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Cleanup is every day, not just at Saturday event
The Clean and Beautiful Program of Columbia County is grateful for the publicity provided for the countys Challenge and Celebration drive that began Sept. 1 and will culminate this Saturday, Oct. 12.

Fathers aren't given enough rights in divorce
Re Gene Rickabys letter of Sept. 25, Judge Allgoods court needs more observers:

'Intolerance' demonstrated in choice of words
You have to love the way people throw the word intolerant around, especially when it supports their own opinion. Frankly, Id rather hang out my stupidity (as Bill Quattlebaum called it in his letter, Sept. 29) for all to see than to fly a Confederate flag or support another Confederate monument, because so many people see those as some of the ultimate emblems of intolerance and hate.

Grocer adds gasoline to product line
Columbia County residents soon will have one more place to fuel up next week when the Kroger Fuel Station in Evans opens.

Girl rebounds from surgery to accept homecoming crown
It would have been hard to fit a crown on a photograph, but that's almost what happened Friday night when Emily Adair was named Lakeside High School's homecoming queen.

Columbia County teachers of the year
Bonnie Pierce has been teaching at Bel Air Elementary for the past 27 years. She holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

Bandmates pay tribute to teen who died in fire
Jay O'Brien, 16, had played the clarinet next to Holly Spivey since the sixth grade.

Fire officials stress message of safety, vigilance at home
It had been 10 years since the last person perished in residential fire in the Martinez-Evans area.

Emergency offical brings experience, enthusiasm
Rusty Welsh has listened to emergency services scanners since he was 12.

Pupils' pajama game helps animal shelter
In her pink piglet slippers and purple plaid pajama pants, Lakeside Middle School eighth grader Olivia Davis looked more like she was ready to go to bed than to school.

Daylong festival filled with fun events
Leo and Marilyn Malinowski drove all the way from their home in Naples, Fla., to attend Harlem's 14th annual Oliver Hardy Festival by invitation of Oliver Hardy himself.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus.

Columbia County newsmakers
Retired Augusta schoolteacher Naomi Williams has been named the 2002 winner of Harbor House publishers' Golden Eye Literary Award for her novel, Two Rivers, a compelling coming-of-age saga set in the Carolina Low Country at the turn of the 20th century.

Get up and go
Hollywood 2002, Evans Elementary School's annual fundraising carnival, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school at 628 Gibbs Rd.

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 24 years ago on Wednesday, October 4, 1978.

Getting right, getting help
It's time to follow up on some items in recent columns. And because confession is good for the soul, this also presents an opportunity to offer corrections for some stuff that didn' really hit the mark.

Not quite by the book, but fun
If you've read the book, you may have trouble - excuse the pun - swallowing the new "Veggie Tales" movie about the Biblical story of Jonah and his temporary stay inside the belly of a big fish or, if you dont mind being theologically incorrect, whale. But if you're looking for 90 minutes of great entertainment for all ages, grab a child - or a grandchild, as I did - and hurry to the theater before this fish gets away.

Right choice for schools
One of the more important races in Georgia this year is the one for state school superintendent. Georgians have consistently ranked education as one of their greatest concerns, and with good reason. Gov. Roy Barnes education reform has brought nothing but greater confusion and bureaucracy to our school systems, and has led to our SAT scores dropping to 50th in the nation.

Fire Fest: Fun with a serious side
In an ordinary year, Fire Fest would be more "fest" than "fire," providing a fun-filled day for kids and adults alike.

Athlete Spotlight: Greenbrier High School softball players Kristan Glover, Jeni Massingale and Ashlee LaFontaine
Playing behind the plate for the Greenbrier High School softball team can be sweaty assignment, but there's a saving grace for Lady Wolfpack catcher Ashlee LaFontaine.

Southern Allstars win tournament
The Southern Allstars recently won the 13-14 year old "End of Summer Bash" baseball tournament.

Swimmers compete in pentathlon
The Aiken-Augusta Swim League (ASL) held its annual Red, White & Blue Pentathlon on Sept. 28 at the USC-Aiken Natatorium.

Season's first victory will continue to elude Lakeside
The Knights lost a heartbreaker to Lithonia last week at Blanchard Stadium. This Friday the young Knights will try to get it right when they travel to Ellenwood, Ga. to take on a talented - but up and down - Cedar Grove team.

Prep runs away with track wins
Augusta Preparatory Day School's cross country teams stole the show Saturday at the APDS homecoming festivities.

Losses dim playoff hopes
Columbia County's high school football teams don't deserve an "F" for their performances last week, but the outcomes certainly warrant a D - which stands for demoralizing.

Sports briefs
Saturday: U11 Boys United vs. Augusta Arsenal White, 11:30 a.m. Yellow Field; U13 Boys vs. GSA Phoenix Black, 1 p.m. Yellow Field; U14 Boys vs. DDY Dynamite Blue, 2:30 p.m. Yellow Field.

Ruling could return Evans to Augusta play
When Evans High School lobbied last year to have the Georgia High School Association adopt an isolation policy, the GHSA shot down the proposal that would have allowed Evans to move down one classification.


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