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District 2 school board candidate's commitment 'is second to none'
Editor, I am a voter in the second district and I am quite impressed with school board candidate Carl Schluter.

There should be no hesitation to correct those who are clearly wrong
Editor: In Rufus Maloney's Sept. 19 letter, "People should listen to other's beliefs, shouldn't try to change them," I'm sure he did not mean to say corrections and changes should not be made when those beliefs are proven to be dead wrong.

Louisianna experience gives insight on Pumpkin Center traffic circle
Editor: I've kept up with my home county via The News-Times online, and after following the saga of the proposed "roundabout" in Pumpkin Center, I just had to chime in.

'Yes' on Amendment 4 will allow state to save money on utility bills
Editor: This is a response to The News-Times editorial, "No pressing need to amend Georgia Constitution" (Sept. 8):

Wine, roses to take spotlight
It's time to find a new favorite wine at the fifth annual CoCo Wine Festival.

Bordon crowned homecoming queen
Emily Bordon's face reflected her excitement at hearing her name announced as the Lakeside High School homecoming queen.

Art of Chocolate sweetens charity 's pot
Decadent chocolate is the focus of a charity event Friday that will benefit an organization dedicated to helping children in the Augusta area.

Harlem picks contractor for public safety building
Harlem officials last week approved a contractor to build a new public safety building on downtown property the city doesn't yet own.

After-school scholars
A new Columbia County Community Connections program has found a home in Grovetown.

Harlem to celebrate Hardy of famed duo
Harlem's annual Oliver Hardy Festival will feature new attractions this year.

Library manager transferred from Euchee Creek to Evans
This week likely is the last for John Welch to serve as the branch supervisor for the Euchee Creek Library.

Striking gold
Abby Hughes (left) and Justin Salter (center) were the top scorers at Brunswick Bowling Lanes during the annual Paralympics for Columbia and Richmond county students with physical disabilities. The winners posed with Blayne Alexander (second from left) and Bryan Baker of WRDW-TV.

Talking politics
Evans residents Jim Hedgis (from left), Richard Haines and John Apostol eat and converse Saturday during a breakfast event for the grand opening of the Columbia County Republican Party's headquarters at 4150 Washington Road.

A welcome fit for a hero
Spc. Danny McGowan talks to family and friends shortly after arriving at Riverside Park in Evans for his surprise homecoming and birthday party on Saturday. McGowan, who turned 40 on Sept. 21, was injured June 26 in Afghanistan when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. McGowan served in the Swainsboro-based 810th Engineer Company of the Georgia Army National Guard. At right, Nickie Hall (left) and Linda Sutton, both of Cleveland, Ga., prepare for McGowan's surprise party

Police Blotter
Police arrested three men last week they say were involved in sexual misconduct. A fourth man was still being sought.

School Calendar
2010-11 School Calendar

On Vacation
Blake Lane of Evans (second from right) caught a tarpon estimated at 180-200 pounds at St. Simons Island, Ga., on July 9. Shown are Dalton Turner (from left), Kolby Jackson, Glen Bailey, Lane and Daly Jackson. Not pictured are the guide and captain Mark Noble. The fish was not entered for a record because Lane was assisted in the catch. The fish was released unharmed.

Lakeside celebration
The Lakeside cheerleaders ride in the homecoming parade. The Lakeside band shares in the homecoming celebration.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Current Events
Contestants are being sought for the Miss Columbia County Fair Pageant, Oct. 23 at Greenbrier High School. Single women ages 17-23 are eligible. Call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645, or e-mail

Light the Night
Celebrity waiter Ron Cross waits on Ed and Shana Reid during MCG hospital's Light the Night spaghetti lunch benefit at the Garlic Clove. Above, Chef Jeff Freehof (right), Carlic Clove owner, and Michael Mace prepare takeout orders. Money was raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

William Eastman of Martinez, has been named to the spring 2010 semester Dean's List at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School class of 2000 will hold its 10th reunion 7-11 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Doubletree Hotel. Send contact information to, or go to

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

Respect ideas, if not sources
Teachers unions need to stop fighting change. More math and science teachers are needed to improve public schools. More money alone won't fix education problems. Public schools need to set and achieve higher standards.

Full weekend of exceptional events
If you live in or around Columbia County and can't find anything to do this weekend, you should probably have someone check your pulse.

Sports Calendar
Greenbrier High School will hold Octoberfest on Oct. 23. The event, which will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., includes a car and bike show, a chili cook-off, a yard sale with spaces to rent, a silent auction, a basketball camp for third- to fifth-graders, and entertainment and concessions. Proceeds will benefit the school's girls basketball team. For information or to join the car show, yard sale or camp, contact (706) 831-0091 or

Athlete Spotlight: Chris Wilder Greenbrier High School
While planning out the season, Greenbrier cross country coach Kati Smallwood decided her team should attend a meet at the Statesboro, Ga., course where the Wolfpack will compete for the Region 2-AAAA championship.

Pigskin Picks
Week 5 brought in 88 entries, with only four contestants picking eight correctly and 10 contestants picking seven correctly. Seventy-four contestants failed to qualify, picking six or fewer games correctly.

Prep Calendar
Football: Friday: Greenbrier at Lakeside, 7:30 p.m.

Panthers take another heartbreaking defeat
On Sept. 3, Lakeside held a late lead against Thomson before the Bulldogs knocked down a last-second field goal in a 10-9 victory.

Bulldogs, Statesboro defy my predictions
I had a good night Friday despite missing two games. I had Lakeside pegged to win a close game against Statesboro, and the Panthers appeared to be headed toward a victory. However, the Blue Devils kicked a field goal in the closing seconds for a 26-24 win.

Evans ' McKenney stands out in pre-qualifying tournament
Earning a PGA Tour card through the Qualifying School process involves four separate stages during which 18 competitive rounds of golf are played in a nearly four-month span.

Sports Newsmakers
The Georgia Sting 12-and-under travel team finished third in the Youth Basketball of America National Championship Tournament in Orlando, Fla., in July. Team members are assistant coach Tommy Tranum (back row, from left), Elyssa Melton, Holly Sweeting, Jennifer McMahan, Kwajelin Farrar, Tristen Reel, coach Stefanie Basinger, Clarissa Hopkins (front row, from left), Jamiee Gleaves, Mallory Myers and Baleigh Williamson. Myers was named to the All-Tournament Team.


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