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Change smoke alarm batteries at end of Daylight Savings Time
This is a letter that can save lives in our community, Columbia County. Chief Paul D. Cooper Martinez Fire Department

Upcoming fall break provides welcome respite for area teachers
As a 33-year veteran of school teaching, I appreciate Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Prices consideration of his teachers' need for periodic breaks from our rigorous, long workdays.Dr. Craig Spinks Grovetown Middle School

Amusements' safety is a high concern
Rumors of riders plunging from Ferris wheels or derailed roller-coaster cars can take fairgoers' minds off cotton candy and amusement shows.

Fire Fest was hot and cool at the same time
Unlike most fall festivals focusing solely on fun, Fire Fest America 2003 came with a message - fire safety.

Festival will be just like old homes
The Middle Ages is the focus of the annual New Horizons Arts Festival that will be held Friday and Saturday by Columbia County Leisure Services and Columbia County Arts Inc.

Current events
More than $2,000 in prize money and ribbons will be given to youth and adult exhibitors at the Merchants Association of Columbia County Fall Fair in a contest sponsored by the Columbia County 4-H Club. The contest features many art, craft and canning categories. Items must be entered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 868-3413.

Exchange Club discontinues its fair
After a decade of setting up, the Columbia County Exchange Club Spring Fair won't happen next year.

Merchants Association readies for county fair
Thrilling rides, exciting games, vinegar-covered French fries and a daredevil shot from a 35-foot canon.

Haunted-house planners are out for blood
George Rickard added some finishing touches on the masterpiece Friday afternoon - a blood splatter here and a fake exit there.

Doctor gets surprise house call
An Evans woman woke up to an uninvited guest in her house early Thursday, and police think the culprit was a startled deer who bucked around the woman's living room before escaping.

Special events help children play it safer
As Children's Health Month is observed this month, Safe Kids of East Central Georgia is participating in community events to raise awareness of child safety.

Miss Georgia returns home for safety event
Miss Georgia Andrea Bailey came home to Evans for the first time since finishing in the top 15 of the Miss America pageant last month.

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

School system honors top bus drivers
Columbia County School System transportation workers were honored at a reception Friday at Dayspring Baptist Church.

Area briefs
The German Friendship Club will hold its 13th annual Octoberfest at Julian Smith Casino, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. German music, food and beverages will be featured.

School lunch menus
School lunch menus for the week.

Time capsule
As reported 44 years ago in The Columbia News, Oct. 15, 1959:

New medical office
John Allen, contractor; Dr. Robin Bohannon; Dr. William E. Barfield; Dr. J. Douglas Harmon; Dr. Alan B. Whitehouse; Dr. W. Andrew Wells; and Keith Lynn, office administrator, cut the ribbon during the grand-opening reception at Augusta Ear-Nose-Throat's new office at 340 Belair Road Thursday.

Halloween Regatta takes to the lake
Summer is over, but that hasn't stopped a group of sailing enthusiasts from taking to the waters of Thurmond Lake.

Happy October
The Edelweiss Dancers of the local German-American Friendship Club attended Saturday's Octoberfest celebration hosted by the Knights of Columbus and St. Teresa of Avila Church at the church's new property on columbia Road.

A pair of queens
Evans homecoming queen Chastity Hamilton is congratulated by the other candidates during the halftime ceremony Oct. 3 at Evans High School.

Make right decision on rezoning
The Columbia County Planning Commission two weeks ago postponed a decision on rezoning a piece of Evans property for a shopping center with a big grocery store. They can't duck an answer when the issue comes back Thursday night.

Stop whining, quit caving in
We are turning into a bunch of whiny wimps. Examples?

Sometimes you win
Back in the summer, when the Atlanta Braves were steamrolling their way toward such a record-breaking season that even the most pessimistic fan dared utter the words "Braves" and "World Series" in the same breath, I couldn't help worming the subject into a conversation with my Maryland friend.

Pigskin Picks
Here are the week 7 winners.

Rec football
Columbia County Recreation Department

New region means more road trips
Trick-or-treat arrived early this year, and Greenbrier, Lakeside and Evans high schools may have been left holding the bag.

Student makes scholarship semifinals
Christopher Smith of Greenbrier High School was among about 16,000 semifinalists in the 49th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Sports briefs
Augusta Junior Olympic Volleyball Club tryouts will be held Nov. 11 and 13 at The Family Y on Wheeler Road In Augusta.

Prep rides 10-win season to playoff
Augusta Preparatory Day School soccer coach Doug Williamson doesn't buy the analogy, but he certainly understands the comparison.

Ex-Panther makes his mark at Ferman
Before we look ahead and predict the winners and losers in this week's high-school football games, here's an update on a Columbia County product performing well on the collegiate level.

Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School - Adara Story
Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School - Adara Story.

Postseason picture gets sharper
Columbia County's high-school football teams made their move last week, but they aren't all going in a positive direction.


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