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It's time for Symphony Augusta to 'not interfere' with local group
I am writing to offer some observations and comments regarding the Symphony Orchestra Augusta's petition to be named the official orchestra of the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center and the official resident Symphony of Columbia County.

Obama's followers should recognize him as 'enemy of the state'
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's name is in a federal database of those with suspected ties to terrorists. His father told the American Embassy in Nigeria that he feared his son was a threat. For some reason, the Obama administration refused to add this fellow's name to the no-fly list.

Harlem mulls buying mayor's land for firehouse
Some Harlem city officials are considering purchasing a piece of property from the mayor to relocate a set of fire trucks away from the railroad tracks and create a headquarters for the city's Public Safety department.

Concert features Purdy premier
Violist Carl Purdy's String Quartet No. 1 will make its world premier during a Saturday concert presented by Symphony Orchestra Augusta.

Builder works to revitalize residential neighborhood
Efforts to revitalize an older residential portion of Martinez are becoming increasingly visible as new homes sprout up in the area. In 2007, Joe Todd, of JHT Construction, started redeveloping a residential area on Avery Avenue off South Belair Road.

Reunions calendar
The Langley-Bath-Clearwater classes of 1967, 1968 and 1969 will hold a reunion Feb. 13 at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites.

Time capsule
As reported 36 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1974.

Police blotter
Three teens were robbed at gunpoint on New Year's Eve by a man who gave them a ride, authorities said.

Get up and go
University Hospital's mobile mammography unit will be at the Publix in Riverwood Town Center on Tuesday. Appointments are required by calling (706) 774-4149.

Christmas 2009
Americus Lawson (from left), 3, LeAnna Lawson, 20 months, and Carla Lawson, 6, enjoy their gifts on Christmas morning. The three are the children of Jonathan and Candace Lawson, of Martinez, and the grandchildren of Joyce and Ronnie Cooper, of Martinez.

Vacation photos
Bill and Marcia DeHaven experienced an early winter wonderland in the Austrian Alps in October. They visited Imperial Europe with sightseeing in Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria, including the cities of Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg.

School lunches

Current events
The Evans Boy Scout Troop will haul off and recycle Christmas trees in the Martinez-Evans area Saturday for a $10 donation. To schedule a pickup, e-mail

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Columbia County News-Times.

Saturday event a boost for book
Newsflash: It's really cold. Turn. Off. Your. Sprinklers. Quit icing up the dang streets. Now, really, how hard is that?

Lawmakers must close sex loophole
The second part of the 2009-10 session of the Georgia Legislature opens Monday. Columbia County lawmakers and county commissioners met this week to compare notes leading into the session, in which the state's budget is expected to be the priority.

Prep calendar

Put Cowboys fans in their place with some NFL history
I am starting the new year in a bad mood. My Pittsburgh Steelers missed the playoffs and will not be able to defend their championship from a year ago. Also, I have to put up with the trash talk from all of my friends, who obviously ate paint chips when they were toddlers and are now Dallas Cowboys fans.

England swim meet raises bar for Grovetown athletic trainer
Andy Eberheart's path is not unlike that of Olympic superstar Michael Phelps. Both worked at their craft until they reached the top. For Eberheart, a Grovetown resident, the payoff came in December.

All-Region players
Four Harlem football players were named to the All Region Team. The players are Zach Morris, First Team quarterback (from left, seated), and Forrest Christian, First Team linebacker; and Taylor Camp (standing), First Team athlete, and Hunter Hamilton, First Team offensive line.


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