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Parents should 'express outrage,' keep kids home on Veterans Day
I wanted to write this letter to express my outrage at the Columbia County schools for being open this Veterans Day.

Americans should heed constitutionalists before it's too late
Maybe we are already beyond the point of constitutional government in this country. If we are not, we need to heed the advice of people like Walker Williams and Ray McBerry when it comes to running the affairs of our state and nation.

Warrior Transition commander happy to be in Columbia County
After a few years in Washington, D.C., Lt. Col. Edwin Larkin is glad to be in an area with a slower pace.

Veterans to share tales of service
Harlem Middle School will be the sole public location this week to hear firsthand the experiences of Congressional Medal of Honor winner Jack Jacobs.

Group helps survivors after death of soldiers
Elizabeth Kennedy Starrenburg will forever remember the knock she heard on her door on May 7, 1966. Because of her experience 43 years ago, Starrenburg wants to help other military families through the Survivor Outreach Support (SOS) program.

Planners approve fast-food restaurant
The Columbia County Planning Commission approved a plan revision at their Thursday meeting that will allow McDonald's to locate within Riverwood Town Center in Evans.

Concert to have variety
The Columbia County Choral Society will perform songs during a Friday concert that likely will leave audience members eagerly awaiting the arrival of Thanksgiving.

Homecoming unites Grovetown High
Grovetown High School's first-ever homecoming on Friday meant more to the students than the coronation of a queen.

Greenbrier Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

Fair fun
Grovetown resident Pamela Carter took her 10-year-old twin daughters, Laken and Laurel, to the Columbia County Merchants Association Fair.

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

Christmas crafts
Judy Widener, of Martinez, browsed a display of holiday pine cones Saturday during the second annual Christmas, Crafts and Caroling at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Vacation photos
Sarah and Terry Seeba and Bruce and Ann Waller, from Harlem, took a trip to Jekyll Island, Ga., in August and enjoyed morning walks and fishing.

Helping others
Tammy Murphy (left) and Phyllis Salazar (right), of the Columbia County Exchange Club, recently presented supplies to Susan McArthur, the executive director of When Help Can't Wait, a local nonprofit organization for seniors citizens.

Patrol office opens
Georgia State Patrol officers saluted Thursday as the flag was raised and a bagpiper played during the opening of the State Patrol post on Chamblin Road.

Belair Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

School councils
The council for North Columbia Elementary will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 and April 13.

Pet adoptions
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 puppies and kittens cost $20.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia Co. Schools.

Get Up & Go
Riverside Middle School, 1095 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will hold a holiday bazaar from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. For information, call (706) 868-3712, extension 5804.

Fun at the Fair
The Ion ride spun in a whirl of color at the Columbia County Merchants Association Fall Fair on Saturday.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, November 11 Columbia County News-Times.

Honor the dead by helping the living
If a picture is worth a thousand words, cartoonist B.J. Woods' cartoon today speaks volumes.

Next a request for a flying leap
They weren't intending to be funny, I'm sure. But the most hilarious discussion in recent days had to be the one that took place Friday between Augusta lawmakers and members of the Richmond County Board of Education.

Remember all 'fields' where vets served
Ninety-one years ago today, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we vowed to end all wars. We broke our word.

Loss sends Knights on road for playoffs
The defending Region 3-AAAA champs will be on the road Friday. Evans lost its bid for a home playoff game when it lost 21-15 at Richmond Academy on Friday.

Weekend spent on two wheels
Tom Ned (left), of Giant Bicycle, talks to North Augusta resident Kenneth Young as he sets up a bike's suspension during the Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Association's area chapter bike festival, which was held Saturday at Lake Springs.

Pigskin Picks
Week 11 of the Pigskin Picks contest was the toughest yet.

Lady Pirates win Peach Belt
After three consecutive years of falling short, Armstrong Atlantic State women's soccer prevailed Sunday.

Expect Panthers to prevail in opener
Georgia's high school playoffs start this week, with tough opening-round games for Lakeside and Evans.

Athlete Spotlight: David Capell Martinez
As part of his ongoing fight with prostate cancer, Martinez resident David Capell takes Vitamin D. The 53-year-old also has prescribed himself "Vitamin Fs," a series of thoughts he keeps on his personal computer for daily reflection.

Drama caps Grovetown's first season
The ridicule was short-lived Friday as Grovetown High School senior football players assembled under the scoreboard to pose for a picture with coach Rodney Holder. Someone had made a crack about a teammate's tears, but soon most of the group had surrendered to the magnitude of the moment.

Sports Calendar
The University of Georgia's men's lacrosse team will play host to a lacrosse clinic Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Greenbrier High School. For information, e-mail Glenn Vaught at

Lakeside shutout wraps up region
By the end of the night Friday, there was no speculation as to who owned the Region 3-AAAA title, only smoke from the celebratory fireworks. The pyrotechnic display came after Lakeside's 43-0 victory over Josey.


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