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Broun's opponent in congressional race 'void of ideas and a message'
Editor:I recently stumbled upon the Web site of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's Democratic opponent, Russell Edwards, and I must say, the Democrats sure can pick 'em.

Grateful homeowner thanks FedEx driver who saved son
FedEx delivery driver John Hillman was greeted with a pleasant surprise when he arrived at work Friday -- a thank you from a woman he has never met.

Snakes of Georgia program joins festival
A program on snakes will be introduced Saturday at this year's Mistletoe State Park Fall Festival.

Teacher of Year is chosen Thursday
Columbia County will recognize a new Teacher of the Year at a banquet Thursday.

Set in stone
The man who used stone to create a lasting monument to a bygone school now has his name etched in stone to commemorate his creation.

Columbia County Teachers of the Year
Steve Pruitt -- band and music Stallings Island Middle School Years at current school: Three "We are fortunate to have facilities that are second to none and the best students and staff anywhere. Knowing that my peers think enough of what the students in the band and music programs contribute to the school is very gratifying." Don Putnam, Principal: "One out of every three Stallings Island Middle School students is actively involved in the band program led by Mr. Pruitt. He leads an outstanding program."

Columbus Day Festival offers arts, entertainment and food
The third annual Columbus Day Festival on Saturday promises a day full of family fun.

Bike ride returns for 16th year
Cyclists are invited to explore rural Columbia County near Oliver Hardy's birthplace at the Hardy Hundred 2010.

Recital series adds strings performance
The Columbia County Orchestra Association has added a concert featuring string instruments to its recital series.

Hardy proves he can still draw a crowd
Thousands of guests crowded the streets of Harlem on Saturday in celebration of the late comedian Oliver Hardy.

Democrats set candidate forum
A forum at the Columbia County Library on Saturday will give residents the chance to meet Democratic candidates running for office.

An evening of wine and roses
Augusta Rose Society Interim Show Chairwoman Kathy McKie and former Rose Society President Scott Henson tally votes for best in show on Saturday during the fifth annual CoCo Wine Festival and the 48th annual Augusta Rose Show at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Police Blotter
The first of three men granted bond on Friday in a sexual misconduct case was released last weekend.

Current Events
Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, will hold its annual Pumpkins and Flowers With a Purpose pumpkin patch from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day through Oct. 3. Call (706) 869-0888.

Pet Adoption Showcase
This male brown Mastiff is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information about any of these animals, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov 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. on weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

On Vacation
King family members Hannah (from left), Juliet, Campbell, Sam and Karleigh King pause for ice cream during a vacation to North Myrtle Beach.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

Help the cops, not the crooks
Columbia County deputies last week arrested two men after catching them breaking into a car in West Lake.

Judicial ethics tripped again
If it's true that politics makes strange bedfellows, there is some serious weirdness under the sheets around here.

Pay attention to ballot amendments
We've been concentrating so closely on the governor's race that it's easy to forget several amendments to the state constitution will also be decided by the voters on Nov. 2.

Panthers score key region win over Wolfpack
After a heartbreaking home loss to Statesboro the week before, Lakeside High coach Jarrett Troxler had an important message for his team.

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 children in third to fifth grade, and entertainment and concessions. Proceeds will benefit the Greenbrier High girls basketball team. For information or to join the car show, yard sale or camp, contact (706) 831-0091 or jghow@comcast.net.

Excitement surrounding Cavaliers football grows
David Tisler said football at Augusta Prep was one of those things the student body didn't realize they had missed out on until it finally arrived.

Evans, Grovetown should roll; Harlem will struggle against Thomson
Last week: 3-1

Pigskin Picks
Week 6 brought in 90 entries, with two contestants picking 10 correctly, 12 contestants picking nine correctly, 29 contestants picking eight correctly, and 29 picking seven correctly. Eighteen contestants failed to qualify, picking six or fewer games correctly.

Making a big splash
Augusta Christian's Ret Thompson goes up for a breath while swimming the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard medley relay at Saturday's SCISA Swimming Championships. Thompson, who finished second in the boys 50-yard freestyle, combined with Clayton Oetting, Reid Oetting and TJ Kaszas for a fifth-place finish.

Athlete Spotlight: Kayla Berns & Alex Powell
Having a squad loaded with talented seniors often leads to success. But what happens when they all graduate?

Gordon Park Speedway Results
Chris Usry led from flag to flag to win his second Crate Late Model race of the season during Saturday's slate of races at Gordon Park Speedway.

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