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Aquatic and tennis center would be 'great addition' to community
I plan to vote "yes" for building an aquatic/tennis center in Columbia County. What a great addition to our community this would be. Not only is swimming a great form of exercise for all ages, but it is an excellent competitive sport for our children. B. Eichel, Martinez

Citizens of Columbia County should vote 'no' to ballot questions
For very simple reasons, I urge all citizens of Columbia County to cast "no" votes on the proposed Georgia Constitutional amendments and on the Special Election provisions presented on the upcoming November ballot. Brett S. McGuire, Appling

Fast food restaurants in legal fight over designs
Though the two restaurant chains have far different menus, Zaxby's is accusing Egg Roll Express of copying their restaurant's design with its new Evans building.

Greenbrier names homecoming queen
When Greenbrier High School named its 2008 Homecoming Queen Friday, Mallory Marlowe wasn't expecting to don the sparkling tiara.

Historic farms are honored
Two local farms, J.C. Dunn Properties at Cobbham and Alexandria Establishment, both owned by William Dunn Wansley, were among 10 farms to be recognized Oct. 3 by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other organizations at the Georgia National Fair in Perry.

More money, less boredom attract retirees to work
When Jim Mayfield retired from the nursery business in 2003, he looked forward to a less-structured daily routine.

Programs welcome fall days
Autumn has arrived and coordinators at Mistletoe State Park are taking advantage of the cooler temperatures by offering many fall programs.

Weekend gallery
Donna Bailey Sabelli (left), of Martinez, and Kathy Christine, of Augusta, help out at the Italian-American Club booth.

Wreck sends man to hospital
A wreck Friday on Interstate 20 sent a Martinez man to the hospital after his vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler. Jonathan Brett Alley, 22, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia with injuries that were not life-threatening, said Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Matt Parham. The wreck occurred about 5 p.m. when Alley was driving a Ford Explorer west down a ramp onto I-20 from Lewiston Road and lost control, Parham said. The Explorer ran off the road into a construction area at the bottom of the ramp, hit a traffic barrel, and struck the 18-wheeler from the side,. The Explorer overturned, and both vehicles veered into the median. Alley was released from MCG on Friday. He was charged with failure to maintain his lane and failure to yield.

Evans Middle art pupils focus on knights
Mary Harris' eighth-grade art pupils at Evans Middle School were asked to decorate a knight figure in the style of a particular artist. The knights will be displayed around the school.

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

Pet of the Week
This male Lhasa Apso mix is 3 years 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. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Where to get Flu Shots
Flu Clinics

Current Events
Lakeside High School's JROTC will hold a "haunted trail" fundraiser at the school from 7:30-10:30 p.m. today and Thursday and 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Cost is $2, with 5-and-under free. Hayrides cost $1.

Zen and the art of street design
The concept of "traffic calming" might sound like it involves lighting candles and meditating - not a bad idea for anyone who has been stuck in the snarled traffic at rush hour on any number of commuter routes in Columbia County.

How to get by on just $3 mil
OK, so I admit I'm no financial genius. I'm in the wrong business to cultivate that talent.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Columnist's picks draw more winners than losers
Last week's picks went pretty well. I was way off on Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, as the Musketeers shut out the Panthers 30-0. However, I picked Harlem to win 23-20 over Cross Creek (they won 27-24) and I had Evans topping Westside 37-16 (they won 35-10).

Knights light up the Patriots
Perhaps overshadowed during Evans' undefeated start has been its production on offense. The Knights showed off their balance again Friday with a 35-10 win over Westside.

Harlem notches 1st win of year
Richmond Academy continued its surprising season Friday by beating Lakeside 30-0 at Panther Stadium.

Pigskin Picks
Week Seven of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 124 entries with no qualifiers picking all 10 games correctly; 11 qualifiers got nine correct; 26 qualifiers got eight correct; and 29 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct. There were 58 entries that did not get at least seven correct, and one late mailed entry. Remember: All entries must be mailed no later than Thursday.

Athlete Spotlight: Michael Combs
What was perhaps the observation of the year came at midseason from Lakeside coach Jody Grooms

Disabled play adaptive golf tourney at Bartram Trail course
Luther Clark drives on the 18th tee during the 2008 Adaptive Golf Challenge at Bartram Trail Golf Course. At right, Matt Miklas putts on the 18th green as Mark Thompson watches during the 2008 Adaptive Golf Challenge at Bartram Trail Golf Course. Thompson was playing in the tournament with his old golfing buddies for the first time after becoming disabled. Thirteen golfers with physical disabilities were paired up with able-bodied golfers to increase awareness that persons with disabilities can play golf competitively.

Racing Results
Wesley Underwood, a local driver in his first year, captured the 2008 Points Championship in the Road Warrior Division at Gordon Park Speedway, in Grovetown.

Sports Calendar
The Evans High School Touchdown Club invites anyone associated with the original football team, established in 1958, to join it for the Knights' final home game of the season on Nov. 7. Team members are invited to a pre-game meal at West Acres Baptist Church at 2:45 p.m. For information, call the Evans Touchdown Club at (706) 863-1198 or Terri Freeman at (706) 829-2226.


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