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Letters from IRS show lack of efficiency from federal government
I am often reminded of Ronald Reagan stating the nine most terrifying words in the English language: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." Do we really want more government "efficiencies" in our lives? I say no we don't!

Teacher of the Year makes learning fun for students
Allison Palfy often dons her black magic hat and whips out the puppet bunny hiding inside when she addresses her students.

Crowds expected at Columbus Day Festival
The second annual Columbus Day Festival on Saturday will provide guests with a wide assortment of entertainment and activities.

Parade brings fans to Harlem
The city of Harlem bustled with activity Saturday as thousands of guests paid tribute to late comedians Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel.

Willow Lake setback denied
Columbia County planning commissioners denied a request Thursday to reduce the side setbacks of homes planned for an Evans subdivision.

Tax assessor sees few appeals
The Columbia County Tax Assessor's Office received fewer than half the number of re-assessment protests this year than it did the year before.

History comes to life during cemetery tour
For Brian Mulherin, Historic Augusta's Walk with the Spirits tour represents more than Augusta's rich past, it represents important parts of his life. "My mother is buried there, and my father is buried here," Mulherin said as he stood in the family plot at Magnolia Cemetery.

Evans crown goes to Rodriguez
Beneath a full moon, Jackie Rodriguez received a sparkling tiara Friday as she was crowned the 2009 Homecoming Queen at Evans High School.

Bands will battle at annual Lakeside High School event
The headbanging at Lakeside High School this weekend won't be coming from the smacks of football helmets inside Panther Stadium. The school's Parent Teacher Student Organization will play host on Saturday to its annual Battle of the Bands.

Art of Chocolate is sweet way to protect children from abuse
The Art of Chocolate, a fundraiser for Child Enrichment Inc., starts at 7 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. It is one of two major benefits held each year by the child-advocacy group.

Greenbrier chooses busy queen
Ivey Mischel made room for a goodwill gesture last week on what already was a crammed itinerary. The Greenbrier High School senior, who was crowned the school's homecoming queen on Friday, had organized a dinner earlier in the week for all the members of the court.

A taste of the best
Lakeside High School students Rebekah Campbell (left) and Erin Beacham look over some of the items for sale at a silent auction to raise money for the school's debate team.

Get Up & Go
Friendship Baptist Church, 5212 N. Tubman Road, Appling, will hold a festival and yard sale Saturday. Call Pam Sanders at (706) 790-0805.

Hamster Derby
Rheagan Doran, 7, of Martinez, awaits for her hamster, Heather, to race down the track during PetCo's Hamster Derby.

Flu clinics
The Columbia County Health Department is holding seasonal flu clinics in the county's schools, with other clinics available at the health department.

Time capsule
As reported 29 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1980:

Adoption spotlight
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 cost $20. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered.

Vacation photo
Evans Middle School Science teacher, David Phillips caught this sailfish on a recent trip to Ocracoke on North Carolina's Outer Banks. A billfish flag was flown upside down on the charter boat "Drum Stick" to commemorate the release.

Preschool signups
Haydens International Gymnastics Academy holds Gym 'n' Learn Preschool and Mother's Morning Out programs. For information, call Beth Mazurek at (706) 364-0641 or e-mail

Reunions calendar
The Evans High School/Lakeside High School class of 1989 reunion will be held Oct. 16 and 17. Go to, or e-mail Kim Lovelace McMahon at, or Jo Nell Beckum at

Current events
The Columbia County Extension Service Gardening at Lunch series continues at noon today with a program on fragrant shrubs. Future programs include Winter-blooming Plants, Nov. 11; and Gardening on a Shoestring, Dec. 2. For information, call (706) 868-3413.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Police blotter
A Columbia County jury convicted two Augusta men Friday of murder, and each was sentenced to life in prison.

'Teflon Doc' is rejected again
At the risk of sounding a little like a broken record, I happily once again report a court smackdown for Jerry Jackson Lee II.

Remembering the Leah community
A modern community center provides the focal point for residents in the northwestern section of Columbia County. The building was named for Eubank Blanchard, a longtime resident of the Leah-Phinizy area whose two-story home was a landmark for many years.

Border control starts at the county line
It's a pretty safe bet that here in conservative Columbia County, most people are opposed to illegal immigration - especially lawbreakers who sneak into our country, then avail themselves of social services provided by taxpayers.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Greenbrier looks to bounce back after loss last week
Last week I went 4-1 and was very close on most of the actual scores.

Lakeside comes up one yard shy of 5-0
Lakeside High School's undefeated run was derailed a yard from the goal line Friday.

Pigskin picks
Week Six of the Pigskin Picks contest was the toughest week yet for football predictions. There was a total of 102 entries with no qualifiers getting all 10 correct; no qualifiers got nine correct; only 11 qualifiers got eight correct; and 29 qualifiers got the minimum seven correct.

Wolverines handle Wolfpack
Greenbrier High School's football team already has had its breakthrough this season. Now the Wolfpack are trying to build on it. After a tough welcome to Region 2-AAAAA in 2008, the Wolfpack won their region opener this season and have some positives to work from.

Prep calendar
Upcoming events involving local prep sports teams.

Athlete Spotlight: Jamie Galvin
Before Jamie Galvin earned the trust of Evans High School football coaches this season, he was in the air, earning the trust of his flying instructor.

Sports calendar
The Evans Dominators 18-and-under travel team will hold a tryout Sunday at Patriots Park from 2-4 p.m. For information, call Tony McNair at (706) 840-0749 or Jim Heard at (706) 533-2882.

Arsenal vs. Arsenal
The Augusta Arsenal U12 girls Gold and Blue teams played each other for the finals at the Aiken Cup. The Gold team (in white) won the tournament.

Football roundup
Grovetown beat Langston Hughes for a second time this season and the inaugural Warriors team improved to 5-2.


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