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County officials "ignored data on animal incinerators efficiency
I was disappointed in Barry Paschals characterization of my comments to the press and to the Columbia County Commissioners (column, Sept. 14).

Fund-raising pupils came ready to rock
Band members from Harlem and Grovetown rocked all night - or at least until they fell asleep.

Training mixes fire and water
Standing bodies of water pose real threats to firefighters, who respond to almost all of their calls wearing up to 67 pounds of protective gear.

County workers set yard sale to raise funds for United Way
To raise money for the United Way, the Columbia County government is sponsoring a yard sale Saturday morning.

Winning pays off for Harlem
While Harlem Mayor Scott Dean basks in the recognition of getting the highest number of businesses to join the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, his city wins the prize.

Expanded feed store wants a second look
Donnie Brown recently went to a lot of trouble adding on to his feed and seed store. Too bad most people have a hard time seeing the improvements.

Volunteers will clean up canal
Augusta Canal users now have the chance to clean up after themselves.

Harlem Fire Department gets new pump truck
After more than a year of waiting, Harlem firefighters have a new pumper truck.

Artwork engrosses retiree inside and out
Nature often is beautiful on its own, but Dorland "Doc" Campbell can't resist adding something else.

Teacher of the Year
Columbia County Superintendent Tommy Price presents Valery Dinkins with the Columbia County Teacher of the Year award for 2003 at West Lake Country Club.

Get up and go
Suggestions are being sought for projects to be funded in the next round of Columbia County's one-cent sales tax. A series of hearings continues at 7 p.m. today at Eubank Blanchard Community Center and 7 p.m. Thursday at Bessie Thomas Community Center.

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

Time capsule
As reported 63 years ago in The Columbia News, Sept. 26, 1940:

Get well soon
Hanna Watson, a Greenbrier High School sophomore, signs a giant card before the Greenbrier-Lakeside varsity football game Friday.

Coming home
Safely home from the war in Iraq, U.S. Army Capt. Daniel Perugini removes a yellow bow from the front door of the Marshall Family Y, where he used to work.

HOPE could become a strange cycle
Georgia officials, commenting on a poll that shows support for restrictions on the popular HOPE scholarship, note that changes in the program are needed because demand for the scholarships keep rising, while revenue from lottery players falls.

Fight over fee swaps check
A strange public fight is going on between the Columbia County Commission and the School Board.

Congratulations to a great competitor
Andrea Bailey was just a sophomore at Evans High School when Miss Georgia

Keeping pace with our language
We have made thee with freedom of choice so thou mayest fashion thyself in whatever shape thou shalt prefer.

Athlete spotlight: Jimmy Johnson, Tosin Fawibe, Carl Burrow and Philip Sadler
When asked if he's surprised by the production of his backfield so far this season, Lakeside High School football coach Randy Hill provides an honest reply.

Lakeside climbs over Greenbrier, rises to 3-0
The rushing statistics are impressive, the long plays from scrimmage are spectacular, and the unbeaten record is evidence of the offensive fireworks display.

Region scheduling appears short on parity
Sports events are based on the premise that teams compete on a level playing field, an athletic fairness doctrine of sorts.

Pigskin Picks
Week 4 Winners

Panthers become season surprise
Before we begin this week's high-school football picks, I first must congratulate the Lakeside Panthers. I don't think anyone expected Lakeside to be 3-0 at this point, but that just goes to show you great things can happen when a team works hard, prepares, and most importantly, believes in itself.

Young athletes turn out for Punt, Pass & Kick
More than 20 young football players and fans turned out Saturday for the annual NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Blanchard Park.

Lions, Dogs win; Knights fall again
The Augusta Christian Schools football team and the Harlem High School squad are coming off wins last week, but each have different agendas this Friday night.

Racing results
CSRA International Speedway

Some fish story
Retired Army Col. Quin Herlik of Martinez landed a 250-pound halibut after a one-hour, 40-minute fight. He was fishing 60 miles west of Juneau, Alaska. He also caught a 35-pound king salmon and several silver salmon.


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