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President is endangering America by failing to support Israel
Warning: President Barack Hussein Obama is reaching out to Israel's enemies while simultaneously vowing to use "all resources" necessary to obstruct Israel in any military attempt to eliminate Iran's nuclear capabilities

Tax cheats in Georgia Legislature think they are 'above the law'
Wonder what makes some of the House or Senate folks think that they are above the law and don't have to pay income tax? State Sen. Eric Johnson needs to get some "backbone" and stand up to them.

Why are Democrats 'so angry' even with presidency, Congress?
Re columnist Bill Shipp's April 1 headline, "Is GOP going to deal the race card?" It appears to me that only Shipp and the Democrats see Georgians and Americans in color - red, yellow, black, white. Republicans see only people who have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

Vendors sought for RV, boat show
With a deadline approaching faster than summertime, coordinators are seeking more vendors for an inaugural Appling event to showcase recreational vehicles and boats.

Proper care can ensure azalea health
How are the azaleas? This is a question I get numerous times in the weeks leading up to the Masters Tournament. We want the azaleas to be at their peak when the crowds come to town.

Week focuses on celebrating Grovetown
The city of Grovetown is offering residents a "city education" this week in honor of Georgia Cities Week.

Mistletoe's nature center reopened for new season
Nature enthusiasts can once again visit the Mistletoe State Park Nature Center, which recently reopened after a winter hiatus.

Annual car show has class for every vehicle
Jim Metts loved classic cars, buying and restoring them.

County OKs larger water lines, fees
Do you need to buy a lot of water? Columbia County's water utility is ready to sell it.

Service of dispatchers is honored
Nearly all emergency responses in Columbia County start with the dispatchers of the sheriff's office 911 Communications Center.

Contest promotes animal care to kids
In a quest to get area youngsters to realize the importance of animal care and compassion, Heartsong Animal Rescue is sponsoring an essay contest to coincide with Be Kind to Animals Week, May 3-9.

Greenbrier student is accepted to U.S. Naval Academy
As a 10-year-old boy, spending the last day of a fishing vacation with his family, Raymond Gibbs came to the realization that he wanted to serve his country.

Storm damages school in Grovetown
A Grovetown elementary school sustained damage after strong storms swept through Columbia County April 10, school officials reported at a Tuesday meeting.

Diana Michele Thomas and Dustin Reece Thomas, April 6, 2009

North Harlem Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll

Georgia Music Hall of Fame
The Harlem Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6445 recently toured the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon with the auxiliary's national president, Dixie Hilde, and department President Dianne Tiller.

Westmont Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll

Adoption showcase
Sprite is a sweet border collie. She is housebroken (crate trained), current on her shots, micro chipped, on heartworm prevention and very sweet natured. She is loving and playful and looking for an active family who will give her the attention she deserves.

Martinez Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll

Cedar Ridge Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll

Police Blotter
A Superior Court judge denied bond Thursday for a Columbia County woman and her son accused of murder

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Property transfers
Deanne D. Vaughan to Susan H. Hodge, 347 Stallings Island Road, $149,450.

Close loophole on teacher-student sex
There is no doubt, none whatsoever, that students and their teachers should not have sexual contact.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, April 19, 2009.

Disappointing turn of events
What a disappointing week. The president got a dog, Casey Cagle dropped out of the race for Georgia governor and U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's son got busted for marijuana possession.

They are the champions
The U11 Augusta Arsenal Gunners claimed their second championship of the season.

Lakeside leads rivals in tight race for Region 3-AAAA championship
In Columbia County, baseball is king. And since the doors opened at Lakeside High School, the Panthers have had to play second fiddle to their Columbia County rivals.

Augusta Prep's Hull worked early and often Augusta Prep star focusing on track
What is there left to know about Jim Hull? I wrestled with the question while driving to Augusta Prep on Wednesday for the senior's signing.

Harlem star to play for Middle Georgia
Chancellar Martin figures her reputation will precede her when she takes the floor for Middle Georgia College next season.

Sports calendar
Football practice for Grovetown High will start at 4 p.m. Monday at Grovetown Middle School and continue until May 1. Prospective players should contact coach Rodney Holder at

Greenbrier equestrian signs with Georgia
Melanie Carraway doesn't expect many people to understand her relationship with some of her closest friends.


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