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'Radiothon' this week helps raise funds for Children's Medical Center
As the year comes to an end and we reflect on all our blessings, we as a family have a lot to be thankful for. We have three sons - CJ, Matthew and Timothy - and one is a 7-year-old cancer survivor.

Letter raises 'major concerns' about its writer, lawmakers' tax proposal
After reading George Snelling's Dec. 5 letter, I cannot remain silent. Dr. Snelling is a good person and probably a superb dentist. However, I have major concerns with his views on the GREAT plan.

Parents to tell stories of healing after loss
For three years after losing her daughter Jenna in a car wreck, Sharon Cockrell said she and her husband, Bryan, didn't decorate their home for Christmas.

Harlem welcomes Christmas with lights, parade
Families crowded the streets of Harlem Saturday for the city's annual Christmas parade and Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem.

Home Depot opens with 'board cutting'
Skipping the typical red ribbon most new businesses cut to commemorate a grand opening, a new Evans home-supply store chose to saw in half an orange-painted board printed with "The Home Depot #1747."

Parents hear about school rezoning
Parents streamed into the Riverside Middle School gym Thursday to study proposed zoning changes for Columbia County's middle schools next year.

Book locates soldiers' graves
After spending nearly two years documenting the graves of Confederate soldiers in Columbia and McDuffie counties, a local writer will present his work Sunday.

Rezoning hits another snag
A revised proposal for the rezoning of multiple acres on Blanchard Road was still not good enough to please nearby homeowners.

Production filled with 'Promise'
Combining the melodious voices of more than 30 people along with the talents of dozens of dancers, the Columbia County Choral Society will bring its production, God's Promise , to the Hull Performing Arts Center at Augusta Preparatory Day School at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Police blotter
Three Greenbrier Middle School seventh-graders were arrested Monday after they wrote a bomb threat on a bathroom wall, police say.

Adoption spotlight
This female Shih Tzu is friendly and playful. She is between 2 and 5 years old and 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.

Current events
Reed Creek Park will hold a program on creating holiday decorations with items from nature at 10 a.m. Saturday. The program is free and limited to 12 people. Today is the deadline for reservations; call (706) 210-4027.

Time capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 10, 1964:

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Sounds of Christmas
Tommy Sunderland directs the Abilene Baptist Church choir as they perform the 29th annual Singing Christmas Tree program.

Columbia County government center blood drive
Vulpe Rivera, a phlebotomist with Shepeard Community Blood Center, helps Alex Hexham donate blood during the holiday blood drive at the Columbia County Government Center on Dec. 5. The drive collected 184 pints of blood.

Car-wash discussion holds lessons
Neighbors in the Blanchard Road area are up in arms about a proposed residential-to-professional rezoning.

Merry voting? Absentee time
You aren't going to believe this. Starting one week from Friday - one week! - you can walk into the Columbia County Board of Elections Office and vote for president.

Seniors help Lakeside pull upset of rival
It was the kind of game that required no pep talk from Lakeside boys basketball coach Ryan Morningstar. His team knew what was at stake.

Ex-Knight has early success at next level
Former Evans High School volleyball and basketball standout Lauren Middleton wasted little time in making her presence felt at the college level.

Athlete Spotlight: Deronte Williams and Trey Henderson
It looked like Evans was heading for a road loss at the hands of Burke County on Saturday. The Knights were losing by 13 points at halftime, and all the hype surrounding the home Bears and their height and athleticism had been proven.

Georgia Futures win
The Georgia Futures won first place in the Georgia-Lina Boo Ball NIT Baseball Boys 11 and under Open on Oct. 26-28 at Citizen's Park in Aiken.

Race to raise money for Evans
Local runners will be out in full force Saturday for the inaugural Reindeer Romp at Evans High School.

Sports Calendar
The Pete Meadows Baseball Program will hold its 14th annual Christmas Baseball Camp at Putt-Putt Golf and Games on Dec. 26-28 for ages 8-9 and 10-12. For more information, go to or call (706) 863-4979.

Greenbrier girls stay unbeaten
Greenbrier High School's girls remained the only undefeated girls basketball team in Columbia County with a big win over Lakeside on Friday night.

Burns signs with Presbyterian College
Another Lakeside High School athlete made a college commitment last week. Chris Burns, a senior on the Lakeside baseball team, signed a National Letter of Intent to play ball with Presbyterian College.


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