Thursday, December 4, 2003

Area needs 'new leaders' to get grip on out-of-control spending
New arenas, new government buildings, new airports, new mottos and logos, more taxes.

Thanks to Little River Roadhouse for providing meal for seniors
Concern Citizens of Columbia County and the surrounding areas of Leah, Appling and Winfield would like to thank the Little River Roadhouse restaurant at 6622 Washington Road in Leah.

Holiday homecoming overjoys family
Austin Darisee didn't get the big toy he expected, but the surprise he got was even better.

Officials want more retail spots in county
Many of the cash-register bells will be ringing at grocery stores, niche retailers and Wal-Mart this holiday season in Columbia County.

Green means go in race for Christmas trees
The hunt is on. Thanksgiving now is an afterthought, and Christmas looms less than a month away. Looking to make their holidays more authentic, several Columbia Countians are on the prowl for a real Christmas tree.

West Lake opens homes for tour
Tom and Leslie Manley's contemporary, French provincial home will be one of five to welcome guests this year during the West Lake Garden Club's 2003 tour of homes, A Glimpse of Christmas.

County invites guest to light Christmas tree
Sheri Christine remembers the cold of last year's Columbia County tree-lighting ceremony at the courthouse.

Barbecue will benefit hospital
Trip Derrberry has long wanted to establish a fund-raiser to benefit a local charity. During discussions with a friend, Derryberry decided that helping the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center would be a worthy cause.

New golf course, subdivision planned
Crews began clearing land in Columbia County this week for a new 18-hole, public golf course flanked by a major new subdivision.

County will auction surplus
Having trouble deciding whether to spend Christmas at the in-laws or at home? With the right equipment, you soon may be able to put the question to a vote.

Public will help set school calendar
The Columbia County Board of Education will ask the public to help decide on a new school calendar.

New conductor to lead choral
Isaac Holmes will lead his first concert of the season with the Columbia County Choral Society during the group's Christmas concert Friday at First Baptist Church in Evans.

Christmas calendar
Harlem High Drama will present Sanders Family Christmas at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the school. Tickets are $10; for information, call 556-5980. All proceeds benefit the drama scholarship program and the Scotland Troupe.

Get up and go
A Scholastic Community Book Fair continues today at Greenbrier High School's Media Center. Books and educational products are on sale for half price, with products from more than 150 publishers. The fair is open 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more information, call 650-6040, extension 509.

Pet of the week
This 6- to 8-week-old gray tabby kitten is very friendly and active.

Getting into holiday spirits
Tony Cooper plays Ebenezer Scrooge last year in Stevens Creek Community Church production Scrooge!

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

Time capsule
As reported 38 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 2, 1965:

It's time to light the Christmas tree
For the past two years, a small group of Columbia County volunteers has been committed to bringing Christmas cheer to the Evans town center.

Letters: All I never wanted to know
"No more of that, I pray you, in your letters. When you shall these deeds relate, speak to me as I am; nothing extenuate"

Who lights the tree?
Each year, special people have been chosen to light Columbia County's Christmas tree.

A good man for tough job
We used to call Leroy Sims "The Grim Reaper." He was a big, tall man, with perpetual bags under his eyes and a serious demeanor; when he arrived at the scene of a suspicious death, his presence alone signaled an official and unfortunate end to someone's life.

Vipers strike
The Augusta Arsenal Vipers U-10 Academy traveled to Rome, Ga., to compete against the Rome U-10 Arsenal team.

Athlete Spotlight: Lauren Giles and Kelly Butcher
Kelly Butcher and Lauren Giles have proven that where there's a wheel, there's a way.

Winning on points
Tony Drawdy is the I-20 Speedway- Stock V-8 third place points champion.

Memorial practice area will honor two golfers
It's hard to believe nearly eight months have passed since the horrible tragedy that claimed the lives of Daniel Hall and Shane Williams.

Cyclones blow through tourney
The Columbia County Cyclones won their third weekend tournament during the Border Wars tournament at Diamond Lakes field in Hephzibah.

Award-winning soccer team does their best work sitting down
Off the sidelines - into the game. That's the slogan used by The American Association of Adaptive Sports Programs, and the Columbia County Fireballs have learned that those words are more than just a catch phrase.

School officials want heated rivalry to cool off
Dec. 7, 1941 isn't the only day that will live in infamy - at least locally.

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