Now that the shreds of wrapping paper are cleaned up and the ornaments tucked away for another year, many thoughts have turned to a different kind of giving and receiving - specifically, giving to a charitable cause before midnight Dec.
The best wrestler at the Evans Black and Gold Traditional meet last Saturday didn't take a turn on the mat. Sitting quietly in the stands observing the action was Tim Mitchem, former Lakeside High School standout.
Also, the schools, for the most part, are extremely evenly matched. After Harlem, I truly believe Grovetown, Greenbrier, Lakeside, Evans and Augusta Christian are almost dead even. And, Augusta Prep is not to far behind.
When Christmas comes around each year, we are often overwhelmed by the business of rushing around to pick last minute gifts, visit friends and relatives and make it to the various holiday events that crowd into our schedule.
As the end of 2014 approaches, it seems like a very appropriate time to publicly recognize 650 of our citizens who are part of seven different specialized volunteer programs that we have here in Columbia County.
Visitors who come to Atlanta next month to see Gov. Nathan Deal take the oath of office for his second term will find a Capitol complex that looks different from four years ago when Deal was first sworn in.