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Door will always be open to District 79 voters
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the voters of Columbia Countys 79th Georgia House District for electing me as their new representative.

County fails to police its work-site violations
Who is accountable in Columbia County?

After 'skinning' by contractor, licensing needed
I agree with the Oct. 30 editorial regarding the need for licensing of homebuilders. The News-Times opinion could not have been more timely with regards to my current opinion but too little too late to help my situation.

Sunday races OK'd at track
W.O. "Catfish" Reese just wanted a few months - until the start of the 2003 racing season.

Cook-off, Vietnam wall will mark Veterans Day
Professional and amateur barbecue grillers will face off in two classifications at the Veteran's Day Bar-B-Que Cookoff this weekend at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road.

Panel again denies construction plan
Columbia County planning commissioners disapproved a plan to build a professional complex and storage units on property in Evans.

Justice center floods
Columbia County's new Justice Center was baptized Monday morning when a sprinkler head broke and drenched much of the first floor.

Bikers get rolling for charity
Motorcycle enthusiasts turned out by the dozens to a Street and Trail-sponsored bike ride last Saturday to show their support of their pastime and to help hospitalized children.

Tomorrow's leaders
Augusta Christian Schools senior Courtney Holland would like to be a television news anchor, and Columbia County's Youth Leadership Program is putting her on the right path.

For those who served
Photos from local Veterans Day observances

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

North Harlem Elementary honor roll
The following pupils at North Harlem Elementary have been named to the A honor roll:

Blue Ridge Elementary School honor roll
The following pupils at Blue Ridge Elementary School have been named to the A honor roll for the first nine weeks:

Evans Elementary School honor roll
The following pupils at Evans Elementary School have been named to the A honor roll for the first nine weeks:

Bel Air Elementary honor roll
The following pupils at Bel Air Elementary have been named to the honor roll:

Colorful costumes
Readers of The Columbia County News-Times show us how they and their families dressed up for Halloween

Get up and go
Brookwood Elementary School in Columbia County will be performing its 13th annual production of The Nutcracker in December.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 72 years ago on Thursday, Nov. 13, 1930.

In Oct. 27 editions of The Columbia County News-Times, a listing of 2003 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists from Evans High School, Kane Bonnette's name was misspelled.

Greenbrier Middle School honor roll
The following students at Greenbrier Middle School have been named to the A honor roll for the first nine weeks:

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Current events
Columbia County's Veteran's Day Bar-B-Que Cookoff will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Switch means a fairer fight
It was a move that took a tremendous amount of courage, coming only after long, agonizing study. Dismayed at the actions of a Democratic Party that had abandoned him, the powerful Georgia state senator switched over to the Republicans.

Vietnam vets saluted in wall visit
It was 20 years ago this week that Maya Lins controversial Vietnam Memorial opened on the mall in Washington, D.C., its black-granite walls displaying the names of more than 58,000 people killed in the Vietnam War - listed, as the inscription notes, in the order they were taken from us.

Winning, and losing
The victors are ecstatic; the losers languish in depression, anger, and shock - or skepticism that those who were elected to public office last week will deliver on the mandate they received.

Kindergarten lessons still apply
Now that all the hoopla is pretty much done with for the moment, (well, except for the stand-off between Bob and Ed, which is currently traveling at ludicrous speed), Im moved to share a few thoughts I had while the most recent political contests were raging on these past several months.

Lakeside needs to beat Burke to avoid winless campaign
Columbia County's public high school teams are finishing off the 2002 campaign this week, so we'll wrap up the prep picks for the season.

Area teams make track at state meet
The Harlem boys cross country team, and the Greenbrier boys and girls squads, finished solid 2002 seasons last weekend at the state cross-country championships.

Double teamed
Augusta Preparatory Day School's Kevin Furtado is giving the term "full-court press" a whole new meaning.

Football season winds down for area schools
There was bad luck on the high school football front last week in Columbia County, with one notable exception.

Athlete Spotlight: C.J. Wiltz
Evans High School football coach Lee Chomskis refers to C.J. Wiltz as a "gentle giant."

Sports briefs
The high school basketball season in Columbia County starts today, as squads from Harlem and Greenbrier compete in the Harlem Tip-off Tournament.


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