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Rather than 'throw vote away' on McCain or Obama, write in Paul
I've never been a fan of Sen. John McCain, but I'm especially not impressed with his decision to ask a wife and mother of a large family, including a newborn baby with Down syndrome, to be his running mate. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem

Doubled 'value' on mobile home brings anger at higher taxes
I just finished writing a check to our wonderful Columbia County Tax Commissioner for my property taxes and was wondering if anyone else out there is as mad as I am. Randy Woodward, Evans

Columbia County doesn't need a pool; boosters can afford travel
Columbia County needs a pool! Let's float a loan (pun intended), and the homeowners will pay for it. Pat Glover, Evans

Democrats are responsible for permitting nation's financial crisis
If you vote for the Democratic ticket, please be aware of who permitted the financial and mortgage crisis to blow up in our faces. S.G. von Schweinitz, Appling

County should build aquatic center large enough to meet growth
Columbia County would benefit by building an aquatic center. There are many programs that a pool can offer all ages, such as water aerobics, swim lessons, year-round teams, masters swimming, diving instruction, Red Cross instruction, high school swim teams, cross training and more. Kathleen Greely, Martinez

Jackson crowned at Lakeside
Raven Jackson braved the gloom and the mud Friday to deliver her father a sparkling birthday present.

Harlem holds Main St. sale
The Harlem Merchants Association has taken over the annual Trash to Treasure event from city officials and created the Bargain Block Bash.

Greenbrier senior is 2008 pageant winner
Jocelyn Victoria Harper was crowned Miss Columbia County Fair on Saturday. The Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant was held at Greenbrier High School, sponsored by the Merchants Association of Columbia County.

Family, friends help with trail
Harlem Haunts Haunted Trail began on the Brzozowskis' front porch five years ago but has since escalated to a three- to five-minute walk through their one-acre property at 210 W. Forrest St.

Perry named Evans Queen
One word described how Christina Perry felt about being named Evans High School's 2008 Homecoming Queen Friday. "Extravagant," the senior said.

Donations sought from trick-or-treaters
Area businesses Thursday will have treats for trick-or-treaters who help those in need. By bringing a can of food to Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat at Patriots Park gymnasium, children can provide food for the hungry while enjoying a safe trick-or-treating environment.

Clifton 'surprised' at Augusta Christian
Annie Clifton was surprised Friday when her name was called as this years Augusta Christian Schools homecoming queen. "It was a really close race, but I'm glad I could run with my two best friends, Chelsea Banks and Catherine Cave," Clifton said.

Board changes complaint rules
Columbia County officials established a new protocol for dealing with complaints about Animal Care and Control during a Thursday advisory board meeting.

School Lunch Menus
School Lunch Menus

Blue Ridge Elementary Honor Roll
Blue Ridge Elementary Honor Roll

2008 Carve-the-pumpkin Coloring Contest
More Carve-the Pumpkin Coloring Contest entries are posted on The News-Times Web site

Auto accidents keep emergency crews busy
Emergency crews responded to a one-vehicle wreck in Evans that sent one man to the hospital with minor injuries. About 1:45 p.m., Jason Howard, 31, of Martinez, was traveling east on Washington Road near Riverwood Parkway when his 2007 Dodge Charger left the road, ran into a ditch and hit a power pole, said Columbia County Staff Sgt. Ray Childress. Howard's medical conditions could have caused the accident, Childress said. Howard was taken to University Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Poster winner honored
Ian Denard (left), a kindergartener in Stephanie Brooks' class at South Columbia Elementary School, received a statewide third-place award for the kindergarten division for his fire safety poster, Meet At The Mailbox, at the 16th Annual Life, Fire and Safety Awards Luncheon on Oct. 23 in Atlanta. Ian and his brother, Joel, posed with the fire safety dog at the luncheon after receiving his award from Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine.

Pet of the Week
This male Labrador mix is between 1 and 2 years old. He 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.

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
Visitors are invited to join Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream volunteer teams for assessments of streams during November. Most assessments take place on Saturday mornings. For information, call John Graham at (706) 868-0296, or e-mail

Wolves in the pumpkin patch
The Wolves from the Cub Scout den at Westmont Elementary recently visited the pumpkin patch at Marvin United Methodist Church.

Current events
Advance voting for the Nov. 4 General Election is available today and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office, at Patriots Park and Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

Collecting for It's Spooky to be Hungry
Taylor Martin (from left), 12, Lisa Carstensen, 12 and Katie Rogers, 13, collect non-perishable food.

Kids on the Street
Jackson Adkins, 7; 1. Soccer player, 2. M&M's

Police blotter
State Rep. Ben Harbin pleaded guilty to reckless driving Monday in Atlanta Municipal court. Harbin was sentenced to 12 months probation, ordered to attend a DUI risk reduction course and must perform 100 hours of community service.

Evans Baptist entertains children with Trunk or Treat
A group of Columbia County children participated in Trunk or Treat held at Evans First Baptist Church. Pictured are Annie Sample (front, from left), Emily Ball, Claire Murdock, Jeffrey Ball, Ian Denard and Rosie Murray; Cody Kunkle (back, from left), Jackson Sample, Reatha Morales, Laurie Jornlin, Noa Murray and Joel Denard.

Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll
Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll

Reunions calendar
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.

Done beating Harbin horse?
State Rep. Ben Harbin pled guilty in Atlanta court Monday to a charge of reckless driving, receiving a sentence of a year's probation, requirements for DUI school and community service, and fines and court costs of $1,500.

Fair is a bright spot in gloomy times
Ugly politics got you down? The national economy got you worried?

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Evans will roll, stay undefeated on season
Here are my picks for the winners in this week's prep football:

Evans beats Hephzibah to improve to 8-0
Evans passed what coach Marty Jackson deemed its toughest test Friday, thanks in large part to its defense. The Knights beat Hephzibah 21-12 Friday. Their 8-0 record has surpassed their undefeated start to last season.

Greenbrier Middle softball undefeated
The Greenbrier Middle School varsity softball team was undefeated for the 2008 season.

Coach's view from up high aids Panthers
Some Lakeside football players boldly predicted an undefeated season back in the spring, when emotions ran high and the Panthers enjoyed the camaraderie of a strong returning cast.

Pigskin Picks
Week Nine of the Pigskin Picks contest was the toughest week yet, with none of the 108 entries picking more than eight games correctly. Just 23 qualifiers got eight correct, while 33 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct. There were 50 entries that did not get at least seven correct. Remember: All entries must be postmarked no later than Thursday, and no photocopied entries are allowed.

Augusta Prep falls short of third consecutive title
Emily Shafer was happy to give credit where it was due after Saturday's GISA state volleyball final. The Augusta Prep junior, after her team fell 3-1 to Calvary Christian, congratulated the Knights.

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.

Athlete Spotlight: Dylan Turner
Wolfpack senior Dylan Turner received an offer to play football at Air Force. He expects to receive an offer from Navy soon. Georgia Tech was supposed to watch his highlight tape last Friday, and he's on numerous other schools' radars.


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