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Williams is 'most qualified' of attorneys seeking Superior Court post
By any measure, Bill Williams is the most qualified of the four local attorneys seeking this position. He has more than 35 years of courtroom experience, handling all kinds of cases from the routine to the complex.

Williams 'highly recommended' for judge because of 'vast experience'
Bill Williams is an able and intelligent lawyer with vast experience in the legal and judicial circles of the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

'Liberal media' missed chance to criticize president in 9-11 coverage
It's liberal this, liberal that, liberal Democrats, liberal media. But where was the liberal media on the fifth anniversary of 9-11?

Approval of Public Safety Bond Referendum helps emergency workers
My father, a career Army officer, impressed upon me at an early age that in order to avoid poor performance in any effort a leader must do prior planning. As a community, Columbia County can engage in prior planning on Nov. 7 with a vote in favor of the Public Safety Bond Referendum.

Fire Fest is loaded with fun
Last year's Fire Fest was doused by rain and mud, but organizers have sparked plans for this year's event to include prayers for good weather.

County ready for early vote
Advance voting week begins Monday, offering an alternative for residents hoping to beat lines at the polls.

Patriots Park has food drive, safe treats
Ghosts, pirates and princesses will help feed needy families Thursday while getting an early start on Halloween.

Managers attend safety conference
Keith Hadlock, of Martinez, said he came looking for a way to make his neighborhood a safer place to live.

Project set for county library's first anniversary
Columbia County library officials are planning to celebrate the library's one-year anniversary with a special event that they hope will bring residents together through reading.

Board OKs store's rezoning
A former Martinez grocery store soon might house a different kind of greens - that of money from a local bank's processing center.

Car show will benefit Knights
The Knights of Columbus are inviting car lovers to bring their prized vehicles or simply browse others' one-of-a-kind machines at their third annual car show Saturday.

Public has last chance to weigh in on improvements list
Residents will get a final chance Thursday to voice their opinion to the Columbia County Commission on a proposed $43 million bond issue before it goes to a Nov. 7 vote.

Groups ready frightful paths
Two Columbia County groups have organized haunted trails in the hunt for some Halloween screams.

Showcase features six new homes
Bartram Trail subdivision off Columbia Road will play host to the Builders Association of Metro Augusta 2006 Showcase of Homes beginning Thursday.

Time Capsule
As reported 40 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 20, 1966:

Get up and go
The Augusta Symphony will inaugurate its Columbia County Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. The series includes four concerts, with tickets costing $70 for all four.

Current events
The Marvin United Methodist Church annual Pumpkin Patch is being held through Tuesday at the church on Wheeler Road at Belair Road. For information, call (706) 855-9786.

Pet of the week
This female Australian cattle dog is very friendly and loves to have her belly scratched. She is very playful and about a year old. She 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.

Special Photos Anna Mills Johnson, 10, of Evans, participated with 800 gymnasts in the AAU National Championship in Rochester, Minn., in June. She won three gold medals, one bronze medal and one copper medal for placing first in bars, first on floor, third on vault and fourth on beam, giving her the age-level AAU National Championship and first all-around. Anna is the daughter of Chris and Robin Johnson and the granddaughter of Jimmy and Patsy Johnson and William and Betty Cox. She is a pupil at Riverside Elementary School.[CAPTION]

Sports briefs
The CSRA basketball league is holding open registration for boys and girls ages 5-24. Games will be played at the Patriots Park gymnasium from March through July.

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

George Aaron Patterson, of Evans, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship for the 2006-07 academic year by the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association chapter of Aiken and Augusta. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. George E. Patterson, of Evans. This fall, Patterson returns to Penn State as a junior and is attending the College of Communications in pursuit of a degree in sports broadcast journalism. He spent the summer working at the Gordon Lakes Golf Course at Fort Gordon and interning at television station WRDW (Channel 12) in North Augusta. His brother Seth is a sophomore at Greenbrier High School.

Vacation Photo
Betty McCrook, of North Augusta, and Betty Elliott, of Martinez, toured Alaska and visited the Kennecott in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in September. Taking a trip out of town, or just planning to spend some time at the lake or a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll pubish it in The News-Times.Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

School lunch menus
Thursday and Friday lunch menus for Columbia County schools.

General Election Sample Ballot for Nov. 7
Note: Uncontested races are not included on this sample but appear on all ballots. On the actual touch-screen ballot, each race also includes space for write-in candidates.

Fort Gordon returns favor
Just think of it as Fort Gordon returning the favor. In August, a contingent from Fort Gordon visited a Columbia County Chamber of Commerce breakfast session, with Brig. Gen. Randolph P. Strong leading a discussion about how the county and the fort can build a better relationship.

Get informed before casting vote on bond
Absentee voting began in Columbia County on Sept. 25. Early voting starts Monday. The General Election is Nov. 7.

Lakeside beats Greenbrier JV in run to defend cup
A simple three-letter word was the repetitive chant that sounded over Panther Stadium last Thursday.

Solo home run sends Greenbrier to Elite Eight
When Greenbrier's softball team left for the Class AAAA state sectionals last weekend, the team took some unknown freshmen as secret weapons. However, it was a well-known face that ultimately saved the Lady Wolfpack's season.

Lions win with steady run drives
There wasn't much flash to Augusta Christian Schools' 14-7 win over region rival Heathwood Hall on Friday. A monotonous but effective Lions running game blew up the Highlander defense for 237 yards and two touchdowns.

Football Briefs
Half a dozen turnovers killed any chance that Greenbrier's offense had while the Wolfpack defense gave up four rushing touchdowns.

Athlete Spotlight: Harold Rivner, Chris Burch and Phillip Tuten
It certainly hasn't been a typical season on the Augusta Prep soccer field. In fact, it was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Area teams face tough road trips
Evans and Greenbrier face tough road games this Friday. The Knights travel to offensive power Ware County. Greenbrier is at always-solid Glynn Academy.

Pigskin picks
Week 8 winners include Terry Meeks, Martinez; Ed Wicker, Augusta; Karen Leaf, Martinez; Tori Moody, Evans; Paul Wilmoth, Grovetown; P.J. Rodgers, Evans; Larry Moore, Appling; Brandon Campbell, Augusta; Robyn Kelley, Evans; Gerald Stanford, Martinez.

Prep football previews
Hammond (SCISA No. 1) faces Augusta Christian (SCISA No. 2) to determine the top team heading into the state playoffs.


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