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TRICARE glitch can concern military retirees
The local Odd Fellows Lodge was alerted to a payment problem for retired military personnel using TRICARE. Due to a programming oversight, two groups of beneficiaries were inadvertently omitted from the list of people whose claims should have been sent to TRICARE by Medicare for payment.

Safeguards in place to reduce out-of-zone kids
I am writing in response to the letter written about out of zone students attending Martinez Elementary School. I am the secretary who registers new students to this school. At registration we require proof of residence (current utility bill with service address and the parents name). If they state they are living with someone in our zone, we require documents that support the address, drivers license, voter registration or a bank statement).

Halloween improper for Christians to celebrate
By the time your readers read this, Halloween will be over, but the divisive controversy regarding whether Christians should reject Halloween wont be. It is just postponed for another year.

Late Kroger manager had impact on community
I just got through reading Barry Paschals column on Lindsey Yeomans. Like so many Columbia County residents and employees, I got the opportunity to know this wonderful man.

Blanchard Stadium isn't the only named field
Barry Paschals Sunday, Oct. 21 column, Let money talk in school names, contains one slight error.

Scouts take to cement
Josh Denton's job requires placing cement where no one would think a cement truck could go.

Officials look to rid area of pests
The summer mosquito season is over.

Planners defer vote on project
Westlake residents have one month to plan their attack.

Area gets prepared for hazards
Whether it's for an intentional attack or accidental chemical spill, Pam Tucker wants all of Columbia County to be prepared.

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.

County loses longtime leader
Guy Eubank Fleming Jr., a member of Columbia County's first elected school board and a longtime community leader, died Friday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Augusta.

Current events
The sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Evans will be open from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each Thursday beginning Nov. 8 for those wishing to meditate or pray. For more information, call 863-1228. The church is located on the corner of Washington and Belair roads.

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

Career expo participants
Members of the group ProStart from Evans and Harlem high schools recently attended the Southern Hospitality Careers Expo in Athens.

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

Get up and go
The 25th annual Great American Smokeout event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Columbia County Health Department's Evans clinic.

Columbia newsmakers
Tiffany Poole, daughter of Jack and Iris Poole, recently was named to the dean's list for the summer semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a junior majoring in industrial engineering.

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
First Grade Lauren Duckworth, Hunter Evans, Cassidy Faulk, Mayghan Freund, Keyonte' Harris, Kelly Sue Highsmith, Tabitha Osborne, Hannah Price, Cody Turner, Saxon Campbell, Abbie Drake, Casey Erbland, Gaby Martinez, Kayla McDavid, Dylan Stacy, Andrew Hester, Amanda Rosser.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 37 years ago, Nov. 5, 1964

Hospitality seminar
Laotha Carswell, an Evans High School teacher, and Barbara Howard, a teacher at Harlem High, recently attended the Hospitality Business Alliance seminar at Johnson and Wales University in Miami.

Benefit yard sale
Westwood employees put on a yard sale and cookout to raise money for Westwood residents and the New York Police, Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Funds.

Halloween style
Augusta Prep celebrates Halloween in a major way: The Lower School Carnival is enjoyed by preschool through 5th grades.

'Spooky's' big success
As Columbia County residents sit down to dinner this evening, they can be thankful that there is food on the table. And for many of those residents, they also can be thankful for a local food drive that just keeps getting bigger and better.

Tribute to Guy Fleming
On Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, Columbia County lost a prominent native son, Guy E. Fleming Jr. He was a Christian gentleman, a loving husband and father, a respected bus

'Will of the people' a sham
Members of Columbia Countys Chairmanship/CEO Task Force tonight will continue studying the future of the countys government. Theyre wasting their time.

A lifetime of service
The Biblical Parable of the Talents contains a line that has become a standard in funerals. Ministers in effect quote God as welcoming a departed Christian by saying, Well done, my good and faithful servant.

Athletes at Prep pump up in clinic
Augusta Preparatory Day Schools Athletic Director Kevin Long realizes pumping iron isn't just for gridiron gladiators.

Lakeside takes tough defeat
The Lakeside High School homecoming festivities featured the first tie in school history - Lauren Peters and Megan Shingler were declared co-homecoming queens during halftime of the Lakeside-Hephzibah game at Panther Stadium.

Sports briefs
Columbia County schools were represented recently at the State Special Equestrian competition in Conyers, Ga. Two Greenbrier High School students rode exceptionally well among some very talented riders from across the state.

Evans High teams face heavy travel
The Georgia High School Association delivered a blow to Evans High School on Monday in Forsyth.. The GHSA executive committee voted 33-13 against adding an isolation policy to the constitution.

Five squads get pigskin poundings
It was a memorable Friday night for Columbia County's high school football teams, but for all the wrong reasons.

Weekend was what sports dreams are made of
This weekend was truly an example of why sports holds such a special place in my heart. The World Series, The Arkansas/Ole Miss Game and the North Augusta/Lexington High School game each produced scripts that Hollywood would toss aside for lack of believability.


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