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Critic of Augusta airport should keep inconveniences in perspective
In reading the recent letter regarding the Augusta Regional Airport, I was both angered and saddened. While I can realize that it is frustrating to be running late, having missed flights and have family awaiting your arrival, only to be late, I ask that this individual take into account all of the many soldiers overseas who serve our country and defend our national security.

Best of luck to Buccafusco, who should 'put away' hold on status quo
The chairperson of the Columbia County School Board has been decided. I wish Regina Buccafusco the best in this transition period for the school system.

Family doctor explores magic in trilogy
A Martinez family physician said he hopes the fantasy land he created as a diversion from the daily grind also will serve the same purpose for his readers.

Planning commission meeting gets off to argumentative start
It was a meeting that eventually involved resident complaints. First, though, Thursday night's Columbia County Planning Commission meeting began with a spirited discussion between two board members on a topic that could lead to more dialogue about how meetings are to be conducted.

Pulse Dance Center brings 'Joy' to debut
A new Augusta dance company will make its premier performance Saturday in Evans.

Christmas on display
Bob and Cathy Kinner of Martinez say their display includes spotlights shining on many handmade, painted Christmas-theme cutouts, such as a Nativity scene, nutcrackers, gingerbread houses, a toy shop and a patriotic Santa Claus in addition to thousands of lights.

Community residents attend Pearl Harbor remembrance
Columbia County residents from the Brandon Wilde community gathered Dec. 7 to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, guest speakers including retired Maj. Gen. Perry Smith.

School officials thank business partners for help
Columbia County school officials honored their business partners Friday with food and song.

Singers to stage holiday concert
The Columbia County Choral Society is inviting the public to celebrate the holiday season through music.

Families gather for Harlem Christmas festivities
Winter temperatures arrived just in time to make it feel like Christmas on Thursday at Harlem's annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

Holiday honors temple's rededication
While some Columbia County residents will spend mid-December fighting the mall crowds, Jay and Pam Weinberger with gather with their children for eight nights of celebration.

Music has big role in West Acres show
West Acres Baptist Church will present a Broadway-style Christmas musical about Mary and Joseph at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Santa breakfast will have table full of children
County officials have stopped taking reservations for the popular Breakfast With Santa event because of overwhelming response.

Photo: Big league training
Lakeside freshman Andy Pringle (center) poses with Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson (left) and retired St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Rob Macory.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus through Friday.

Pet of the week
This playful male Labrador retriever mix is 1 year old. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Photo: Fall Ball champs
The Martinez Evans Little League machine pitch 7 & 8 year-old Pirates were the 2006 Fall Ball champions.

Current events
The University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension Service's monthly Gardening at Lunch will begin at 12:10 p.m. today at the Columbia County Library.

Photo: Pickup hits worker on Washington Road
Emergency workers load Michael Washington, 52, of Salley, into an ambulance after he was struck by a truck while working with Reeves Construction Co. Washington, who was putting reflective barrels out Thursday along Washington Road at Steeplechase Way in Evans, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Photo: Golf Champions
The Lakeside High School GHSA AAAA State Golf Championship team members are: coach Jay Gilstrap (from left), Chandler Brannen, Charlie Cason, John Faulkner, Tom Hardy, Jeffrey Tran, Brandon Waller and Graham White. Not shown are Barrett Blackburn, Brian Carter, Chris Hsieh, Teddy Padazanin and Trevor Balliet.

Police blotter
A Thomson woman who was charged in August in connection to the wreck that killed her son was sentenced Thursday for misdemeanor vehicular homicide.

Photos: Abilene Baptist Church brings Christmas to life
Abilene Baptist Church members staged their 28th annual performance of The Singing Christmas Tree this past weekend. The production features about 90 singers mounted on the 40-foot lighted tree platform, accompanied by a 45-piece orchestra. Below, Abilene Choir members John Troisi (from left), Jennifer Whitaker, Carol Lummus and Deborah Partridge were among the singers participating in the annual event.

DOT shrinks county's dot
One of the county commission's arguments for the incorporation and consolidation proposal was that it would make Columbia County a bigger "dot" on the map."

Boy was overwhelmed by Christmas
A 12 year-old lad went to jail Dec. 3. As the patrol car drove away, neighbors probably stood around saying, "His poor mother must be so disappointed. Young people these days. What has the world come to?"

Great time for lieutenant governor visit
Talk about good timing. Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce, for its annual Pre-Legislative Breakfast today, has landed as a speaker the state's newly elected lieutenant governor - who also happens to have set education as his "top priority" in the coming legislative session.

Lakeside finds a much-needed win
On paper, it was just a nonregion victory. For the Lakeside boys basketball team, Saturday's 1-point win at home against Elbert County was a godsend.

Greenbrier eye black ensures each player will bring her best
Game-day attire on the Greenbrier girl's basketball team varies from player to player.

Lady Pacers see what Lakeside grad can do
Former Lakeside High School Panther Nichole Bennett wraps up her college basketball career this season for the University of South Carolina Aiken Lady Pacers.

All Region Football team
The 2006 Region 3-AAAA Football Team.

Swim results
Results from the Augusta Prep Invitational held at the Augusta Aquatics Center on Dec. 9.

Sports Calendar
The CSRA basketball league is holding open registration for boys and girls of all ages. Cheerleading spots are also available for girls of all ages. For information, call Dustin Leverett at (706) 651-8816.

Athlete Spotlight: Brandon Durr
When it comes to Evans High School basketball, no one's been around longer than Brandon Durr.


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