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Welch was 'one of the best managers,' would get 'full recommendation'
Editor: After reading Barry Paschal's Oct. 13 column on John Welch's transfer (as director of Euchee Creek Library), I couldn't help but smile with irony when he said, "we expect to hire good people to make things work, and then stay out of their way unless there's a problem."

Baker has 'energy, knowledge, and a vision for the future of education'
Editor: Vote for Kristi Baker for the Columbia County Board of Education. Baker owns her own home and pays school and property taxes. Baker has been in the county for 15 years and is active in the school system at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

It's up to former Euchee Creek Library manager to handle 'opportunity'
Editor: The letter from Carl Miller on Oct. 17 assumes that the Columbia County Library director has an ulterior motive in removing John Welch as manager of the Euchee Creek Library, but provides nothing other than that several people liked Welch.

Marker will honor lockkeeper cottage
Some Colonial Dames will recognize the historical significance of the Augusta Canal Headgates and their former keepers Saturday.

Family-friendly Halloween events abound
Halloween is around the corner, and there are several family events planned to celebrate it.

Fulmer takes the reins at Greenbrier Middle School
Chip Fulmer made a short move Monday to take over a neighboring school.

Homecoming queen crowned at Grovetown
Grovetown High School senior Stephanie Roman became the second homecoming queen in the school's brief history Friday when she was crowned with a sparkling tiara.

Competition will help pay for band uniforms
The Grovetown High School Band of Warriors has organized a special event for those who enjoy halftime shows during high school football games.

2 school calendar options on table
Columbia County school board members last week got a first look at a proposed school calendar for 2011-12.

'Spooky' donation time has arrived
A week before costumed children prowl the streets in the hunt for Halloween treats, volunteers will canvass residential areas in search of food for the hungry.

Ready to read
Chuck LaMarsh understands that the basis for a proper education is good reading skills. Furthermore, he believes that the best method for needy children to ascend from poverty is through a good education.

Brandon Wilde to build Alzheimer's facility with gift
Brandon Wilde resident Stella Grandin recently gave a gift to the Evans retirement community that will keep on giving for years to come.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, 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.

Top-notch talents
The winner of the Greenbrier's Got Talent contest was Austin Arthur, who played Return of the ShredEye on electric guitar. Sarah Bearden and Emily Johnson won second place for their rendition of Bursting at the Seams, with Sarah on piano and Emily on acoustic guitar. First prize was $100; second, $75.

Newsmakers
Carter Pierce Timmerman, of Martinez. has been recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization at the University of Georgia. Carter is the son of Rawl and Julie Timmerman.

School Councils
The Stallings Island Middle council, 2 p.m. Friday and Jan. 7, March 11 and April 22

On Vacation
Vera Farmer and Bob Anastasiadis took a 15-day trip on the Rhine and Mosel rivers in Germany on the 140-passenger MS Rhapsody, where they visited Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium. They concluded their four-week vacation in Denmark, where they visited family. In the background is the historic medieval Marksburg Castle, located above the 13th-century town of Braubach, Germany.

Current Events
Harlem city council has rescheduled its October meeting to Monday, starting with a work session at 6:30 p.m.

School Lunch Menu
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Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www. columbia countyso.org:

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

Jackson deserves historical thanks
Visitors to the Memorial Gardens behind the Columbia County Library in Evans, on the hillside next to the new parking lot and playgrounds, will see a new granite marker next to the stone arch and columns.

No common cents in checks
In the ongoing, multimillion-dollar national advertising war over whose wireless service is better - AT&T or Verizon - the folks at AT&T just put in their 2 cents' worth. Literally, in my case.

Chavous wins Modoc Grand Nationals race
Wendell Chavous took the checkered flag Oct. 9 in the FASTRAK Grand Nationals at Modoc Speedway.

Athlete Spotlight: Jamal Cummings and D.J. Tyson
Heading into his second season, Grovetown High School football coach Rodney Holder quickly realized that he had a pair of extremely versatile running backs. So he got creative.

Pigskin Picks
Week 8 brought in 78 entries, with one contestant picking nine correctly, 11 picking eight correctly and 31 picking seven correctly. Thirty-five failed to qualify, picking six or fewer games correctly.

Grovetown has goal in sight
Grovetown is closing in on a spot in a Region 3-AAA play-in game and a potential spot in the state playoffs.

Grovetown 's moving on
North Atlanta High School's Ashley Brouder (right) blocks Grovetown's Savannah Burns' attempt to score during a state playoff game. At right, Grovetown High's Charmaine Gerald dives for the ball during the game. Grovetown won the first-round match 3-1.

Technology lets field managers work at distance
Over the years, Greg Dross recalls countless late-night trips to athletic fields around Columbia County to turn off field lights.

Carpenter gets his first win
Gordon Park drew 77 competitors in seven divisions Saturday night.

Third time is a charm
The Georgia Spikes 10-and-under team took second place at the Fall Kickoff NIT Baseball Tournament at Citizens Park in Aiken on Sept 11-12. This is only its third tournament as a 10U team. Members are Jimmy Miller (front row, from left), Joshua Lanham, John Parrish, Greyson Jones, Bryce Melear, coach Desmond Lanham, Lane Smoak (middle row, from left), Alex Digby, David Fulcher, Ryan Galanie, Ridley Symon; coach DeWayne Smoak (back row, from left), coach John Galanie and coach David Fulcher.

Sports Calendar

Evans has bitter history with Effingham County
Last Week: 5-1 Season Total: 25-11

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