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Commissioners should do more to improve quality of development
I have lived in Columbia County for almost 20 years and I am concerned about some of the developments that have been built. I see new mid- to high-end neighborhoods built without sidewalks, underground utilities, county water and sewer.

Hammond, 'unlike his opponent, knows how to play well with others'
In response to the Oct. 8 letter by Anthony Sweat, comparing the qualifications of Lee Muns and Lawrence Hammond to hold the new position of School Board chairman, I would like to make my own comparisons.

Holiday fruit is on sale
Between enthusiastic half-time shows at high school football games, members of Columbia County's four marching bands are taking to the streets this fall for their annual holiday fruit sales.

Theater company targets family
A local Christian theater company is offering a night of family-friendly theater and music Saturday.

Candidates tell why they should be elected
Growth management became a primary focus for candidates Thursday seeking four elected positions during a debate at the Columbia County Library.

Augusta author will share publishing secrets
Aspiring novelists will get a practical guide on getting published from an accomplished and published writer at a workshop Saturday.

Mistletoe State Park has events ready
Mistletoe State Park will hold two events Saturday that will appeal to a large segment of Columbia County's population.

Department hopes special adoption finds homes for pets
In an effort to find stray animals happy and loving homes, Columbia County's Animal Care and Control Department is holding a special adoption event this weekend.

Residents question bond-funded projects
Seconds after leaving Columbia County's second town hall meeting Thursday on a proposed bond issue, Grovetown resident Larry Marty already knew how he would vote on it in November.

Couple land magazine cover
The owners of three area martial arts schools have graced the November cover of an international trade magazine, not for their martial arts abilities, but for their business sense.

Heating units need checkup for winter
Nothing increases firewood sales quite like dropping temperatures. Donnie Brown, the owner of Brown Feed and Seed on Washington Road in Evans, says his sudden burst of firewood sales tells him it is officially fall.

Spinach goes back on shelves; restaurants wait
On Thursday, Publix grocery store employees stocked the first cases of spinach to grace the store's shelves in several weeks since an E. coli outbreak was linked to tainted spinach.

Photo: Shead wins tournaments
Alex Shead, of Appling, won the last two tournaments in the 8-year-old division of the U.S. Kids Golf Atlanta Fall Tour. On Sept. 30, he won at Laurel Springs Golf Club. On Oct. 7, he shot a 43 for nine holes to win at the Tournament Players Club at Sugarloaf.

Police blotter
An Augusta man who escaped federal custody in Lincoln County late Sunday was caught in Columbia County on Monday morning after being seen at an Evans convenience store.

Photo: Dog blessing
Episcopal Day School Chaplain Susan Terry blesses a dog that belongs to sisters Becky (right) and Chrissy Jordan, of Grovetown, while their mother, Maria, watches.

Photos: Bands Across the Savannah
Tony Posey, of Evans High School, performs with his fellow band members in The Bands Across the Savannah Competition Saturday at North Augusta High School.

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.

Time capsule
As reported 27 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1979:

Photos: Harlem v. Glenn Hills game
Harlem running back Barry St. John carries a host of Glenn Hills defenders with him as he runs for a big gain in the second quarter of Friday night's game against the Spartans.

Photo: Vacation photos
The Heinz family - Ed (clockwise, from back left), Eddie, Stephanie, Melissa and Sandy - vacationed in Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii. At right, Herb and Eva White spent four weeks in Germany visiting family and friends. While there, they visited Eva's birthplace in Bavaria.

Get up and go
The Lakeside Panthers Athletic Association will hold its third annual raffle at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the school. Tickets cost $100 each, and only 300 will be sold. The winner will receive $10,000. A steak dinner for two will be provided at the raffle with the purchase of a ticket, and more than 50 door prizes will be given away during the dinner.

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

Pet of the week
These two female Labrador retriever mixes are very friendly and playful. They are thought to be 1-year-old sisters. They are 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. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Bright spots rare in debate
Turnout for the Chamber of Commerce candidate debate last Thursday was a little anemic. Someone optimistically estimated there were 150 people in the audience; the number was probably much lower, and most of those were friends or family members of the 11 candidates. Too few of them were just interested citizens seeking clues about how to vote Nov. 7.

Holiday treats have a short shelf life
How far ahead of time do you buy your Halloween candy? One month, two months? I am unable to do that. It doesn't seem to matter where I hide the stuff, little Munchkins can always find it. Guess I should say Big Munchkins, too.

Gilding the Lilliputians
Once again it's time to brace ourselves for the onslaught of political rhetoric resplendent with the wisdom of Socrates, the majesty of Alexander the Great and the muscle of Mighty Mouse all rolled into one.

Set deadline for school safety plans
If the Georgia Legislature needs a mini-lesson in writing effective laws, lawmakers should look no further than their seven-year-old law on school safety plans.

High-scoring opponents too much for our teams
I'm coming off a 4-1 week, with Harlem's win over Glenn Hills my lone miscue. That brings my total to 26-4 for the season.

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

Football briefs
Friday's SCISA Region 1-AAA win was another example of Augusta Christian's dominant running game. Kyle Meeks, Tyler Bourdo, and Josh McDaniel all ran for touchdowns, while Bourdo threw to receiver Josh Whitaker for another score to improve to 7-1 this season. Augusta Christian's Austin Crabill also found the end zone on a 31-yard touchdown off of a blocked punt.

Harlem winds up second in regional
With only three seniors on the Harlem softball roster, the 2006 season certainly wasn't supposed to be perfect.

Injured players' return boosts Harlem
It's been a season full of mostly forgettable moments for the Harlem football team. With a 1-4 record entering last Friday's game against Glenn Hills, the Bulldogs hadn't scored a point in almost a month and waged a weekly battle against untimely turnovers.

200 participate in Skeeter boat contest at Thurmond Lake
About 200 Skeeter owners participated in the inaugural Skeeter Southeast Owners Tournament last weekend launched from Wildwood Park at Thurmond Lake.

Prep football previews
With a 3-5 record, Heathwood Hall certainly isn't the powerhouse its been in past years. However, it's still a region game, and neither team will hold back in what has become an annual rivalry.

Athlete Spotlight: Kassie Bailey and Bethany Anderson
In last week's Region 3-AAAA softball tournament, yet another opponent found trouble getting on base against Greenbrier pitcher Kassie Bailey. One by one, Lakeside's batters went down in order in the region championship game, and an anxious Lady Panthers mom eventually voiced her frustrations.


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