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Couple honored for community service
It's an event Debbie Katcoff has helped orchestrate for the past five years, but this year she was removed from the planning committee for the Augusta Jewish Community Center's Humanitarian of the Year banquet.

Santa Run gets Southern exposure
"Bubba Claus" will be the honorary starter this year for a fun run planned for opening festivities of Columbia County's Christmas tree lighting.

Woman self-publishes her first book
Profound grief and finding joy in simple pleasures are the dominate theme in Martinez author Yadira V. Payne's first novel, Out of the Rain.

Pupils help keep close tabs on area charity
Soda-can tabs will make life a little easier on parents with sick children.

Children chime in with area bell choir
Grace Johnson's arms were sore after practice.

Young saxophonist is a serious musician
At 13, Clayton Thomas has found inspiration right at home.

Elected officials switch positions
During the latest political rearranging in Grovetown, George James and Tony Arnold ended up in each other's former posts.

Food drive is coming up roses
A dozen roses can do more than just tell that special someone you care.

Language program gets further study
School councils will have the opportunity to give the school board input on the implementation of an elementary foreign language program.

Singing Christmas Tree returns for holidays
Abilene Baptist Church celebrates the silver anniversary performance this year of its Singing Christmas Tree by delving into the past.

School lunches
Columbia County School lunch menus

Cristi Michele Bookout and James Wesley Bookout, Nov. 10.

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

Panther pride
The Lakeside High School Basketball Dance Team has been practicing their dance routines for 2003-04 home basketball game performances.

Get up and go
The Leah Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual subscribers meeting Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Station No. 2 on Burks Mountain Road. The meeting will include information on the possible consolidation of the Appling, Leah and Winfield fire departments.

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

Property transfers
Belair Ridge LLC to Angelo C. Secreto and Ellen L. Secreto, 334 Beech Lane, $72,012.80.

Hot competition
Martinez firefighter Ray Blessing gets a close look at Stevens Creek Elementary School Teacher of the Year Barbara Outley's chili during the school's chili cook-off and dinner on the grounds Nov. 6.

Time capsule
As reported 43 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Nov. 17, 1960:

Lewiston Elementary School honor roll
These pupils' names were left off Lewiston Elementary School's honor roll list, which was printed in the News-Times on Nov. 2

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

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

Photos of Veterans Day events
Janice Matthews, with American Pride Through Education, portrays Betsy Ross as she demonstrates how to cut a five-point star for kindergartner Adam Facey at Evans Elementary School.

Fire merger bold, forward-thinking
When Columbia County officials this past summer completed the five-year update of the comprehensive fire services study, many of the recommendations of the far-reaching plan focused on improving fire protection in the rural areas of the county.

Church attendance is healthy
Newsweeks Nov. 10 cover story, Faith & Healing, and a similar report by Duke University a few years ago, reveal what people of faith - and large numbers of the medical profession - have known for a long time: Those who worship regularly, who pray and are prayed for, are likely to heal faster, live longer, and enjoy better health or endure chronic illness more easily than those who depend on grit and medicine alone.

No free lunch, not even spam
Usually I dont care much for ex-Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, or for am-bulance-chasing trial attorneys. But lawyer Barnes has jumped into a fight near and dear to my wallet.

Unclogging Washington Road, at last
Motorists on Columbia Countys busiest thoroughfare this week got a glimpse of good news when the Department of Transportation began installing a center turn lane on Washington Road in Evans.

Greenbrier athletes start year strong in all sports
When winter arrives, athletes at Greenbrier High School won't have to worry about warding off the chill - they can just bask in the warm afterglow of a fantastic fall sports season.

Furman pays off for former Panther
Former Lakeside High School standout Brian Bratton was not a household name among college recruiters three years ago when he wrapped up his prep football career with the Panthers.

Sports briefs
The Augusta Flash 14U fast-pitch travel team is looking for players for the 2004 season. Players can be age 15 after Jan. 1, 2004.

Winter sports start to heat up
Despite what the calendar says, there's a change of season coming up this week in Columbia County.

Standout swimmer signs scholarship with Wingate
For Rebekah Moody, it was a classic case of adding insult to injury.


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