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Thanks to Greenbrier for help after deaths
In a time of tragedy, its comforting to have a hand extended to you. Such was the case Oct. 24, when the Burke County High School family experienced the loss of two of our own, Malynda Ashley Heath and Curtis Joseph Cain.

Greenbrier families share grief after Burk County High crash
This letter is for the family members and friends of the two kids who died in the recent Burke County car accident.

Fairgoers strong-arm their way in
Rides didn't bring Michael Walden to the Columbia County Fall Fair. Neither did games, food or exhibits that drew hundreds of other people during the weekend.

Grovetown plans community center
Grovetown is looking for an architect to design the city's newest community center.

Group hopes for big fair turnout
Two-year-old Kenneth Lucas grinned as Chrystal the monkey climbed on his head. And that was only his first five minutes at the Columbia County Fair.

Traffic study begins
By 2025, many of Columbia County's streets will be overwhelmed with traffic, according to a consulting firm working with the county.

Barbecue cook-off pays special tribute to veterans
Organizers of this year's Veterans Day Bar-B-Que Cook-off are hoping that the second year of the event will be a little less soggy.

Halloween food drive sets record
There was nothing scary about the amount of food and money raised nor the number of volunteers who helped with the ninth annual It's Spooky to Be Hungry food drive for the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Harlem's mayor helps class get hands-on government experience
The adults have not been the only ones stumping for office. Seven-year-old Brianna Threet campaigned hard for three weeks.

School lunches
Columbia County School lunch menus

Sweet reward
Gina Sutton, 3, of Lincolnton, dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, gets candy on Halloween from firefighters Vinny Vizzari and John Franklin at Martinez Fire Department Station 2 on Gibbs Road.

Families and friends at the Columbia County fair
Sarah Turner, 7, (right) goes for a spin with her friend Lacey Rickenbaker during the Columbia County Fair.

Sidewalk service
Doug Massey, 14, (far left) organized a sidewalk paving event at the Augusta Jewish Community Center to achieve Eagle Scout ranking.

Testing the water
Martinez Fire Department firefighters recently tested the pumps on their fire trucks by siphoning water from Lake Jean in Martinez.

Pets of the week
This 4-month-old female cocker spaniel mix puppy and 8-month-old male Dalmatian mix puppy are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Coloring contest
Christopher Taylor, 4 1/2, won third place in The Columbia County News-Times' recent Carve the Pumpkin Coloring Contest. Christopher is the son of Joe and Christina Taylor of Grovetown.

Lakeside homecoming
The 2003 Lakeside High School homecoming court is Trisha Wesse, first runner-up (from left); Keiwana McGaw, homecoming queen; and Taryn Ericson, second runner-up.

Time capsule
As reported 35 years ago in The Columbia News, Nov. 6, 1969:

Festival is a big hit
Jarod Bars, 4 (left), of North Augusta, fights with David Taylor, 6, of Martinez, during Augusta Christian Schools' annual Fall Festival.

Schools qualify for state meet
Evans and Lakeside High schools girls cross country teams will join Greenbrier Highs boys and girls squads in the state cross-country championships in Carrollton.

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

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

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

Frightening food
Harlem Middle School sixth-grader David Wersal moves through the haunted serving line created by lunchroom manager Kathryn Redden for Halloween.

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.

Picking and choosing by season
No Democrat wants to tell the leaders of their party that they have halitosis.

No obscurity in retirement
Theres a mini-series coming up on CBS, and it sheds an unflattering light on a former politician who served two terms after winning electoral landslides.

Healthy growth for volunteer effort
Golden Harvest Food Bank Director Mike Firmin says charities are like children: If its growing, you know its healthy, he says.

Local schools all take losses in football matchups
Halloween turned into a nightmare for Columbia County's high school football teams.

Athlete Spotlight: Amanda Griffin
Competing on a prep cross-country team isn't easy, but Amanda Griffin doesn't mind paying the price.

Greenbrier makes strong showing in playoffs
The Greenbrier High School volleyball and softball teams didn't bring home state championships, but both squads made strong statements in the Class AAAA state tournament.

Augusta Christian drops title in rout
The Augusta Christian Schools football team had a good week of practice, and the Lions took a solid game plan into last Friday's showdown with George Walton Academy.


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