums up the way successful marriages work out'
I would like to tell you about two of the most incredible people in your community who taught me so much in my life. They are my parents, Doug and Judy Hale, who live in Harlem. On March 6, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Get rid of all the career politicians
We continue to march towards socialism. The government bailouts -- which are similar to the corporate welfare programs that critics blamed former President Bush for supporting -- are going to bankrupt the country. George Weber, Augusta

Hard work pays off for STAR student
Augusta Christian Schools student Melany Lopez admits that she has to study hard to make good grades and that she lacked a social life the week prior to taking the SAT.

Pruning in late winter will lead to more scuppernongs
Harlem resident Tom Blalock has been around scuppernong vines a long time, but just recently started growing them at home.

Program to foster skills of leaders
A new Columbia County business program fostering leadership skills in adults should launch soon. The county Chamber of Commerce's board of directors recently adopted Leadership Columbia County.

Three positions at library to be filled, three left open
Columbia County Commissioners voted Tuesday to fill three Columbia County Library positions, but leave three others open for now.

Be sure to scout plants for critters that emerge as weather gets warmer
We are now in a time of transition; moving from cold weather to warm weather.

New animal clinic opens in Appling
Though it took years before work on the Columbia County Humane Society's low-cost spay-neuter clinic began, construction took less than a year to complete.

Student named entertainer of year
Ashton Montgomery loves to sing -- so much so that she hopes to pursue music as a career. The Grovetown teen is well on her way, as she was named the Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association's 2008 Entertainer of the Year in November.

Property Transfers
EverHome Mortgage Company to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 348 Deerwood Court, $95,180.

Current events
The annual Empty Bowl fundraiser for Golden Harvest Food Bank will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way off Furys Ferry Road in Evans. Cost is $15 in advance, $5 for children 2-10. Call (706) 736-1199.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School/Lakeside High School class of 1989 reunion planning committee will meet at 2 p.m. March 15 at Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant on Belair at Columbia Road.

Time capsule
As reported 54 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, March 10, 1955:

Bahama getaway
Members of Damascus Baptist Church in Appling went on a cruise in October to the Bahamas.

DUIs
Bonner Rebekkah Germany, 31, of the 500 block of Ansley Way in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 3, 2008, and was fined $1,504.

Divorces
Kellie R. Blanchard and Robert Cluese Blanchard, Feb. 27, 2009.

School Councils
The Brookwood Elementary School council will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the media center on Wednesday.

Volunteer soldiers
Cole Moore and Breanna Rodgers, fifth-graders at Cedar Ridge Elementary School, work with soldiers from the NCO Academy at Fort Gordon to spread pine straw as part of a 4-H project.

Chamber receives national accreditation
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce announced that the chamber had received national accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Adoption spotlight
Brutus is a bull terrier mix who is good with children and other dogs and is a great companion.

Police blotter
The Evans Surgery Center sent out letters last week to warn patients of possible infection.

Day in scrubs educational
Like many people of the generation who lived through the Great Depression, Annie Laurie Paschal was an intensely frugal woman.

Outgoing director sets bar higher
For those keeping an eye on Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce, it's important to point out that two big announcements in the past few days came under a director with only days left at the helm.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, March 8, 2009.

Greenbrier girls shine at rain-shortened meet
The rain cut short the first-ever Statesboro Invitational track and field meet Feb. 28. But Greenbrier High School's girls team did enough to win before the event was called.

Season ends for Bulldogs
The most successful Harlem High School girls basketball team in history lost in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs at Bainbridge on Tuesday.

2009 Region 3-AAAA All-Region Basketball

Sports calendar
The Marshall Family Y will hold the fifth annual Cloverleaf Duathalon on Saturday at 8 a.m. The event will include a two-mile run, 10-mile bike and another two-mile run.

Softball stars still soaring Softball standouts shine at next level
I have given area baseball products plenty of attention recently, because we have some great players who are playing at the college level.

Teams raise cancer awareness in game
The weather didn't cooperate for all of the first official meeting between Augusta Christian and Augusta Prep's girls soccer programs.

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