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Student's 'whining' supporters should 'be quiet and move on'
I typically keep my opinions to myself, but the Wes Ivie incident has compelled me to come forth. Lee Benedict, Martinez

Perdue is attempting to 'raid' teachers retirement program
The Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote today on a proposal of Gov. Sonny Perdue. He has asked for a change in the promise of benefits to retirees. Perdue wants them to change the wording regarding two (1 percent and 1/2 percent) cost of living increases per year. Gene Rickaby, Martinez

No need to leave; 'breathtaking' fall displays are plentiful here
Now that the elections are over, I hope that everyone is looking outside and noticing the gorgeous display that God has provided this fall. Judy Vaggi, Martinez

Local stores gear up for the holidays
For some businesses in Columbia County, it's already beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Bikers ride to buy Toys for Tots
It's a cause Alexa Davis likes.

Italian eatery to serve plates for charities
Italian food might not sound like a traditional American Thanksgiving feast, but the Garlic Clove Italian Eatery staff is aiming to help those in need Monday by recruiting area celebrities to serve diners.

Service members to receive home-cooked holiday meals
For those in the military, spending time away from their families can be difficult during the holidays.

County to host Christmas crafts event
To get the public into the Christmas spirit and in the mood for shopping, Columbia County will host a new event called Christmas, Crafts and Caroling Saturday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Influences, passion brought out in Musik
Early in her life, Kathleen Haley was positively influenced by some of her first music teachers. She developed a passion for playing music, which later led to teaching it.

Police Blotter
The failure of a Columbia County jury to reach a verdict Saturday in the trial of a Harlem man prompted Superior Court Judge Carl. C. Brown Jr. to declare a mistrial.

Class Reunions
- The Butler High School classes of 1963 and 1964 are seeking members for their 45th class reunion Saturday. For information, call or e-mail Linda Harrison Puckett, (706) 736-4485, urpuckett@aol.com; Sharon Milford Bell, (706) 650-1087, or pabell05@bellsouth.net; or Caroline Griffin Scarborough, (706) 860-1254, or wcs1942@aol.com.

Stevens Creek Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Nate Agcaoili, Tahiya Anwar, Jay Bates, Maggie Bembry, Clayton Bentley, Max Bovitz, Mitchell Breitmann, Jewell Brown, Alec Bryant, Natalie Burrows, Elizabeth Burton, Alex Carroll, Jack Chavous, Anna Dekle, Audra Dekle, Vivian Do, Charles Dong, Samuel Draper, Amber Dunagan, Josey Dyer, Cara Gillion, Sydney Guion, Ella Hansen, Carl Irving, Leith Karzon, Nikoleta Kountakis, Alan Leggio, Maria Liu, Ryan Luke, Jess Meaders, Nathan Metts, Tamera Mistry, Neal Morgan, Hannah Notle, Caroline Pinson, Sarazen Porter, Parker Ray, Erin Rush, Abigail Rutti, Janiah Ryans, Angelynn Scarbary, Madeleine Shapiro, Ben Sharma, Casey Smith, Amy Snead, Logan Solheim, Liza Spratling, Jamie Stafford, Matthew Streets, Jordan Trotter, Grant Urry, Katherine Vaill, Cole Williams, Davis Williams, Holly Willingham, Parker Wingard, Sarah Youngblood and Lisa Zhang.

Celebrating Proud to Be an American Month
There was a standing-room-only crowd for the Columbia County school system's presentation of Americana Thursday at Augusta's First Baptist Church.

Pet of the Week
For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit http://www.columbiacountyga.gov 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.

Greenbrier Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Clay Anderson, Ian Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Kelly Azbell, Tyler Barker, Krystyna Bartocci, Jordan Battle, Ariel Bozeman, Grace Brannen, Carolyn Capps, Andrea Chatfield, Dylan Clark, Devyn Collins, Michael Cruz, Natasha Culpepper, Nathaniel Custodio, Jessica Dorn, Claire Dowling, Kristen Duncan, Tanner Everhart, Brooke Farmer, Regina Ferraro, Kaitlynn Fowler, Eric Furgason, Ashton George, Liam Globensky, Ryan Goodman, Hunter Hargrove, Cathleen Herndon, Madelyn Hunt, Lauren Ingalls, Kelly Jordan, Sara Lipani, Jade Long, Kaylee Luken, Fabio Mann, Baylen McCombs, John Mitchell, Omar Mouna, Anna Robson, Alan Rosa, Jacob Rutt, Alexander Stewart, Kona Swift, Brittney Syfrett and Avery Williams.

School Lunches
School Lunches

Current Events
Early voting for the Dec. 2 general election runoff is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the Columbia County Board of Elections office on Faircloth Drive in Evans. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

School Councils
- The Lakeside Middle School council will meet today, and on Feb. 25 and April 15.

Picture Gallery
Frank Patterson (from left), McKinley Curtis III, Christian Mason, Julie Mason, Ronnie Phillips, Geoff Stewart and Bob Hoelscher gathered Thursday to present Curtis, Mason, Mason, Stewart and Hoelscher with Wood Badge beads. The beads are a representation of advanced leadership training for Boy Scouts of America leaders. Scoutmaster Ronnie Phillips and Frank Patterson, who will be taking over as Scoutmaster, presented the beads to the five recipients.

It isn't John Deere's fault
By the time you read this, Columbia County will have set a new record for whacking deer with cars.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, November 19, 2008

School board slides toward secrecy
Columbia County's school board generally does a good job in running the county's growing school system.

Evans eliminated from playoffs
Marty Jackson wishes he could see how his team responds this week.

Sports Gallery
The GA-SC Bulls U14 Boys Black soccer team were finalists in the CESA Soccer Classic Tournament in Greenville, S,C,, on Sept. 20-21. Seventeen teams from the newly formed GA-SC Bulls Soccer Club participated in the tournament. Eight teams played in championship games.

Athlete Spotlight: Brian Carter
Daniel Seawell has worked with Brian Carter for two years.

Quartet from area commit to colleges
Area athletes wasted little time in inking their college commitments after early signing period started Nov. 5.

Pigskin Picks
In Week 12, the final ballot of the 2008 Pigskin Picks contest, had a total of 118 entries with three qualifiers getting all 10 correct; 42 qualifiers got nine correct; 56 qualifiers got eight correct; and 13 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct. There were five entries that did not get at least seven correct.

Evans shouldn't let disappointing loss dampen the mood
The Evans Knights certainly did not want their season to end in round one of the playoffs. They were a perfect 10-0 in the regular season and won a region title for just the third time in school history.

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