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Ignoring lessons of Eastern Europe, America 'drifting toward socialism'
Editor:Socialism is an economic and political system advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods and services. Marxist socialism goes on to eliminate private property and have means of production owned and controlled by the state, plus government control of work and pay. This results in a Communist state and dictatorship.

Winner will compete in national bee
Columbia County Spelling Bee champ Rachael Cundey will attempt another repeat Saturday.

Benefit will help bring Rwanda choir to U.S.
An art show featuring the work of a Columbia County artist on Saturday aims to raise money and interest for a Rwanda children's choir.

Symphony Orchestra Augusta promises a variety at concert
Symphony Orchestra Augusta principal musicians will cover an assortment of classical pieces Saturday during a Columbia County concert.

Operation might allow boy to walk
Cole Wooten stands on his knees, bobbing his head and bouncing to the beat of hip hop music inside an Augusta dance studio.

School councils
Grovetown High School: today, April 28 and May 24.

Police Blotter
Someone made sexual comments Sunday to a 9-year-old Grovetown boy through an online video game.

Current events
The ninth Empty Bowl fundraiser for Golden Harvest Food Bank will be from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Jewish Community Center, off Furys Ferry Road in Evans.

Gala for the arts
Jeff Freehof (from left), the owner of Garlic Clove Italian Eatery and caterer for Saturday's Columbia County Arts Endowment Gala, joined Columbia County Chief Magistrate Bobby Christine, the chairman of the gala committee, in drawing door prizes from Vegas-style "showgirls" during the fundraiser.

Lady Spartans Shootout
Greenbrier's Daniele Spagnolo advances the ball against a Lambert High defender during the Lady Spartans Shootout in Atlanta on Saturday. Greenbrier lost to Lambert 11-5 in the second round on Friday after beating South Cobb 15-1 in the first round. Lakeside High School lost to Lambert 7-5 in the tournament's first round, then defeated South Cobb 17-0 and Tri-Cities 16-0 on Saturday.

On vacation
Jack and Erma Keith and David and Connie Buckley visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and other holy sites in Israel on a trip they took in February.

School menus
Menus for area schools.

Newsmaker
The following Columbia County residents made the fall 2009 Dean's List at Shorter College: Mary Kate Lollar of Appling, Rebecca Ann Lewis of Evans, Phillip Anthony Dyches of Grovetown and Brittany Ruth Thompson of Harlem.

Newsmakers
Harlem Middle School pupils took part in the FBLA regional competition. Tyler Gray took first in Internet Concepts; Kristi St. Clair, second, Internet Concepts and third, Business Computations; Kenneth Human, first, Computer Concepts; Jared Long, second, Personal Financial Concepts; Jade Long, fourth, Business Concepts; and Ariel Bozeman, second, Business Concepts. Columbia County 4-H presents a check for $8,883.14 to Augusta Ronald McDonald House Charities. Joining Gail Reed's 4-H Club at Blue Ridge Elementary for the presentation are Paula Poss, of the 4-H (behind check, from left); Betts Murdison, Augusta Ronald McDonald House director; Shirley Williamson, 4-H agent; and Mrs. Reed. Mrs. Reed's fifth-grade class collected the largest amount of 86 4-H Clubs in Columbia County.[CAPTION] Second-graders at Blue Ridge presented the musical Once Upon a Lily Pad, in which Freddie the frog tries to find his place in the world. The egrets, Gracie Faircloth (left) and Julianna Boyd, hold Freddie, played by Shaun Bellmer. [CAPTION] Playing the snakes in Once Upon a Lily Pad are Harrison Stahler (from left), Jeremy Campbell and Zachary Fagan.

Class reunions
The Academy of Richmond County class of 1963 will hold its reunion March 20.

Harlem High School honor roll
Second nine weeks honor roll.

Forgiveness? I'm fresh out
That's it. No more forgiveness, no more benefit of the doubt.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

RESA cuts are short-sighted
There is no doubt that services will suffer as Georgia's budget cuts continue.

Pillow talk in the governor's race
It's time for Bill and Hillary Clinton to step aside. The hottest new couple in politics is one of Georgia's own, DuBose and Carol Porter.

Athlete Spotlight
One tight finish might be a great race. Two close finishes could be a coincidence.

Former Evans swimmer C.J. Hendry posts 9 personal bests at championships
The Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming Championships recently concluded, and former Evans High School swimmer C.J. Hendry had a meet to remember.

Baseball calendar
Calendar of area prep baseball games.

Sports calendar
Pride Athletics will hold an adult one-pitch softball tournament March 12-13 at Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Frontage Road, Augusta. Cost is $175 per team.

Sports newsmakers
Mike Combs (center), Fairway Ford general manager, presents a check for $2,500 to Jeff Snover, chairman of Champions Made From Adversity, and Scott Winkler, vice chairman of Champions Made From Adversity.

Four Greenbrier runners sign with Jaguars
When Augusta State University cross country coach Adam Ward began to rebuild the long-dormant men's program, he knew it could be years before the program reached the level he wanted.

Lakeside falls in first round of state playoffs
Lakeside High School's girls basketball program's best season ended Saturday at Statesboro High School.

Lady Spartans Shootout
Greenbrier's Daniele Spagnolo advances the ball against a Lambert High defender during the Lady Spartans Shootout in Atlanta on Saturday. Greenbrier lost to Lambert 11-5 in the second round on Friday after beating South Cobb 15-1 in the first round. Lakeside High School lost to Lambert 7-5 in the tournament's first round, then defeated South Cobb 17-0 and Tri-Cities 16-0 on Saturday.

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