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Rather than debate pond cleanup, citizens should seek enforcement
I really can't keep my mouth shut any longer. After reading numerous letters to the editor, editorials and news stories all about the West Lake pond and the bond referendum, I find it necessary to speak out.

Officials attend banquet for Teacher of the Year
Penny Barclay didn't walk away as Columbia County's Teacher of the Year at a Thursday banquet. She drove away in a new Jaguar.

Backpackers to hike at park
Mistletoe State Park will hold a big weekend for adventure seekers. A Rock Dam Backpacking trip Saturday will present an opportunity for people of all experience levels to hike an 8-mile round trip of Rock Dam Trail.

Bartram Trail area is years from complete
The sound of hammers pounding nails will likely be as common as clubs striking golf balls for years to come along Columbia Road near the Bartram Trail Golf Club and subdivision.

Media specialist named system's best
A love of children's books drew Cindy Beatty to a career as a media specialist. Spreading that love to other educators is what made her the Columbia County school system's Media Specialist of the Year.

Hardy festival to include barbecue
The normally quiet downtown area of Harlem will be turned into an Oliver and Hardy street party Saturday, with thousands of people crowding its streets for the 18th annual Oliver Hardy Festival.

Pick your pumpkin at church
Three area churches are preparing pumpkin patches offering a wide variety of the holiday staple for that perfect jack-o'-lantern or table centerpiece.

Queen says crowning unexpected
Amy Pace was shocked. She never expected to hear her name. "I couldn't talk. I still can't," the Greenbrier High School senior said after being named the school's 2006 homecoming queen during the halftime of Friday's football game. "I didn't expect it at all."

German shepherds to compete
Dog enthusiasts are invited to attend an American Kennel Club German Shepherd dog show this weekend at Patriots Park.

Sports calendar
Atomic City Sports will hold a USSSA baseball tournament at Citizens Park in Aiken for ages 8-16. The Georgia-Lina Boo Ball NIT will take place Oct. 27-29.

Photo: Women attend UGA Football 101
Melissa Viller, Myra Smeak and Olivia Peel attended Football 101 in Athens, Ga., during summer. They attended classes on offense and defense, toured the athletic facilities, and ran drills on the practice fields.

Get Up and Go
The Moola Hula Goods and Services Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, on Walton Way Extension.

Current events
As time for the county's fall fair draws near, artists and crafters prepare entries for the annual Extension Service contest.

Photo: Alaksan bounty
Tony Dean shows off two of the red salmon that he caught during the week he spent in Alaska in July. The Deans lived in Mississippi until Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home. They now live in Grovetown, close to their son.

Time Capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 3, 1963:

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

Photo: Enjoying the beach life
Mike, Kevin and Bryan Shealy, of Martinez, took a cruise to Freeport in the Grand Bahamas for four days in June. They enjoyed sightseeing, the beach, snorkeling and the night life.

Places to Go
Arts and crafts vendors are needed for the Columbia County Renaissance Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, and businesses are being sought for booths at Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Photo: Pet of the Week
This 3-month-old tabby kitten is loving and playful. It is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Photo: Remembering
Eric and Brian Stokes, of Martinez, vacationed in the Northeast, with stops in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. They are pictured in front of the Georgia column at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

Bomb threats: Name 'em, make 'em pay
Columbia County's schools are serious about ending bomb threats. In fact, they're so serious that they're putting in place punishments as tough as those enacted a full year ago in Richmond County.

Many moods of the 'luminious month'
Contrary to the view of my 4-year-old grandson, there's a lot more to the month of October than Halloween. But don't count on your powers of persuasion to convince him otherwise.

Hit 'snooze' until Nov. 7
In case anyone forgot, there's an election this year. No, really. In fact, you can already cast your ballot; absentee voting started last week.

Prep Gridiron Previews
The Knights stand at 1-2 in Region 3-AAAA play with a win at Lakeside and losses to Greenbrier and Effingham County. Evans is in sole possession of sixth place in the region standings.

Swimmers are used to SCISA
Augusta Christian Schools swim coach Diane Yelvington is no stranger to swimming, but she is a stranger to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.

Athlete Spotlight: Will Wright
Augusta Christian's Will Wright is exactly the kind of football player quarterbacks don't like to see.

'Pack dominates Richmond
Greenbrier fans had plenty to cheer about during Friday's 37-14 region win over the Academy of Richmond County.

Pigskin Picks
Each winner, drawn from the week's qualifiers, receives a Pigskin Picks Koozie and a $10 Rhinehart's gift certificate.

It's week for Evans to move up to victory
I am coming off a terrific 5-0 week. That brings my picks to 17-3 so far this season. I hope I'll stay hot this week.

Football briefs
The Lions scored from the air, on the ground and on defense Friday night with a win at Hilton Head Christian. Quarterback Tyler Bourdo threw for a touchdown and rushed for another and tailback Kyle Meeks scored on a 38-yard run.

Lakeside's latest win is big boost
Softball's regular-season play will wrap up this week, and the Region 3-AAAA Tournament is scheduled for this weekend at Patriots Park.


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