'Samhain,' Halloween is pagan - and it isn't evil
I am writing in response to the Nov. 7 letter by Wayne Moore, Halloween improper for Christians to celebrate.

Lakeside boosters, players deserve better regard
There are two issues I would like to discuss. The first is that Lakeside High School Athletic Booster Club President Rick Evans was unjustly ridiculed in Ashley Browns column in the Oct. 17 News-Times. Evans has been a diligent, unpaid participant in the needs of Lakesides students and staff. If Brown would like to bash someone, I think he needs to focus on people who have blatantly lied and misrepresented themselves. This entire issue of how Coach Ed Koester was hired is an embarrassment to Lakeside and the Columbia County school system.

'Spooky' drive breaks food donation records
On Nov. 1, Its Spooky to be Hungry, a one-day, neighborhood-based, volunteer food drive, announced our totals for this year. We have come a long way from our beginnings seven years ago in only three Columbia County neighborhoods. The results this year are nothing short of amazing!

School Board 'punks out' on Evans band trip
The Evans High band has been selected to represent Georgia and the United States in the Lord Mayors Day Parade on New Years Day. This is quite an honor, and band members have worked hard for three years to prepare and to save the money needed to attend.

Voters will demand respect for chairman choice
I was insulted when I read the comments of a member of the Chairmanship/CEO Task Force. I quote: The voters were not educated enough to make an intelligent vote. I knew what I was voting for, and I do not like anyone questioning my intelligence.

Church will be open for prayer
In a world filled with war and threats of terror, Earl Williams and the congregation of First Baptist Church of Evans want to provide a sanctuary of solace and a place of prayer.

Officials promote portable heart device
Jeremy Wallen and Robert Rosier say they have a potentially life-saving message for businesses in Columbia County.

Pupils fill food boxes for needy
Students in Columbia County schools might be learning reading, writing and arithmetic, but they are also learning about helping others.

Learning to save lives
Alicia Phillips had just left work for lunch when she came upon a life-and-death situation.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 24 years ago, Nov. 16, 1977

Here comes Santa Claus
The Greenbrier High School Band marched through Macy's as Santa Clause arrived at Augusta Mall Nov. 8.

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

Feeding families
United We Care Director Bill Campbell and volunteers Barbara Summerall (left) and Mona Gay will collect turkeys until Nov. 21 to give to needy families for Thanksgiving. To contribute, call 650-7757 or 854-8852.

Honoring the nations veterans
Cub Scouts Jake Daines (from left), Drake Hughes, Daniel Hubbard, Jordan Mallard and Phillip Dukes salute the flag during the Pledge of Allegence to the Flag at Brookwood Elementary's Veterans Day Ceremony.

Evans Elementary School honor roll
A list of A and A/B Honor Roll students

South Columbia Elementary honor roll
A list of A and A/B Honor Roll students

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

Current events
The first annual Health Awareness Expo will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Patriots Park Gymnasium/Fitness Facility. The event, which will included health screening and information booths detailing everything from colon cancer and blood pressure to cholesterol and diabetes, is being sponsored by the Columbia County Recreation Department, Doctors Hospital and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. There will be a $5 fee for a lipid profile, PSA and blood types.

Westmont Elementary School honor roll
A list of A and A/B Honor Roll students

Columbia newsmakers
Adam Nelson of Harlem, a student at Mercer University, recently participated in the 10th annual Georgia Rivers Cleanup. Nelson, a freshman, helped pick up trash in and around the Ocmulgee River in Macon.

Get up and go
The Junior League of Augusta will be presenting the annual Festival of Trees event beginning Nov. 14 at the Augusta Museum of History. Events, which include a fantasyland of trees, an auction, a dollhouse village and entertainment, crafts and children's games, will continue through Nov. 18. Cost will be $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 will be admitted for free. For more information, call 736-0033.

School waves red flag
War, like no other phenomena, evokes a sense of national unity. The American flags flying from cars and store-windows are symbolic bridges between strangers. We are all in this together, the flags say.

Harry Potter: Benign fantasy, or witchcraft indoctrination?
The popular Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and this week, Warner Brothers is releasing the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.

What's your opinion?
Whats your opinion?The movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone opens at the Evans 12 Cinemas and elsewhere this week. Is the movie and the popular series of books harmless, or do they encourage children to dabble in the occult?

State 'stimulus': road overkill
Among politicians, everybody, it seems, wants their particular pet problem defined as somehow integral to the post-terrorism survival of the nation.

Amazing turnabouts
With apologies to Trees poet Joyce Kilmer:

Greenbrier ends with shutout; Harlem looks for season success
The Greenbrier High School football team was the only Columbia County squad to earn a victory last week, but no one is calling the Harlem Bulldogs loser.

Troubles finish off 3 squads
Shattered dreams, busted plays and a broken bus - those Friday night mishaps tell the sad story of the Lakeside, Evans and Augusta Christian football teams.

Weekly bowling scores
Weekly Bowling Scores, Men's and Women's High Game and High Series

Record-breaking high school career comes to a close
Joel Whinghter's senior season ended far sooner than he would have liked, as his Augusta Christian Lions football team lost its first-round state playoff game at First Presbyterian Day.

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