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The Christmas parade is over, but its gifts will continue. The opportunities for giving will become less obvious, but they will continue. Carmen Jones knows that. Carmen is 5.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:43pm

Instead of children, Santa Claus had puppies in his lap at the Best Western White Columns Inn on Saturday afternoon. Santa's visit was part of Kibble for Kritters, a pet supply donation program that benefits the CSRA Happy Tails Rescue.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:26pm

The Thomson Fire Department responded to a call at 713 Matthews St. at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Upon arrival, personnel found that the occupants were already out of the house and that light smoke was visible.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:23pm

MACON - The McDuffie County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top programs in the state during the 2011 Georgia Farm Bureau Convention on Dec. 4-6 at Jekyll Island.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:22pm

COLLECTING CAN TABS WHERE: Thomson-McDuffie Senior Center WHEN: Ongoing DETAILS: The center is collecting can tabs for projects in their craft and jewelry classes. Please bring as many tabs as possible to the center at 304 Greenway St., Thomson.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:18pm

Kathie Mogish says Tamara Hammond has the role of First Baptist Church's Nativity angel for many Christmases to come.

“I was outside a few years ago and a family drove through and I heard a little boy say, ‘Look Momma, it’s a real angel,’ ” said Mogish, the event’s director. “So he was convinced it was the real thing. So I told Tamara, ‘You’ve got the job for life.’ ”

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:16pm

Fire personnel responded to a structure fire at 3982 Wrens Highway early Saturday morning. McDuffie County Fire/Rescue and McDuffie County EMS were dispatched at 7:21 a.m. to a wood-frame, single-family residence on property owned by Patrick Demmons.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:13pm

An amended hotel-motel tax ordinance could herald an increase in revenue for McDuffie County. The change allows hotels to charge an occupancy tax for the initial 30 consecutive days of continuous occupancy, instead of the previous 10-day maximum.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:12pm

The McDuffie County Sheriff's Department said the Dec. 15 arrests of suspects in a drug distribution ring in Dearing followed a year-long investigation.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 8:10pm

Columbia County sheriff's deputies shop with needy children for Day With a Deputy.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 12:39pm

Jackie Fekula enjoys being a volunteer bell-ringer for the Salvation Army

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 1:13am

Today Augusta Christian in the ACS Christmas Classic at USC Aiken Lakeside boys at the Winterfest Shootout Christmas Classic in Sevierville, Tenn. Thursday Lakeside boys at the Winterfest Shootout Christmas Classic in Sevierville, Tenn.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 1:12am

Greenbrier High lost to North Augusta friday in boys and girls basketball.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 1:11am

Six members of the Augusta Prep football squad recently were named to the All-Region Team for the Georgia Alabama Independent League.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 1:10am

Columbia County players had a great showing at a regional youth football tournament.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 1:10am

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