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County champs return for barbecue cook-off
Pigs may not have flown, but plenty of tents did at last year's Memphis in May contest in Memphis, Tenn.

County continues successful auction
Cars, trucks, lawn mowers and scrap metal are some of the items featured in Columbia County's auction this year.

County awaits late tax payments
If you waited until the last minute to pay your property tax bill, you weren't the only one.

Firefighter wins new college scholarship
Jeremy Wallen is the first firefighter to get financial aid from Augusta State University's Firefighters Scholarship Fund.

New commissioner welcomed
A breakfast to welcome newly elected District 4 Commissioner Lee Anderson was held Saturday at BG's Restaurant in Harlem.

Fair's visitors leave satisfied
In the waning hours of the Columbia County Fair, many fair-goers said they preferred this year's event to previous ones.

Middle school salutes veterans
Lakeside Middle School honored veterans, active military and public servants during its fifth annual Veterans Day program, titled A Hero's Calling.

All dressed up for Halloween
Columbia County children, (and a few pets) dressed up for Halloween.

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

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

Current events
A story in the Sunday, Nov. 9 edition of The Columbia County News-Times gave the incorrect location for Columbia County Health Department flu shot clinic this week. The flu shots will be given Thursday at Riverside Middle School from 2 to 6 p.m.

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

School lunch menus
This week's school lunch menu:odd

Time capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia County News-Times, Thursday, Nov. 11, 1954:

List is badge of honor
I have to confess to not knowing anything at all about the political landscape of New York City or its current mayor, Michael Bloomberg. And aside from never forgiving the New York Yankees for beating my Braves in the 1996 and 1999 World Series, I certainly don't harbor any ill feelings towards anyone in the Gotham City. Which is why I was more than just a little surprised to hear recently that I'd made Mayor Bloomberg's enemies list, of all things! After all, I represent the folks in Northeast Georgia, not New York City. Nevertheless, I'd somehow made it to the "Bloomberg Blacklist." But why?

Take a drive to pay taxes
Columbia County tax bills are due Friday, yet even though in-structions in the bills tell taxpayers to drop off their checks at the new office in the Evans Government Complex, they can't. The office isn't open yet.

Applaud veterans, and enjoy barbecue
The first year of Columbia County's Veterans Day Barbecue featured a salute to those who served in the Vietnam War, through an exhibition of the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Office provides Alzheimer's help
Twenty years ago this month, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation designating November National Alzheimer's Disease Month.

Schedules easier next year, for most
The Georgia High School Association over the past few years has tinkered with the classifications of sports teams more than a 2-year-old with a new toy. Much of it has been with good reason: School populations don't all grow at the same rate, so the GHSA tries to keep teams of similar size in competitive regions.

Rain on a hot tent roof
I suppose a week of drizzly days like the recent past shouldn't surprise us. After all the rain we've had this year there probably isn't enough moisture left in the heavens to send down a good, one-day soaking and get it over with.

Athlete Spotlight: Matt Scott
Matt Scott has a problem. The Lakeside High School senior can't stop dreaming about what lies ahead.

Local teams come on strong in state cross county finals
Columbia County's high-school cross country teams began workouts July 28, and after miles of running at practice and in meets, the prep athletes capped the 2003 season last weekend at the Georgia High School Association state championships.

Pigskin Picks winners
Here are the winners of this week's Pigskin Picks.

Augusta Christian drops out of playoffs
A season filled with promise ended on a sad note last week at Pride Valley.

Seasons will end for most squads
Three Columbia County high school football teams will finish their seasons this week, while a fourth squad will have its fate determined Friday night at The Brickyard.

Football gets ready to wrap up for season
This week marks the end of the regular season for Georgia High School Association football teams, and the Friday night contests also are the end of the road for Columbia County's prep squads.

Family Y introduces lacrosse clinic
Baseball, football and soccer are the dominant youth sports in Columbia County, but the Marshall Family Y is hoping to introduce children to one of the country's oldest sports - lacrosse.

Perfect Patriots
The Columbia County Bantam Tackle Football Patriots (ages 9-10) had a perfect regular season.


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