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Foreign language should be taught at early age
The Georgia Board of Education is being told what I knew in high school - foreign language is difficult to master when it is introduced to students in high school. High school foreign language typically has been chosen by those students in the college prep track because it is difficult to master.

Confederates' defense slanted to suit agenda
After reading David Butlers Oct. 6 letter, Marker to honor vets of countys biggest event, I decided to take up Butlers challenge to his readers. In his letter, Butler states, The Confederate States of America was a legitimate government that had in its constitution the first steps to abolish slavery completely. He even states that he has a copy of the constitution for anyone to see for themselves.

Expert stresses costume safety
As the mother of two boys, LaRue Pittman knows that boys have fewer Halloween costumes to choose from each year. As always, said Pittman, girls have a bigger selection of costumes, but generally tend to like the princess-type clothes.

Food drive founder wins national honor
The Golden Harvest Food Bank can add $11,000 to the It's Spooky to Be Hungry take this year.

Academic boosters HOWL at pep rally
The Pep Fest at Greenbrier High School on Thursday morning had all the energy and excitement of any game-day pep rally.

Art show winners
New Horizons Art Festival Juried Art Show Winners

Picture perfect
Artists and their admirers were out Saturdayat the Fourth Annual Columbia County New Horizons Art Festival, an event sponsored by Columbia County's Division of Community and Leisure Services.

Candidates speak out for Harlem
It became a common theme in Harlem on Thursday night: Beat up on Columbia County for often leaving the city out of county project lists and budgets.

Fleming leads field in campaign funds
With one more report to go before the Nov. 5 election, former Columbia County Board of CommissionersChairman Barry Fleming is sitting atop a high mountain.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 39 years ago on Thursday, Oct. 24, 1963.

Get up and go
Junior Girl Scout Troop 52 and area Daisy and Brownie troops are holding a canned food collection as their service unit project from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov 2, at Martinez United Methodist Church, 3614 Washington Road.

Current events
The Columbia County Merchants Association's annual Christmas Parade will be Dec. 1. Participants are being sought, and may contact Ruby Lane at 863-0785 for applications. The deadline for entries is Nov. 20.

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

Practice now for emergencies later
At any given time, all sorts of nasty stuff - from pesticides to industrial chemicals to volat

Sincerity wins 'Spooky' prize
Let me tell you about Evelyn Browne.

Georgia's early debates violent
We know not what they differ about, but they do violently differ.

Disc golf a great game for county
Columbia County has long been known for its prowess in baseball and its thriving soccer program at Patriots Park. And local girls have been dominant in fastpitch softball.

Experience important
It was my honor to serve as chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners in 2001 and again in 2002 until June of this year. At that time, I stepped down to qualify to run for the seat of Bill Jackson, our retiring current member of the Georgia House of Representatives representing Columbia County.

Sports briefs
Tackle football standings (week ending Oct. 12)

Top dogs
All eyes were on Amber Klein. But she never took her eyes off of the ball.

Athlete spotlight
Just like any successful athlete, Holly Gindlesperger sports all the necessary traits: strength and agility, poise under pressure, a desire to excel in competition.

Smothering defense preserves Evans win
Columbia County's high school football teams experienced a wide range of emotions last week.

Lakesides's first win this season could come against Butler
A.B.'s high school football picks

Prep, AC finish strong seasons
Squads from Augusta Christian School and Augusta Preparatory Day School competed in Georgia Independent Schools Association playoff action last week, and the Columbia County athletes finished their fall season with a flourish.


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