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Ezell's 'hard work, vision' will boost schools
I, like many of you, have been concerned about the direction of our educational system for some time. I firmly believe the fix to this problem will be found in the people we elect to our local school boards.

Comparing Walker to fry cook insults fry cooks
In his Oct. 30 column, Unsure voters decide races, Barry Paschal maligns McDonalds workers everywhere with his comment that Charles Chump Walker Jr. could only hold a job as a McDonalds fry cook.

Fleming will make 'an excellent state lawmaker'
Its been my privilege to serve the people of Columbia County as a commissioner and often Commission chairman for the past eight years. We have wonderful citizens in Columbia County, and working with them has been a pleasure.

Voters can be 'confident' of Fleming's abilities
Predicting the ability of an elected official to represent his constituency is sometimes no more reliable than a roll of the dice. However, there are some individuals who show their leadership potential even before they take office. Barry Fleming is one such individual.

Getting respect means giving it to all cultures
In 1 Peter 2:17 it says, Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king.

Let politicians know: Vets need disability funds
Military retirees had the support of the Senate and the House in their quest to receive Veterans Administration compensation for injuries, but its not to be. Seems they left to politic for re-election, and left us twisting in the wind.

Voters should keep non-taxpayers from office
When Georgia voters go to the polls on Tuesday, we will be able to decide a number of constitutional amendments on the ballot. As a matter of fact, we will be presented with six proposed constitutional changes. Many people will know very little about the changes to the Georgia Constitution. Voting while uninformed is a mistake. We are all busy, but I encourage everyone not to skip past these six questions.

Trustee hopeful has 'energy, leadership, integrity'
Columbia County Schools are known for quality education. This is because of the leadership involved .

House hopefuls spar over flag, abortion rights
You don't find many people in Columbia County like Terry Holley: He's a Democrat, after all.

Hopefuls aim for changes
There's one thing all five candidates in Harlem have in common: they all get ornery when they talk about consolidation.

Singing America
Kendyl Pennington performs a tap dance during her class' production of "Brookwood Sings America."

Cancer survivor uses experience in business
When Laverne Mock opened MoNel's Foundations more than 20 years ago, she never imagined being a customer of her own business.

Man's best friend flies through competition
Robert Van Hoy, of Martinez, placed 13th in the 2002 Georgia State Frisbee Dog Championships on Oct. 19, in Cartersville.

County readies for Christmas celebration
Christmas in America needs your help.

More doctors offices bring choices
Some people are referring to the ever-growing number of doctor offices on one stretch of road in Evans as the "Evans Medical Mile."

Pumpkin search
Taylor Pender, 7, swings on a rope with a broom attached during her Search-for-the-Great-Pumpkin Physical Education class at Martinez Elementary.

Lunch focus on chamber's future events
From dog pounds to downtown, Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce officials met with a small group of local businessmen to discuss community issues and upcoming chamber events.

Sample ballot
General Election - Columbia County, GA November 5, 2002

Senate candidates see different sides
Anna Hargis and Joey Brush are on different ends of the political spectrum.

Recreation center taking names for Hall of Fame
Good deeds may soon be rewarded for supporters of Columbia County athletics.

GOP hopefulls speak out at county forum
If there's going to be a Republican revolution in Georgia, Columbia County is going to be one of the counties leading the push.

Campaign resembles '98 ballot
Incumbent Mildred Blackburn said her experience as an educator and board member give her the qualifications for the job.

Harlem library will close to finish up renovations
Beginning Saturday, Harlem residents willhave to travel to visit a library.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 34 years ago on Thursday, November 7, 1968.

Columbia County Newsmakers
Patrick G. Blanchard, of Augusta, was recently elected chairman of the board of the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation, a charitable entity supporting the development of future business leaders through scholarships and educational grants for undergraduate business students.

Property transfers
Annette Smith Roberts to Gurjit S. Jalli, 127 Prince Drive, $85,000

Get up and go
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.

Re-elect Blackburn to School Board
It has long been this newspapers policy to recommend the re-election of incumbent candidates when they have lived up to their promises. Based on this philosophy, we recommend the re-election of Mildred Blackburn as the District 4 trustee on the Columbia County Board of Education.

Walker chafes at Hall's help
Finding himself in the unfamiliar position of fighting for his political career, Charles Walker Sr. is spending huge amounts of his million-dollar war chest on direct mail pieces accusing his opponent, Randy Hall, of directing business to Columbia County.

Re-elect Joey Brush to state Senate
Two years ago, this newspaper recommended the re-election of state Sen. Joey Brush to the 24th District seat. At that time, Brush was weathering a series of public embarrassments, from intemperate public comments to a rash of traffic citations. Aside from these incidents, however, Brush had proven to be an attentive, capable public servant, and deserved both re-election and a chance to demonstrate progress toward political maturity.

Vote Tuesday to make a difference
Out of the more than 55,000 registered voters in Columbia County, little more than a third are expected to cast ballots Tuesday in the 2002 General Election.

Barry Fleming for House District 79
Most Columbia County citizens probably took little notice this year of the wrangling over reapproval of funding formulas for the local option sales tax, or LOST.

Weekly bowling scores
Listed by high game and series

Augusta Prep has season of success
If you're wondering why there are so smiling faces on the campus of Augusta Preparatory Day School lately, the school's coaches and student-athletes would gladly offer an explanation.

Signs of pride
Some Columbia County high school football players have let success go to their heads - or more specifically, to their helmets.

Sports briefs
TST Soccer will sponsor and Indoor Soccer Camp from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Patriots Park Facility. The cost is $40 and includes instruction, TST water bottle and tons of fun. Campers need to bring a sack lunch, indoor/court shoes, shin guards and a ball. For more information or to register online, go to the camps section at, or contact TST at 294-5033.

Colleges keep eye on area's football players
Last week I took a look at the college recruitment of Evans High School football player Steven Rogers.


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