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Story 'grossly misrepresented' swimming community's impact
I was distressed after reading the article in Sunday's (Sept. 21) Chronicle, "Taxpayers question funding for facility," in reference to the proposed swimming facility in Columbia County. Ken Maleck, Martinez

Shelter attempts to care for abandoned puppies
An unexpected package was found on the sidewalk next to Heartsong Spay/Neuter Clinic Thursday morning.

To help in county, get 'hands on'
Hands On Columbia County officials need the community's help to promote and report on volunteer activities.

Pastor enjoys blessing of animals
In honor of the patron saint of animals, a Martinez church is inviting animal lovers to bring their pets to the Columbia County Amphitheater and Memorial Gardens on Saturday for a special blessing.

Spaghetti supper to aid food bank
Volunteers at the Columbia County Cares food pantry are hoping their annual spaghetti dinner Thursday will help them prepare for a busy fall and winter.

Planning board reviews rules for design
Columbia County planning commissioners unanimously agreed Thursday to review an ordinance that could change some design guidelines for developments surrounding the intersection of Evans to Locks and Furys Ferry roads.

Duke scholar focuses on studies
When the SAT is offered in December, a 12-year-old Evans pupil will join dozens of area high school students in taking the exam.

Freedom Ride benefits soldiers
Bikers and music lovers are invited to Columbia County on Saturday for the Freedom Ride 2008 Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival.

Clinics focus on respect between horses and riders
Raye Lochert, a West Coast horseman, will conduct equestrian clinics in Grovetown and Aiken this week.

Band brings Bon Jovi tunes to series
Music fans wanting to hear some of their favorite tunes from the past 25 years can head to the Columbia County Amphitheater on Sunday.

Kevin Belanger, Shepeard Community Blood Center CEO (from left), presents prizes to Ben Hastings, winner of a scooter, and Steve Eyrich, winner of a $1,000 gas card. All donors during the summer were entered in the drawings.

Mustang Valarie
Valarie Wingate, of Harlem, won a new Mustang for her work with BeautiControl, a beauty consulting firm. Co-workers and friends presented Wingate with the car at Culpepper Auto Outlet in Grovetown.

School Councils
- The Riverside Elementary School council will meet Tuesday, and on Nov. 18, Feb. 24 and March 24.

Current Events
The inaugural Sportsman's Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Wildwood Park. Spaces for cooks in the wild game cook-off, with prizes from $200 to $500, are available, and vendor spaces also are available. For information, call Jeb Bell at (706) 541-3761, or e-mail

Mark of a winner
Cindy Hill signs autographs for a fan at Academy Sports in Evans Saturday afternoon after winning the ESPN Women's Bassmaster Tournament at Clarks Hill Lake.

Time Capsule
As reported in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Sept. 17, 1980:

School Lunches
School Lunches

Pupils show their colors
Special Photo Second-graders from Brookwood Elementary School performed the musical Colors: We're Better Together.

Class Reunions
- The Butler High School class of 1978 is seeking members for a 30-year class reunion Oct. 3-4. For information, go to www.butler

Police Blotter
Fish tank burns at medical center

Is there more to Harlem indictment?
After the recent indictment of Harlem's public works director for violations of the federal Clean Water Act, two key questions hang in the air:

Roles reversed in home classroom
Pomegranate-raspberry beer in ladylike bottles cruised down the conveyor belt of Bi-Lo check-out lane No. 3, followed by glossy-covered Oprah and SELF magazines and four bananas. "No ice cream?" asked the checker as she scanned my purchases.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rumors pour into vacuum
The old saying, "nature hates a vacuum," has never been more true than when personnel problems arise in Columbia County's school system.

Pigskin Picks
Week 4 of the Pigskin Picks contest saw 122 entries, with no qualifiers getting all 10 correct. Five qualifiers picked nine games correctly, 16 qualifiers got eight correct and 43 qualifiers got the minimum seven right. There were 58 entries that did not get at least seven correct.

Sports Calendar
The inaugural Sportsman's Festival at Wildwood Park will be held Saturday. Vendors are being sought for displays, and contestants are wanted for a wild-game cook-off. For information, call Jeb Bell at (706) 541-3761, or e-mail

Bulldogs win
The Columbia County Bulldogs 9U travel baseball team won the Peach Belt Border Bash in Aiken on Sept 13-14. Team members are Davis Battle (front, from left), Tripp Morris, Brett Black, Blake Teston, Eric Becker, Matthew Turner and Brigham Clark; Tanner Aycock (back, from left), Zachary Wilson, Patrick Tom, Jared Muse and Blake Beggs. Coaches are Dean Morris, head coach Wesley Teston and Trey Adams. Coach Jeff Becker is not pictured.

Celebrating a golden rivalry
Evans fans Andrea Zirmba (left) and Hannah Starnes share a laugh during Friday's victory.

Athlete Spotlight: Scollier McLeod
Collier McLeod didn't need an introduction to horses.

Picks get a bit trickier as the season starts to get interesting
Well, I had a tough week on my picks as Glenn Hills rallied past Lakeside and Augusta Christian took care of Laurence Manning. (I am happy I lost that second pick, by the way.) That drops me to 8-3 thus far this season.

Evans continues winning streak
The Evans Knights completed an area sweep by beating Harlem, 41-7, on Friday.

Lakeside takes 2nd straight win
After the 15th installment of the Rogers Cup had been completed Thursday, Atom Young was the designated awards runner for Lakeside's JROTC Raider team.

Lakeside coach returns to field for 34-14 loss
Jody Grooms' return to the sidelines Friday appeared to be a low-key affair.


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