Monday, December 4, 2006

Elect Buccafusco, keep Muns off board; chair should be open-minded
Let's elect Regina Buccafusco as the Columbia County School Board Chairman and keep Lee Muns off the School Board.

Lee Muns 'has experience that the board will need' to handle growth
On Tuesday, Columbia County will choose its first elected School Board chairman. We are very lucky that we have two fine candidates running for this position. I am asking for your support to elect Lee Muns.

Regina Buccafusco 'is driven by her desire to continually improve'
I have had the opportunity to serve with both candidates vying for the chairmanship of the Columbia County Board of Education, and it is with great pleasure that I offer this letter on behalf of Regina Buccafusco.

Christmas on display
The Rev. James and Wanda McDaniel, of Evans, have decorated the homes they have lived in for the past 31 Christmases.

Committee approves schools' response guide
A response guidebook for mass casualty events at Columbia County schools has been forwarded to the county commission.

Rezoning to be debated
Parents with questions about the possible rezoning of their children's elementary schools can voice those concerns at a public forum Dec. 11.

Final curtain call
An area Christmas tradition will come to an end this week when Brookwood Elementary School holds its final productions of The Nutcracker.

Opening ceremony recognizes volunteers, efforts for families
The Christmas spirit was evident Nov. 20 as the Signal Corps Band played holiday tunes and two choruses sang carols during the annual opening ceremony of the Christmas House.

Runoff not expected to draw crowd
Election officials expect a low turnout when voters return to the polls Tuesday to settle the runoff for the Columbia County school board chairman, the vacant Augusta district judgeship and a Public Service Commission seat.

Event tells story of Jesus' life
Sharon Baptist Church plans to celebrate the true reason for Christmas with its annual Hayride Through the Life of Christ.

Laptops in each car will ease work for deputies
Some new technology in sheriff's office patrol cars is expected to help officers remain safe and target crime more efficiently.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Science teachers will receive grants from association
On Saturday, some area science teachers will receive a Christmas present to help augment their lessons.

Grovetown to fund meals for seniors
Grovetown officials on Monday approved funds for a meal program for Grovetown Senior Center to replace a contract with a Gainesville, Ga., company.

Patrol cars prowl retail areas
As Christmas quickly approaches and holiday shopping is at its peak, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office has stepped up enforcement efforts to protect shoppers.

New signals will be activated
Traffic signals will soon be activated at two redesigned intersections in Evans to improve safety and convenience along Washington Road, transportation officials say.

Department seeks nominees for award
The Columbia County Recreation Advisory Board is accepting applications for the sixth annual Columbia County Recreation and Leisure Services Department Hall of Fame Award. Applications will be accepted until Thursday.

Capstone program helps new soldiers learn the big picture
After weeks of watching slide presentations and listening to instructors, soldiers are putting their knowledge to the test through the Capstone program.

JROTC marches for review
The Evans High School JROTC cadets pushed their shoulders back and held their heads high as they took the field Thursday for the program's semiannual review.

Diabetes hasn't slowed 7-year-old
Juliann Fuller has learned to live with juvenile diabetes since her diagnosis two years ago, and nothing will hold the North Columbia Elementary School second-grader back from doing everything that her peers do.

Get up and go
The Democratic Party of Columbia County will hold its December meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at El Valle Mexican Restaurant, in West Town shopping center in Martinez.

Photo: Little league support
Roger Duke of EnergySolutions receives a handshake from Dan Troutman, chairman of the West Augusta Little League at their Senior League Field, a part of Eisenhower Park.

Photo: Store expands
Workmen apply molding to the front of the Kroger on Washington Road in Evans on November 20 as part of an expansion and renovation project.

Photo: Waiting for the medicine
People began lining up at 2 p.m. when the flu shot clinic at Augusta Prep opened on November 28. Flu shot clinics were also scheduled at Greenbrier, Lakeside and Harlem High Schools.

Greyhound of the week
Kiki is a 4-year-old red-and-white greyhound. She is active and loving. She would do well with older children in the home. Kiki and other adoptable greyhounds will be at the Saturday Market on Broad in downtown Augusta from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (706) 796-1708, or go to www.csragreyhoundadoptions.org.

Photo: Picking the winner
Ashley Waller, a server at Rhinehart's Oyster Bar on N. Belair Road, draws the name of Lenton R. Griffin, of Evans, as the winner of the $500 in Rhinehart's gift certificates and four catering trays in The Columbia County News-Times' Pigskin Picks contest.

Police blotter
A 22-year-old Grovetown man was arrested Nov. 24, charged with molesting a 3-year-old boy.

Property transfers
John B. Hardy Jr. to Timothy Dahlberg and Tao Sun Dahlberg, 3911 B Roberts Road, $90,000.

School councils
The Lewiston Elementary School council will meet at 7:15 a.m. in the media center Monday and March 7 and May 2.

Things to do
The Augusta West Performing Companies will present It's the Night Before Christmas, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta State University Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors, with proceeds benefiting local children's charities.

Time capsule
As reported 52 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Nov. 11, 1954:

Current events
The Merchants Association of Columbia County will hold its annual Martinez-Evans Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. today, beginning on Ronald Reagan Drive and traveling east on Washington Road and south on Belair Road to Cox Road. For information, call (706) 863-7645.

Divorces
Lida Nellmer-Locke and Richard Locke, Nov. 1, 2006.

Photo: Family explores history of Scotland
Mark, Valerie and Brandt Beasley visited Scotland in October. The trip included Edinburgh, the Highlands, Loch Ness and an overnight stay in Dingwall in the haunted Tulloch Castle.

Schools close for next votes
During the Nov. 7 General Election, one of Columbia County's punks (not a candidate, but a middle-schooler) penciled in a prank bomb threat at Riverside Middle School.

No ordinary wish lists
More rapidly than Rudolph coursed through Times Square in the Thanksgiving Day parade, quicker than our giblet gravy congealed, faster than Americans spent themselves into the red on Black Friday, my children stuffed Turkey Day 2006 into a cornucopia and dropkicked it.

On Tuesday, elect Roper and Buccafusco
After a week heavy with advance voting, Tuesday's General Election runoff seems almost anti-climactic.

December is month for major matchups
December is here. Time to officially begin the annual scrambling that comes with the impending Christmas rush. Get the tree, wrap the gifts, put up the lights, hug the relative, accept the fruitcake, sing the carol, re-gift the fruitcake, watch the parade, and so on.

Champion of college football is debatable
By now, many of you know that I have a complete disdain for how college football decides its national champion. It is almost laughable that such a popular sport can leave so many fans disappointed each year by having a mythical national crown.

Prep calendar
The Greenbrier men's and women's basketball teams will face off against their opponents from Washington-Wilkes on Tuesday.

Augusta Christian has stars
After a 10-3 season that included a return trip to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship game, the Augusta Christian football team placed 12 players on the SCISA All-Region 1-AAA Teams. Bo Inglett and Josh McDaniel were also named to the SCISA South All-Star Team.

Sports calendar
The CSRA Basketball League is holding open registration for boys and girls of all ages. Games will run from March through July. Cheerleading spots are also available for girls of all ages. For information, call Dustin Leverett at (706) 651-8816.

Riverside Middle is top squad
While high school basketball is still in the early portion of the season, Columbia County's middle school basketball teams are at the halfway mark.

Lakeside improves its game
After a 2005-06 basketball season when wins were hard to come by, first-year Lakeside boys basketball coach Ryan Morningstar isn't blind to the Panthers' basketball reputation.

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