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Georgia school lunch among best in the nation
As president of Georgia School Food Service Association, I am contacting you about the editorial cartoon by Jon Tanner in the Oct. 14, News-Times. This cartoon depicted the school lunch program in a very negative way, and I find this extremely disappointing.

U.S. should back Israel, not 'pander' to enemies
I knew it was only a matter of time before the choir boys of the new world order would begin singing for Israel to cough up a Palestin-ian state. It is quite apparent that the WTC and Pentagon attacks will be milked for a host of insidious items most Ameri-cans would otherwise flatly oppose - if only their home of the brave was not being injected with daily doses of unifying fear.

Women of four generations read to pupils
''Have you ever gone to Wal-Mart and seen those little plastic purses? Seems like Lilly's gotten one, and she's going to have a time taking it to school," said Margaret Groves, preparing to read Lilly's Plastic Purse to Misty Beatty's second-grade class at Stevens Creek Elementary School.

Students can cook with class
Creamy cheese grits, a hash brown casserole oozing with cheese, 2-inch-high biscuits with fresh honey on the side, cakes, pies and more.

County leaders discuss attack readiness
Doctors, pharmacists and emergency workers from throughout the Augusta area met in Columbia County on Tuesday to discuss how they would respond to a biological or chemical attack.

Farm bureau will award scholarships
Georgia Farm Bureau will award four $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors this winter, Lee Anderson, Columbia County Farm Bureau president, recently announced.

Evans High band will go to London
Unless world conditions worsen, the Evans High School band willmarch in the London Parade.

Number of posts weighed
There is no longer a question about an at-large chairman for the Columbia County Commission.

Columbia newsmakers
Amber Faulk of Grovetown, a 2001 Greenbrier High School graduate, has been named the recipient of a 2001 Chick-fil-A Leadership scholarship. Faulk will use the money to attend Augusta State University, where she will pursue a degree in computer science.

Military news
Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. William T. Baumgartner, a 1997 graduate of Westside High School, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

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. 30, 1974

Community events
Beulah Grove Baptist Church will have a free community health fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10. At the event, there will be screenings for cholesterol, and blood pressure. There also will be a panel discussion and displays on men, women and children issue. For more information, call 724-1086.

Current events
Clifford Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Robinson Ave., Grovetown will hold a bazaar on November 3 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be crafts, baby items, toys, household items, tools, and a country store.

Property transfers
Bank of America to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 4772 Brookgreen Road, Martinez,$142,154.00

Should Christians reject Halloween? Yes
Wednesday is Halloween, a day promoted as a time for children to dress up and eat

Should Christians reject Halloween? No
When I grew up in Winfield, so far out in the country that there were no streetlights to mar the view of the autumn moon, the evening shadows provided a perfectly spooky scene. But Halloween was never a big deal for us.

Chairman debate: Effort to fix the unbroken continues
If at first you dont succeed, try, try again. Then give up. Theres no use in being a damn fool about it.

Finding deeper meaning
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is useful for teaching... correcting... training in righteousness....

Alleluia bests Prep in volleyball
The CSRA Volleyball Tournament won't become fodder for an historical novel, but the championship match Tuesday at Augusta Preparatory Day Schools' Boardman Gymnasium easily could have been titled The Killer Angels.

Greenbrier teams win in 3-AAAA
The Greenbrier High School boys' cross country team regained its rule of Region 3-AAAA, while the Lady Wolfpack extended their region reign.

Greenbrier Middle goes undefeated
Greenbrier Middle School football coach Jody Hilley didn't lose his head, so now he's going to lose his hair.

Sports briefs
Former Greenbrier High School volleyball player Sara Smith is now competing on the court with the Cornell College volleyball team.

Harlem High falls short of title
Laura Tam's knee throbbed and Brad Akins' heart ached.

Greenbrier softball shines
Greenbrier High School softball coach Garrett Black has wasted no time in molding his team into a championship contender.


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