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Teens set 'positive example' with 'It's Spooky' volunteer effort
Columbia county residents have reason to be proud of themselves. On Oct. 25, the Idylwilde community "It's Spooky to be Hungry " drive was a huge success. Thanks to all of our caring neighbors for their food and monetary donations. Marion S. Lamar, Evans

Visitors are welcome to observe efforts to monitor county waters
I extend an invitation to the interested public to visit our Columbia County streams during the month of November. John Graham, Coordinator/Trainer, Columbia County, Adopt-a-Stream

Event gives pupils chance to display their patriotism
Many Columbia County children will show their patriotism during Veterans Day celebrations.

Schools will hold events to celebrate Veterans Day
To show support and in memory of veterans, Columbia County schools are conducting numerous events to celebrate Veterans Day.

Chamber to host Grovetown business showcase
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will give Grovetown business owners the opportunity Monday evening to showcase their products and services.

Workshop focuses on financial issues
The folks at The Church at Greenbrier were ahead of the economic downturn six months ago when they planned this weekend's financial and personal budgeting seminar.

United We Care renovates, reopens
United We Care in Grovetown is reopening its doors this week.

Senior athlete picked to be Harlem homecoming queen
On Halloween night, the 2008-09 Harlem High School homecoming queen shivered while giving her thanks to the crowd.

Acorn restaurant opens at Red Oak Manor
After nearly a month in business, The Acorn Restaurant at Red Oak Manor in Harlem has served cuisine to diners from both near and far.

Halloween Gallery
Michael Neal, of Appling, was dressed up for his first Halloween. He is the son of Jessica Davis and grandson of Lisa Golden.

Harlem High School 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Emily Christine Chizmar, Iyanna Medheen Gough, Hope Ann Johnson, Nygel Patron Jones and Timothy Patrick McDaniel.

Fair Schedule
Show times: Master chainsaw carver at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Police Blotter
A single-vehicle crash early Monday left a 26-year-old Evans man dead.

Time Capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 21, 1965:

Columbia County Merchants Association Fall Fair
From left, Ashley Tucker, 2, Savannah Tucker, 4 and Kristen Long, 6, from Grovetown.

Roaring Thunder 2008
American Legion Rider David Morris, of Evans, takes a breather on his motorcycle before the ride from Grovetown into Fort Gordon on Saturday.

Court is now in session
Grovetown Mayor George W. James (center), along with other city officials, cuts the ribbon to the new public safety annex in Grovetown on Thursday. Previously, court has been held in the council chambers at City Hall. The annex, located in a former church, will now provide plenty of office and storage space. The facility was renovated with $575,000 in special purpose local option sales tax funds. An average of 75 cases are heard in the court each month, officials say.

Schools unite to fight hunger
Twenty-two Columbia County schools participated in the Change the World campaign and raised $7,500. The local effort was spearheaded by Rita McDonald (third from left), the nutrition manager at Stevens Creek Elementary. Participating in the presentation to the Georgia School Nutrition Association are Robert Jarrell, the assistant superintendent (from left); Board of Education member Regina Buccafusco; Rita McDonald; Jane Wiggins, the director of the school nutrition program; Darlene Hollows, of Stallings Island Middle School; and Nancy Rice, the vice president of the National School Nutrition Program.

Pet of Week
This male boxer is about 3 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.

Current Events
The Columbia County Merchants Association Fall Fair is open from 5-11 p.m. today and Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday at the fairgrounds on Columbia Road. For information, call (706) 210-3603, or go to

Honeymoon in Mexico
Missie Braddy Usry and Randy Usry recently went on their honeymoon to Cancun and Cozumel, Mexico.

School Menus
School Menus

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

Let Legislature debate school board rules
Should all elected members of local boards of education in Georgia have at least a high-school diploma or a GED?

Day after, not The Day After
So now it's the day after. I hope it's not like the day after in The Day After.

Scholarship gives son a shot at graduating
Any time you get to endorse a check, it is a positive. But it was particularly exciting when I was asked to show up at Hope Christian School recently to endorse the first check that will help pay for my son's tuition to attend private school.

Harlem picking up late momentum
Harlem seems to have come a long way since it opened the season against Greenbrier on Sept. 5.

Undefeated season only a win away for Evans
Last Week: Evans topped Cross Creek 35-6; ARC lost to Hephzibah 23-0

Augusta Christian falls to Hammond
Augusta Christian's eagerly awaited rematch with Hammond School didn't live up to its billing.

Region Cross Country Results
Saturday, Blanchard Woods Park

Pigskin Picks
Week 10 of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 120 entries with no qualifiers picking all 10 games correctly. Twelve qualifiers got nine correct; 24 qualifiers got eight correct; and 26 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct. There were 58 entries that did not get at least seven correct.

Athlete Spotlight: Zach Morris and Seth Hill
One of Zach Morris's teammates shared a story recently that the Harlem quarterback might not have wanted leaked.


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