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Watchdog group CHANGE questions changes to planning board
Regarding proposed changes to the Columbia County Planning and Zoning Commission: This is one change CHANGE doesn't want, for several reasons.

Punjabi culture gets displayed
An Augusta organization of the Punjabi people of the Indian subcontinent will showcase their culture Saturday at the Belair Conference Center in Martinez.

Chili cook-off proceeds will help less fortunate children
The purchase of a spicy lunch Thursday at the Columbia County Amphitheater will help a county committee do something sweet for underprivileged children.

Fair to help fund area charities, renovations
A sure sign that autumn has arrived is the swirling carnival midway lights and smell of cotton candy and funnel cakes that come with the annual fall fair.

State party leader will visit
The state chairwoman of Georgia's Democratic Party is coming to Harlem on Monday to help raise money for Columbia County's local party.

Disease doesn't keep man from work, raising money
Martinez resident Jim Herzberg is one of the 1.5 million Americans who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

2007 Carve-the-Pumpkin Coloring Contest
Taylore Baker, 8, of Grovetown, took first prize in the 2007 Carve-the-Pumpkin Coloring Contest.

Ghoulish fun
Lt. Col. T.M. Weisz, of Evans, says he's always been a Halloween fanatic.

School marks 20 years
A roar rose from the crowded Lakeside High School stadium Friday when Paige Lutes was announced as the school's 2007-2008 Homecoming Queen on the school's 20-year anniversary.

Productions let children be the stars
For the past two months, students with the Children's Musical Theatre Ensemble have been memorizing their lines for two upcoming productions at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library.

Kazoobie Kazoo show host wants group participation
Sitting back and simply watching is not an option at Rick Hubbard's Kazoobie Kazoo Show.

Bel Air Elementary pupils share Halloween preferences
What will you be dressing up as for Halloween, and what is your favorite candy?

Rule changes will be considered
The person representing you on the Columbia County Planning Commission soon might not have to live in your district.

Passport fair to take applicants
At least for one day, Columbia County residents who need a passport will have twice as many places to apply.

Series in music to have finale
One of the sparse rain storms to hit the area in the past few months forced Columbia County officials to cancel the finale of a six-part concert series in September.

Photo: Halloween with a Heart
The annual event, co-sponsored by WJBF-TV, provides a safe, barrier-free, trick-or-treating opportunity to children with physical or mental disabilities.

Current events
The Busy Bees Quilting Group of Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 780 Old Louisville Road, in Harlem, will hold a fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (706) 556-3299.

Vacation photo
Elizabeth Connor, Mary Martin, June Roberts and Deann Gray Chase rode the Polar Express to Mooselake, Canada, during August.

Time capsule
As reported 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1974:

Pet of the week
This male Beagle mix is very friendly. 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.

Pumpkin contest winner
Taylore A. Baker, of Grovetown, a third-grader at Lewiston Elementary School, is the winner of The News-Times' and Fat Man's Forest's Carve the Pumpkin Halloween contest. For a sample of this year's entries, see pages 6 and 7, and go to to see all the entries.

Police blotter
Police were searching Monday for a group they believe is trying to scam seniors in Columbia County.

CASA volunteers sworn in
Judge Douglas Flanagan held a swearing-in ceremony for Child Enrichment CASA volunteers: Sonya Preston Bethune, Christi Thornton, Kathy Beeson, Carol Sylvester, Lisa Lindsey, Barbara Callis, William Rogers and Tonja Deans.

Photo: Cub Scouts carve pumpkins
The Cub Scout Bear Den with Pack 615 in Evans had a den meeting where everyone carved pumpkins.

School lunches

Fitting costume for Thomson's 'pranksters'
Halloween traditionally is a time of children dressing up in costume and playing innocent pranks.

Halloween monsters within us all
Well, the start of the fall and winter season is upon us. Halloween always comes first, and I usually write a column about little monsters coming to my door begging for goodies or threatening to paper my trees and house if I don't give them anything.

'Harvest' fest isn't the same
Halloween has undergone a strange transformation over the past few centuries.

Teams to see tough matchups this week
Here are my picks for this week. So far on the year I'm 31-8.

Lady Cavaliers roll to second title
Another state championship trophy belongs to Augusta Prep. The Lady Cavaliers volleyball team picked up its second consecutive state title over the weekend with an undefeated march through the GISA Class AAA state tournament.

Photos: Sports accomplishments
The Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack softball team won a spot at Sectionals to move on to the state finals tournament where the team finished fourth.

Pigskin picks
Week nine proved to be brutal again, with major upsets dumping 87 Pigskin Pickers in the non-qualifying basket. Also, six were disqualified for multiple entries. Just 42 qualified, and for the second week in a row, none picked all 10 games correctly.

Volleyball teams finish
A trio of Columbia County volleyball teams finished the 2007 season at the state sectionals last weekend.

Lions focus on postseason after defeat
Regular season football didn't end well for the Augusta Christian Lions, but it didn't change their outlook for the postseason.

Lakeside picks up county's only football victory
Only one Columbia County football team picked up a win over the weekend. Lakeside's 27-8 region victory over Wayne County came on homecoming night at Panthers Stadium.

Greenbrier team happy in 4th place
The softball season came to an end over the weekend for Greenbrier. The Lady Wolfpack squad was the only team from Columbia County still in postseason contention when they traveled to Columbus, Ga., last week for the Class AAAA state finals tournament.

Athlete Spotlight: Chad Chandler and Kyle Tudor
Chad Chandler and Kyle Tudor are the perfect example of what the Lakeside football program has experienced over the past two years.


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