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County needs to 'step back' from spending taxpayers into hole
Columbia County is digging a hole! They talk about a water park when they haven't finished Blanchard Woods Park. For years the sign said "Your tax dollars at work." Doing what? Nothing! Gloria Wilson, Evans

Aquatic center would be 'a tremendous asset to our community'
We encourage you to vote "yes" for the proposed bond referendum for the Columbia County aquatic and tennis center. Frank and Kim Garrison, Evans

Bike ride will raise money for Fort Gordon's Fisher House
More than 600 bikers are expected to participate in a fundraiser and awareness drive for Fort Gordon's Fisher House.

Red Ribbon Week raises red flags about drugs
As the employee assistance program coordinator for the Army Substance Abuse Program, Michael Reed sees a lot of young people who believe alcoholism and drug addiction happens only to other people.

Grovetown unites for trash, treasure sale
Residents of Grovetown will come together in one large cleaning-out effort at the town's annual Fall Trash and Treasure Yard Sale.

Scripture is key to hormonal issues, local physician says
An Augusta physician and author will be in Columbia County on Saturday to speak about women's hormonal issues.

PeachMac's Apple store opens in Evans
Macintosh enthusiasts in the area can sink their teeth into juicy news.

Officials forecast fewer new pupils
Following a recent trend of slowed growth, Columbia County school officials expect the system's enrollment to increase by just 261 pupils next school year.

A swinging good time
Oktoberfest 2008 will continue from noon until 5 p.m. today at Fort Gordon's Barton Field. Admission costs $15. Call (706) 791-6779.

Marines run for comrades lost in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan
The fourth annual Marine Tribute Run will begin at 9 a.m. today at Fort Gordon's Barton Field.

Driving Class will talk safety
A seminar designed to help keep new drivers safe will be held Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.

St. Teresa's celebrates anniversary, move to county
A Catholic parish that started in a home is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.

Appetizing renditions
The artwork of two Columbia County residents will appear in a cookbook that both tempts the taste buds and pleases the eyes.

Military Milestones
Navy Airman Apprentice Rashaan R. Hardy , son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Wilson Sr., of Augusta, has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Current Events
Monday is the deadline for entries in the Columbia County Merchants Association 2008 Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant, to be held Saturday. Contestants ages 17-24 are being sought. The contest is open to single women with judging in interview, swimsuit and evening gown. Applications are available at all Columbia County high schools. For information, call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645 or Debbie Zapata at (706) 863-3754.

Health Calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722-7403 and send e-mail to Please include a contact name and phone number.

Vacation photos
Taking a trip out of town or heading to a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to cnt@newstimesonline. com. Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

Military Newsmakers
Army Reserve Pfc. Cara L. Crawford has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia. Crawford is the daughter of Melissa Spicer of Robertsdale, Ala., and granddaughter of Richard and Linda Crawford of Martinez.

Emergency response team grows
Columbia County's emergency response team added 25 new members with the recent graduation of Group 12, which completed its seven weekly training sessions, simulation and exam to become certified. Group 12 members will be presented certificates at Tuesday's county commission meeting. New team members are Andy Anderson, Shena Binns, Felicia Brown, Johnny Brown, Helen Burton, Gene Clark, Sylvia Clark, Judy Davidson, Margaret Doss, Tom Gunnels, Diana Hamilton, Kip Hamilton, Margaret Kim, Andrew Lines, Jose Lugo, Valerie Martin, Daniel Mayne, Eric Meaders, Michael O'Byrne, Stephanie Pilcher, Bruce Robinson, Shari Tyson, Raam Vichare, Kristina Wendorf and Marcie Wingo.

Property Transfers
Matthew J. Zaremba to Jeffery D. Johnson, 315 Scarlett Court, $147,500.

A spooky time at Haunted Trails
Visitors to the Lakeside's Haunted Trails grope their way through the dark as they walk through the exhibit.

Lori Leigh Banguilan and Alryan Zorilla Banguilan, Oct. 6, 2008.

ST. Teresa of Avila Church anniversary gallery
A train takes the children of St. Teresa's around the parking lot at the parish's 40th anniversary carnival on Saturday, Oct. 11.

School Lunch Menus
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The following local students have graduated from Excelsior College: Matthew Post, of Martinez, has earned a bachelor of science; Leon Haymon, of Evans, has earned a bachelor of science; Daniel Tilsner, of Evans, has earned a bachelor of science.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Fax (706) 722-7403 or e-mail

Police Blotter
Sex offender enters plea of not guilty in new case

Get Up and Go
Grovetown Middle School will hold a parent workshop with tips on encouraging children to read more at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school. For information, call (706) 855-2514.

Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc., a non-profit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708.

Say 'yes' to aquatics and tennis center
On Nov. 4, Columbia County voters will cast ballots for president, and for a new aquatic and tennis center. The two aren't related, but I hope the large turnout will bring out voters who support progress and improving the quality of life for all residents.

Nicest people also are busy
The nicest folks in the world work at the Columbia County Board of Elections.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fiery Handel keeps up fight for vote ID
At a time when "politician" is about the dirtiest word possible, no matter what the party, one of Georgia's elected officials deserves high praise.

Cabbage, kale pack color
The quest to keep color in the garden can be difficult during the winter months. To help maintain a colorful garden throughout the year, gardeners often resort to ornamental cabbage and kale.

Soldiers in transition getting involved
Last year, Shannan Tilson needed more boats to ensure the first Take Our Troops Fishing event on Clarks Hill Lake was a success.

Jaguars get a lift from Newman's best finish
Augusta State sophomore Carter Newman, of Evans, posted his best career finish for the school's men's golf team at this year's Duke Coca-Cola Individual Collegiate.

Sports Calendar
Milton Ruben Chevrolet in Augusta will hold Chevy Pro Night 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Fishing fans can chat with Jimmy Houston, Larry Nixon, Luke Clausen, Kim Stricker, Dion Hibdon, Sondra Rankin and David Fritts. The anglers will sign autographs, pose for photos and offer advice. The first 100 fans will receive a free FLW Outdoors hat.

Bulldogs teaching through basketball
Chants of "CMS, CMS, CMS" that shook the gym at Columbia Middle School on Tuesday created the atmosphere of a Raiders home basketball game.

Persimmon tree provides colorful fruit
What is this little orange-colored fruit that is growing alongside the road? This is a question that I get very often this time of the year. Usually, the question comes after someone tried one of these fruits and either liked it or thought it tasted horrible.

Wolfpack's 13th region crown in a row one of area's numerous championships
If ESPN held a TitleTown USA competition based on region championships, Columbia County would be a lock.

Avoiding cold is best prevention for hypothermia
It's probably heresy for Southerners to talk about cold weather and cold water. However, while our season is short, the water and air do get cold, and that combination can become deadly without proper care.


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