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School system is 'lucky to have such a caring, wonderful nurse'
I would like to speak on behalf of Priscilla Stringfellow, the school nurse at South Columbia Elementary. My son has been a student at South Columbia since he was lucky enough to be drawn for Pre-K four years ago. This would have been his fourth year at South Columbia, except that he was placed at Evans Elementary against my will...

Annual Fire Fest to include fire safety lessons, activities
The fireman's muster, a competition that tests the skill and endurance of firefighters, is just one of many events that will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the 10th Annual FireFest.

Flu Shot Clinics
Columbia County's Health Department is holding a series of flu clinics during October. No appointments are necessary. Injections cost $25; FluMist costs $30.

Give animals good home for less at adoption event
Nearly 30 animals will be available this weekend at the Columbia County Animal Care and Control's semiannual pet adoption event, where fees are reduced and special incentives offered.

Developers can clear land for Publix
A Publix supermarket planned for the intersection of Washington Road and William Few Parkway received preliminary plat approval Thursday from the Columbia County Planning Commission.

Seminar seeks to strengthen marriage
To help with all stages of marriage, Central Church of Christ, 3650 Old Petersburg Road Martinez, will present a marriage seminar Friday and Saturday featuring Donnie Hilliard, a professor of biblical and family studies at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.

Magician to combine his craft with literature in performance
A magical scarefest combining the works of classic literature and frightening tricks will take place Thursday at the Columbia County Library.

County puts more vans in service
Columbia County officials recently approved a nearly $10,000 expenditure that will bring more than $170,000 worth of new vans into the Public Transit garages.

Teacher builds trust with pupils
The day after winning Columbia County's Teacher of the Year award, Bel Air Elementary School teacher Michele Rigsby led her fourth-grade pupils through an exercise to solicit orangutan baby sitters.

Students to spoof classics
Three Greenbrier High School drama students will parody Shakespeare's plays in a production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 8 p.m. Saturday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

Harlem's Hardy festival marks 20th anniversary
Harlem celebrated the 20th annual Oliver Hardy Festival on Saturday in honor of its best-known native son.

Fort Discovery wants you
Fort Discovery is looking for more volunteers. "Our mission is to excite our youths on science and math," volunteer coordinator Kathy Thibault said. "We do a good job of that, but we need more volunteers to help us."

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

ACS teaches Johnny Appleseed story
Elementary students at Augusta Christian Schools celebrated Johnny Appleseed Week with activities such as making recipes with apples, making apple glasses, constructing an apple mobile, stenciling apple T-shirts, and making an apple picture frame. Throughout the week teachers taught about the life of Johnny Appleseed. Tammy West's first-grade class displays their stenciled apple T-shirts: Jimmy Miller (front row, from left) Rachel White, Campbell Passmore, Jordan Heath, Catie Hulsey and Abbi Mutimer; and Pablo Martell (back row, from left), MacKenzie Horne, Zachary Fleming, Seth Sanders and Maddie Jeffares.

Gallery of weekend events
The Wine Festival at Savannah Rapids Pavilion had a large turnout. The event showcased local wine vendors, along with flowers from the Augusta Rose Society.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Get Up and Go
Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, in Evans, will hold its annual fall yard sale from 7-11 a.m. Saturday.

The following students have been named to the Presidential Honors List at the University of Georgia for the 2008 summer semester: Grovetown: Ryan Michelle Tharp, Evans: Jori Danae McMurtrey, Amy Elizabeth Sunderland, Lisa Alexandra Hess, Marie Danielle Dabbs, Martinez: Muktha Sundar Natrajan, Abigail Garrison Zylla and Jaina Jagadish Patel.

Women educators meet
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Gamma Omega Chapter, an organization of key women educators, held its first meeting for the 2008-2010 biennium on Sept. 13 at Amberly Clubhouse in Evans. Twenty-seven members from Columbia and McDuffie counties attended. Five new members from Columbia County who were initiated were Brenda Adams, Anna Connolly, Jennifer Powell, Natalie Wharton and Jane White. Angie Roberts of McDuffie County was reinstated.

Pet of the week
This female Australian cattle dog is about a year old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Time Capsule
As reported 28 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1980:

Five-vehicle crash kills man
A five-vehicle wreck on Washington Road near Halali Farm Road on Thursday killed a man and sent two others to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Edwin Sanchez, 44, of Hephzibah, died Friday morning at MCG from blunt force-trauma injuries. Travis Howard, 37, of Appling, was charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree and following too closely, according to jail records. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Saturday on a $2,700 bond. Howard's Ford pickup collided with a Saturn and a Buick LeSabre about 3:15 p.m., said Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Diarenzo. The truck ran off the road into a ditch. The Buick was pushed into two other cars. The driver of the Buick and one of its passengers were taken to MCG with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening, Diarenzo said. Sanchez, the front-seat passenger in the Buick, had to be cut out of the car and flown to the hospital.

Current events
Early voting for the Nov. 4 General Election is possible at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 500 Faircloth Drive, in Evans. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Reform needed to fix financial crisis
The United States is now a year into one of the biggest economic crises of its history. All over the news and radio the talking heads are "explaining" what caused the problem. Too much regulation! Too little regulation! Republican policies! Democrat policies!

Saxon can't read or spell
When a candidate is running for office, especially one the size of a congressional district, he or she ought to have the details of that district down pat.

Celebrate our county's namesake
Somehow, it seems strange that Columbia County waited until this year to celebrate Columbus Day.

Athlete Spotlight: Nigel Charles and Reuben Faloughi
Marty Jackson had worried prior to the new football season that he'd lost too much from a 2007 defense that helped Evans High School to a playoff berth. The Knights coach wasn't sure he could replace the likes of Tim Tillman, Mykel Green, and Trey Golston.

Pigskin Picks
Week Six of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 120 entries, with two qualifiers getting all 10 games correct. Nine qualifiers got nine correct, 20 qualifiers picked eight correctly; and 33 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct.

Evans marches toward 6-0 start
It was a week of thrillers as Lakeside used a 48-yard field goal (it would have been good from 60 yards) from Michael Combs to knock off Hephzibah 18-16, and Augusta Christian needed overtime for a second straight week to get past Heathwood Hall.

Panthers rally again for region victory
Lakeside now has a reference point for each time it faces a game like it did Friday. The Panthers, who were shocked by Glenn Hills on Sept. 19 after they had led 14-0, have come from behind in the second half to win each of the past two weeks.

Sports Calendar
The Roadrunners, a fastpitch 16-U softball team, will hold a tryout at Patriot's Park on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Those who plan to attend should call (706) 394-9144 or (706) 650-7937.

Petersburg team goes to Tennis Challenge
The 10-and-under Junior Tennis League team from Petersburg Racquet Club represented Georgia in the annual Georgia/Florida Junior Team Tennis Challenge held in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 20-21. Team members are Connor Gandy (from left), Cameron Frank, Matthew Chester, Sydney Quick, Falkner Hain and Meagan Marin.

Lions go the distance
William Banks didn't want to see another overtime after what had happened the week before.

Augusta Prep inducts first Hall of Fame class
Walter Davis was among those in the first class inducted into the Steve Boyd Athletic Hall of Fame at Augusta Prep.


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