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Health care forum is part of organization's mission to beat Broun
Pull the Plug PAC is an independent political action committee. Our mission is simple: We plan to help end U.S. Representative Paul Broun Jr.'s career as an elected official in Washington D.C.

Harlem High's drama club overcomes a lot to win title
Harlem High drama students were recognized last week by the Columbia County school board for winning another state title for their one-act play. Such accolades are becoming increasingly important as the school struggles to maintain its top-rated theater program.

County is forced to be frugal
While some children are holding out for their two front teeth, all that many Columbia County officials want for Christmas is a robust holiday shopping season to bolster sagging sales tax revenues.

Haley still has a chair waiting for her return
An Atlanta-based driver training school hopes to teach young motorists how to avoid such accidents and help Haley Van Pelt's family. Fear This Inc. will make a $1,000 donation for Haley's care if a class it is offering this weekend sells out.

Twins cooperate for Eagle badges
Though fraternal twins Jacob and John Ekechukwu became Eagle Scouts in October, the similarities between them end there.

Time capsule
As reported 45 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 10, 1964:

Current events
The NASCAR Nationwide/ARCA series race team, Free American Racing, along with driver Free Pennington, will display race cars and equipment during the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today of the Food Lion on Columbia Road at Lewiston Road.

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Barbecue dinner
Harlem resident Joette Stokes volunteered at Harlem Fire Department's barbecue chicken dinner Saturday. The event was held during the annual Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem festival.

Harlem Christmas Parade
Santa Claus and Harlem City Councilman Tom Blalock waved to the crowd during the Christmas parade Saturday.

Christmas play
Jamiah Hudson (second from right), of Appling, is in the production of A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta through Dec. 24. Jamiah is playing the role of Belinda Cratchit.

School Lunch Menu
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

School Councils
Evans High School: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 and May 20.

Riding on good behavior
Pupils who won bicycles from Academy Sports were allowed to ride in the hallway for a few minutes after the ceremony. Academy Sports donated 26 bicycles to Westmont Elementary.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at

Get up & go
The Army Corps of Engineers will accept real Christmas trees for recycling as fish habitat from Friday to Jan. 5 at Riverside Middle School on Furys Ferry Road in Evans. Call (800) 533-3478.

Adoption spotlight
These pets are 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. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt. The fee for puppies and kittens is $20.

Merry Christmas, even in tough times
To those of you who have read my column over the years, you are probably expecting an interview from somebody at the North Pole. Not this year. This column is for you.

Don't forget: Include helmet
his holiday season, bicycles, scooters, skateboards and skates are likely to make the wish list of many children, teens and adults. The gift idea that's often missing on those holiday gift lists? A helmet.

Christmas is still a holiday
For the past several years, I've been among those in the trenches mounting a defense against the "War on Christmas."

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Community responds in time of need
Even in tough times, the generosity of Columbia County residents should make us all proud of this community.

Senior's energy, versatility carry 'Pack volleyball
On a team full of upperclassmen standouts, Greenbrier's Kailyn Blackmon probably did the most for the Wolfpack volleyball team. The Columbia County News-Times' Volleyball Player of the Year gained a mental edge on opponents and boasted a 90 percent save percentage.

Greenbrier boys, girls knock off new rivals at Grovetown
The Greenbrier High School boys basketball team found itself in another tight contest Saturday at Grovetown. And when Wolfpack standout DeJon Britton fouled out with a minute remaining, Greenbrier could have folded again. But the Wolfpack held on to win 57-55, giving them a sweep of the Warriors.

Baseball camp will showcase some of Greenbrier's greatest players
The Greenbrier Wolfpack baseball team has been as successful as any program in the state since the school opened its doors in 1996. Head coach Chris Wilkins and his staff will hold a two-day baseball camp Dec. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the school.

Prep Calendar
Evans will face off at Cross Creek starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Athlete Spotlight: Troy Griffith and Tony Davis
Evans High School stars Tony Davis and Troy Griffith both played their part last week against new county rival Grovetown, combining for 36 points to help Evans to a victory and 3-0 start in Region 3-AAAA.

Sports Newsmakers
Haydens International Gymnastics Academy gymnasts competed in the 2009 Georgia State Meet at the Roswell Recreation Center in Roswell, Ga., on Nov. 14-15.

Sports Calendar
The Georgia Rockers fast pitch softball team is looking for players for its 8-under "coach-pitch" travel team for the 2010 season. Girls must be 7-8 years old Jan. 1 to be eligible.

Sports Newsmakers
On Nov. 7, the Lakeside High School varsity cheerleaders again captured the region championship.


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