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Coach who ran illegal play is 'unfit to teach high school in any capacity'
Editor:In Billy Byler's Nov 11 column, he described Lakeside High coach Jody Grooms as a model citizen and a high-class person who made a mistake by using an illegal "trick play" in a high school football game. This obviously was not a heat-of-the-moment thing, so let's consider what actually happened.

Cheerleaders' reactions give 'remarkable example of sportsmanship'
Editor: I am writing to share a remarkable example of perseverance and sportsmanship involving three Columbia County schools.

County anticipates getting $89 million
Columbia County property owners face a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline to pay their taxes.

Students honor wounded veterans with letters, candy
The soldiers in the Active Duty Rehab Gym at the Uptown Division of the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers received a different type of therapy Thursday.

Fellowship of faiths
A Martinez church will play host Sunday to a service of thanksgiving featuring three of the world's great religions.

Course will teach teens driving skills
Car crashes are the No. 1 killer among teens in the state, and one local watchdog group is hoping to do something to change that.

Educator celebrates her 95th birthday
The Bessie Thomas Senior Center was packed with well-wishers on Sunday, as friends, family members and former students gathered to wish a happy 95th birthday to the center's namesake.

Take precautions to heat home safely
Victoria C. Quiller, 87, died Feb. 6 after her Martinez home caught fire.

Home destroyed in morning blaze
No one was injured in a Saturday morning fire that caused "extensive damage" to a home in Evans, Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue officials said.

Current Events
The Harlem City Council meeting normally held on the third Monday of the month has been rescheduled. A work session will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at city hall, with a meeting to follow.

Time Capsule
As reported 51 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Nov. 8, 1956:

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

Euchee Creek Elementary
First Nine Weeks

Get Up and Go
Vendors are wanted for the seventh annual Stevens Creek Elementary Shopping Extravaganza, to be held from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 29 at the school. For information, call Donna at (706) 868-3705.

Columbia County schools celebrate Veterans Day
The Lakeside Middle School chorus sings Who's There during the Americana program at First Baptist Church.

Evans Elementary School Honor Roll
First Nine Weeks

Lewiston Elementary School Honor Roll
First Nine Weeks

Pet of the week
This blue-eyed female Husky is between 3 and 4 years 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. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens cost $20. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Harlem wins drama awards
The Harlem drama department cast and crew won Region 3-AAA on Oct. 29 for their production of The Rainmaker by Richard N. Nash at Georgia Southern University. Individual awards went to: Jonna Hundley, Best Actress; Eric Mills, Best Supporting Actor and Josh Overby, Best Actor. They also won Best Set and Best Costumes. The cast will present a public performance on Thursday at Harlem High School at 7 p.m. in preparation for the State AAA one-act competition.

Greenbrier Middle School Honor Roll
First Nine Weeks

Alpha Delta Kappa gives to children
Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle signs a proclamation declaring October as Alpha Delta Kappa Month in Columbia County, with Alpha Epsilon Chapter President Bette Wilcher.

Memories of the county fair
Thomson brothers Jordan Tankersley, 12, left, and Jameson Tankersley, right, watch their sister Jenna Tankersley, 9, try to win a goldfish at the fair.

Greene made example for all
Joe Greene never signed my book.

Coaching scandal will run its course
We all know the story.

Embattled Lakeside coach should keep his job
Editors' Note: The Columbia County School Board met Tuesday night to discuss Lakeside High School head football coach Jody Grooms, after this column went to press .

Evans clinches state playoff berth
Regular season football is done, but Evans isn't.

Athlete Spotlight
A young Augusta Christian defense began the season with a challenge. It started in the secondary.

Pigskin Picks
Week 11 proved to be another good week with 83 qualifiers and only 43 non-qualifiers, along with some late entries. No one picked all 10 games correctly, and only four picked nine games correctly. A reminder: Entries are limited to one per person and two per household, per week. Multiple or late entries are disqualified.

Coach Holder speaks about Grooms scandal
On Friday, Nov. 2, Lakeside football coach Jody Grooms called an illegal play that he might never live down. It happened in the closing minutes of a 7-0 loss to Effingham County and didn't go according to plan both on the field and off.

Lakeside's Bowles finishes third
Lakeside freshman Anna Bowles topped off her first year as a competitive cross country runner with a finish at the state meet most experienced senior runners could only dream of.

Lions roar into state finals
Consider the rematch set.

Harlem marks homecoming
The Bulldogs' loss to Cross Creek High School couldn't spoil a special night Friday for Harlem High's Kacee Camp, who was named the school's homecoming queen for 2007.


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