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Lakeside coach had a 'lack-of-class moment' with late punt block
Having played football at Harlem High 40 years ago, I participated in and have watched a lot of football games since then. This was just a lack-of-class moment on the part of the Lakeside head coach.

Patriotic event is victim of success
Proud to Be an American, an annual celebration of Veterans Day conducted by Columbia County schools, has become a victim of its own success. School officials announced Tuesday that they no longer intend to participate.

Art classes being offered for all ages
Columbia County artists young and old can hone their skills through classes offered by the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. The institute, located on Telfair Street in downtown Augusta, established a satellite studio in Columbia County in 2005 to better serve area residents.

Friends had input in building Evans library
While working alongside one another to help improve Columbia County's three libraries, members of Friends of the Columbia County Libraries organization form close friendships.

New Hobby Lobby means no Evans store
With Hobby Lobby set to open an Augusta store next year, the arts and crafts retailer won't open a store in Evans as initially planned.

Festive or somber, Celtic suits musicians
The sounds of Celtic music will resonate in Columbia County during two weekend concerts. Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval and Celtic guitarist Robin Bullock will take the stage for concerts featuring traditional and progressive Celtic instrumental music at two locations.

Media Specialist of the Year: Sonji Aycock
The computer age prompted Sonji Aycock to leave the classroom for the media center. Years later, the Harlem High School media specialist has so mastered the online resources available to students and teachers that she recently was named the Columbia County Media Specialist of the Year.

Teacher of the Year to be named Thursday
A new Columbia County Teacher of the Year will be celebrated during a Thursday banquet.

Vacation gallery
Gisela Etzel (from left), Bobby Etzel, Sonja Kinzel and Lavinia Kinzel took a vacation to Germany to see Gisela's family in Bad Camberg, The Mosel Valley and Munich. They are shown in front of the famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

Getting CERTified
A group of Columbia County residents completed the Community Emergency Response Team training program Sept. 19.

Current events
Today is the deadline for entries in Lakeside High School's annual Battle of the Bands competition, to be held Oct. 10 at the school. For information, call Amy Cooter at (706) 854-1764 or e-mail

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, and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20.

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Police blotter
An Evans computer store was burglarized during the weekend. The manager of the Evans PeachMac store told police Saturday morning that burglars stole more than $14,000 worth of computer equipment, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Car lovers get their personal tuneups
Eric Howell wipes wax off his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS on Saturday during the inaugural "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" event sponsored by Doctors Hospital. The event featured a free men's health exposition and a car show at Evans Town Center Park.

Out for blood
The Evans High School clinical class held a blood drive Friday. One hundred seventy-eight people participated, and 127 units of blood were obtained. Participating in the blood drive are students Des Johnson (from left), Taylor Davis and Mitzi Aquino.

Class reunions
The Evans High School class of 1999 reunion is Friday and Saturday. For information, go to For reservations, call (706) 951-0019.

Political strategy
Retired Gen. Robert Gray spoke at a fish-fry fundraiser for the Columbia County Democratic Party at Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Friday. The event featured state Rep. R.J. Hadley, a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Johnny Isakson.

Primping pets
Photos from Saturday's fourth annual Animania Pet Fair at the Memorial Gardens.

Government's bad, except when needed
One of the themes underlying this year's waves of political protests - whether anti-tax, anti-Obama, anti-healthcare reform, whatever - is that government in all its forms should be abolished.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Lack of paper trail isn't new
The first election in which I voted was the 1980 presidential primary. Ronald Reagan was on the ballot, and my voting precinct was the courthouse in Appling. After voting, you pulled the big handle. It recorded your votes and opened the curtain. Or did it?

Recycling center is a welcome addition
Columbia County quietly will reach a milestone Monday when it officially opens its new recycling center near Grovetown.

Pigskin Picks
Week 5 of the Pigskin Picks contest saw 103 entries, with two qualifiers getting all 10 correct. Seven qualifiers got nine correct; 23 qualifiers got eight correct; and 28 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct. There were 42 entries that did not get at least seven correct, including one late-mailed entry.

Panthers surrender first points, blow out Harlem
Lakeside allowed its first points of the season Friday, but not much else. The Panthers blocked two punts and produced a pair of key defensive stands to beat county foe Harlem 43-7. Lakeside extended its undefeated start to four games.

Athlete Spotlight: Greenbrier High School Softball
Greenbrier's quest for a 14th consecutive region softball title this season was hindered by an injury to a key player even before the season started.

Basketball champs
The CCRD Sky were the 2009 11-12-year-old league champs and the 2009 11-12-year-old tournament champs for Columbia County Recreation Department girls basketball.

Lakeside cross country teams sweep meet
Lakeside cross country runners swept the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational in Conyers, Ga., with a first-place win for both the girls and boys teams.

Evans QB sets tone in victory
Evans kicker Jamie Galvin's third field goal of the game Friday, good from 47 yards out, set off a wild celebration on the Knights' sideline. The kick came late in the fourth quarter and wasn't necessary to secure the win. But Galvin's success was an indicator of the Knights level of play.

Prep football roundup
Kendrick Wilson's 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was all the scoring Greenbrier would need to beat Douglass in its Region 3-AAAAA opener on Friday.

Sports calendar
The Augusta Junior Rowing Team is accepting members. No experience is necessary, and potential members can participate for two weeks before deciding whether to join. Practices are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at The Boathouse on Riverfront Drive in Augusta.

Prep calendar
Upcoming high school sports matchups in the Columbia County area.

Matchup shouldn't be problem for Evans
The Knights have outscored their past two opponents 74-18. In last week's win over Glenn Hills, reigning Columbia County Player of the Year Jonathan Finch got his season on track with more than 130 yards on just 14 carries.

Challenge champions
The Columbia County Storm recently won the 11-year-olds division of the State Director's Challenge in Aiken.


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