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Comments about Civil War used 'distortions'
I support efforts for a monument to Columbia Countians who fought for the Confederacy, because I honor and respect those who fought on both sides of the Civil War. But the Oct. 6 letter by David Butler, the commander of the Evans branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, is a remarkable exercise in historical distortion. Butler rightly believes that history books often omit many pertinent facts about the era, but he does the same thing to suit his own agenda.

Harlem High shut out of preparation for PSAT?
It has come to my attention that PSATs are being given at Harlem High School this week. I understand after-school classes were offered to prepare students for the PSAT. These classes started in early September. Many students, including those preparing for college, were not aware that these classes were offered until the first week of October.

Dirty work pays off in clean-up
John Graham demonstrated litter pick-up techniques and equipment to a group of volunteers before sending them on Columbia County roads to pick up litter as part of the county's first Clean-Up Day.

Man faces life term in fatal stabbing
It started a with an accident and fight along Interstate 20.

Concerned citizens petition for new youth center
The Concerned Citizens of Columbia County held an open monthly meeting last week to discuss a petition for a proposed youth center to be added to the Eubank-Blanchard Community Center.

Lakeside High students rally for teacher ill with cancer
Lakeside High School has planned several fund-raisers to help a beloved teacher who is fighting breast cancer.

Children use their heads for fund-raiser
Stevens Creek Elementary School third-grader Jennifer Granade didn't just give a dollar to wear her blue floppy straw had to school Thursday. She gave $30.75 - money she'd collected going door to door asking her neighbors for donations to help a child in need.

Winners not always big spenders
Ron Cross had the biggest war chest and won the war.

Lakeside grad becoming seasoned campaigner
"I've never worked for someone I don't believe in," said John Walraven, the 28-year-old Columbia County native.

Group expects bigger art festival
Columbia County's fourth annual New Horizons Art Festival is still in planning and organizing stages, but likely will bebigger than ever.

Hot time in Evans
Henry Brown spent a lot of time with Frito on Saturday.

Riverside Middle wins national honor
Most school have two flags flying out front.

A weekend of family fun
Events in Columbia COunty kept families busy recently.

Volunteers sought for annual 'Make A Difference Day' effort
It's a single day to make a big impact, the 12th Make A Difference Day sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine and its 600 carrier newspapers, including The Augusta Chronicle.

Supreme Court justice to speak
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the keynote speaker at the November dedication of Columbia County's new Justice Center and Courthouse Annex.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus.

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

Current events
Celebrate National School Lunches Week with some of Columbia County's best cooks.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 34 years ago on Thursday, October 17, 1968.

Seminar will discuss healing's spiritual side
In connection with University Heath Care System's October Breast Health Events, the Rev. Alan Faulkner will be giving a presentation called The Spiritual Side of Survival on Thursday.

Taking it personally
"The faces of evil come in every color. We must be prepared for all possibilities, not just the ones that play to ... preconceived notions." - Columnist Michelle Malkin

HOPE, health safe & scared
Maybe it's the rigors of the campaign season. Maybe it's the flood of messages from candidates. Maybe it's because I'm like a vegetarian who despises vegetables: I'm a political observer who detests politics.

Head to Harlem for frill-free politics
Tired of all the big-money politicians trying to scare everyone to death? Maybe it's time for a dose of what real politics - on your street, in your community - is all about.

Teams get pre-Halloween scare
Halloween arrived early for Columbia County's public high school football teams, as last week's prep pigskin action could be summed up in two words: the horror.

Evans should get a second victory
As is often the case when a prep football player moves on to a small-college program, former Greenbrier High School standout Will Caywood seems to be a forgotten man.

Athlete Spotlight: Ashwin Rajendra and Abby Alexander
When Augusta Preparatory Day School's Ashwin Rajendra and Abby Alexander step to the starting line for a cross country meet, they aren't just running to beat the clock and their competitors.

Soccer schedule
Weekend Soccer Schedule at Patriots Park.

Prep, Augusta Christian meet
When Augusta Preparatory Day School's Ashwin Rajendra and Abby Alexander step to the starting line for a cross country meet, they aren't just running to beat the clock and their competitors.

New youth athletic league teaches Christian values
The nationwide Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Program has come to the Augusta area through the efforts of Abilene Baptist Church and Warren Baptist Church.

County may get disc golf headquarters
Columbia County is edging closer to becoming an international destination for disc golf.

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