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County residents 'want to move forward'; Lee Muns 'is the only choice'
The recent elections demonstrated that the public is concerned about the future of education in Columbia County and not willing to accept that good is good enough.

County should consider 'priceless nature of trees' in new regulations
As planners consider aesthetic standards for development of Columbia County, the priceless nature of trees is worth greater consideration.

Harlem officials approve final part of growth plan
Harlem city officials approved the final portion of the city's updated Comprehensive Growth Management Plan at Thursday's monthly city council meeting.

'Tis the season to buy a tree
Few decorations are as bound to their holiday as the Christmas tree. For those wishing to eschew the plastic needles and canned-pine scents of faux Christmas trees, Columbia County features many outlets carrying the real thing.

Lights will be on for holiday
Lights of the South is again illuminating Columbia County as the display opens this week.

Collaborative Web site promotes tourism, economic development
Visitors planning their next trip and business leaders looking for a place to relocate their companies now have a one-stop resource to learn about Columbia County, officials said Thursday.

Together for the holidays
Thanksgiving is often a day that brings families together. For Jim and Jackie Rozelle of Evans and George and Barbara Rozelle of Martinez, it's one of the few holidays they celebrate apart, depending on whose children are in town.

Police blotter
A former Harlem High School teacher accused of sexual assault against a student was granted bond of $100,000 at a Monday hearing.

Harlem Middle School Honor Roll
Complete list of Harlem Middle School students making the first nine weeks honor roll.

Photo: Help the hungry
Tim Bryant with the Richmond County Farm Bureau and Mary Cain with Columbia County Farm Bureau prepare to deliver grocery bags to Greene County.

Photo: New sign in place
Workers prepare to install a new sign in front of the Pizza Joint in Evans, which recently reopened.

Current events
Thanksgiving is a time for families. Whether yours is getting together here or far away, send us a photo and we'll publish a selection in an upcoming issue and online.

Thanksgiving quiz
The News-Times asked second-graders at Martinez Elementary School, "Who were the Pilgrims, and what did they eat at the first Thanksgiving?" Here are some of their answers.

Photo: Fair fun
Carla Lawson,3, of Columbia County enjoys fun-filled rides and games at the Columbia County Fair.

Get up and go
The Evans High School Dance Team will hold Parents Night Out from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 9 in the commons area. Tickets cost $5 per hour, per child, and $2.50 per hour for each additional child in the same family. Proceeds will defray costs for competitions.

Photos: Proud to be an American
Columbia County's Proud To Be An American Month celebration at First Baptist Church in Augusta was held Thursday. Here are some of the performers from the event:

Photo: Cheerleaders celebrate
The Greenbrier Wolfpack competition cheerleaders celebrate after finishing 4th place in the GSHA State AAAA competition this past weekend in Columbus.

Evans Elementary School Honor Roll
Complete list of Evans Elementary School students making the first nine weeks honor roll.

Riverside Middle School Honor Roll
Complete list of Riverside Middle School students making the first nine weeks honor roll.

Photo: Niagra visit
Evelyn and Tommy Price of Evans, recently visited Niagara Falls. Canada. They also visited Burlington, Vermont and Lake Placid and Lake George, NY in the Adirondacks.

Greenbrier Middle School Honor Roll
Complete list of Greenbrier Middle School students making the first nine weeks honor roll.

Photo: Smoke free, storm ready
Columbia County employees gather around a sign designating Columbia County a smoke-free and storm ready county after a ceremony in front of the Justice Center on Nov. 16. Commission Chairman Ron Cross (right) applauds as Roads and Bridges employees Ethan Wilson (left) and Jeff McLeod erect the sign.

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

Lewiston Elementary School Honor Roll Addendum
Cheryl Williams' fifth-grade class was inadvertently left off the Lewiston Elementary honor roll that ran Sunday, Oct. 29. The Columbia County News-Times regrets the error.

Thankfully, nation survives attacks
Camelot had crumbled. Through the window in the door of my classroom, I could see my teacher huddle against the principal as if crying. Telling us of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Ms. Turner said "I don't want you to be afraid, though, everything is going to be all right."

Thanksgiving proclaimed
Although there is some evidence of an event called "Thanksgiving" taking place in the Jamestown, Va., settlement in 1607, it is generally acknowledged that the origin of our current holiday was the three-day festival celebrated in Plymouth, Mass., in early November, 1621.

Thanks in bits and pieces
Thanksgiving is here. Every year I write about all the things for which I'm grateful. These are the big everyday things. Sometimes, we all forget about the bits and pieces that fill up our day with joy.

Reasons for gratitude are abundant
It's difficult to get in the mood for the holiday season when we're still mired in the election season. Indecision on Nov. 7 means Columbia County voters head back to the polls Dec. 5 to settle a couple of races.

Light the tree at a new site
One of my more difficult decisions in recent weeks will probably seem trivial to most people. I'm not talking about elections. Picking candidates was easy. I had to decide whether it was OK to have the county's Christmas tree lighting at a different location.

What is a holiday without a Grinch?
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and usually I write a column letting the readers know what I'm thankful for in sports. Well, this year I decided to change it up a bit.

Athlete Spotlight: Elena Hubbard and Josh Sapp
Many cross country runners spend their entire high school careers working to drop their personal best times and reach their goals. For two runners, the results have come earlier than they had thought.

Sports calendar
The Augusta Junior Rowing Team will conduct spring tryouts Jan. 8-10 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta Boathouse at 101 Riverfront Drive. Men and women ages 13-18 are invited to participate. No experience is necessary.

Athletes commit to schools early
As the early signing period came to a close last Wednesday, three area high school athletes still found time to secure their collegiate futures.

Teams not sure about this season
A jammed thumb on his shooting hand put Augusta Prep senior Chris Burch on the sidelines during basketball practice last week. While the rest of the Cavaliers continued with their drills, the injury gave Burch time to reflect on what the season might hold.

Skyhawks fly off with state title
Augusta Christian Schools' second state football title in as many years fell just out of grasp Friday when the Lions lost 28-17 to Hammond in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA championship game.


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