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No need for huge health care bill, unless it's a 'hostile takeover'
My son will turn 10 years old this month. Before his second birthday he was diagnosed with autism and muscular dystrophy, and as you can imagine, we have been deeply involved in the medical community for many years.

Schools aren't political forums; speech should have been at night
After spending a long Labor day weekend at the beach, I came home refreshed, relaxed and ready to face the busy week ahead. Unfortunately, then I read The News-Times' editorial regarding the president speaking to school students.

'Hats off to Columbia County' for 'utmost courtesy' in response
I have had a severe problem with rainwater runoff, and recently contacted the county for help. When I called Columbia County's 3-1-1 Call Center, I was treated with utmost courtesy.

Grocery workers to have reunion
Tommy Norris can recall the close-knit relationships created by former employees of Norris Foodland, a grocery store his parents owned in Harlem more than 30 years ago.

GIW workers gain in wallets for pounds shed in program
Employees of GIW Industries Inc. celebrated their collective weight loss Friday by eating. After a lunch of grilled chicken, vegetables and salads, employees received cash rewards based on their commitment to the company's weight-loss program and the number of pounds shed.

GOP candidate takes strong states rights stand on issues
Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry made it clear Thursday evening that he is a strong advocate of state sovereignty.

County accepts bid for work that will add two fire stations
Columbia County's fire protection system soon will expand -- and taxpayers will save money. At a bid opening Thursday, county officials accepted the bid of about $1.5 million from Stewart Corbitt General Contractors to expand a fire station and construct two new ones.

Walmart opening given the green light
While the new Walmart near Grovetown isn't scheduled to open until October, a traffic signal near the development has been activated. The traffic signal -- at Horizon South Parkway and Gateway Boulevard near Grove- town -- became operational Tuesday.

Greenbrier drama students earn the right to play 'Fools'
When drama students at Greenbrier High School take to the stage this weekend, it will mark the culmination of their four-month effort to put on a student-run play.

County's recycling event set
Because Keep Columbia County Beautiful's electronic recycling event in March was canceled by rain, coordinator Jenny Hinton expects a good turnout for an event Saturday.

Prep calendar

Bee Club donation
The Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District donated $500 worth of supplies to the Columbia County 4-H Bee Club.

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Right up their alley
Christina Nazzaro (front row, far right) and her friends from Lynndale Inc. participated in a Special Olympics bowling event in Savannah, Ga. Christina won second place and a silver medal. Her coach, Frances Banker, is in the back row on the left.

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Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at

Current events
The movie Twilight will be the final showing of Columbia County's Screen on the Green series at dark Saturday at the amphitheter in Evans. Tickets cost $2. Call (706) 312-7191.

Get up and go
The inaugural Panther Cheer Classic cheerleading competition will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside High School.

School councils
Evans High: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Dec. 17, Feb. 11 and May 20.

Class reunions
All Evans High School classes from the 1980s are invited to a reunion party at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at American Legion Post 192 in Evans. Donations will be accepted at the door, with profits going to the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Preschool signups
Martinez United Methodist Church is holding preschool and mother's day out registration. For information, call (706) 863-0229, Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Adoption spotlight
These pets are 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 cost $25 to adopt. The adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20.

Time capsule
As reported 53 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Sept. 13, 1956:

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Seeking steel memorabilia
One of the many participants in Columbia County's 9/11 memorial observance at the Justice Center in Evans, Lynn Oliver, still teary-eyed, introduced herself afterward to talk about a plan for acquiring a solid reminder of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Where's the check for Child Enrichment?
Times are tough. Except for loan-sharks, foreclosure attorneys and federal bureaucrats, everyone these days is feeling the pinch of a tough economy. That trickles down, naturally, to organizations that rely on donations. Churches and charities certainly aren't immune to the downturn.

Sports calendar
The Walmart FLW Series fishing tournament at Clarks Hill Lake starts today and runs through Saturday. Boats take off at 7 a.m., with weigh-in at 3 p.m. at Wildwood Park each day through Friday. The final weigh-in will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Evans.

Athlete Spotlight: James Brown
When James Brown and Tom Clancy call to make hotel reservations, they have a hard time being taken seriously. Brown is trying to make a name for himself on the motorcycle racing circuit.

Cavaliers shut out in lone home game of first season
Augusta Prep's young football team took a second loss on the season Friday in its first-ever home game. The Cavaliers fell to the Westminster Wildcats 14-0 at Blanchard Field, which typically serves Prep's soccer players.

Victims of 9-11, Smith honored
Lakeside High School football coach Jody Grooms saw signs before the season began that pointed to this type of start. The Panthers won their second consecutive game to start the year after beating rival Greenbrier 26-0 on Friday.

Chaos controls Diamond Lakes tournament
The Columbia County Chaos 10U baseball team went undefeated and won the Dawg Days at Diamond Lakes Tournament, held Aug. 29-30. This was the team's second tournament and they only allowed six runs the entire weekend.

GA-SC Bulls go unbeaten
The GA-SC Bulls are champions in Aiken cup. The U-11 Bulls went undefeated for 20 goals with only one goal scored against them.

Race results
Gordon Park Speedway Race Results, Sept. 12

Warriors, Lions face difficult matchups
Lakeside's defense continued its stellar play this past week with its second consecutive shutout. Linebackers Chris Hartfield and Kendal Parker have been outstanding this season, and Khadi Tshishiku is playing like a Division 1 prospect. The Panthers will certainly give up some points this year, but probably not very many.

Lions use trickery, strong offense to slip past Dolphins
Augusta Christian used everything in its arsenal at Hilton Head Prep on Friday. The Lions showed off a high-powered offense and benefited from some trickery to beat the Dolphins, 42-39.

Pigskin picks
Week Three of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 106 entries with two qualifiers getting all 10 correct; 33 qualifiers got nine correct; 24 qualifiers got eight correct; and 29 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct. There were 18 entries that did not get at least seven correct, including two duplicated entries that were disqualified.


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