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'Silent majority' in U.S. should reject atheists' complaints
To all atheists: Let me put this to you as gently as I can. I dont care that you cant be involved with a prayer vigil; you freely made that choice. I dont care that you cringe at the mention of God; you freely made that choice!

Why we pledge allegiance
Riverside Elementary School teacher Amy Murphey asked students in her fourth-grade class, Why do Americans say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag? Here is how they answered:

Food bank needs help to fight 'domestic enemy': hunger
These last six weeks have been a time of deep sadness, lack of definitive answers, and full of concern that no further innocent people be harmed. Each of us has experienced the impact of terrorism at some personal level. Golden Harvest Food Bank depends on the community so much and it has been so good to us, so I want to take a moment to say thanks.

Harlem seeks 'hometown' status
Harlem will try again to be a better hometown.

Patrotic students
Students at Brookwood Elementary School held a penny drive and raised $1,111.30 for the American Red Cross for New York disaster relief.

Schools get flags from Pennsylvania
Since school began, Stevens Creek Principal Michelle Paschal has had 12 new classrooms with no American flags.

Lakeside achievers honored
Sirikishan Shetty, a Lakeside High School senior, has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average, plays soccer at school and for a traveling team and is in too many clubs to mention.

Surprise catches Szablewski
Just minutes before the party began, Columbia County Commissioner Frank Spears announced to the crowd that County Administrator Steve Szablewski would be surprised.

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

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times 27 years ago, Oct. 23, 1974

Property transfers
Tiger, Inc. to Stefanie L. Powell, 6225 Otis Way, $22,500

Let money talk in school names
There is only one school facility in Columbia County named after an individual: Blanchard Stadium at Evans High School bears the name of the late John Pierce Blanchard, who served three decades as superintendent of schools.

Citizens deserve say in changes
For Columbia County residents trying to keep an eye on the sensitive issue of restructuring the county government, recent events may have sneaked up on them.

Group effort builds hope
This year Its Spooky to be Hungry, a grassroots, all-volunteer, neighborhood-based food drive, will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, with nearly 80 neighborhoods in Columbia County, Richmond County and North Augusta participating.

Fall back, again
The steady pinging sounded like rain against my deck. But it was a sunny day - breezy, beautiful, exactly right for fall.

High school sports schedule
Monday Volleyball: CSRA Tournament at Augusta Prep, TBA.

The strength of the pack
Greenbrier High School may need to consider adding a new wing at the campus - at the rate Lady Wolfpack teams are going, Greenbrier will require additional space for all the trophies.

Harlem football earning statewide notice
The Harlem High School football team is moving into uncharted territory.

Greenbrier puts perfect season on line Tuesday
It will be up to the Evans Middle School football team to stop the Greenbrier Middle School Wolfpack's run to a perfect record.

Sports briefs
The Family Y is sponsoring ''Fitness Mania," a free workout marathon on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. until noon in the Wilson Center gymnasium, located at 3570 Wheeler Road in Augusta.


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