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Storyteller sees magic in mystery and horror
An area magician and storyteller will spread the spirit of Halloween on Wednesday with a program based on classical literature.

Veterans dig archeology project
After being injured while serving a tour in Iraq, Benjamin Berkman was discharged from the Army and found himself shifting from job to job.

County realigns staff to add to personnel savings
During a tough budget year, Columbia County officials have found ways to save on personnel costs.

Public can put positive spin on breast cancer at center
A new Martinez fitness center is inviting the community to take virtual rides through scenic and distant locales Saturday to help area women prevent breast cancer.

Third Walmart in county set to open
The third Walmart to open in Columbia County will do so just in time for the holiday season.

County focuses on repaving projects to get federal funds
The prospect of having to cut through government red tape recently prompted Columbia County officials to reconsider how to spend federal funds for road projects.

Prepare plants for winter temps with proper planting, irrigation
Welcome to fall. The recent cold temperatures had me and other gardeners scrambling to get houseplants back inside, and maybe seeing the last of the summer flowering plants until spring.

Mums can add color to spring
Mums make a great addition to any fall landscape with their showy blooms in autumnal hues ranging from bright yellow and deep rust to vibrant lavender.

Riverside Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll

'Green Eggs and Ham'
Members of the Columbia County Ballet perform Green Eggs and Ham on Monday during the Columbia County Arts Inc. annual meeting at the Performing Arts Center in the Columbia County Library.

Current events
Marvin United Methodist Church, on S. Belair Road at Wheeler Road, is holding its annual pumpkin patch through Saturday. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. today, noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (706) 863-0510.

North Harlem Elementary First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll

A family feast
Parents were invited to have lunch with their children at Stevens Creek Elementary to celebrate National School Lunch Week. The school also asked Lakeside High School and Stallings Island Middle School football players to sign footballs and a hat to be raffled off to the pupils. The winners of the raffle were Kelsey Lockamy, Sumter Brinson, Sam Kahler, Catherine Lue and Elizabeth Head. The school served almost 300 parents with their children during the week.

Cedar Ridge Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll

School lunch menus
Columbia County School lunch menus

Fall Festivals
- The Sanctuary, 4584 Cox Road, Evans, will hold a Family Fest from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Call (706) 364-8284.

Divorces
Crissie L. Hemphill and Danial L. Hemphill, Oct. 15, 2009.

Euchee Creek Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B

Alpha Delta Kappa month
Superintendent Charles Nagle signs a proclamation declaring October as National Alpha Delta Kappa month in Columbia County Schools.

Community cleaners
The Lakeside Middle School FCCLA and Green Team helped with a highway cleanup effort along Blue Ridge Drive.

Property transfers
Winchester Home Builders LLC to Alex Raymond Jackson and Kristy Kay Jackson, 307 Palamon Drive, $177,000.

Police blotter
An Evans man convicted in 2007 of inappropriately touching a teenage girl was arrested Monday after his daughter found inappropriate information on his computer.

School councils
- Lakeside High School: Nov. 9, Feb. 22, March 29 and April 19.

Evans Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll

Cut for a Cure
Carlene Nelson cuts Linda Lutz's hair during the Cut for a Cure event at Retreat Spa and Salon. Organizers were raising money to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation during the annual event held Monday.

Blue Ridge Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll

New grocery stores
Food Lion managers and staff and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon Wednesday morning to open the new store on Evans-to-Locks Road at Furys Ferry Road in Evans.

Pet adoptionshowcase
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc., a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA.

On vacation
While on vacation, Jonas Meyer and Evan and Dylan Gonsalves went to see the 17th century Spanish fortress Castillo De San Marcos in St. Augustine, Fla.

Chili assessment
WAGT-TV 26 reporter Liz Hill (from left), Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle and Assistant Principal Susan Hadden judge samples at the Stevens Creek Elementary School Chili Cookoff Oct. 16.

School information
Important dates**

Get up & go
Dr. Ron Eaker will be the guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the CSRA Parkinson Support Group at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining room of St. John Towers, 724 Greene St., Augusta. For information, call (706) 364-1662.

Westmont Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll

Marriage licenses
Ronny Gene Cox and Ashley Nicole Markum applied for a marriage license on Oct. 2, 2009, and were married Oct. 2, 2009, in Evans.

Support needed for a county arts center
Columbia County is a great place to live. We invite people and businesses to our community based on quality of life and cost of living. We should be proud of recent achievements singling out our county as one of the best places in America to live.

Project serves veterans and community
Tucked in a Martinez strip mall is an amazing project.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Clark's name not taken yet
Back when Joey Brush was in the Georgia Legislature, one of his better crusades was the effort to prevent public structures from being named after living people.

Elusive prize is within sight for Greenbrier
After dominating its Class AAAAA second-round match with Shiloh on Tuesday, Greenbrier High School moved a step closer to an elusive state title.

Sports calendar
The Marshall Family Y is holding registration for its fall lacrosse program. The program is open to ages 7-15. Participants can register at The Marshall Family Y in Evans.

Special moments
Taylor Crews (left) and Tavonte Hawes received awards at the Columbia County Special Olympics Fall Games.

Lakeside boys, girls have high cross country rankings
Area cross country teams got some "good prep" Oct. 17 for upcoming region and state meets.

Panthers, Bratton have much in common
While his alma mater is enjoying one of its finest seasons in school history, former Lakeside High School standout Brian Bratton is having a fine year, too.

Prep calendar
Augusta Christian vs. Hammond

Rec department geared up for an even bigger 2010
Columbia Country recreation officials last week touted the positive affect their events have had in the past year, and prepped area businesses for a bigger draw next year.

Successful year ends in 2nd round for Lakeside
Lakeside High School's volleyball season ended Tuesday, but the mood among its players was one of a mission accomplished.

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