Sunday, November 30, 2003

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

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

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

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

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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