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Father supports 'well-prepared' son's bid for chairman of school board
As the father of Lee Muns, candidate for chairman of the Columbia County Board of Education, I felt it incumbent upon me to provide the public information about my son. Hopefully this will clear up some inaccurate information.

Others' comments to the contrary, there are three chairman candidates
Now I know what it must be like to open the morning paper and read my own obituary. Over the past few issues of The News-Times, supporters of Lee Mums and Lawrence Hammond have been swiping at each other as if they were the only two choices in the election for county-wide chairman of the School Board.

Passage of bond referendum will make county 'a better place to live'
I urge all voters of Columbia County to vote for the upcoming bond issue on Nov. 7.

Fashion show helps nurses
The second annual holiday fashion show extravaganza held by the Beta Omicron chapter of the international nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, will be held Saturday at West Lake Country Club.

Augusta Symphony takes center's stage
Columbia County's new performing arts center will soon be filled with music with the first of four concerts of The Augusta Symphony's new Columbia County Music Series.

Fire Fest reinforces safety to residents
Nine-year-old Evans resident Madison Edner dropped to the floor and crawled downstairs to safety as smoke filled a small upstairs room.

Bond issue interests resident
After leaving Columbia County's final town hall meeting Thursday about a proposed bond issue, Jim Davis said he'll likely vote in favor of the issue in the general election Tuesday.

Art After Dark comes to library
The Artists Guild of Columbia County is inviting the public to the Columbia County Library for an evening of art, jazz and hors d'oeuvres.

Band keeps up confidence in battle of bands
Four young Evans musicians have already been through boot camp, slugged it out in the trenches and are now preparing for full-scale war in a battle of the bands contest.

Fair will include stunt, talent shows
The lights and action of the midway return to Columbia County on Thursday with the opening of the 41st annual Columbia County Fair.

Current events
The Artists Guild of Columbia County will hold Art After Dark, an evening of art, music and food, from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Columbia County Library in Evans.

School councils
The North Columbia Elementary School council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 4 and March 1.

Photo: Making it a good day
Troop 20 observed Good Turn Day on Oct. 14 at the Goodwill Emporium in Martinez. The troop members include Ansley Mclendon, Grace Branch, Grace Canas, Katie Foss, Katie Plowman, Kayla Frazey, Kaira Perry and Saxa Galvin.

Photos: It's spooky to be hungry
Cub Scout Pack 686, Den 10 members Zachary Lillis, 8 (from left), and his brother Brett, 9, load donations to It's Spooky to Be Hungry into their father Bob Lillis' truck in Northwood subdivision in Evans.

School lunch menu
Columbia County school lunch menus for the rest of the week.

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

Get up and go
The fifth annual Friends Helping Friends Christmas for Children fundraiser for the Columbia County Foundation for Children will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Five Pines on Gordon Highway.

Pet of the week
This male Boxer is very loving and playful. He is about a year old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Photos: Relaxing up North and on the coast
Mary Ann Trudeau visited Paul Bunyan Park while vacationing in Bemidji, Minn., and Canada. Carla Lawson, the daughter of Jonathan and Candace Lawson, of Martinez, visited Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the weekend and later took a tour of historic Savannah, Ga.

Photo: Ready for the Bulldogs
Shane and Kristen Walker (from left), Miranda and Brannon Albert, Kaitlyn and Mark Jones and Jared Smith visited Athens to attend the University of Georgia game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Photos: EDS, Evans play to win
The Episcopal Day School soccer team had a 12-game undefeated season to win the Augusta/Aiken Private Middle School League championship.

Elect Thigpen for Commission District 1
Rarely have two such good candidates stepped into the public arena to face each other. In the Columbia County Commission District 1 race, both Ron Thigpen and Scott Nichols are fine, intelligent, accomplished men, just the sort of people we need for public service.

Re-elect Blackburn for School Board
It is a principle of The News-Times editorial policy that once we have recommended a candidate for public office and that candidate is elected, we recommend their re-election if they have done the job they promised.

Hang in there; election nears
Now I know how the cat feels. Remember the feline from the 1970s poster, hanging from a limb by his claws? The caption read, "Hang in there, baby; Friday's coming."

Athlete Spotlight: Jamie Williamson, Georgia Ragin' Bulls
Jamie Williamson thought his football career was over. The former high school football star had been the starting quarterback for the 2000 state champion Silver Bluff Bulldogs. He accepted a scholarship to Catawba College in North Carolina in 2002, then transferred to Coastal Carolina after two years.

Augusta Prep takes state
Even before the 2006 Georgia Independent Schools Association state volleyball playoffs began, the Augusta Prep Lady Cavaliers knew what to expect. In the five-year existence of the GISA state tournament, Augusta Prep has been a contender every year.

Football briefs
The battle between the two top teams in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association stayed true to state rankings as the No. 2 Lions fell to No. 1 Hammond in Columbia.

Volleyball play ends as teams are eliminated
Volleyball season came to an end Saturday as all four Columbia County schools were eliminated in state sectional play.

Columbia County teams face wins, losses
Here are my predictions for prep football winners this week:

Prep football preview
In three previous meetings, the Lions have never lost to Porter Gaud. The most notable victory was last season's 24-7 win in the SCISA Class AAA state championship game.

Greenbrier falls in tournament
A trip to the Class AAAA softball state finals tournament was nothing new to the Greenbrier softball team. The Lady Wolfpack made the journey to Columbus for the eighth time in 11 years and finished fourth in the state after falling to Sequoyah 11-0 in the loser's bracket semifinals.

Thomson Bulldogs take big bite out of Harlem
The rain was a double-edged sword for Harlem in The Junkyard on Friday night. It slowed the potent Thomson offense, but it also kept the red-and-black Bulldogs from scoring. They fell 25-0 against the Region 3B-AAA opponent.

Evans JV football wins County Cup
The Evans High School Junior Varsity Knights asserted their dominance over the Lakeside JV Panthers from their first play from scrimmage in a 26-6 win Thursday night to finish the season a perfect 8-0 and claim The Columbia County News-Times County Cup.


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