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Attempts at prohibiting alcohol only add to 'mystique,' irresponsibility
The Sept. 27 letter by Lon Purvis, "Costs of alcohol are far higher than tax revenues generated for county," was certainly vexing and insulting.

Columbia County's first library celebrates 25th anniversary on Oct. 18
The Harlem Walton Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. and everyone is cordially invited. City and county officials, as well as other guests, will be present on this special occasion.

Special guests help church mark 10-year anniversary
Begun at an out-of-county high school, one area church is celebrating 10 years of existence today at its 3-year-old home in Columbia County with some special anniversary events.

Houses have history with Oliver Hardy
Just outside Grovetown, off Freeman Harris Road near Wrightsboro Road, stands a more than a century old white clapboard house suffocating in overgrown brush.

Board OKs funding to develop school site
The price tag to develop a site for a new middle school on Blackstone Camp Road grew by more than $840,000 at a Columbia County school board meeting Tuesday.

Evans cheerleader devotes time to sport, volunteering
The belief that cheerleaders lack athletic talent and do not work hard at their sport is one that Jennifer Grant says needs to be dispelled.

Program hopes to aid small businesses
Columbia County might soon become a friendlier place for entrepreneurs.

Boundaries set for proposed historic district in Harlem
The boundaries of a proposed historic district in Harlem were penned at a Historic Preservation Commission meeting Wednesday.

Officials set three clinics to dole out flu vaccines
More than a week into autumn, the Columbia County Department of Health has scheduled three clinics to administer flu vaccines to residents before winter and the flu season arrive.

Sex offender speaks to teens
William Archer Stulb isn't allowed to floss his teeth in jail and has to eat and sleep on a schedule.

Grovetown leaders talk projects
Grovetown leaders agreed Monday to a contract to expand a popular city park and also approved a first reading of an ordinance that would require sidewalks in new residential developments.

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

Get up and go
Oct. 10 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 General Election. Voter registration drives will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem, and at the Kmart on Washington Road in Martinez.

Property Transfers
Ann Stuart Anderson to John B. Mims Jr., Joely J. Mims and Wilma Avret Mims, 5760 Dunn Court, $425,000.

School lunch menus
Columbia County school lunch menus for the upcoming week.

Time capsule
As reported 37 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1969:

Greyhound of the week
Intensity is a white-and-black, 2-year-old female with coloring similar to a dalmatian's, who gets along well with cats, small dogs and small children. If you are interested in adopting Intensity or any other retired racing greyhound, call Jeanne McGee at (706) 796-1708 or go to

Jerry E. Batchelor and Hope Y. Batchelor, Sept. 18, 2006.

Photos: Academy Sports opens
Michael Dansby (left), of McCormick, S.C., tests some workout equipment as his grandfather, the Rev. Albert Bell, also of McCormick, watches during the grand opening of Academy Sports and Outdoors in Evans.

Anniversary in the park
Bill and Marcia DeHaven celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary with a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park the first week of September.

Photo: Perdue presents check to Harlem mayor
Gov. Sonny Perdue presented a ceremonial check for $500,000 to Harlem Mayor Scott Dean.

Photo: Augusta Attack soccer team
The U15 Augusta Attack girls soccer team was crowned the 2006 National Champion at the recent Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

Photos: Newsmakers
Erin Proctor and Jenna Berry cut their hair and donated it to Locks of Love. They started growing their hair for the children's charity three years ago.

Leave life insurance for the widows and orphans
Tuesday morning the clock radio, as usual, broke the darkness, rousing me out of bed. I stumbled into the bathroom and cussed my spouse for leaving his shoes in my path.

The best are right here among us
From the plethora of "best of" recognitions and their copycats floating around town, it's clear there are plenty of superlatives to celebrate.

Redemption takes the stage
Wade Padgett didn't have to be there. Columbia County's chief magistrate could have found lots of other things to do Tuesday night rather than lecturing fidgety teens.

Two former Greenbrier linebackers will redshirt
The past two seasons, Greenbrier has had the luxury of fielding a pair of the area's premier linebackers. Erik Smith and Reggie Rice were also standouts on the offensive side of the ball.

Coaches poll finds 10th place for Evans
For the third time this season, the Evans volleyball team defeated region rival Lakeside in a 2-0 sweep this past Tuesday. The Region 3B-AAAA win wasn't the biggest news of the day for the Lady Knights, however.

Softball teams play on for seed in tournaments
A Region 3B-AAAA softball meeting between Greenbrier and Evans came down to the final at-bat last Tuesday.

Surprises of this fall sports season promise to continue
I like surprises. Who doesn't? It's a good thing, too. We've had plenty of them over the course of this fall sports season.

Accident spurs man to lifting comeback
In the sports world, weightlifting is often just another part of the training process for an upcoming sporting event. To 46-year-old Martinez resident James McCarty, weightlifting is life.

Sports calendar
The Georgia Rockers fastpitch softball organization will be holding its annual 12U and 14U tryouts for the fall 2006/summer 2007 teams.


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