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Roper demonstrates 'if you fool most of the people, you become judge'
If you fool most of the people, you get to become judge. But, if experience does count, Bill Williams is the next judge!

Comments on private life of late juvenile court judge 'sink to new low'
I read with much interest Barry Paschal's Nov. 19 column regarding Herbert Kernaghan and the juvenile court. It appears Paschal has sunk to all- time low with his assertion about Kernaghan's private life after the man is dead.

Problems with Augusta Airport service not comical; they're 'a tragedy'
That's it. I've had it. No more flying from or into Augusta. Here is a quick, cumulative summary of my last five flights to Atlanta from Augusta and the four returns from Atlanta to Augusta:

Delays stall fight against flu
Like many other clinics and doctors nationwide, the Columbia County Health Department anxiously awaited the arrival of more influenza vaccine.

Gator fan wishes bad karma on thieves
If college football is a religion in the South, some personal shrines in Columbia County have been desecrated in recent weeks.

Young authors compete in writing children's books
Following the longtime author's adage of writing what you know, Evans Middle seventh-grader Crystal Hernandez focused her story on a dancer.

Teens get lesson in comics during library media swap
Instead of checking out books, Eva Fournier of Evans came to the Columbia County Library to swap.

Meal switch could cost grant
Grovetown officials are set to consider switching meal providers to their senior center at Monday's city council meeting.

Disc golf center and courses under construction in Appling
The international home for disc golf is beginning to take shape at Wildwood Park in Appling.

Those who serve are treated to meal, hugs, many thanks
Fort Gordon soldiers walked into Harlem's fourth annual Military Thanksgiving event Tuesday ready to serve.

Harlem hopes to help families with toy drive
The city of Harlem is collecting toys in hopes of brightening children's faces on Christmas morning.

Restaurants slow to respond to city's alcohol referendum
A year after Grovetown residents passed a referendum that officials hoped would attract sit-down restaurants to the city, El Kiosko remains the only such business.

13-year-old hopes for great things in her music career
When she was only 2 years old, Caroline Bost stood on a Columbia County fair stage and sang her heart out, singing her own rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Early voting for runoff commences on Monday
Columbia County voters don't have to wait until Dec. 5 to cast a ballot in the General Election runoff.

Hospital's facilities expand in Evans
University Hospital and county officials shoveled dirt Friday, breaking ground on a $13 million medical office building at the health care company's Evans campus.

Current events
The News-Times is looking for families who have gone all out to light up their homes for Christmas. Call Preston Sparks at (706) 863-6165, or e-mail

Photos: Brodheckers sign
Evans graduate Josh Brodhecker has signed to play baseball with USC Salkehatchie, a junior college in Allendale, S.C.

School Lunch Menu
School lunch menu for Columbia County schools.

Photo: Diamond Dogs go undefeated
The Columbia County Diamond Dogs 15-and-under Majors USSSA traveling team went undefeated and was the 16-and-under champions of the 3rd Annual November Wood Bat Championships held at Diamond Lakes Regional Park on November 11-12.

School Councils
The Riverside Middle School council will meet at 3 p.m. in the media center Monday and Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and April 30. For information, call (706) 868-3714.

Martinez Elementary School Honor Rolls
First Nine Weeks honor roll for Martinez Elementary School

Get Up & Go
VFW Post 6445, in Harlem, is seeking donations of new or used DVDs to be sent to soldiers serving overseas.

Bel Air Elementary School Honor Rolls
First nine weeks honor roll for Bel Air Elementary School.

John Harris, a sophomore boarding student at McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., received honors for his classroom performance during the second semester of the 2005-06 school year.

Property transfers
Abtin Tashakori to Kenneth Michael Henry Jr., 3706 Wexford Place South, $219,000.

Police Blotter
A fire destroyed an Evans home late Monday, causing burns to the hands of an occupant.

Stuff to do
Broadstrokes Gallery will present a Celtic Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Meeting Center on North Belair Road in Evans.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens.

Greyhound of the week
Junior is a handsome 3-year-old brindle male greyhound who is looking for a loving home. He will make a great companion who would love you so much.

Vacation photo
Jin and Russell Brown, of Grovetown, are a safe distance from Mount Arenal, an active volcano in the Costa Rica highlands. The Browns also cruised through the Panama Canal and along the Pacific coast of Central America.

How necessary are our apologies?
Sometimes, no matter how often we apologize, our gaffe just won't go away. Following his speech against violence in the name of any religion, no doubt Pope Benedict XVI repeated his apology far more times than the number indicated in the liturgy.

Martha Moore blazed trails in county
Any politician can keep a finger in the wind, wait for favorable conditions and then jump into a race with a strong likelihood of victory.

Ears still ring from cheering
Imagine a room the size of Bell Auditorium. Picture it filled with hundreds of costumed teens, ear-splitting music and a cacophony of cowbells, air horns and screaming moms.

Sports Calendar
The Augusta Junior Rowing Team will conduct spring tryouts Jan. 8-10 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta Boathouse at 101 Riverfront Drive.

Coach set to rebuild in spite of late start
It's that time of year for Augusta Christian boys basketball coach Marty Griffin. The time when he's supposed to snap his fingers and work some magic.

Augusta Prep teams take victories in their new gym
Augusta Prep's new gymnasium saw its first basketball action this past Monday night.

Greenbrier defeats rival in comeback
A single phrase came from dozens of mouths in the Greenbrier student section at last Monday's boy's basketball game against Evans.

Greenbrier teams claim two early-season championships
Basketball season couldn't have started any better for the Greenbrier basketball teams. In the annual Turkey Tip-Off Tournament this past week, Greenbrier boys and girls squads took first place with wins over Evans and Harlem to claim the early-season tournament championship.

Pigskin Picks
Each winner, drawn from the week's qualifiers, receives a Pigskin Picks Koozie and a $10 Rhinehart's gift certificate. Prizes may be picked up at The News-Times office during office hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tough season ends, but highlights deserve a mention
Another season of football is in the books, and 2006 was a tough year for the county. August Christian was the lone Columbia County team to make the state playoffs again.


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