Proposal to remove silt from Bowen Pond would be more expensive
In reading Angie Mathews' letter to the editor in the Oct. 1 News-Times, I noted she is making the same "assumption" about the cost to clear the West Lake pond of silt. The bond referendum correctly states that $1 million would go toward this project. However, the total cost is $4 million!

'Take a step backward to move forward' with Muns as board chairman
Contrary to George Duehring's Sept. 24 letter, leadership is exactly what the Columbia County School Board needs. Blind subservience to the superintendent benefits no one, except maybe the superintendent.

Taxpayers have spent enough money on projects; bond vote should not pass
I plan to vote against $43 million bond referendum and I encourage others to do the same.

German ancestry tops census data
Uli Shouse, a native of Stuttgart, Germany, who moved to Columbia County four years ago, should feel right at home.

Hardy festival draws more than 35,000
A cool fall breeze and sunny skies greeted thousands of spectators Saturday during Harlem's 18th annual Oliver Hardy Festival.

Churches have fall festivals planned
There are plenty of ways to celebrate the arrival of fall in Columbia County. Three events will take place Saturday.

Cleanup targets waterways
Todd Baldwin is calling on volunteers to help keep Grovetown's waterways clean. The city's Water and Sewer director has organized a creek cleanup Saturday to get trash out of two of the creeks that carry away the city's stormwater.

Explorers get close look at law enforcement
Teens interested in law enforcement can learn the realities of the sheriff's office through its Explorer Post.

Lakeside shocks Morgan Pawl with distinction to wear crown
A voice in the stands rose above the din at Panther Stadium on Friday night to tell Morgan Maria Pawl she would be Lakeside High School's 2006 homecoming queen. Moments later, a much louder voice from the press box made it official.

Renaissance Festival keeping smallest participants in mind
The 15th century Renaissance will be moving into Columbia County's amphitheater and Memorial Garden on Saturday with the 2006 Renaissance Festival.

Evans senior is 2006 homecoming queen
Brittney Brooker's ever-present smile quickly changed to a look of shock during half-time at Friday's football game after her name was announced as Evans High School's 2006 homecoming queen.

Candidates will get student's viewpoint
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will present a forum Thursday night with candidates for each of the four local contested races.

Runners, walkers will fight breast cancer
The American Breast Cancer Association is looking for runners and walkers to go the extra mile Saturday to help eliminate the deadly disease.

State-of-the-art equipment is in Gold Cross' fleet
A new ambulance and technologically advanced lifesaving equipment were recently added to the Gold Cross Emergency Medical Service's Columbia County fleet.

Current events
Absentee voting is under way at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

Pet of the week
This female Labrador retriever mix is very friendly and playful. She is about 2 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Time Capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 6, 1960:

School lunch menu
Columbia County school lunch menu for October 11-13.

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

Photos: Crushers take championship
The Columbia County Crushers won first place at the 2006 USSSA Fall Classic at Diamond Lakes on Sept. 16. Team members are Heath Duran (front row, from left), Blaine Hood, Chris Walker and Tanner Duran; Price Rogers (second row), Storm Houk, Ricky Herbert, Justin Williams, Ben DeWitt and David Cartledge; coaches Tracy Duran (back row), Ricky Williams and Duane Houk.

Photo: Rockers win World Series
The Georgia Rockers Fast Pitch Organization 12u through 18u completed a successful 2006 season with the Rockers 14u team winning the World Fast Pitch Connection World Series.

Photo: Lint catches fire
A Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighter releases burning lint from inside an air-filtration hopper at the U.S. Battery plant on Industrial Park Drive in Evans. A spark from inside the plant ignited the lint within the filtration system that helps clear fumes from the plant. Martinez-Columbia Battalion Chief Dino Cesarini said the fire posed no environmental or health dangers.

No excuses for no fees
A few months have passed since the county's impact fee study committee met, deep-sixed the idea of Columbia County impact fees, and went back to building more houses than Starbucks has coffee shops.

'Tricks' hidden among bond vote treats
As Halloween approaches, we'll soon hear the annual whispered tales about poisoned candy and razor-blade-spiked apples. Those tales are nearly always false. But in Columbia County, taxpayers are being offered a sweet deal with some sharp objects tucked inside.

Four county teams have losses in their future
After a second consecutive 5-0 week, my yearly picks stand at 22-3. With losses predicted for four of our county teams, let's hope I have a terrible week this time around.

Seeds set for tournament
After Greenbrier's win at Lakeside on Thursday, the seedings are finally set for the 2006 Area 2-AAAA Volleyball Tournament at Evans High School on Saturday.

Lady Panthers advance with no-hitter
Saturday's Region 3-AAAA softball tournament at Patriots Park was set up to determine which four teams would advance to the Class AAAA state sectionals.

Sports calendar
Softball tryouts

Augusta Prep kicks it up for festivities
Homecoming festivities at Augusta Prep lasted all day long Saturday, with every fall sports team participating in at least one event.

Greenbrier falls in second half
A full first half of strong play by the Greenbrier Wolfpack was negated in the span of four minutes Friday night at home in a 38-10 loss to Statesboro.

Football briefs
The Evans Knights earned their second region victory of the season by dominating in just about every facet of the game. Evans' rushing attack totaled 175 yards on 39 carries, including touchdown runs from Kevin Millward and Junior Coley.

Athlete Spotlight: Amanda O'Neal and Kelsey Sheron
A year ago, the Greenbrier volleyball team headed into the area tournament in the thick of a rivalry with Lakeside and Evans.

Pigskin picks
Week 6 winners of the 2006 Pigskin Picks contest.

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