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No playing favorites in race for District 4 Commission vacancy
My purpose for seeking a seat on the Columbia County Board of Commis-sioners, representing District 4, is to represent the constituents who live in this vast district. According to News-Times publisher Barry Paschal, I lost in my first political attempt for a seat on the county Board of Education (column, Oct. 8). However, this loss can be equated to the expression of losing the battle but winning the war.

Fall break approaches for county's pupils
After the first 50 days of school, teachers and pupils will get a long fall break, courtesy of a calendar developed by a committee of teachers last year.

Museum landscaping honored
More than 30,000 people helped celebrate Harlem's Oliver Hardy Festival last weekend. The Laurel & Hardy Museum surely had many visitors, and Harlem City Clerk Jean Dove says the landscaping of the museum's yard offered a colorful welcome.

Two enter race for Grovetown council
Two Grovetown men will run for the city council seat vacated by George James, who resigned Sept. 29 to run for the District 4 County Commission seat.

Lunchroom manager stays busy, happy
After careers as an Army food-service specialist and a veterinary assistant, Kathryn Redden never dreamed of working in a school lunchroom.

Top pupil also has horse sense
Jasmine Streeter fell in love with ponies when she lived in California. On a family trip to the fair, Jasmine, who wasn't even a year old, wouldn't get off a Shetland pony named Stormy, and her parents ended up paying for the ride five times.

Local students compete for merit scholarship
Nine Columbia County high-school students were among the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 49th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Groups argue future of unfinished park
An unfinished park is at the center of a potential tug-of-war between the Columbia County Recreation Department and the Family Y.

Residents oppose sludge plan
More wastewater sludge should not be applied on Jefferson County land, speakers said at a meeting Monday night at the courthouse in Louisville.

Chamber honors builder
As Columbia County has grown in recent years, Jake Ivey has stood the at the front gate and watched the people come in droves.

Candidates stump in two county races
Some Columbia County voters will head to the polls next month to fill vacant political seats.

Five compete for commissioner seat in Nov. 4 election
With less than a month until election day, the winner in the race for the Columbia County Board of Commissioners open seat will be the person who can galvanize support the quickest.

County votes on golf-course project
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday took a step forward toward the construction of a long-discussed public golf course off Columbia Road.

Presbyterian sanctuary
Participating in the recent Westminster Presbyterian Church ground-breaking for a new sanctuary are Max Knight (from left), project manager; Richard Hinman, architect; Mike Brown, assistant pastor; Ray Helwin, building committee co-chairman; Bob Lowe, building committee co-chairman; Larry Gilpin, pastor; and Steve Clifton, contractor.

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

School councils
Blue Ridge Elementary: The council will meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the media center and on the following dates: Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 16, April 20 and May 18. For more information, call principal Joyce G. Long at 868-0894.

Columbia county newsmakers
Samuel A. Matta has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) National Advanced Leadership Camp at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

On vacation
To celebrate their graduation, Evans High School students Lauren Ringel (from left), Anna Harris, Andrea Potocik, Rachel Haymans, Virginia Anne Strong and Lauren Potocik took a cruise to the Bahamas in May.

Property tansfers
Patricia J. Causey to Christopher and Marina Daneault, 340 Church St., $53,000.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus for National School Lunch Week

Time capsule
As reported 43 years ago in The Columbia News, Oct. 13, 1960:

Miss Harlem High
Contestants applaud after Mandy Hair is crowned Miss Harlem High School in the schools Sept. 27 pageant.

Get up and go
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church Ushers Ministry will celebrate its 71st anniversary today at the 10:45 a.m. service. The speaker will be minister Marie Dent. The church, at 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, also will celebrate Family and Friends Day on Oct. 19 at the 10:45 a.m. service.

Octoberfest fun for young and old
Alicia Leonard, the youngest member of American Legion Post 192 Junior Auxiliary and her aunt, Evans High School student Shannon Beach also a Junior Auxiliary member enjoy the Legions Octoberfest last Tuesday.

Getting wild about school lunch
National School Lunch Week is October 13-17, 2003, and that means it is time to get Wild About School Lunch.

... And help keep agency menus filled
It was good news last week when Augusta commissioners put on hold a plan for reworking the funding formula for local charities. The plan would have taken the same amount of federal grant money and spread it thinner - hurting some essential agencies.

Check out the menu at schools...
National School Lunch Week is this week. Its a great time to sit down with your kids and have some chicken rings and potato cruisers.

Complain now, avoid the rush
What a week. Seven would-be politicians jumping into races from which only two can emerge winners, thus guaranteeing that at least five people will be disappointed Nov. 5.

Erosion in the church
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers authorities powers of this dark world, and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Gymnastics coach flips over honor from alma mater
There's some serious training going on at Hayden's International Gymnastics Academy in Evans, but gym co-owner Dan Hayden occasionally likes to lighten things up.

Evans Middle wants perfect end to football season
There won't be a mythical middle-school championship game for Columbia County's football squads this year, but one team is poised to claim local bragging rights when the campaign concludes.

Sports briefs
The Lakeside Panthers Athletic Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lakeside High School. All members are encouraged to attend.

Some teams make grade better than others at midseason
High School success is all about making the grade, and that also applies to squads competing on the prep gridiron.

High school sports schedule
Monday Cross Country: Region 4-AAA meet at Augusta Prep, 4 p.m.

Realignment plan would hit Harlem hard
Change is on the horizon for Harlem High School, and that's not good news for Jimmie Lewis.


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