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Islam 'is not, and never has been, open-minded toward women'
Editor:I read with interest Humma Hassan's Jan. 13 guest column, "Governments; not Islam, are at fault." Her assessment is disingenuous, as Islam is not only a religion, it is a way of life that blends religion, politics and culture.

Writer to discuss vampire novels
Best-selling author Charlaine Harris knows just how fascinating vampires are to readers, TV viewers and moviegoers.

Scouting ahead
Scouting is a way of life for Danny Kuhlmann and his son, Chase, and Dec. 19 was a proud day in the Kuhlmann household.

Martinez couple to recount Haiti trip
Martinez missionaries who lived through the devastation inflicted by an earthquake last week in Haiti will tell their stories Thursday.

Vista volunteers now helping to mentor wounded veterans
When Rex King moved to Martinez last year, the retired Navy firefighter started looking for a new opportunity.

Traffic across dam to be cut to 1 lane
Traffic on the portion of U.S. Highway 221 over Thurmond Dam will be reduced to one lane starting Monday to accommodate a yearlong construction project.

Harlem invites county to Relay for Life
Organizers of Harlem's annual Relay for Life are extending an invitation to all of Columbia County for the kickoff this weekend.

River Ridge Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
River Ridge Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Greenbrier Elementary School Second nine Weeks Honor Roll
Greenbrier Elementary School Second nine Weeks Honor Roll

A different level
The Level 6 team from Haydens Gymnastics Academy, of Evans, recently celebrated a successful competition season. The team brought home a fourth-place title at the Georgia State Competition in Roswell, Ga., in which they competed against almost 40 other teams. The team also won first place at the Cartersville, Ga., Nifty November Gymnastics Meet. Gymnasts from the team include (from left) Avery Williams, Montana Moreno, Caleigh Cox, Libby Newsome, Allisa Smith, Anna Brower, Julia Morris and Bailey Spencer. The Level 6 team is coached by Cassie Hayden and Candice Kobert. Owner and coach Dennis Hayden also is pictured.

Military Newsmakers
Army Reserve Pfc. Atom K. Young has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Danna A. Key, of Martinez, and a 2009 graduate of Lakeside High School.

Evans Christian Academy Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A Honor Roll: Leah Haislip, Johnna Kelley and Rachel Martin.

Honoring civil rights leader
Laurel Carter plays Coretta Scott King, wife of the civil rights leader, in Brookwood Elementary's play.

On Vacation
Heading out of town or visiting a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times. Bring or mail a photo to our office at 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans, GA 30809, or e-mail photos to Be sure to write a few words to tell readers about your trip.

Current Events
Foot Solutions of Evans, in Mullins Crossing, is collecting lightly used shoes for the Soles 4 Souls charity, for Haitian refugees. E-mail or call (706) 228-3663.

Poster Contest
Eighty-six River Ridge Elementary pupils participated in a poster contest sponsored by the U.S. Forestry Service in collaboration with the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Children designed a poster for Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear emphasizing their slogans ''Lend a hand -- Care for the land'' and ''Only you can prevent wildfires.'' Pupils who are shown with their awards are Avery Lowhorn (front, from left), Emmie Reeves, Lilly Alexander and Eden Jordan; Regan Johns (second row, from left), Faith Housley, Tyler Grace Hattaway and Emily King; Nolan Johns (third row, from left), Owen Martin, Ryan Bielinski and Savana Kotas; Spade and Trowel president Fran Weber (back row, from left), Madison Sharp, Anslee Williams, Ana Rust, Sarah Parrish, Noah Cunningham, Emily Forbes and Jiada Sanders.

Get up and Go
Susan Norris will be the speaker for Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church's second annual prayer event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church on Hereford Farm Road at Columbia Road. Reservations are required by calling (706) 863-6795.

Kristi St. Clair (from left), Dakota Nale, Jade Long and Jared Long were among the Harlem Middle School students who attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Athens on Dec. 4. In addition, Jade Long, Ariel Bozeman and Kaylee Luken placed third in the state in an open testing event.

Police Blotter
A Louisville, Ga., man remained in jail Tuesday, more than two weeks after he ran from a traffic stop and was arrested on a variety of drug, DUI and traffic charges.

Ice Bowl disc golf tournament benefits Golden Harvest
More than 50 players braved the rain to participate in the Ice Bowl disc golf tournament on Saturday to benefit the Golden Harvest Food Bank.[CAPTION] Photo by Jenna Martin Clark Zimmerman, of Augusta, gets ready to launch a disc in the annual Ice Bowl tournament, held Saturday at Patriot's Park. [CAPTION] Photo by Jenna Martin Augusta resident Charles Toney throws a disc into the basket as Hephzibah resident Trevor Elkins looks on during the Augusta Disc Golf Association's annual Ice Bowl tournament, held at Patriot's Park.

Warren County takes a backward turn
Barrack Obama's 2008 election brought to the polls huge numbers of new young and black voters in a surge that elected the country's first black president.

Perdue kicks the budget can
Back in the day, Gov. Sonny Perdue was a very talented athlete whose favorite sport was football. He was good enough to be the starting quarterback on his high school team and was a walk-on freshman player at the University of Georgia.

Counties that do more should get hit less
Columbia County officials prepared for the worst as the state legislative session began, and as Gov. Sonny Perdue telegraphed his intent to aggressively cut the state's budget.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, January 20, 2010.

Prep Calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Evans dispatches Lakeside boys
Half the region schedule remained after Evans' game at rival Lakeside on Friday, but that didn't keep the Knights from playing with urgency. The Knights started fast and dispatched the Panthers, 67-52.

Lakeside girls bounce back after three losses
There was not much else the Lakeside girls could do to combat a recent skid.

Athlete Spotlight
Greenbrier High School basketball players Crystal Pryear and Deztinie Cotton could not be much more dissimilar.

County's 2010 draft class might be best ever
Columbia County has long been a baseball hotbed, and has produced a large number of college signees.

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County recreation department will hold spring soccer registration through Friday. Registration can be done at Patriots Park administrative offices or by mail. Previous participants may register online at www. Cost for county residents is $60 for first child, $50 for second child and $40 for third child. Cost for out-of-county residents is double. For information, call (706) 863-7523.


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