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Student wasn't first, won't be last to run afoul of weapons policy
I feel tremendous pain for Anita Ivie, mother of 16-year-old Wes Ivie, but this is not the first parent - nor will it be the last - to have to deal with the no-nonsense policy on weapons on Columbia County school grounds.

Freedom to be critical apparently doesn't extend to Republicans
I'm writing in response to Nancy Moore's call for an apology from U.S. Rep. Paul Broun in the Nov. 16 News-Times.

County reduces budget by $1.26 million
To make up for a potential loss in state funding, the Columbia County Commission voted Tuesday to reduce the county budget by more than $1.26 million.

It's time to repurpose fallen leaves as mulch in gardens
The trees awash in leaves of red, orange and yellow just a few weeks ago are now nearly bare.

A funny thing happened on the way to state title
Harlem High School drama students are no strangers to winning. They recently earned another accolade when they became the Region 3-AAAA one-act play champions.

The day after Thanksgiving is also the start of Christmas tree season
Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy family and friends, but for a number of people the day after Thanksgiving is a day that they look forward to. This is the unofficial day for Christmas shopping.

Lawmakers face tough decisions
To rectify a more than $2 billion budget deficit, state legislators said Tuesday during a breakfast meeting that they intend to cut government spending when the General Assembly convenes in January.

New volunteers take stand for children
Eight area residents have been sworn in as new volunteers for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, but officials say more are needed to serve as a voice for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

Workers sue Petco over explicit conversation
A sexually explicit conversation that was inadvertently broadcast on a store intercom system might have a local branch of a pet-supply company in hot water.

Church to share holiday
For those who want to share their Thanksgiving with others, a local church is inviting the Columbia County community to join their festivities.

Schools system reexamining hearings and appeals process
Columbia County school system officials are reexamining their policies for handling disciplinary appeals after the controversy over a student punished for bringing a hunting rifle on campus.

Ordinance to require newer trailers
Grovetown city officials hope to adopt an ordinance to gradually upgrade mobile homes located within city limits.

Greenbrier High School first nine weeks honor roll
A and A/B honor roll

Paige Baily Lutes, daughter of Jason C. and Nancy Lutes, has been named a 2008 Watson-Brown Scholar.Trey Richards, 9, and his family live in South Florida. His school promoted Breast Cancer Day by having everyone wear pink.

Time capsule
As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times , Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1974:

ROTC holds Pass in Review
Retired Lt. Col. Patrick Rivette (from left) and Cadet Lt. Col. Hunter Lane escort the guest of honor, retired Master Sgt. Jimmy Harper, in a Pass in Review ceremony during the Fall Review at Evans High School.

Police blotter
A Martinez woman told police that a man raped and abducted her at gunpoint after she stopped her vehicle at a Martinez intersection.

Vacation photos
Alex Yendell, Jasmine Brown, and Tommy Yendel visited the Atlantis Resort Dolphin Encounter in Nassau, Bahamas, during their fall break.

Property transfers
Joseph Carter to Kimberly A. DeLaigle and Marion P. DeLaigle Jr., 5047 Sussex Drive, $219,900.

Marriage licenses
Richard Wayne Turner and Janice Louise Willis Evans applied for a marriage license on Oct. 17, 2008, and were married Oct. 25, 2008, in Augusta.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Class reunions
- The Academy of Richmond County Class of 1968 will hold its reunion from 8-11 p.m. Saturday at Julian Smith Casino. For information, call Hap Harris at (706) 724-2452.

Get up and go
Chapter 439 of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets 5 p.m. each Tuesday at Pine View Baptist Church, 117 Pleasant Home Road, Martinez.

School councils
- The Riverside Middle School council will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, and on Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and April 27.

Current events
The Garlic Clove Italian Eatery in Evans will hold its annual Italian Thanksgiving Feast fundraiser for Golden Harvest Food Bank and Columbia County Cares Food Pantry from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

Nicolas J. Cordero and Patricia V. Cordero, Nov. 7, 2008.

Wishing happy Thanksgiving to all
It will soon be Thanksgiving, the day Americans stuff themselves with turkey, ham, chicken and just about every food group you could name. It's also the one day a year we express our thanks to those who have gone out of their way to give hugs, help with emotional baggage and, in my case, just about anything I needed to make it through the past year and a half.

'Voucher guy' was unarmed
State Sen. Eric Johnson is a Republican, but for the moment no one can accuse the Senate's president pro tempore of being a right-winger.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, November 23, 2008

Like fuel debate: Shop here, shop now
The falling price of gasoline has been a tremendous blessing in recent weeks, even if it comes amidst growing economic worries.

Fellow lefty lends hand to Gamblin
When Winthrop University coaches told Patrick Gamblin they wanted him to improve his curveball, the Harlem High School senior knew where to turn.

List of things to be thankful for is lengthy
I will be home Thursday, for the first time since spring. I'm thankful for that.

Prestigious event offers area players invitation
Columbia County native Cara Smith and her longtime friend and teammate Annie Speese traveled to Florida this weekend to participate in a major soccer event. The two were chosen to represent the entire Southeast in the 2008 U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Thanksgiving Program.

Coach says Bulldogs focused on the future
Kim Chambers sat in the bleachers at Harlem High School's gym, watching his boys basketball team run sprints.

Lakeside girls try to outwork their opponents
Lakeside High School might not have the tallest girls on the basketball court this winter, but the Panthers are going to try to be among the best conditioned.

Pigskin Picks winner
Barry Paschal, publisher of the Columbia County News-Times (center), and Zaxby's franchisee George Deuhring hand out Pigskin Picks T-shirts after drawing the name of this year's grand prize winner at the Evans Zaxby's restaurant on Tuesday.


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