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Challenger for chairmanship 'committed to doing right by people'
I always look forward to Wednesdays and Sundays, because it is on these days, in a perfect world, that I get to read Barry Paschal's latest columns that are always laden with literary prowess and philosophical genius the likes of which this planet has never seen. But on Nov. 1, I was particularly delighted to have read his column for another reason.

State legislators will discuss pending issues at breakfast
Thursday, state officials will share their expectations for the next session of the General Assembly with Columbia County business leaders.

Friends grieve loss of special person
Anyone who lived or worked in Columbia County for any length of time seemed to know Thad Gray.

Publix anchors Riverwood Town Center
In an area of Columbia County brimming with neighborhoods and residential property, the first commercial component of Riverwood Town Center is now open for business -- and others soon will follow.

Play presents comedy with Hindi flair
A local theater troupe aims to bring a barrel of laughs to Columbia County Nov. 15 with their production of the Hindi comedy Honeymoon Circus.

Vibrant landscapes give off a glow
Last year about this time, I wrote an article on plants that provide fall color. In the article, I mentioned trees, shrubs and vines that would give us beautiful fall colors.

Two win in Grovetown in light turnout
An incumbent and a newcomer earned two Grovetown city council seats in a very light turnout Tuesday for the municipal election.

Programs, parade celebrate military
Many area schools will honor Veterans Day this week with special programs.

Commissioners will seek new terms
Two Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday announced their intentions to run for re-election.

Children excited by opening of fair
Rides whirred to life while carnival music played as the 44th annual Columbia County fair opened Thursday on the first of its 10-day stint.

Colorful gardens brighten dull days
To enjoy the fruits of a fall garden and maximize benefits, planting should be done in the spring. But for those who didn't plant earlier this year, there are still plenty of options for filling the yard with color for the winter months.

Marquee brings back memories
When Harlem city officials illuminated the pink and yellow neon marquee lights on the former Columbia Theatre Thursday, it reminded two former theater employees of their teen years working in the cinema.

Businesses collect kids ' pajamas, books
The bedtime ritual for many children includes a set of pajamas and a story.

Marriage licenses
Jonathan Ryan Covington and Shannon Marie James applied for a marriage license on Oct. 7, 2009, and were married Oct. 17, 2009, in Grovetown.

Current events
Columbia County's Fall Fair is open daily until Saturday at the Merchants Association Fairgrounds on Columbia Road, across from Patriots Park. Call the Fair Hotline at (706) 210-3603, or go to www.columbiacountyfair.net.

Schol lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Property transfers
Herbert Homes Inc. to Trinya Singleton, 1081 Grove Landing Lane, $149,000.

Preschool sign-ups
- 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.

Divorces
Shirley Marie Childs and Norman Travis Childs, Oct. 28, 2009.

Harlem Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll

Tops in testing
Augusta Prep seniors Andrew Ding (from left), Michael Sodomka, Christina Hefron and Stefan O'Kula have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. The students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Evans Christian Academy First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B honor roll

DUIs
Joseph Nicholas Callandt, 37, of the 1700 block of Powell Drive in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on June 3, 2009, and was fined $810.

Get up and go
Lakeside High School's band is taking orders through Wednesday for boxes of oranges, grapefruit and tangelos for $15.

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

Pet adoptions
Sugar is a 10- to 12-week-old yellow Lab mix.

On vacation
Lakeside High School seniors Maggie Harrover, Kenneth Mooney and Mitchell Hauff went to Barcelona, Spain, in summer to visit Marta Pinol, whom they met last year when she was a Spanish exchange student at Lakeside.

Spooky success
Wexford volunteers Connie West, Tina Roy, Alex Daniele, Mya Hambersham, Jill Gunn, Julie Vincent, Drew Vincent, Christopher O'Rourke and Debbie O'Rourke have been collecting items for It's Spooky to be Hungry on Halloween for more than 10 years.

Police blotter
A Martinez teen was arrested Thursday after bringing a knife to Evans High School.

Veterans: Ordinary people, extraordinary deeds
When then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan introduced returning prisoner of war John McCain at a speaking engagement in 1974, the future president asked, "Where do we find such men?"

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, November 8, 2009.

Fall fair is back, better than ever
Blessed with beautiful weather for its opening days, the Columbia County Fall Fair is again delighting children of all ages in Columbia County.

War brought PE programs
In Harlem, things still move so slowly that we waited 51 years to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the football team.

Atlanta Cup finalists
The Augusta Arsenal U12 girls gold team were finalists at the Atlanta Cup, which was held over Labor Day weekend.

Ceremony to honor late former Greenbrier basketball star is well deserved
Back in April, like everyone who knew him, I was stunned by the tragic death of former Greenbrier High School star Eric Marshall.

Sports calendar
University of Georgia's men's lacrosse team will play host to lacrosse clinics today and Nov. 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Greenbrier High School. Cost is $40 for both days. For information, e-mail Glenn Vaught at glenn.vaught@ccboe.net.

Greenbrier's basketball program is in transition
Greenbrier High School boys basketball coach Casey Heckathorn doesn't want to tip his hand too early.

Baseball seniors are ready for next level
College baseball's early signing period starts Wednesday and runs through Nov. 18. Several Columbia County seniors expect to be playing baseball on a college campus next year.

Depleted Evans not deterred
Evans High's boys basketball team will start the 2009-10 season without most of the key pieces from a season ago.

Atlanta Cup champions
The Augusta Arsenal U-14 boys gold team won the championship at the Atlanta Cup, which featured 630 players, during Labor Day weekend.

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