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Rather than a 'slam dunk,' Westboro case likely to be a split decision
Editor:I was surprised that Barry Paschal didn't do his typical research regarding the Oct. 10 column on the upcoming Supreme Court case involving protests at military funerals.

School board hopeful Baker 'is not running for selfish or political gain'
Editor: We have known Kristi Baker for approximately 15 years. She is one of the finest individuals anyone will meet. She is a devoted wife, mother and friend to all. She is raising three well-behaved, mannerly, delightful children, all of whom are excellent students.

Commissioners should have declared Halloween would be on Saturday
Editor:Recently The News-Times published its opinion regarding the county declaring Oct. 31 as Halloween. The editorial seemed to feel that was silly since every year Halloween falls on Oct. 31.

'Huckster Huckaby' stands to 'foul up Republican chances' of 2012 win
Editor:Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the one Republican who could foul up Republican chances of a White House win in 2012.

Baker is 'best and most qualified candidate' for school board District 2
Editor:The folks in District 2 have an excellent opportunity to elect someone who is energetic, intelligent and very knowledgeable of the operations of the school board. Kristi Baker has been involved with the school system for 12 years. She has served on the superintendent's advisory board, served on committees to hire principals and vice principals, and held offices in the PTO program.

Planning makes for a safe Halloween
On an evening when ghouls and goblins roam the streets in search of sweet treats, Rene Hopkins said carefully preparing children and their costumes can help ensure a safe and fun holiday.

Planning commissioners' OK could lead to shopping center
Columbia County planning commissioners approved a revision last week for a mixed-use development that could bring a grocery store-anchored shopping center near the corner of Columbia Road and William Few Parkway in 2011.

History topples
Kiritkumar Bhavsar was forced to cut a majestic oak tree from his yard Friday. In the process, a Martinez subdivision lost its namesake, and Columbia County lost one of its older trees.

Report on apartments nears finish
A report on multifamily housing in Columbia County should be ready for review next month.

Fall festivities plentiful at area churches
For families looking for alternatives to trick-or-treating this weekend, several area churches are offering free fall festivals:

North Augustan crowned queen of 2010 county fair
North Augusta High School senior Lacey Ferguson will reign this year as the 2010 Columbia County Fair Queen.

Updated Teenage Years 101 to review laws, consequences
Superior Court Judge Wade Padgett is taking to the podium again to explain to teens and their parents the consequences of breaking the law.

Evans picks homecoming queen
Alyssa Mullikin was shocked when her name was called as Evans High School's 2010 homecoming queen Friday.

Current events
Advance voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Friday at the Columbia County Board of Elections office in Evans, at Patriots Park and at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for voting.

Just jammin '
Matthew Turner, 11, of Evans, won first place in the Aiken Slam Jam Skateboard contest Aug. 21 at H. Odell Weeks skate park. The contest was sponsored by Bo Mitchell, owner of HIC Skateboard Shop in Aiken.

Navy turns 235
Joshua Meade (from left), Norman Schwartz, George Bouchard, Lt. Cmdr. Todd Peters, Carolyn Schwartz, Samuel Schwartz and Cameron Carson cut a cake to celebrate the Navy's 235th birthday at Arsenal Games and Hobbies on South Belair Road in Martinez.

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

On vacation
The Wren family enjoyed a long July 4 weekend at Fiddler's Cove in Hilton Head, S.C. Shown are Mark (from left), Gerald, Byron, Brittany and Rita.

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.

Time capsule
As reported 37 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1973:

River Ridge Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

No need to rush through zoning, tax break
A couple of months ago, the owners of the stalled Phase II of the Mullins Crossing commercial development asked county officials to return the property to its prior residential zoning.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

Mutants head to state coast
All right, fellow comic-book geeks: It's time to head for the coast.

Rivalry game has major post season implications
Evans has scored an average of 23.1 points per game and allowed 16.9. Lakeside has scored 18.5 and allowed 18.5. This is a huge rivalry game, and the winner locks up a spot in a play-in game.

Playoffs at Prep
Augusta Prep's Sarah Sussman tries to get the ball past Calvary Christian School's McKenzie Bragg (left) and Mary McCarty during the Georgia Independent School Association's state volleyball semifinals.

Prep calendar

Knights, Panthers to meet with play-in berth on line
After Evans' comeback came up short in Friday night's 38-31 loss to Effingham County, Knights coach Marty Jackson acknowledged what football fans throughout Columbia County already knew.

Evans wins County Cup as top JV team
Evans High School's junior varsity football squad was a scoring machine this season. In five of their six victories, the Knights scored at least 35 points. But it wasn't all about offense: The Knights' defense allowed seven points or fewer in five of those wins.

A gift for golf
The Lakeside girls golf team received a $500 grant from the Georgia Women's Golf Association. Pictured are Lakeside golfers Elisabeth Kim (front, from left), Eunice Yi and Sara Beth Gilbert; Mary Helen McElreath, representing the golf association, and coach Bill Richey.

Athlete Spotlight
A year and a half ago, a group of Aiken-Augusta Swim League (ASL) athletes took a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Sports calendar
Lakeside will hold its JROTC Fun Run on Nov. 6. Check-in/registration will start at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. Advanced registration costs $20; registration on the day of the race is $25.

Pigskin picks
Week 9 brought in 83 entries, with 11 contestants picking nine correctly, 20 contestants picking eight correctly and 28 contestants picking seven correctly. Twenty-four contestants failed to qualify, picking six or fewer games correctly.


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