Sunday, November 19, 2006

Muns has displayed 'calming personality' with campaign volunteers
Lately, I have been reading comments and articles written about School Board chairperson candidate Lee Muns. I just wanted to give the potential Columbia County voters some insight into how he has run his campaign.

Judge candidate Roper 'at the top of list' in character, ability, integrity
Those people who know me, as a former chairman of the Republican Party of Columbia County and somewhat of a political activist, know that before I endorse a political candidate that I would check out his or her background, contributions to the community, civic, churches, schools and businesses.

A singing tree grows in Abilene
Tickets are available and likely won't last long for each of the four performances of the 28th annual Singing Christmas Tree at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez.

Workers compile recipes to assist families
A collection of recipes from dozens of Columbia County government employees and their families will help the Christmas wishes of 41 area children come true.

County, cities plan Christmas parades
Columbia County cities and groups are gearing up for a holiday tradition - Christmas parades.

Teens arrested in church theft
Two Evans teens remained in jail Thursday accused by authorities of breaking into an Evans church and stealing a safe that pastors say contained tithes and donations to help impoverished Honduran and African families.

Commission happy about bond
Columbia County commissioners had big smiles Monday morning as they officially accepted the Nov. 7 general election results in which voters approved a more than $43 million bond issue.

Designer sets stage with her costumes
When the list of winners for the Army Festival of Performing Arts was released a few weeks ago, Steve Walpert said he was not surprised when he saw Moon Over Buffalo costume designer Michele Hattman had taken first.

Fire station decommissioned
Members of the former North Columbia Fire and Rescue gathered for steaks and camaraderie Nov. 11 to officially decommission a Columbia Road fire station named in memory of a late department volunteer.

Military milestones
Army Reserve Pfc. Kimberly L. Greene, a 2006 graduate of Cross Creek High School and daughter of Judy Greene, of Hephzibah, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia.

Military to be guests for a feast
An annual feast the city of Harlem serves up to thank military personnel will go by a different name this year.

Military Newsmakers
Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua A. Bearden has arrived for duty at Fort George G. Meade, Laurel, Md. Bearden, a linguist with two years of military service, is assigned to the 22nd Intelligence Squadron.

County Christmas tree is set
The memorial gardens behind the Columbia County Library took on a yuletide look Nov. 9 with the planting of the county's new official Christmas tree.

Soldiers learn history of Cherokee nation
Portrayals of American Indians on television and in the movies are usually wrong.

Student's caring heart was evident as youngster
Liza Whitaker says she's always enjoyed helping others, and her actions as a child have long been remembered by a former teacher.

Rezoning proposal would shift pupils at five schools
Hundreds of Columbia County pupils might move to a different school next year under a rezoning plan for a new elementary school in Grovetown proposed to the school board in a Tuesday meeting.

Seniors not eating well, officials say
Grovetown city officials approached Columbia County leaders at a Monday meeting to request help in bringing better meals to the city's seniors.

Children's author shares tales with schoolchildren
Kimberly P. Johnson brought a band of stuffed animals, large cardboard cutouts, several books and her imagination to Freedom Park Elementary School on Nov. 3.

Code enforcers see spectrum of complaints
When Jerry Pitman heads to work every morning, he has no idea what his day might involve.

Newsmakers
William Bryce Crane, of Evans, recently graduated with a juris doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson.

Divorces
Salita Dawn McDonald and Keith Mills McDonald, Nov. 7, 2006

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Rolls
First Nine Weeks honor roll for North Columbia Elementary School.

Property transfers
Columbia County property transfers for the past week.

Photo: Group donates books
Bette Wilcher, president of Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, presents children's books to Julie Moretz, Director of Family Services Development at MCG. The group also presented a check for $100 to the Columbia County Foundation for Children's Christmas program.

Photo: Soccer shootout winner
Nolan Kemppinen of Columbia County was crowned overall winner in the statewide annual Knights of Columbus Soccer Shootout Challenge in Griffin, Ga.

Police blotter
A former martial arts instructor charged with child molestation was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail.

Lakeside Middle School Honor Rolls
First nine weeks honor roll for Lakeside Middle School.

Get up and go
Mount Enon Baptist Church, at 4678 Washington Road, in Evans, will celebrate its 137th anniversary Nov. 26, with dinner after the service.

Photos: Giving and earning
Sarah Ansley Parrish went to Yams in Evans to get her hair cut for the first time. She donated it to Locks of Love. She is a second-grader in Jean Doriot's class at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

Photo: Greyhound of the week
Junior is a 3-year-old brindle male greyhound who gets along with cats. Junior and other retired racing greyhounds looking for homes can be seen from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at a meet and greet at PetSmart on Robert C. Daniel Parkway. For more information, call Sam Fulton at (706) 854-0098 or go to www.CSRAGreyhoundAdoptions.org.

School lunch menu
Columbia County school lunch menus for the upcoming week.

Current events
With Christmas season coming, tree lots are sprouting up around the county.

Photos: Crashes block rush hour traffic
Two separate wrecks on Furys Ferry Road near Riverwatch Parkway on November 16 in Martinez resulted in two people being taken to the hospital.

River Ridge Elementary School Honor Rolls
First nine weeks honor roll for River Ridge Elementary School

Well-informed kids make tougher victims
Surely, there is no one in the area who is unaware that sex between a teacher and a minor student is inappropriate.

Simmering a potpourri of thanks
With Christmas scarcely a month away, it won't be long before we take out our tiny burners, select a new supply of leaves and spices and fill our homes with the simmering fragrance of holiday potpourri.

Court system faces revamp
The unexpected death this past week of Richmond County Juvenile Court Judge Herbert Kernaghan sent ripples through the area's legal community.

Top players make All-County softball team
Once again, Greenbrier emerged as the top softball team in Columbia County. The 2006 season saw the Lady Wolfpack, which lost seven starters from last year's squad, finish third in the Class AAAA state tournament in Columbus, Ga.

Greenbrier has chance again
When it comes to sports in Columbia County, basketball probably falls behind softball, volleyball and soccer in terms of girls' success.

Thrashing gives team a to-do list
Harlem's boys basketball team suffered a double-digit loss to Academy of Richmond County in a preseason scrimmage Tuesday, but coach Kim Chambers came away with exactly what he wanted.

Ex-Evans star chasing music dream in Nashville
Local radio station Kicks 99 held its eighth annual Guitar Pull on Tuesday night at the Bell Auditorium.

Sports calendar
The Augusta Junior Rowing Team will conduct spring tryouts Jan. 8-10 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta Boathouse at 101 Riverfront Drive. Boys and girls ages 13-18 are invited to participate.

Turkey Tip-Off set for Harlem High
Area basketball fans will once again get the opportunity to see all eight Columbia County public school basketball teams play in one place to begin the season.

Coach doing double duty
A tired look came across Harlem basketball coach Kim Chambers' face as he sat near the bench for a breather before two scrimmage games with Richmond Academy on Tuesday.

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