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'Good ol' boys' allowing Grovetown turkey shoot to continue?
I would like to express my opinion about the Grovetown Lions Club turkey shoot every Friday and Saturday night. I have now attended three different meetings to voice my concerns and complaints about the location of the Lions Club turkey shoot.

Second-graders show off family ties
Just like their dads pick out ties for work and church, Augusta Preparatory Day School's second-graders were asked to select a tie from their father's wardrobe to bring to school.

County to rework law covering turkey shoots
Columbia County commissioners have decided to allow a Grovetown turkey shoot to finish out its season.

County ponders library building's future
With construction under way at the county's new library in the Evans Town Center, the fate of the current Gibbs Library is questionable.

Troupe stages holiday 'Homecoming'
With Thanksgiving done and Christmas approaching, area arts groups will soon present holiday staples such as The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol.

Storytellers are making history
Before the Greek alphabet, cuneiform or hieroglyphics there was oral tradition. Stories told over campfires were man's earliest form of entertainment, and the tales often were laced with historical anecdotes.

Sergeant helps with satellite communication in Middle East mission
Although the war with Iraq is over, U.S. and allied troops remain in the war-torn country and neighboring regions to rebuild and provide humanitarian relief. Among those aiding these efforts are men and women like Sgt. 1st Class Mark McIntire of the U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Bahrain, a country in the Persian Gulf east of Saudi Arabia.

Museum requests funding
There was a time when the Augusta Museum of History's membership was made up primarily of 300 residents of Augusta's Summerville neighborhood.

Harlem hits street for holidays
As the traditional Christmas parade winds through Harlem on Saturday, many of the city's businesses will show off their wares during the inaugural Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem.

Pupil stays on target with hobby
Nick Hopkins was introduced to archery when he was in the fourth grade. Four years later Nick is still interested in the sport, competing in regional and state competitions.

Cynthia Lynn Bennett and Michael Lonnie Bennett, Nov. 25.

Military newsmakers
Riverside Military Academy has awarded academic honors to Riley Rios of Grovetown for the fall quarter.

Down to the wire
Kristy Zgol (left) and Honey Evans fasten together a chicken-wire frame for the giant snowman that will be on the Bel Air Elementary School float in the Martinez Christmas Parade, which starts at 2 p.m. today.

Children at play
Kendyl Pennington plays Marie in the Brookwood Elementary School production of The Nutcracker.

Christmas calendar
The annual Martinez Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Merchants Association of Columbia County, will begin at 2 p.m. today at Columbia Square Shopping Center and head east on Washington Road to the county line. For information, call Billy Becton, 863-7645, or Key Kernaghan, 650-5700.

Property transfers
Richard R. Hightower Jr. to Lan Ko, 3686 El Cordero Ranch Springs, $223,000.

Time capsule
As reported 32 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Dec. 8, 1971:

Get up and go
United Hospice of Augusta is sponsoring a memorial service 3 p.m. today at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, 4227 Columbia Road, for those who are experiencing the grief of losing a loved one. For more information, call 650-1522.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Columbia County newsmakers
Zachary Zapata of Evans has been chosen to serve on the Georgia College & State University Student Ambassador Team.

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

Singing Christmas tree
Vocalists fill the layers of Abilene Baptist Church's Singing Christmas Tree last year. Five performances are scheduled for this year's event. Performances will be held Friday-Sunday at 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 3 p.m.

Charity update
Columbia County schools, teachers, clubs and individuals have collected food and clothing for the Columbia County Foundation for Children. So far, more than 440 children in the county have been helped by the drives.

Ol' Saint Nick isn't in office
Santa Claus doesn't just wear a fur-trimmed red suit. Sometimes he wears pinstripes and wingtips.

It was all part of the divine plan
He might have been married by now, had there been any prospects in his small New England town. Or, if he hadn't been so shy, he might have pursued that girl on Main Street. Instead, an escape route - or providence - intervened.

Off-roaders driven off Evans field
One of Columbia County's best parks isn't really a park at all. The field behind Kroger in Evans is the blissfully undeveloped part of a 21-acre parcel owned by Doctors Hospital, and used freely by anyone who wants an open field to play in.

Preseason predictions are not an exact science
One of the great allures of sports is that they're so unpredictable. For that very reason, fans love to speculate about teams and athletes, and that goes double for the sports "experts."

ACS players earn post-season football honor
Football standouts from Augusta Christian Schools recently reaped rewards for their work during the 2003 season after the Georgia Independent Schools Association announced its postseason honors.

Sports briefs
The Augusta Flash 14and-under fast-pitch softball travel team is looking for players for the 2004 season.

Stung by criticism, mad Dogs fight back
Harlem High School boys basketball coach Kim Chambers says his squad isn't better than the Greenbrier Wolfpack. He also gives the Lakeside Panthers an edge over his Bulldogs.

High school sports schedule
Basketball: Augusta Prep at Edmund Burke, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.

Rockies may take Evans star Greene
Former Evans High School star Todd Greene is looking for a new team.


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