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Officials have 'failed the public' with removal of Euchee Creek director
Editor:Every now and then, the Columbia County politicians and their bureaucracy have to be reminded of whom they work for. This is one of those times. We, the people, are disturbed by the removal of John Welch as director of Euchee Creek Library.

Baker 'is the more qualified candidate' for District 2, will be an advocate
Editor:We have known Kristi Baker for years and plan to vote for her as Columbia County District 2 School Board Representative for the following reasons:

Removal of Euchee Creek Library director 'ugly and exhausting story'
Editor:I find it most difficult to describe what I have witnessed regarding the removal of John Welch from his 16 year position as manager of the Euchee Creek Public Library.

Candidate's 'energy level, passion for public education' ideal for board
Editor:I have known Kristi Baker for 15 years and feel that she is the best candidate for District 2 school board representative.

Nonprofit groups at tax-status deadline
More than 50 Columbia County charitable organizations are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status if they don't file delinquent tax returns by Friday.

Baker leads in fundraising, reports show
Current and former candidates for elected offices in Columbia County filed campaign disclosure forms last week with the Board of Elections.

Pumpkins lend fall flair to church and school events
Autumn is here, and so are the fall celebrations.

Workshop to focus on teens as caregivers
Teens generally go to the pool or the movies, play sports or go shopping on weekends, but this Saturday they are invited to a free workshop on a topic typically associated with older generations.

Extra effort pays
Vicki Tarleton guided her Grovetown High School students through an exercise on Friday to determine the area of a hexagon.

Event will raise funds for animal rescue
Animal lovers are invited to support area animal rescue groups by enjoying an evening of Key West music, food and auctions Saturday.

Augusta Christian track star crowned homecoming queen
The attention heaped upon Augusta Christian Schools senior Stephanie Cipollone typically stems from her athletic prowess as a state champion track star and distance runner.

Proposal would change parking lot style
The Columbia County Planning Commission voted on Thursday to recommend two ordinance revisions meant to alter parking requirements and enhance landscaping within new commercial developments.

Current events
Columbia County Animals Services, at 6337 Columbia Road, Appling, is holding low-cost adoptions with dogs and puppies available for $10, and cats and kittens for $5, with a free engraved ID tag for each pet this week during Animal Friends Week.

School lunch menus
Lunch menus for Columbia County schools.

Boys drawn to big toys
Brothers Lucas (right), 9, and Logan Martin, 7, of Martinez, check out a Tomberlin all-terrain vehicle on Saturday at Big Toy Day. Several types of vehicles and motorcycles were on display in front of the Food Lion on North Belair Road. Donations were collected for the Children's Miracle Network.

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.

Police blotter
A Grovetown man was shot Monday night after police say he barged in on his estranged wife and another man.

Celebrating Columbus
Sara Rodgers, 4, of Thomson, pets a donkey at Columbus Day's petting zoo at the Columbia County Amphitheater and Memorial Gardens on Saturday.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

Being blunt has benefits
As a natural consequence of having a sometimes-recognizable name, I'm often asked if I'd consider running for office.

Grovetown High staffers snag top honors
That sure sets the bar high.

Clock control is key as Wolfpack upends Evans
Brian Smith has seen his Greenbrier football team experience several tough losses this season, including a pair of narrow defeats. But his advice to his players has remained constant.

Sports newsmakers
The Columbia County Giants are the 2010 Mite League tournament champions. Team members are Dylan Sawyer, Brandon Kluna, Hudson Pulliam, Taylor Broadway, Tyler Broadway, Ayden Panzella, Wesley Allen, Jordan Smith, Ryan Parker, Trevan Tate, Knox Smith, Jesse Kalbas and Richie Rodriguez. Coaches are Marion Broadway, Roff Pulliam and Shaun Kluna.

Season filled with twists has made predictions tough
I predicted in the preseason that this would be an extremely tough year to pick games correctly, and that is one prediction I got right.

Course record falls at Blanchard Woods Park
In the first race of the 2010 cross country season, Greenbrier junior Chris Wilder set the boys 5K course record at Blanchard Woods Park.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Sports calendar
The Evans Middle School PTSO will hold the inaugural Red Ribbon Tip Off celebrity charity basketball tournament Oct. 22. The event, which will run from 6-8 p.m., will be held at the Evans Middle School gymnasium.

Pigskin picks
Week seven brought in 91 entries, with two contestants picking nine correctly, two picking eight correctly and 11 picking seven correctly.

Fledgling Grovetown captures area crown
Volleyball at Grovetown is undoubtedly a young program. The team is in its second year -- as is the school -- and it began the season with players who had little to no experience on the court.

Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School Volleyball Team Seniors
As the regular season wound down for Evans' volleyball team with Sept. 30 matches against Greenbrier, Jillyan Thompson was nervous.


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