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Democrats are 'pathetic' to defend Obama while silent on Paterson
Editor:In April 2009, Janeane Garofalo said of the tea party movement: "Let's be very honest about what this is about. This is not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don't know their history at all. It's about hating a black man in the White House. That is racism. Straight up. This is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks."

Setting an example
Greenbrier High School might soon become a model for other Georgia high schools on effective methods to improve graduation rates.

Raising the roof for reading
Grovetown Elementary School principal Scott Weinand reads from the roof of his school to kindergartners wearing paper hats for Read Across America Week on Friday. Weinand read to pupils as a reward for Relay for Life fundraising efforts.

Columbia County Foundation to offer college scholarships
An area nonprofit group is looking to give some financial aid to current and future college students.

Pupil wins second consecutive spelling bee title
Rachael Cundey started studying language patterns in her spare time to improve her spelling. The studying paid off when the 11-year-old successfully defended her status Saturday as regional spelling bee champion.

Researchers seek correct procedures for headstone
The headstone of an Augusta educator who died in 1888 will soon be returned to its rightful place.

Survey: shoppers spending locally
A report on retail spending released during a Thursday meeting of the Columbia County Planning Commission indicates that shopping and commercial development within the county have increased significantly since the 1990s.

Buccafusco was innovative researcher
The Augusta area last weekend lost a great doctor, researcher, teacher and family man with the death of Dr. Jerry Buccafusco.

Let's go to the hop
Nancy Turner helps her aunt Sydney White to her seat at the head of the table for a sock hop at Elmcroft. Second Wind Dreams for Seniors provided the party after White stated that she wanted to go to a sock hop.

Pet adoption showcase
These kittens are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services.

Sea Chanters
The U.S. Navy Band chorus, the Sea Chanters, performed at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center on Thursday. A handful of people listened to the chorus from the lobby when the auditorium filled to capacity. County organizers feared a large overflow crowd after the performance was moved from the amphitheater to the theater because of cold temperatures.

On vacation
Laura Gill (from left), Tara Morgan and Lauren Miller, of Lakeside High School, finished The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 21. The marathon was part of Miller's senior project.

Time for a pickup game
Harlem Globetrotter MooMoo Evans spins the ball on his finger as he stands for a photo with deputies of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. MooMoo was making appearances around the county to promote Friday's show at James Brown Arena.

It's breakfast time
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross presents a proclamation in honor of National School Breakfast Week to Rita McDonald, the lunchroom manager at Stevens Creek Elementary School and the president of the Columbia County School Nutrition Association.

Police blotter
A Superior Court judge on Friday rejected a request to reduce the sentence of a former Augusta gynecologist convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

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

Contact your lawmakers
State Sen. Bill Jackson, R-Appling

Time capsule
As reported 44 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Feb. 17, 1966:

Current Events
Beginning salsa dance classes will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday starting today at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans.

School menus
Menus for area schools.

Drivers, fans honor Cole Wooten
Jenna Martin's story in last Wednesday's News-Times noted the then-upcoming surgery of 11-year-old Cole Wooten.

Congratulations to bee winner - again
Two years in a row don't yet make a dynasty. But in two more years? All bets are off.

All state employees need to sacrifice
When Chancellor Erroll Davis was told by legislators to make further budget cuts at the University System of Georgia, he put up several ideas for consideration.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

Good starts in colleges for ex-pack pitching duo
Two former Greenbrier High School pitching stars are off to a hot start in their collegiate seasons this year.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Lakeside streak continues
Grovetown High School baseball's first taste of county competition did not go as well as Mike Jones would have hoped.

Sports calendar
Listing of area participatory sporting events.

Baseball roundup
A deal the past two years has been beneficial for Evans and its baseball opponents from South Georgia.

Warner to play soccer at Southern Poly
Gabe Warner is comfortable in different soccer roles, depending on where he is needed.

Lakeside girls lacrosse dominates
Lakeside's Brittany Provost catches a pass during Lakeside's 17-4 victory over Fort Mill, S.C., on Saturday.

Softball
Greenbrier's Stephanie Rhoden poses with Young Harris softball coach Eric Geldart. Rhoden will play for the school next year.

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