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Conservatives betrayed by Obama's 'lying' GOP predecessors
OK, I am going to say it. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is the most lamentable sack of excrement that I have observed in the United States House of Representatives.

Lakeside grad brings back culinary skills
Most teens only dream about traveling halfway across the world once they graduate high school. Lakeside High School graduate Thomas Herzberg, however, left for Florence, Italy, four weeks after graduating in 2007 to turn his passion of cooking Italian food into a career.

Property tax assessment appeals due Monday
Monday is the deadline for Columbia County homeowners to appeal their property tax assessments.

Officials begin process for stimulus money
Columbia County officials have taken the first step toward receiving federal stimulus funds for road projects.

Planning commission denies rezoning request for auto lot
The Columbia County Planning Commission on Thursday rejected a rezoning request that it said contradicted the county's Growth Management Plan.

Calling all pets for Animania
Pets and their owners can enjoy many activities Saturday that are centered around animals. The fourth annual Animania Pet Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Gardens, behind the Columbia County Library at 7022 Evans Town Center Boulevard.

Woman's three-year wait for kidney donor is over
Wilhelmenia Luke Freeman recently got the call she's been waiting on for more than three years. The caller told Wilhelmenia to pack her bags because the donated kidney she desperately needed was available.

Parents can get identification packets for children at event
More than a million children are reported missing each year. Grovetown Masons are hoping to make searching for them easier and faster through the Keep Kids Safe event Saturday.

Vacation photo
The Williams family spent the Fourth of July at The Breakers in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Police blotter
A cashier at an Evans restaurant told police Thursday that a customer had confused her into giving him more than $150.

Adoption spotlight
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. Call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20.

Out with the old
Jose Garcia wraps a pallet full of television sets during Keep Columbia County Beautiful's electronics recycling day, held Saturday at the government center.

Christina Peters, daughter of Jerry and Angela Peters, of Harlem, graduated from the University of Georgia on Aug. 1 with a bachelor's degree in history.

Woodmen of the World Martinez Adult Lodge 1571 and Youth Lodge 1828 presented six fire stations with lunch Sept. 11. Shown with Capt. David Butler are lodge members Laura Maioriello (from left), Peggy Ryder and Jennifer Merker.

A nice, big check
Appling resident James Hendricks (right) receives a symbolic check from Georgia Lottery District Manager John Hodor. Hendricks recently won the Win for Life instant game. He will receive $1,000 each week from the lottery.

Current events
The Augusta Alzheimer's Association will hold a Bowl-a-thon fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17. Teams must register to participate. Call (706) 731-9060.

Swapping plants
Judy Amerson and Pat Mims take a look at an iris at the CSRA Habitat for Humanity's booth at the 10th annual plant sale and exchange organized by the Cherokee Rose Garden Club at Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Saturday.

Vets to Washington
The Vets to Washington Project took a group of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. The trip was made possible by donations from local residents, businesses, organizations and Augusta South and Martinez Evans Rotary clubs. This trip is the project's 10th.

Get Up & Go
Doctors Hospital's inaugural "Gentlemen: Start Your Engines" car show and health expo will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Evans Town Center Park behind Kroger. Go to, or call (706) 651-6205.

'Get-tough' votes can haunt lawmakers
When Republicans gained control of the Georgia House after the 2004 elections, the party leadership saw a political issue they were sure would be a winner: sex offenders.

Danged if you do - or if you don't
We all know how things went locally regarding President Obama's speech to the nation's schools. Lots of parents protested, none of the schools showed it. Lots of parents protested in Valdosta, too. The difference is that the parents in Valdosta were protesting because the school system didn't show it.

'Hate crimes' law? As opposed to what?
Georgia obviously needs a hate crimes law. How else are we to distinguish such crimes from those motivated by love and affection?

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, September 23 Columbia County News-Times.

Prep Calendar

Sports calendar
The CSRA Crusaders home school baseball program will hold a meeting Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. for anyone interested in participating. The meeting will be held at Best 9 Sports Academy.

Here's to cheering
Lakeside High School played host Saturday to the inaugural Panther Cheer Classic cheerleading competition with 10 teams participating. Greenbrier High School's team was named Grand Champion of the competition. Division trophies went to were:

Athlete Spotlight
Kendal Parker's reputation was larger than life before he ever stepped foot on Lakeside High School's practice field. As it turned out, his reputation also was larger than he was. Rumors swirled about an incoming linebacker who stood 6-foot-4-inches tall and weighed 250 pounds.

Fans buzzing after Lakeside 's hot start
As the clock wound down on Lakeside's 18-0 win over Glenn Hills, the large contingent of Panthers fans cheered on the other side. Even at the Spartans' home stadium, Lakeside brought out more supporters. Panthers coach Jody Grooms took notice.

Pigskin Picks
Week Four of the Pigskin Picks contest saw a total of 112 entries with no qualifiers getting all 10 correct; 20 qualifiers got nine correct; 49 qualifiers got eight correct; and 24 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct.

Knights solve option in victory
Evans High School saw the blueprint for how to stop Harlem's option attack the night before. ESPN's Thursday night college football offering last week featured the University of Miami shutting down Georgia Tech's multifaceted offense.

Border Bash champions
The Columbia County Bulldogs 10U travel baseball team won the Peach Belt Border Bash, held Sept. 12-13.

Lakeside's streak of shutouts to end in win
The Knights flexed their muscle somewhat in an easy region win over Harlem. Evans raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead en route to a 40-0 victory.


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