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Schools should enforce zones
On Flowing Wells Road recently, I watched as a car with Richmond County plates turned to discharge a pupil at Martinez Elemen-tary. Probably just moved to Columbia County, I thought.

Religions flourish under 'tolerant' Constitution
Greg Merrys assessment (letter, Oct. 3) of my critique (letter, Sept. 26) of Pastor Brian Heckbers stated opinions missed a most cogent fact. Merry said it was inappropriate for me to have used a public forum to criticize Heckber.

School lunch program unfairly taunted by 'toon
I am writing in regard to the disparaging editorial cartoon printed in the Oct.14 issue of The News-Times. Why did Jon Tanner portray such a negative image to the school lunch program? Has he even eaten in a school in the last several years? He might be quite surprised at the quality of food he would find.

Safety taught at fire festival
Amid the balloons and games, Fire Fest America 2001 provided children and their parents the chance to learn fire safety.

Volunteers get ready to scare away hunger
Get ready for Spooky Saturday.

Opening new horizons
Vic Mills, President of Blanchard and Calhoun, Commercial Properties, addresses the crowd gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for Horizon North Business Center in Grovetown.

Anorexia group formed
Thomas Hightower has experienced firsthand the ravages of eating disorders, and he wants others to know - especially other males - that they are not alone.

Art show captures nature, expressions
Tiffany Land had never seen the Savannah River.

Adoptions make opening success
Standing in the new visitation room at the Columbia County Animal Control building, Linda Fulmer was showing off.

Laundry expectation ends with college
Your 18-year-old son is a freshman in college. He just came home for the first time and brought two bags of laundry which he just dumped in the laundry room. You had never agreed to do his laundry for him now that he is in college and you really don't think you should be doing it for him. He didn't say anything about it, but it is apparent that he intends for you to do it. What do you do?

Get up and go
Martinez United Methodist Church will have a Taste of the Harvest and Tea Cup Auction from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the church.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 51 years ago, Oct. 24, 1940

Evans High honors
The Evans High School Red Raider team took top honor in the annual Columbia County Rogers Cup.

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

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

Current events
The Columbia County Sheriff's Department will be seeking public input at a Thursday meeting regarding the use of a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.

After punishment, Lee still in charge
As Lakeside High School Principal Victor Lee nears the end of his 20-day suspension for withholding information during the hiring of the schools athletic director, its important for the schools parents, students and faculty to prepare for Lees return with one message in mind: Lee is still the principal.

Library a victim of its own success
There was a time when members of the Friends of Columbia County Libraries fretted over the lack of storage space for excess books donated to the countys libraries.

American history began with open immigration
All of our people all over the country - except the pure-blooded Indians - are immigrants or descendants of immigrants.

Smith deja vu; Cindy's jihad
There is little likelihood that Moses McCauleys challenge to Steve Smiths candidacy for Richmond County marshal will knock Smith out of the running. But if it did, it wouldnt be the first time Smith lost an election on a technicality.

Help community "Light the Tree"
On page 3 of the print edition of the Wednesday, Oct. 24 News-TImes is an advertisement for the Light the Tree campaign in preparation for Columbia Countys official Christmas tree lighting.

Turn generosity toward home
For seven years, a group of volunteers has used their time and organizational talents to pull together a grassroots campaign aimed at fighting hunger in our area while strengthening community and family ties.

Harlem's return home victorious
The Harlem High School football team finally came home last week.

Swing week on the Gridiron
This Friday night could really answer a lot of questions and should clear up a cloudy playoff picture for a couple of Columbia County's high school football teams.

Sports briefs
The Dominators Fastpitch Softball Organization will be holding tryouts for four different teams Saturday at the Patriots Park Stadium Field.

Augusta Prep wins cross country state title
There were major achievements, and one big shock, last weekend at the Georgia Independent School Association state cross country championships in Forsyth, Ga.

Big week set for county contests
The final Friday night of October will be highlighted by a slate of significant high school football games in Columbia County.

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