Sunday, November 25, 2001

Far from 'evil,' Harry Potter encourages reading
As a Christian and follower of Jesus Christ, I cannot disagree more with the Nov. 14 guest column concerning Harry Potter by the Rev. Louis Sheldon. I am not sure which books Sheldon was reading, but they are not the same Harry Potter books I have read! Nowhere in the books does it promote Wicca or witchcraft, and there are no subversive attempts by the author to lure innocents into a world of evil. I am still trying to figure out what his mention of abortion and homosexuality had to do with Harry!

Potter critique is 'paranoid'
You have asked the opinion of your readers on the recent column by Rev. Louis Sheldon. The fact that you have chosen to print this sort of paranoia only confirms that you are looking for a reaction. I think I can give you a reaction: I have not read the books nor have I seen the movie on Harry Potter, but Sheldons column is mindless drivel.

Student's tribute to terror victim 'heart-rending'
After reading the Nov. 18 letter from little Lisa Schaffer, I felt compelled to respond. It is one of the most heart-rending letters The News-Times has published, and one that I will remember for a long time.

Martinez Parade on tap for Sunday, Dec. 2
This is intended as a reminder to those who may not be aware that Christmas is almost upon us. Among the seasonal festivities and events, there will be numerous parades held in our area. Too often we attend and enjoy such events without really realizing just how much time and energy is expended by the volunteer organizers. A Christmas parade doesnt just happen.

Evans should quit 'whining' about travel woes
Is anyone else tired of listening to Evans High Schools crying and whining? Even though I am a graduate of Evans, I certainly am.

Schools approve Evans' plan
Thanks to a positive vote last week in Stone Mountain, Ga., Evans High School's athletes and coaches will have a merrier Christmas and happier two years.

New police chief looks to build relationships
New Harlem Police Chief Jerry Baldwin wants to build a relationship with three groups: his former boss, his new neighbors and their children.

All in a Day's Work
At 10:26 a.m. Tuesday, the call came over the scanner: A plane had crashed near a busy Columbia County intersection.

Facility review suggests new site
A new central office for Columbia County school personnel is one recommendation likely to come from a committee studying school facility needs.

Property transfers
Linda R. Marcade nka Linda R. Phillips to Carole D. Brown, 4524 Plantation Road, Martinez,$79,000

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 44 years ago, Nov. 21, 1957

Columbia newsmakers
Several pupils at Riverside Elementary School recently collected more than $2,300 to be sent to the American Red Cross and the United Fund for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. A second-grade class also collected $1 from each pupil to be sent to the children in Afghanistan.

'Equity' means 'adios'
Lets get all this out of the way:

Sign-snatchers like 'humps'
Somewhere in Columbia County there are likely eight teen-agers bedrooms adorned with road signs bearing messages that, given the right prompting, are downright suggestive.

To eternity and beyond
Before Abraham was, I am.

Pack's Black is back
A familiar figure will be walking the sidelines at the Greenbrier High School gymnasium during the basketball season.

On the dotted line
College athletic programs make it a point to find talented high school seniors. Last week, three Division I colleges tapped into Columbia County's prep pipeline during the NCAA's early signing period.

Richey, Richie lead Lakeside court
The Richie & Richey show debuted last week at the Lakeside High School gymnasium.

Evans' girls gear up for basketball season
The Evans High School girls basketball team tips off its season at Tuesday's home game against Harlem High School, but the Lady Knights couldn't wait for the opening whistle.

High school girls' basketball looks strong this year
It's again time to follow the bouncing ball, as the prep hoops season has arrived.

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