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County's bus drivers and bus assistants need appreciation, too
I know the Columbia County Board of Education really appreciates all of its administrators, secretaries, teachers, paraprofessionals, media specialists, cafeteria workers, custodians, etc. Pamela Sullivent, Harlem

Aquatic center would allow citizens to 'keep families at home'
Please vote for the bond referendum for the aquatic and tennis center. Columbia County needs this and it will improve the quality of life for all citizens. Janet Jones, Evans

Renewal of sales tax is 'an absolute necessity' for county projects
The failure to renew the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) will be detrimental to the communities we live and work in. Columbia County has proven to be a good steward of our funds and a visionary in the projects that they have chosen to support through past SPLOST funding. Michael A. Bullard, Chairman, The Committee for Progress through SPLOST

Symphony to feature Russian musicians
The second concert of the Augusta Symphony's Columbia County Music Series will feature two Russian artists.

Educators produce books on the side
Though not necessarily writing the great American novel, at least six Columbia County educators have written or illustrated books. Some books were written for children, some for fellow teachers and others out of a sense of historical curiosity.

Battle of Bands showcases county talent
Lakeside High School will serve as the battleground as rockers from Columbia County high schools showcase their musical talent. Battle of the Bands will take place from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 8 in Lakeside High's Commons Area. The show will feature six bands performing one 30-minute set each.

Commission cuts two unfilled jobs
Columbia County's Management Services director and Engineering director positions no longer exist on the payroll. The commissioners eliminated the posts Tuesday. Neither position was staffed. The duties were spread among other departments.

Fair features old, new festivities for friends, family
As cooler weather arrives, so does the 43rd annual Columbia County Fall Fair. The Merchants Association of Columbia County will hold 10 days of games, food and fun at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road across from Patriots Park.

Bookstore's move sends writers' support group to library
While many people flock to the Columbia County Library to read books, one group recently meeting there might want to write them. CSRA Writers held their monthly meeting in Columbia County Monday for the first time in the group's more than 12 years of existence.

Event helps raise awareness of injured troops
Area motorcyclists plan to ride through Grovetown on Saturday to support injured soldiers.

Flu Clinics
Columbia County's Health Department is holding a series of flu-shot clinics during October. No appointments are necessary. Injections cost $25; FluMist costs $30. For information, call (706) 868-3330.

Things To Do
Gould Hagler of Atlanta will be the guest speaker at the Major General Ambrose Ransom Wright Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting, at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the private dining room of the Side Track Bar and Grill, 4027 Washington Road. For information, call John Partridge at (706) 863-7172, or David Butler at (706) 869-0586, or go to

Class Reunions
- The Harlem High School class of 1998 is holding its 10-year reunion at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Windmill Plantation Clubhouse in Evans. For information, contact Stephanie (Gunn) Lewis at, or (706) 869-7898.

Columbia County Middle School Honor Roll
Columbia Middle School Honor Roll

Current events
Columbia County Community events is seeking area businesses to join in the "Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat" Halloween event, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Patriots Park. There is no charge to participate. For more information, call (706) 312-7192.

Get up and go
The Senior Citizens Council will hold a senior recruitment fair at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 218 Oak St., behind Bojangles in Martinez. For reservations, call (706) 868-0120.

Young people on a mission
Evans High School student Chris Kerr went on a mission trip with First Baptist Church of Augusta to the Baptist Youth World Conference in Leipzig, Germany. More than 6,300 youth from 89 countries came together in worship, mission opportunities, cultural exchange, family groups, seminars, and global understanding. Chris is pictured here with a Hungarian girl who also attend the conference.

Five generations of family
There are now five generations of women in the family of 3-week-old Taylor Michelle Fortier. The family includes Mary Nell Johnston, grandmother; Laurie Fortier, mother; Nell Wainwright, great-great-grandmother; and Mary Ayers, great-grandmother.

Lunch Menus
Lunch Menus

Adoption showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped.

Property transfers
Brush and Associates LLC to Franco A. Reyes, 5049 Reynolds Way, $229,800.

Nathan's opens for business
Nathan's opened Monday in the same building as Bruster's Ice Cream in Evans.

John Dustin Coleman and Tamara Ann Coleman, Oct. 10, 2008.

Students celebrate reading
Greenbrier Middle School students celebrated the love of reading during Teen Read Week on Oct. 13-15 with a variety of activities organized through the school library.

Marriage Licenses
Brandon Shaver Kesler and Sasha Brandy Cecelia McKenzie applied for a marriage license on Oct. 2, 2008, and were married Oct. 2, 2008, in Evans.

Time Capsule
As reported 35 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1973:

Police Blotter
An employee of a Martinez spa was arrested Tuesday evening after she offered sexual favors to an undercover investigator, police said.

Election Gallery
U. S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (right) talks to Columbia County Commissioner-elect Scott Dean (left) and state Rep.-elect Lee Anderson in front of the Justice Center in Evans during the Chambliss Bus Tour on Tuesday.

Arrest raises fears of 'massage parlors'
Nearly 10 years ago, after a crackdown by the sheriff's office, seedy "massage parlors" were driven out of Columbia County.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, October 26, 2008.

Iron is hot, for Dems, it's not
Though their rhetoric might have the ring of the Confederate bumper-sticker declaration, "Forget, hell!" Columbia County's Democrats are hoping for reconstruction.

Jones Creek sale complete
Ray Mundy stopped mid-sentence to scan his BlackBerry. An e-mail had just been pushed through. He needed to show somebody.

Prep Calendar

Harlem student takes archery global
Samantha Pruitte is looking forward to some time off from international archery competition. And even then, the Harlem High School senior will stay busy with an after-school job and homework.

Plant yard to come alive with fall color
The fall is a great time of the year because the temperature is dropping and the leaves are changing colors. I like to head to the mountains this time of the year to see the mountains splashed with the many different colors that the different plants provide.

Lakeside wins cheerleader contest
The Lakeside Varsity Competition Cheerleaders won first place and grand champion at the Morgan County Invitational Cheerleading Competition on Sept. 27. Team members are Bianca Sterling (front, from left), Karah Koellner, Kerri Phillips, Hannah Foerester, Ellie Bissell and Shelby Drayton; Miranda Soloff (back, from left), Charlotte Arena, Abby Harrover, Maggie Harrover, Kelly Welch, Taylor Banks, Katelynn Coley, Victoria Smiley, Katy Orr, Coach Cyndi Blair and Coach Michelle Mixon. Not shown are Tatum Brown, Regan Askin, Kendel Dove and Tara Morgan.

Pansies, violas add color during cold
They require little attention, thrive under the coldest of circumstances and provide lasting color during the fall and winter months, even blooming well into spring.

Lakeside Middle football goes undefeated
The Lakeside Middle School football team was undefeated this season.

RECing Crew a big hit with participants
Rosemary Bradley's only regret with The RECing Crew, a leisure and recreation organization for special-needs adults and children, is that she didn't involve her son, Michael, earlier.

Technology makes teaching center at Jones Creek unique
Carlos Santos became increasingly excited when talking about the Jones Creek Teaching Center.

Sports Calendar
The Evans High School Touchdown Club is inviting 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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