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Elect Kristi Baker
Editor:Though I cannot vote for Kristi Baker (I don't live in her district), I wish I could. I met Kristi years ago when I volunteered at Martinez Elementary, where my grandchildren attended school. Kristi and I volunteered in the library, reading to classes.

Constitutional amendments aren't improvements; vote 'no' to all five
Constitutional Amendments should be rare. When there is an amendment, voters should know the issue thoroughly so they can cast an informed vote. More often than not, issues are not well publicized and debated before the voter is faced with a particular decision for the first time in the voting booth. I have a personal commitment to vote "NO" if I do not know what I am voting for.

There's 'no other choice' but Baker for school board's District 2 seat
Editor:On Tuesday, Americans have a very important job to do. They need to get out and vote. Our country has lost its bearings and needs to be guided back on the right course.

Elect Carl Schluter
Editor:When I worked to organize the 2009 and 2010 Augusta Tea Parties, participants were emphatic that they wanted to elect fiscal conservatives with a business backgrounds to make sure their tax dollars are being well spent. On Tuesday, the voters of the District 2 will choose a new school board representative to replace Mickey Blackburn. Carl Schluter is the only candidate with a financial background and business experience that voters say they want.

Harlem incumbents would appreciate support in City Council elections
Editor:I'm running for re-election to Harlem City Council, of which I have proudly been a part of for the past eight years. The teamwork with other members of council has been great, and has made Harlem a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

Right next door
A group of Columbia County business owners vowed last week to fight the introduction of a methadone clinic in their Evans shopping center.

Board seat one oftwo local races on ballot
The only competitive local races some Columbia County voters will see in Tuesday's midterm election are for the District 2 seat on the school board and a Harlem City Council seat.

Three seek places on Harlem council
Three candidates are on the ballot in Tuesday's election for two Harlem City Council seats.

Parents express views on rezoning proposal
A small group of parents voiced objections last week during public hearings on the rezoning of four elementary schools.

Illegal parking plagues Patriots Park
Jim Mayfield says he drives past Patriots Park every day. What he has seen on many occasions has alarmed him.

Don't let yard waste go to waste
The fall brings about many changes in plants, especially in trees.

Harlem mayor wants to hear many voices on city projects
Harlem Mayor Bobby Culpepper wants input on the city's completed and planned projects.

Both in need of transplants, siblings say they're optimistic
While Ann Wilson's search for a new kidney started in May, her younger brother recently learned that he needs a different organ to survive.

County survey allows residents to have say in building awards
Columbia County residents have an opportunity to decide the best new development in the county.

Doing fall chores may limit spring landscape problems
Recent temperatures might not seem like fall, but if the falling leaves aren't enough, take a look at the calendar.

Fall fair returns with fun, excitement
Fall is here, which means it won't be long before the neon lights of the Columbia County Fall Fair are glowing against the night sky.

School board talks about outsourcing transportation
Columbia County school officials might consider outsourcing bus drivers.

Adoption showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered, and cats are litter-box trained before placement. To adopt, donate, or for information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to www.heartsonganimalrescue.com.

Evans Christian Academy First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Lewiston Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Newsmakers
Award for Classroom Enrhichment recipients representing12 area public and private schools were recently honored by the Junior League of Augusta. Teachers recognized were Susan Rutt, Lakeside High School; Elizabeth Toole and Ann Beth Strelec, Richmond County high school gifted program; Vickie Dorn and Jennifer Knight, Greenbrier High School; Deborah Hundt, Stallings Island Middle School; Nancy Sladky and Deborah Brown, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School;Ann Sturkey, Martinez Elementary; Hazel Ann Luke, Glenn Hills High School.; Stephen Swenson, Alleluia Community School; Lauren Kilbreth, C.T. Walker Magnet School; Linda Bourassa, Evans Christian Academy; Heather Hummel, River Ridge Elementary; Tara Salley, Blue Ridge Elementary; Angela Lowhorn, River Ridge Elementary; and Sandy Smith, River Ridge Elementary.

Divorces
Bruce Wayne Parker Jr. and Alicia Loneva Russell Parker, Oct. 19, 2010.

Time capsule
As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1976:

Martinez Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Property transfers
Pillon Communities Inc. to Christopher R. McMillian, 312 Congling Circle, $160,207.

Current events
The Church of Our Savior, at 4227 Columbia Road in Martinez, will hold a fall festival and "Holy Ghost Weenie Roast" starting at 4:30 p.m. today. Call (706) 863-1718.

Police blotter
Columbia County authorities removed four children from the home of county Commissioner Scott Dean on Wednesday.

On vacation
Monica Walker, left, and Evelyn Casey pose in front of a baobab tree in East Africa. Their excursion covered 17 days. They went on safari twice a day while in Africa and saw leopards, lions, zebras, elephants, birds, wart hogs, hyenas and other animals.

School councils
The North Harlem Elementary School council will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the media center on Jan. 27 and March 20.

Marriage licenses
Martin Shaun McIntosh and Toni Pauline Miller applied for a marriage license on Oct. 14, 2010, and were married Oct. 14, 2010, in Evans.

Carve the Pumpkin Coloring Contest Winners
This year's winners received prizes from Putt-Putt Golf and Games in Martinez, and Learning Express Toys in Evans. See the winning submissions as well as all of this year's entries.

Dramamine and Kool-Aid
For anyone still not convinced at just how screwed up this year's race for Georgia governor has become, the final evidence came last week.

Vote Kristi Baker for School Board
The best public servants are home-grown. That is to say: Rather than being groomed to take charge as politicians, good public servants work their way up.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, October 31, 2010.

Former Augusta State star's rise to NBA is inspirational
Any good sports journalist knows that cheering in the press box is strongly discouraged.

Injuries factor into disappointing records
While some of our Columbia County teams have disappointing records, keep in mind Lakeside and Greenbrier, in particular, have been hit hard by injury this season.

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

Michael sisters find joy in grueling events
Jackie Michael jokes that her 7-year-old daughter, Lauren, should have come with an on/off switch.

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