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Instead of helping, flu shots may contribute to future disease
They may be some information we all need to be aware of before we get flu shots or encourage others to have one.

'Hard-working drivers' will benefit from air-conditioned buses
Concerning Barry Paschals Oct. 15 column in The Columbia County News-Times:

Community bicycle path will be completed soon
Riders and joggers who use the county's bike path past Stevens Creek Elementary School might notice where the paved route stops in patches.

Women's workout center opens in Grovetown
Lori Ferguson and Carol McCarthy have two reasons for opening a Curves franchise in Grovetown: to help women get in shape and socialize.

Boy stays sharp on sharks
Chase Jones has made himself quite an expert on sharks. The 11-year-old dates his interest in the large fish to his preschool days when his teacher read the class a story about sea creatures.

Girl enjoys victory three times over at fair-exhibit contest
Quality time with the family resulted in prize-winning Columbia County Fair exhibits for one Appling teen.

County schedules clinics for flu shots
Evans Middle School will be the site of a flu-shot clinic Monday that Columbia County health officials hope will help prevent another outbreak like the one they saw last winter.

Teens share talent, passion for pottery
They have dreams of one day being doctors, scientists or dentists, but for now, Augusta Preparatory Day School seniors Will Bruker, John Henderson and Harley Nalley are fulfilling their dreams of being potters.

School councils
South Columbia Elementary: The council will meet Tuesday and on the following dates: Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 16, April 27, May 18, June 15 and July 20.

Get up and go
The Columbia County Republican Party is sponsoring three forums this week for candidates in the Nov. 4 District 4 race for Columbia County Commission.

Miss Columbia County Fair
Jessica Marie Callan, a 20-year-old junior at Georgia Southern University, was crowned Miss Columbia County Fair Queen Oct. 18 at the fair pageant held at Greenbrier High School.

Prints for pumpkins
Nicholas Ashmore, 5, of Augusta, signs his name on a pumpkin during the Columbia County Exchange Club event at Putt-Putt Golf and Games in Martinez Oct. 18. Children were given free pumpkins to paint and were fingerprinted for identification cards by the Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 63.

North Harlem Elementary School Honor Roll
The following pupils have been named to the first nine weeks A honor roll at North Harlem Elementary School:

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
The following pupils have been named to the first nine weeks honor roll at North Columbia Elementary School:

Property transfers
Park Ridge Builders Inc. to Michael Jones and Loretta Jones, 4708 Park Ridge Court, $192,900.

Columbia County newsmakers
Kane Duran Bonnette, a 2003 Evans High School graduate, has earned a National Merit Scholarship to attend Georgia Tech.

Columbia County Fall Fair exhibit winners
These are the exhibit winners for this year's Merchants Association of Columbia County Fall Fair:

Pink Ribbon Run
Maryetta Beck (running, from second from left), of Martinez, Suzi Higgins, of Evans, and Pat Rhodes, of Augusta, cross the finish line Saturday at Lake Olmstead during the Pink Ribbon Run.

Angela M. Schultz and Steven L. Schultz, Oct. 13.

We have to stand for something
Midway between Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany, in the smaller city of Worms, stands an impressive memorial to the 16th-century protestant reformer, Martin Luther.

Boosters must police selves, too
The good news in the missing-money scandal at Evans Middle School is that the nearly $1,700 believed to have been taken by the former booster club treasurer is being returned.

Almost time for extortion from ghosts and goblins
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.

Fair isn't only entertainment
The Columbia County Merchants Association Fair starts Thursday, with its biggest coup in years:

Wolfpack runs away with 3-AAAA cross country crown
A couple of buzzards were circling the sky Wednesday over the Brierpatch, which seemed fitting since Greenbrier High School's opponents were dead meat during the race for the Region 3-AAAA championship.

Lady Lions roar past competition to win state
After countless miles of running, the hours of preparation, the conditioning in the weight room, and a region title along the way, the season came down to one day for the Augusta Christian School girls cross country team.

Regions have a paucity of parity
Next year Evans, Greenbrier and Lakeside high schools will compete in the same region that's the good news.

Greenbrier reclaims volleyball title
Just like last year, Greenbrier High School volleyball player Rachel Cordier was misty-eyed after the Area 3-AAAA finals. But this time she was ready to shed tears of joy.


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