Library staff acted correctly in dealing with 'screaming' autistic child
I'm writing in regard to Jennie Smith's letter to the editor about her child's outburst at the library ("Special-needs child's ouster from library shows no accommodations," Dec. 6).

Businesses on Furys Ferry relieved construction over
Dino Dakarus says business at his Furys Ferry Road restaurant is beginning to make up for the losses he suffered during the busy road's four-year, traffic-snarling construction project.

Merchants Association seeks positive image for Grovetown
Grovetown's first merchants association is now open for business. The newly formed Grovetown Merchants Association recently began recruiting, said Sonny McDowell, a member of the association's steering committee.

Stream group recruits
A volunteer organization committed to protecting creeks and streams is looking to train new volunteers.

Planning commission OKs rezoning
A proposed major shopping complex for the Pleasant Home and Flowing Wells roads area of Martinez passed muster with the county's zoning board Thursday.

Growth leaves little room for records
Road gridlock isn't the only result of growth in Columbia County. Just ask Cindy Mason, whose clerk of court office is running out of room for court and real estate records unless more shelves are added.

Cold winter likely, officials say
Despite unusually warm weather of late, county officials say they are still preparing for what could eventually be a cold winter.

Former Evans Middle School set for demolition
The students are gone, the historic pillars and arch have been moved, and soon the former Evans Middle School at Washington and Belair roads will be only a memory.

Current events
The Euchee Creek Library needs volunteers age 16 and older to help with the Radio Frequency Identification book-tagging project. For information, call Jessica Thompson at (706) 447-7664.

Pet of the week
This male golden retriever is very loving and playful. He is about two years old. He is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

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

Get up and go
The Columbia County Board of Education will hold its second public meeting for parent input on the proposed rezoning for the new elementary school in Grovetown at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Lewiston Elementary School.

Places to go
New members are being sought for the MCG Children's Medical Center Red Wagon Society, to plan fundraisers, volunteer at special events and play with children who are patients at the center.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Things to do
The Harlem High School Class of 1977 is planning a 30-year reunion for spring 2007.

Photo: Family camps lakeside
Hayden Stencel, Madison Stencel, Ann Sanders and Emma Kate Sanders enjoyed camping at the lake.

Photo: Wesleyan College thespian gets role
Wesleyan College student Loren Simpson starred in the leading role as Desdemona, the privileged princess, in Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, presented Nov. 16-18 at Grassmann-Porter Studio Theatre.

Time capsule
As reported 29 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1977:

Brown stayed in spite of us
There we were, like so many people, sitting around a Christmas Eve dinner table, when somehow the conversation about an Augusta craft show morphed into a question about how the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center was renamed the James Brown Arena.

Terrorists will use fruitcake next
Random dinner conversation rumbled on all sides of the table. Uncle Buck discussed barbecuing beef tongue. Cousin Hortel hitched, "Bless their hearts," to each commentary she undertook, in confidential whispers, on absent relations.

Sending out the gifts that Santa forgot
Some tinsel is still hanging, a few needles still cling to the drying-out tree and the yuppie dumpsters are sitting at curb bulging with boxes and wrapping paper.

Knights keep up streak
Welcome to E-Town. Enjoy your loss. There's no official sign posted with those words in Evans High School's gymnasium, but there might as well be.

Athlete Spotlight: Bob Russell
Bob Russell hasn't scored a basket in Columbia County since 1965.

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. Men and women ages 13-18 are invited to participate.

Key given holiday gift via trade to Phillies
Former Greenbrier High School baseball star Bradley Key was part of a three-person deal late this past week.

Greenbrier teams win
Greenbrier High School's boys and girls basketball teams entered the Christmas break on a good note after a pair of wins over Harlem High last Thursday.

New cross-country track will help prepare teams for state
Cross-country season ended more than a month ago, but work is being done already to prepare for the 2007 season.

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