Thursday, November 30, 2006

David Roper 'will make a find judge, and the voters should elect him'
This is to encourage voters to elect David Roper in Tuesday's Superior Court judge run-off election. Roper epitomizes integrity, honesty and compassion in his personal, business and community activities and I have come to have a deep respect for him.

Times change; 30 years ago, school paper couldn't review 'R' movie
Times change. Recently, I was thumbing through Greenbrier High School's Greenbrier Dispatch, the school newspaper. I came across a review of the movie Borat. The movie is not only "R" rated, but in the theater business we could call it a "hard R."

County's Adopt-a-Stream program will hold a workshop on Saturday
Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream consists of dedicated volunteers of all ages working with the state, local government and citizens interested in keeping our local streams in good health.

Working dogs will be at Trial
When Jay Lyda wants a little entertainment, he puts on a padded suit and allows muscular, 100-pound security dogs to bare their teeth and leap on him.

Schedule of Christmas events
The Grovetown tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the intersection of East Robinson Avenue and Old Wrightsboro Road in Grovetown.

Community is asked to read
Columbia County officials plan to launch a community reading program at a celebration and ribbon-cutting.

Family Y opens larger Evans location
A new and much larger J.H. and Katherine Marshall Family Y is now open in Lenox Plaza shopping center on Washington Road in Evans.

Movies for the military
Spurred by the request of her brother serving in the Army in Iraq, a Thomson woman has come up with a way to help ease the tension of deployed service men and women.

Season begins at new home
A festivity marking the official beginning of the Christmas season in Columbia County has a new home and a new symbol.

Meeting on historic district is postponed
The second of two informational meetings about a proposed historic district in Harlem has been postponed until after the new year.

Festival will have songs, vendors
McDuffie County will hold a weekend of Christmas events starting with the annual tree-lighting ceremony Friday as Thomson's Festival off Main begins.

Things to do
The American Red Cross of Augusta will hold a disaster assessment training course from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5 at the chapter office, 1322 Ellis St., in Augusta. For information, call (706) 724-8481.

School councils
The Evans High School council will meet at 10:45 a.m. Monday.

Pet of the week
These two Shar-Pei/Labrador retriever mix puppies are about 3 months old. The male, dark with tan markings, and the smaller, light-brown female are very friendly.

Get up and go
Christmas trees are available at the annual Young Life Christmas tree sale, at Furys Ferry Road and The Pass in Martinez, from 4-8 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1-8 p.m. Sundays. For information, call (706) 650-2543.

Photo: All Star Mpact Panthers place first in tourney
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Photo: Remembering a friend
Members of the Walnut Hill Garden Club planted a Drake elm tree in memory of Peggy Taylor at Walnut Hill Drive and Kimberly Place in Walnut Hill subdivision.

Evans Middle School Honor Roll
First nine Weeks honor roll for Evans Middle School.

Current events
The News-Times is looking for Columbia County's brightest outdoor Christmas displays. To recommend one, call Preston Sparks at (706) 863-6165.

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

Photo: Students help young readers
Harlem High School drama students traveled to Evans and Euchee Creek Elementary schools Nov 14 and 16 to read and perform children's books as a part of Young Readers Week.

Photo: Crusing in Alaska
Nita and Travis Doss stand in front of the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. They spent two weeks in Alaska in September on a cruise aboard the Island Princess.

Grovetown Elementary School Honor Roll
First nine weeks honor roll for Grovetown Elementary School students.

Photo: Moody signs to swim
Evans swimmer Nicole Moody gets a kiss from her father Ron Moody as her mother Cinda Moody looks on, after signing a letter of intent to swim for Wingate University.

School lunch menu
Columbia County school lunch menus for the rest of the week.

Photo: Patriots compete in showcase
Trent Morgan (center), of the Columbia United Football Club, struggles for control of the ball during a match against the Columbia County Patriots during the third annual Patriot Showcase soccer tournament.

Photo: High-scoring pupils
Augusta Christian Schools' seventh-graders qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program because of performance on sixth-grade Stanford Achievement Test scores.

Photos: Readers really get around
Gary (from left), Colin, Jordan and Sabrina Yates visited San Antonio to attend their son's graduation from basic military training at nearby Lackland Air Force Base.

Stings keep businesses on their toes
Back in October, a News-Times examination of Columbia County Sheriff's Office statistics covering the past five years revealed that in spite of the rising number of motorists and full-service restaurants in the growing county, the numbers of arrests for drunken driving have fallen each year.

Play the hand that's dealt
So, there we were, quietly counting down the days until Merle Temple reported to the federal prison in Edgefield, S.C., to begin his eight-year sentence for wire fraud and conspiracy.

Aloha Meet results
Results from the 2006 Aloha Meet swim competition.

Marshall shines in upset over elite team
I know that I just gave readers an update on former Greenbrier basketball star Eric Marshall, but he and his teammates had a recent accomplishment that deserves recognition.

Lady Lions hope to keep momentum
Augusta Christian Schools' run to the South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA girls basketball state semifinals last March marked the best season in school history for the Lady Lions.

Universities to do some recruiting during Classic
What do the University of Indiana, Stanford, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Nevada, Clemson and South Carolina have in common?

Athlete Spotlight: Sara Oland and Bryan Andrews
Greenbrier's Sara Oland and Bryan Andrews have a few things in common beyond their respective places on the girls and boys basketball teams.

Garden City Classic schedule
Schedule of games and locations for basketball games taking place this weekend.

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