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Officials fail to act on 'Constitutional crisis' of Obama qualifications
Editor:U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's Oct. 10 guest column was titled, "Pledge to America: We are listening." They might be listening, but they are not either hearing or understanding. Nor is he responding to his constituents.

Low election turnout tarnishes Columbia County's excellent reputation
Editor:When I hear or read of Columbia County being a "county of excellence," I always nod in agreement. We have much going our way - much that we can be proud of.

Chickens double as company for owner
Mary Louise Nechtman, who has been raising chickens for nearly three years now, said the hens have become a part of the family.

Kudzu bug is spreading in Georgia
Every fall, there are certain creatures that start coming into our homes in search of a place to spend the winter. One of the more common is the Asian ladybug or beetle.

Officials are finding projects for unspent sales tax money
In an effort to spend nearly $1 million in leftover sales tax money, Columbia County commissioners have earmarked funds for road and park projects.

Appling site bought by investment group
A land investment group recently purchased about 272 acres of Appling property near Interstate 20 for development.

Surveys allow public to comment on county matters
Several area organizations and Columbia County government departments know the benefits of seeking the public's opinion.

Bra display part of special fundraiser
Retreat Spa and Salon in Evans is offering spa treatments for a cause: breast cancer research.

Busy bees
Some people say watching fish glide around their tank is relaxing. Eugene Bracewell prefers to watch bees.

Chamber to absorb Grovetown group
The Grovetown Merchants Association soon will be no more.

Rezoning could save land owners from big tax levy
The owners of land adjacent to an Evans shopping center stand to save thousands in property taxes next year, depending on the timing of a rezoning initiated last week by Columbia County commissioners.

Hearings to discuss rezoning of schools
Parents wishing to take a closer look at a planned rezoning for some area elementary schools will get that chance Tuesday and Thursday.

On vacation
Bob Russell and his grandsons Luke Wille, Benjamin Russell and Jonah Russell recently toured the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They met Dana McAlhany Hutcherson, Endeavor Flow Director and 1995 Evans High School graduate, who joined them for a 3-D movie on repairs made to the Hubble Space Telescope.

School lunches
Menu for Columbia County schools.

Adoption showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. on Bobby Jones Expressway. Contact Barb at (706) 955-0438 or browse the Happy Tails Web site ( for information about the group or the featured animals.

Superintendent Charles Nagle signs a proclamation declaring October as National Alpha Delta Kappa month in Columbia County schools. Alpha Epsilon members present for the signing are Connie Norman, Barbara Williams, Brenda Newman and Sherry McKie. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary society for women educators.

Time capsule
As reported 44 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 20, 1966:

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

Blue Ridge Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Jacob George Burnip and Melissa Kaye Burnip, Oct. 18, 2010.

North Harlem Elementary First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Current events
Harlem City Council has rescheduled its October meeting to Monday, starting with a work session at 6:30 p.m.

Property transfers
Pierwood Construction Co. to Michael P. Griffin, 5230 Tilton Drive, $220,000.

School councils
- The Brookwood Elementary School council will meet at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.

Stallings Island Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, October 24, 2010.

District needs to go 'a new direction'
We're at a crossroads in our community. For the past several years, our district has been left behind. We face double-digit unemployment, and it seems each passing week brings news of a new plant or factory moving overseas.

Thank the feds for that $10,000 purchase
File this one under "unfunded federal mandate."

Horses before the library cart
There isn't a Columbia County public official or reporter who hasn't at least once heard the plea from former Grovetown City Council member Rosa Lee Owens:

Sports calendar
A 14-Under travel baseball team will be holding tryouts for the upcoming season. Players cannot turn 15 before May 1. For dates and information, call (706) 533-1061.

Region 2-AAAA ' North might have leg up
When trying to predict what will happen in games, it's easy to fall into a trap.

Greenbrier, Evans knocked out
On Sept. 9, Grovetown volleyball stood at 2-9 with four consecutive losses.

Extra excitement Greenbrier wins thriller to remain in playoffs
It wasn't easy, but Greenbrier's softball team found a way -- again -- to advance past the second round of the state playoffs.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Sports newsmakers
The Columbia County Chaos 11U AAA baseball team went undefeated to win the Diamond Lakes Summer Sizzler Tournament on July 24. Players are Hunter Norman (front, from left), Jordan Carr, Caleb Clark, Ty Snipes, Ben Adkins, Jacob Hardin (middle row, from left), Brandon Brown, TJ Prince, Daniel Wiggins and JT Hartfield. Coaches are Trevor Adkins (back row, from left), Jerome Hartfield, Thomas Clark, and Steve Hardin.

Greenbrier golfer Shafer is named All-American
Greenbrier High School senior golfer Cody Shafer has been named to the 2010 Rolex Junior All-American Team.


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