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Locations of Civil War battles were in Maryland; other locals died there, too
Editor:Thanks to Barry Paschal for sharing with us the Benjamin Prather letter in his column in the Nov. 24 News-Times.

Student will honor memory of his sister with blood drive
Grovetown High School student Brian Ikner chose to do something close to his heart for his senior project.

Holiday festivities light up
Columbia County marks the start of the holiday season this week with multiple celebrations.

Accreditation agency wants feedback
A national accreditation team is seeking feedback from the community about the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Communications Center as part of the agency's assessment process.

Septic tank business owner provides shelter from storm
If you're shopping for a gift that's sure to be different, John Milford can help.

Hometown Gifts
Whether that hard-to-shop-for person on your list likes sports or art, holiday goodies or books, Columbia County has plenty of unique gifts sure to satisfy.

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. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. 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.

School Lunch Menu
Today: Chicken patty, hot dog, peanut butter, jelly sandwich, mashed potatoes, fresh veggies with dip, chilled fruit cup, Bear Grahams and milk

Westmont Elementary School honor roll

School Councils
The Martinez Elementary School Council will meet at noon Friday, and on Feb. 4 and April 22.

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

Current events
The Columbia County Cooperative Extension Service's Gardening at Lunch series with Extension Agent Charles Phillips at the Columbia County Library in Evans continues at 12:10 p.m. today with a program on garden jobs by the month. For information, call (706) 868-3413.

Joann Erlein (center), a volunteer at The Laurel & Hardy Museum in Harlem, receives the Columbia County Hospitality Council's James O. McCormick Sr. Hospitality Service Award, Third Quarter 2010, presented by Kanta K.R. Kondur (left), chairwoman of the Columbia County Hospitality Council, and city of Harlem Planning and Zoning grant coordinator Denise Carter. Erlein will compete with other 2010 quarterly winners for the final James O. McCormick Sr. Hospitality Ambassador Award, which will be presented in February.

Walking starts to sound good
Ever hear of a "diverging diamond"? How about a "continuous flow intersection"?

Running government 'like a business' can be costly
You will often hear this said when a newcomer is elected to public office - a new governor, a new legislator, a new commissioner, whatever. The newly elected official will tell his constituents: "I want to run government like we run a business."

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, December 1, 2010.

Donations to local causes are great gifts
This edition of The News-Times, as is the case this time each year, features a sampling of ideas from around Columbia County for gifts with a distinctively local flair.

Undersized Evans struggles in second half against Butler
Evans High School's boys basketball squad has become a staple of the annual 100 Black Men of Augusta Thanksgiving Basketball Classic.

Athlete Spotlight
Harlem's Amanda Rogers is a key player on the girls basketball team.

Former 'Pack star excels on, off pitch
These days, Brooks Duff is on pins and needles awaiting a decision on his application for medical school. He is scheduled to graduate from Furman University in May.

Readers' input needed for all-time hoops team
Back in 2003, I did a column where I compiled an all-county baseball team from the previous 20 years. From 1983 to 2003, there were a ton of great players in the county, perhaps as much as any county in Georgia during that span.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Sports calendar
The 2010 Grovetown High School Baseball Christmas Camp will be held Dec. 20-21 at the school's baseball field.


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