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Brown's column on Grooms gave 'important lesson' - the wrong one
My sons are too old for the lesson I learned from reading Brown's outstanding column about the coach to teach them about life. However, if my grandsons lived nearer to Columbia County, they could learn a very important lesson for their future, from Brown.

Charity will hold contest
Ending hunger together is the theme adopted by the Empty Bowl 2008 committee, with the hopes that children from throughout the CSRA will join the group in promoting hunger by participating in its design contest.

Woman is descendant of Pilgrims
Thanksgiving became much more personal for Jeannie Riddle two years ago when she discovered she was a descendant of four Pilgrims at the original feast in 1621.

Family starts tradition with Christmas tree farm
Blaine Carter hopes his family farm will be where Columbia County families begin their Christmas traditions while also helping ensure the county's needy families eat well this holiday season.

Diagnosis sparks new career
Kristie Dozier has a lot of loose marbles of wisdom that she would like to share with her community.

Judge's rezoning proposal put on hold
Debate will continue Dec. 6 on a rezoning request, proposed in part by a Superior Court judge, after the Columbia County Planning Commission on Thursday tabled the measure until their next meeting.

Time capsule
As reported 39 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Nov. 20, 1968:

Current events
Monday is the deadline for entries for the annual Merchants Association of Columbia County Martinez-Evans Christmas Parade, to begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 on Ronald Reagan Drive, in Evans.

Toast Wine and Beverage opens
Co-owner Allan Barrett cuts the ribbon Nov. 14 to mark the opening of Toast Wine and Beverage retail store on Furys Ferry Road near Publix in Martinez.

Class Reunions
The Academy of Richmond County class of 1967 will hold its 40th reunion Saturday, and members from all 1960s classes are invited to attend. For information, call Cheryl Wilson at (706) 868-1663, or e-mail

Sports calendar
A Junior Tennis League tournament will be held Dec. 8 at Newman Tennis Center in Augusta.

Photos: Turkey Day play
Blue Ridge Elementary School kindergartners Grace Schmalfeldt (from left), Lauren Dalaveris and Meredith Blanchard are dressed as a pilgrim, a Native American and a turkey for the school's Thanksgiving Day play.

Get Up and Go
The CSRA Parkinson Support Group will hold its November meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Towers dining room, 724 Greene St., with side dishes requested for a potluck holiday dinner. The Boogie Sisters will provide entertainment. For information, call (706) 364-1662.

Lewiston Elementary pupils talk turkey on Thanksgiving
The News-Times asked children, "How do you cook a Turkey?

Pet of the week
This male chocolate Labrador retriever is very friendly. He is 2-3 years old and 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.

North Harlem Elementary School Honor Roll
First Nine Weeks honor roll for North Harlem Elementary School.

Police blotter
The driver in a double-fatality wreck in Columbia County in May has been indicted for felony vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Vacation photo
Dallas and Kelly Cooke of Martinez cruised on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas to Bermuda the week of Oct. 28. This is a night shot in front of the ship at The Royal Naval Dockyard.

School Councils
The Riverside Middle School council will meet at 3 p.m. in the media center on Monday, and on Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and April 28.

Firing up the turkey burner
By order of the family, I have been called upon this Thanksgiving to demonstrate my manliness. I have been asked to fry a turkey.

Give thanks, not just complaints
Georgia's governor last week put together a service on the grounds of the state Capitol last week for participants to pray for rain.

Give thanks, even in hard times
My little granddaughter rushes up to me, satchel in hand, and tells me she's ready to "come your house 'cause I miss you," and I wonder if there is any joy in the world greater than that.

Evans wins postseason game 35-16
It was the kind of night Columbia County needed.

ACS fumbles second run for state title
Augusta Christian's run at a second state title in three years came up one game short this season with a 17-14 loss to Hammond in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship game.

Sit back from table to ponder questions
Here we are, one day away from Thanksgiving, and I'm reminded of what really matters on a day like this: turkey.

Athletes sign off on commitments to schools
A pair of Columbia County's top athletes put their names on the dotted lines last week. Greenbrier's Nolan Belcher and Augusta Prep's Lee Knox committed to their colleges of choice months ago, but both athletes made it official Thursday.

Pigskin Picks
The final week of the 2007 Pigskin Picks contest saw 79 qualifiers and only 39 nonqualifiers, along with one late entry. No one picked all 10 games correctly, however, and only nine picked nine games correctly.

Athlete Spotlight: Ben Rouse
A key component to the Evans High defensive unit was missing Friday: Senior captain Taylor Hooven was out with a shoulder injury.


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