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Auburn flags repeatedly stolen; UGA fans 'should respect better team'
Editor: I attend the University of Georgia, and my parents live in Halifax North subdivision in Evans. As Auburn fans, we have flown our Auburn flag out in front of our house for more than five years.

Chief Magistrate Padgett 'deserves a medal' for Teenage 101 seminars
Editor: What words can you use to say "thank you," when those words are not nearly enough?

Health fair will inform Latinos
A service organization is holding a health fair in an attempt to bring health care to the Latino community in Columbia County.

Area plant goes nuts for pecans
When Columbia County residents hit the grocery store for cookies, ice cream or candy with pecans, it is likely those nuts were processed through a Harlem plant.

Harlem events bring community closer
Harlem High School's culinary arts students helped soothe the sweet tooth of many at Saturday's A Taste of Harlem event.

Harlem selects 'quiet' girl as its homecoming queen
Shateria Beard shook off the fall chill at Bulldog Stadium on Friday night and was crowned Harlem High School's 2006 Homecoming Queen.

Friends hold sale at library
Friends of Columbia County Libraries gift shop will be open all weekend with a sale to support library programs.

Aesthetic ordinance is on hold
Decorum within the Evans Government Complex auditorium turned to name-calling Thursday after members of the county's zoning board voted to postpone action on a proposed ordinance that would establish aesthetic standards for construction.

Thrill-seekers find fun at fair
Jacqueline Yaden, of Grovetown, took the loops of the Moon Rocket ride at the Columbia County Fair on Saturday like a seasoned astronaut.

North Harlem Elementary School Honor Roll
Here is the North Harlem Elementary School first nine weeks honor roll.

School Councils
- The River Ridge Elementary School council will meet at 2:30 p.m. in the media center Thursday and Jan. 11, March 8 and May 10.

Families at the fair
Sabrina Olivet, 4, of Martinez, hooks a shark to win a plush frog at the Columbia County Merchants Association Fair.

School Lunch Menus
Here are Columbia County school lunch menus for the remainder of the week.

Pet of the week
This male boxer is loving and loves to cuddle. He is less than 2 years old and is playful. He 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. Adult animals 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.

Current Events
The Lakeside High School Band will perform its annual Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Warren Baptist Church. Col. David E. Dodd will be the guest speaker. Admission is free.

Halloween tricksters
Selina (from left) and Gia Seard went trick-or-treating with their friends Madison, Hope and Meredith and baby brother DeAngelo Seard in Hardy Point and Bay Pointe subdivisions.

Get Up and Go
Sharon Baptist Church, at 6262 Cobbham Road, in Winfield, will hold its fall carnival from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, with a hayride, games, food and a silent basket auction. For information, call (706) 541-1532, or (706) 541-2027.

Grovetown Middle School Honor Roll
Here is the Grovetown Middle School first nine weeks honor roll.

Time Capsule
As reported 29 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 1977:

Enjoying the scenery
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 publish 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.

Police Blotter
A fire gutted a double-wide mobile home Friday near Harlem.

Is 'dirty politics' something new?
So, you think twisted truths, insults and other forms of negative campaigning are a modern invention? Or, if not modern, then at least the nasty tone of this year's election was nonexistent during the reign of our kinder, gentler Founding Fathers, right?

Instant check of predictions
It is one of the long-accepted facts of life here at Pundit Central that the commentary that appears on the Wednesday after an election will have been prepared and printed before the election actually is over.

There's no need for dueling food drives
School lunchroom workers are ever-vigilant lest their young diners try to emulate the infamous food fight from the classic comedy, Animal House.

Sports Briefs
The early signing period for several sports begins today with many local athletes scheduled to announce their colleges of choice by signing National Letters of Intent this week.

Cyclones beaten into submission
Augusta Christian wide receiver Josh Whitaker wore a big smile as he celebrated with friends and family Friday.

Pigskin Picks
Here are the Pigskin Picks Week 10 winners and qualifiers.

Hubbard leads Lady Knights to berth in state meet
More than a few fans did a double-take at the Region 3-AAAA cross country meet on Saturday at Greenbrier High School. As the girl's race came to a close, it wasn't Lady Wolfpack top runner Chelsea Maxwell who came down the final stretch in the lead.

Prep Football Previews
In the region: Augusta Christian finished the regular season with a 3-1 record and in second place in SCISA's Region 1-AAA standings.

Augusta Christian advances to round 2
There are only three games to pick this week. So far this season, I stand at 34-6. I hope I can keep the losses to just six after this weekend.

Mpact all-star cheerleading squads place first in tourney
The Junior and Senior All Star Cheerleading squads from Premier Athletics, the Premier Mpact Panthers, pose after their first competition, the NCA Carowinds Cheer & Dance Championship, on Oct 29. Both squads placed first in their divisions.

Athlete Spotlight
Mike Leverett Jr. is a three-sport athlete at Harlem High School. The junior switches from one sport to the other as the seasons change.

Sports Calendar
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. Cheerleading spots are also available for girls of all ages. For information, call Dustin Leverett at (706) 651-8816 or (706) 627-5407.

Prep Football Scores
Harlem tailbacks Trey Crain and Barry St. John rushed for more than 100 yards each in Harlem's final home game of the season. The home Bulldogs (3-6, 2-2) rushed for more than 307 yards homecoming night with four rushing touchdowns. Harlem's Esai Hatchett returned a Butler fumble for a touchdown, while Mike Leverett and Shelley Johnson combined for 10 tackles for losses on defense.


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