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County should follow lead of zoning board, reject rezoning
I want to extend my thanks and deep appreciation to the Columbia County Planning Commission for listening to homeowners at the Oct. 2 and 16 meetings.

'Diversified experience' boosts Anderson
Voters want progressive leadership for District 4 and must elect a person who understands the needs of the community. Lee Anderson is the only choice. Anderson is the only candidate with the diversified experience of being a farmer, business-owner and elected county official.

Anderson's background, business experience merit his election
Lee Andersons record on the Columbia County Board of Education is evidence that he is committed to making Columbia County a premier community.

Jones would be a 'much-needed voice for change' in District 4
I would like to thank Barry Paschal for his Oct. 29 column, column Family Fights are for Losers.

Top scholar nurtures love for the theater
Gloria Dossett described her former student Patrick Johnson "as individual as they get."

Candidates in two races air opinions on issues
They've only had a month to campaign, and the five candidates hoping to be the next Columbia County commissioner made two last-ditch efforts to appeal to voters at candidate forums last week.

Ribbon-cutting officially opens county fair
Two-year-old Kenneth Lucas grinned as Chrystal the monkey climbed on his head. And that was only in his first five minutes at the Columbia County Fair, which opened Thursday.

Parade of Homes features new subdivision showpieces
Five homes from Columbia County's new Tudor Branch subdivision are showcased in The Builders Association of Metro Augusta's 2003 Parade of Homes, which ends today at 6 p.m.

Undelivered IRS checks await some residents
The Internal Revenue Service has released a list of names whose refund and child tax credit checks were returned to the agency as undeliverable, typically because people have moved but not reported their address change to the IRS or the U.S. Postal Service.

Polls open Tuesday for pair of elections
The polls will open Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. for an unexpected special election in Columbia County.

Fair act revs up performers, audiences
"Reckless" Rene Regimbal is amazing Columbia County fairgoers by speeding his motorcycle up to 55 mph inside a 24-foot-diameter Wall of Death.

Pupils at two schools learn about careers
Two local schools invited guest speakers last week to encourage pupils to think outside the box - and the classroom.

Pupils vow to stamp out substance abuse
It may be the only time school officials ask pupils to tie one on.

Police blotter
In two separate cases, Susanne White and Chad Muns entered not-guilty pleas during arraignment hearings Tuesday in a Columbia County court.

Weighing in
Rita McDonald, the Columbia County School Food Services Association president (right), drops off 453 pounds of food to Laurie Harmon, volunteer and food drive events coordinator for Golden Harvest Food Bank.

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

Get up and go
Did you take pictures of your children dressed up for Halloween? Send us a copy, and we'll publish them in an upcoming issue of The Columbia County News-Times. But hurry - the deadline is Friday.

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

Showing her colors
Madeline Key, 5, gets her face painted by Deborah Gates during the Riverwatch Community Church Fall Children's Festival on Oct. 25. The festival's activities also included games, candy and prizes.

All dressed up
Winners of Wal-Mart's senior-citizen costume contest

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

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

Property transfers
H.S. Homebuilders Inc. to Jennifer J. Kuhlke, 265 Stonington Drive, $185,000.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Elect George James in District 4
Columbia Countys District 4 has the largest land area of any of the countys four Commission districts. All districts have the same number of residents - about 22,000 - but District 4 covers an area that would hold dozens of districts the size the tightly packed districts of Martinez.

The horror: Dems agree
It was the night before Halloween, so you could forgive them for being frightened.

Why we endorse
It is this newspapers policy to evaluate local candidates for office and offer to our readers the benefit of our careful study and consideration by voicing our opinions on those candidates.

Another reformation
Generations will reap what we sow.

Decision due on Evans rezoning
Voters in Columbia Countys District 4 have a very important decision Tuesday as they choose between five candidates for their vacant County Commission seat.

Father running to help daughter
Many participants in the annual New York marathon Nov. 2 will be out to prove something to themselves, but for Tom Jones, this is the least of his reasons for running.

Greenbrier memorial would honor beloved teens
It's hard to believe it has been nearly seven months since the tragic automobile accident that claimed the lives of Greenbrier High School golfers Daniel Hall and Shane Williams.

Jones creek reopens with a new look
Area golfers who have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of Jones Creek Golf Club don't have to wait much longer - and when they see the newly renovated layout in Evans, they'd better hold on to their hats.

Sports briefs
The Three-point Shootout event is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson Family Y on Wheeler Road. Registration runs through Thursday, and can be done at The Family Y, 3570 Wheeler Road, or on-line at www.thefamilyy.org. The Shootout is for ages 13 and older, and the cost is $5. The top three finishers per category receive trophies. For more information call Kenya Berry at 733-1030.

Realigned regions favor 2-AAAA schools
Columbia County's four public high schools finally know their athletic future, because the Georgia High School Association region realignments for the 2004-06 seasons are now set.

All-star pitch
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain Sr., the last professional baseball player to ever win 30 games in a single season, signs an autograph for Melissa Cohrs at the recent grand opening of Affinity Flooring in Martinez.

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