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NAACP, 'politically correct' crowd lie about flag
The Confederate battle flag was carried by soldiers of sovereign Southern states fighting for their independence from a tyrannical federal government that demanded the Southern states remain part of its union. The Confed-erate battle flag stands for states' rights and a limited federal government. It its purist terms, it stands for Southern independence.

Harlem High students do receive SAT prep time
I would like to take this opportunity to clarity the misinformation provided to your readers by M.A. Hogue in her Oct. 16 letter, "Harlem High shut out of preparation for SAT?"

New figures show fewer deer collisions
It's all in the numbers - but don't tell the deer. Columbia County, historically ranked among the top five counties in Georgia for deer-vehicle accidents, barely ranks at all under the Department of Natural Resources' system for calculating whitetail collisions.

Auction helps fill county coffers
When the dust settled and the checks had been written Saturday, Columbia County had pulled in more than $100,000 from a surplus vehicle auction.

Area death - William L. Brunkow
Funeral services will be held today for William L. Brunkow, 67, beloved husband of Rosalyn Brunkow, of Richmond Hill Road, Augusta. Mr. Brunkow was entered into rest Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002.

Religious absences OK'd
Columbia County pupils who miss a couple of days of class because of religious obligations won't be penalized when it comes to exam time.

Evans oboist will play with Air Force ensemble
An Evans High School senior will be playing her oboe with the seasoned professional musicians of the woodwind quintet Rampart Winds.

Heavy turnout
Voter turnout was heavy early Tuesday morning as voters cast ballots at Marvin United Methodist Church.

The Columbia County Humane Society is holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Evans government complex auditorium on Ronald Reagan Drive.

Augusta Christian throws fall festival
Alligators, moonwalks and car washes were just a few of the treats at Augusta Christian Schools' Fall Festival last Saturday.

'Spooky' charity drive is so successful, it's scary
It keeps getting bigger and bigger. At the official weigh-in Friday, Evelyn Browne, founder and organizer of It's Spooky to be Hungry, announced that the event gathered 46,230 pounds of food and raised $24,280 in donations for Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Emergency officials evaluate disaster drill
Emergency workers who simulated a nuclear-waste accident in Columbia County last month learned what they did right and what they could have done better.

Weekend event pairs pets and owners
Tiny's family moved to Columbia County from out of state and had no room for her. So her owners turned Tiny in to Columbia County Animal Care and Control in hopes of finding her a new home.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus.

Thomson gears up for Christmas
The Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce is busy making plans for Christmas in Thomson.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 17 years ago on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1984.

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

Political taint not inevitable
Did you ever wonder about how the nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes stuff of elections works?

'Bluephoria' after vote
It's over. Except for a run-off or two, and the hauling away of 3,240,000 signs - and that's just in Columbia County - the mid-term election of 2002 is history. Today, whatever minority percentage of registered voters went to the polls yesterday will likely be as bipolar about the outcome as they were about the election in the first place. Following a two-year, nip-and-tuck balance between the two major political parties across the country, I have never felt the intensity of a political season like this one.

Winners in different 'campaign'
Political pundits across the area - indeed, around the country - are calling this year's elections some of the nastiest, most negative ever. That's the same thing the punditry says every year. It's not that our memories are short; it's just that the tone of our political process just seems to keep getting meaner.

Prep teams seek relief at home this week
Judging by the high school football results from last week, Columbia County's prep squads might agree that there's no place like home.

Athlete Spotlight: Lakeside High School - Bailey Mahoney; and Greenbrier High School - Miguel Mota
Athlete Spotlight: Lakeside High School - Bailey Mahoney; and, Greenbrier High School - Miguel Mota.

Panthers prowl for first victory
A.B.'s High School Football Picks

Swainsboro has overcome start
Going into the season, Swainsboro coach Shane Williamson knew his inexperienced team would have a tough time in its non-region schedule.

Augusta Christian wins region, roars into playoffs
The Augusta Christian School football team already had Pride Valley.

Sports briefs
The Evans High Athletic Booster Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the school media center. All interested parties are invited.


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