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Minister should be lauded for 'speaking the truth'
Gene Rickabys recent rant against Brian Heckber, minister of Westside Christian Church, was both inappropriate and downright confusing (letter, Advice for young pastor: Back off "hateful language, Sept. 26).

Community raised $28,200 in firefighters' drive
On behalf of the Martinez Fire Department, we would like to thank The News-Times for its assistance in informing the public about our recent boot drive to benefit the 9-11 fund.

Funds, cheer delivered with New York trip
Early last Thursday morning, we departed Bush Field, bound for New York with checks in hand for over $1 million for the victims and families of the Sept. 11 tragedy. Security at the airport was very tight. Most of us were searched with a metal-detecting wand, and all carry-on luggage was checked carefully. I even had to show them that my camera worked before I could take it on the plane.

Ready for my close-up
Jacob Brooks of Loganville, Georgia, prepares his goat Cinnamon for showing in the goat show at the Merchants Association of Columbia County Fair.

Restoring history
History buffs in Columbia County now have a place to call home.

Juvenile Diabetes Walk-A-Thon
On Sept. 22, at 7 a.m., more than 50 JROTC cadets from the Evans High School Knight Battalion converged on Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Teen-age DJ spins out dance sounds
Mike Stephens' first DJ gig came at a friend's party. He liked playing music so much that he went out and got a single disc changer and rotated tracks he bought from Wal-Mart.

Physical, financial relief aid continues
The Martinez-Evans Rotary Club has made several donations through the years.

Green-space effort advances
The Columbia County Greenspace Committee furthered its efforts Thursday by creating five new subcommittees to deal with specific concerns.

Commission will weigh livestock zones
A revised set of rules for livestock owners in Columbia County will go before Planning Commissioners on Thursday night.

Crime zones
Here's a list of crimes compiled from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The offenses included are:

Elementary school lunch menu
Columbia county school elementary lunch menu

News makers
Kathryn Ashley Dickson of Evans has been chosen to participate in Furman University's study abroad program in Versailles, France this fall. She will be among 15 Furman students to attend and will return to the U.S. in mid-December. Dickson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Dickson.

Tell child when words are unacceptable
Your 5-year-old son got angry recently and let out a string of curse words.

Current events
Riverview United Methodist Church will be having a fall festival fund raiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the church, located on Fury's Ferry Road in Evans.

Police reports
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.

The 13th annual Oliver Hardy Festival will take place in downtown Harlem beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 6.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News-Times 12 years ago, Oct. 4, 1989

Seeking scapegoats? Blame it on the beef
Whoops. Sorry. Guess we all jumped the gun on this one.

Knowledge is strength
The gentlemen may cry, "Peace, peace! but there is no peace.... I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Hand-delivery of relief fund was proper
It is reasonable for Columbia County taxpayers to ask why their hard-earned money was used to send a county commissioner to New York to help present a $1 million check to Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the citys post-terror relief effort.

Those short on sympathy blame victims for tragedy
God commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he (Jesus) is the one appointed as judge of the living and the dead.

Gathering steam
With the high school football season nearing its midpoint, a pair of Columbia County prep squads have found a groove, while two others are going back to the drawing board.

South Gwinnett streaks to cross country victory
Comets were flying across the Harlem High School campus Saturday, and you did't need a telescope to see them.

Football's defensive stars deserve acclaim, too
Quarterbacks and running backs are the glamour positions and get most of the publicity during high school football season. In Columbia County there are talented players in those positions, such as Harlem quarterback Domonique Brown and Augusta Christian tailback Joel Whinghter.

Augusta Prep runners win a homecoming
The weather was wonderful. The festivities were fun. The food was fabulous.

Silver Eagle races toward season's end
Time is ticking away for those planning to catch a race at Silver Eagle Speedway.

Sports briefs
The Buzz, a girls 12 and under fastpitch softball travel team, will hold tryouts for the 2002 season on Sunday at Riverview Park in North Augusta. The tryout session will be from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information call 278-1036.


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