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Students send praise to servicemen, women
As a service project for Columbia County 4-H, Riverside Middle School sixth-graders Marjorie Floyd, Kay Lilly and Savanna Lyles collected more than 500 letters from students at Riverside middle and elementary schools and Warren Road Elementary. The letters will be sent to servicemen and women; some of the letters will be accompanied by artwork, or by red, white and blue friendship bracelets braided by the students. This is a sampling of some of those letters and artwork:

Friends of the Library needs used book donors
This is a big thank you to all Columbia County book lovers who donated saleable books to Gibbs Library. Success has caused Friends of Columbia County Libraries a good problem. We almost ran out of books! We sell books at Gibbs on the first Saturday of each month. On Oct. 6, we sold 800 books for $432 and had only 300 books in stock for the Nov. 3 sale. Our call for community help brought in 1,200 books and on Nov. 3, we sold 900 books for $467.

Threat of condemnation leverages development
I thought you might be interested in the real estate development that is going on in our area. There is a large tract of land under development here on Furys Ferry Road. Home Sites, LTD owns this land. Otis Crowell controls this company.

'Quite a leap' to condemn Harry Potter fantasy
In response to the Nov. 14 guest column denouncing the Harry Potter books, I must write to express my complete disagreement with the comments of Rev. Louis Sheldon. I have read all of the Harry Potter books and wonder if Sheldon or anyone else who is so quick to condemn them has bothered to read more than a few lines.

Traveling big top returns to Evans
The circus is coming to Columbia County.

Memorial painting presented
Vonda Purvis is an honorary member of the Martinez Fire Department.

Read, white and blue
Schoolchildren in Columbia County had three reasons to celebrate last week.

Harlem Council projects busy future
Harlem City Council will be very busy for a few years.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 46 years ago, Nov. 24, 1955

Turkey tips
Need help cooking your Thanksgiving turkey? We asked pupils at North Columbia Elementary School how they would cook it and what they would serve if they were in charge of the holiday meal.

Homecoming queen
Jamie Dymeck, was named homecoming Queen at Evans High School.

Columbia newsmakers
Georgia State Rep. Ben Harbin (R-Martinez) recently received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

Current events
Harlem United Methodist Church will be having a Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 556-6885.

Church profile
Columbia County Christian Church

Get up and go
The CSRA Agency on Aging is currently offering several programs for seniors throughout the Augusta area to include those detailing adult day care, home modifications, personal care aids, care in the home and others. For more information, call 210-2018 or toll free at (888) 922-4464.

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

Last chance to help 'Light the Tree'
Today is the deadline for contributions for Columbia Countys Light the Tree campaign, the fund-raiser for the planned Dec. 1 Christmas in America celebration at the Evans Government Complex.

A shopping guide for local gifts
Wish me luck.

Giving thanks, every day
Last spring, as farmers faced the possibility of a third year of drought, hundreds of citizens gathered at a Burke County church to lift up prayers for rain. The event received local news coverage and community support, as did dozens of other such vigils around the state.

Thanksgiving, a day at a time
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyns autobiographical novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovi

Saying thanks for what sports offers
With Thanksgiving just a day away I've decided to compile a list of people, teams, events, etc. that I'm thankful for in the world of sports. These, of course, are my personal preferences and your choices may differ.

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

Hard work pays off for Harlem
When Tim Gagner joined the Harlem High School football team four years ago, he was just a freshman suiting up for a downtrodden program.

Greenbrier wins its first event
There was good news and bad news last week for the Harlem High School girls' basketball team.

Greenbrier and Lakeside finish seasons with wins
The Greenbrier and Lakeside high school football teams won't play in the postseason this year, but last week both the Wolfpack and the Panthers ended their seasons on high notes.

Bulldogs ready for playoffs
The Harlem High School football team routed visiting Oglethorpe County High School last week, and the 54-13 victory served two purposes: it tuned up the Bulldogs for a Class AAA state playoff appearance this Friday in Forsyth, Ga., and also clinched Harlem's first winning season since 1981.

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