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Residents can 'make a difference' by keeping streets clean
Columbia County is "home" to an abundance of dedicated citizens who strive to keep our streets clean. It is what many visitors will notice as they tour our county seeking a home, school, religious affiliation and/or business. A clean, litter-free street displays hometown pride, and a welcome mat for all who live or pass through "our" area.

Holiday season provides plenty of reasons to be thankful
On Thanksgiving, I am thankful for:

Teen reaches high while staying grounded
He's been called a "high achiever," "a gifted student in a class of gifted students" and "a fine gentleman."

Church serves up dinner for soldiers
Thanksgiving is a time to be with family. But many Fort Gordon soldiers were not able to spend the holiday enjoying turkey and dressing with their loved ones.

Students direct faculty in play
For the sixth year in a row, Harlem High School drama students will direct faculty members in a Christmas musical.

Local food gifts show genuine taste
Here are some delicious ideas for the gourmet on your holiday gift list:

Good Scouts raise money for toy charity
Alex Stewart picked up pine cones for a nickel each.

Local flavor spices up holiday giving
With only 25 days left until Christmas, the challenge is on to find that perfect present for those on your holiday shopping list. If you want a gift that will stir memories of Columbia County, there are plenty to choose from.

City levels eyesore for development
A blighted corner of Grovetown is getting a face lift after years of causing frustration for city officials.

Waiting game benefits charity
Columbia County Commissioner Tom Mercer donned a full tuxedo Monday for his first attempt at waiting tables.

Army calls out the volunteers at schools
First they were called to serve their country. Then they volunteered to serve their schools.

Home will be raffled to help family
Stephanie and Michael Loyal put five months of hard work into refurbishing the Louisville home that belonged to Mrs. Loyal's grandparents.

State can help with high energy bills
As the colder winter months approach, a state agency is looking for families in need of energy assistance.

Family fosters sense of caring
Many people opened their homes to friends and family this Thanksgiving with the knowledge that eventually their guests would leave, and their house would again belong only to them.

Christmas events
Brookwood Elementary School will perform its 14th annual production of The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday at the school. Performances are free. For more information, call 855-7596.

Can-do attitude
Chris Lane's third-grade class earned the most "turkey points" by collecting more than 800 cans of food during Brookwood Elementary School's canned-food drive for the Salvation Army.

Current events
The Southern Songmasters will sing at Bethesda Baptist Church at 6 p.m. today . The church is located between Grovetown and Harlem, just off Gordon Highway at Old Louisville Road.

Carol R. Underwood and Harry Gregory Underwood, Nov. 20

Top cheerleaders
Hayden's All Star Junior Black competitive cheerleading team placed first at the Cheersport Regional, Nov. 2, in Atlanta.

Looking for lights
Are you one of those folks whose Christmas lights are so bright that they make airplanes swerve off course? Or does your neighbor set up such a big display that your home goes dim when their lights come on? If so, tell us about it; we're hunting for Columbia County's biggest holiday displays.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Feathered friends
Dressed as American Indians, North Columbia Elementary School third-graders Hunter Williams (from left), Kayla McDavid and Kristin Rawlins enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner in the hallway at the school.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Property transfers
Patricia A. Thompson to Jocylyn S. Hills, 4234 Waylon Drive, $109,900.

Thinking caps
North Harlem Elementary School first-graders Catherine Woodman and Walker Howell wear hats for the school's Thinking Cap Review Day.

Time capsule
As reported 44 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1959:

Retelling the 'old story'
For their Sunday school project last week, my grandchildren decorated cookies with one of four sets of initials WC, MG, EF, and PP representing the four names of the coming Messiah mentioned by the prophet, Isaiah.

Reasons for gratitude
Do you get as aggravated as I do when constantly hearing people complain about everything? The government is corrupt, the judicial system is way off balance, all teenagers are on drugs and, my personal favorite, there is absolutely nothing to watch on TV any more.

Put limits on gunfire near residences
A 10-year-old Evans boy is grazed by a .22-caliber bullet while playing in a park. Grovetown homeowners are upset about nightly gunfire from a shotgun competition near their subdivision. Evans residents worry that a neighbor's 2 1/2 acre tract in the middle of their neighborhood is used for deer hunting.

Shorten fall, or summer?
This may get complicated before it's all over with heck, who are we kidding; it's complicated now but Columbia County school officials are again seeking public input for a school calendar.

Missed opportunity on Medicare
It was nine years ago this month that the good folks of Georgia's then-10th Congressional District saw fit to send me to Washington to represent their interests and to take Georgia values and commonsense to Capitol Hill.

Talent runs deep on this year's squads
The work officially began in July, when Columbia County's high school athletes reported to football practice.

Ex-Atlanta reliever holds clinic for young pitchers
Former Atlanta Braves reliever Greg McMichael came to Columbia County Nov. 22 to teach a pitching clinic at Hardball Warehouse.

High school sports schedule
Monday Basketball: Alleluia at Augusta Christian, 6:30 p.m. (girls) and 8 p.m.


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