Sunday, December 16, 2007

Donations to help Goodwill's mission are appreciated during holidays
More than 8 million Americans are out of work and their families are facing tough times. At Goodwill Industries, we know that the most effective way to help people is by providing them with the means to earn a paycheck and support their families long-term.

Appling 11-year-old will play munchkin
Jamiah Hudson was in Wal-Mart when she got the call that she had landed the role of a munchkin in True Colors Theater Company's production of The Wiz! in Atlanta.

Glass artist creates ornaments, jewelry
The last few weeks before Christmas often bring the stress of finding the perfect gifts for family and friends, but for glassblower Josh Hewitt, the perfect gift begins with patience and a flame.

Holidays not merriest of times for blood bank
The need for blood for service members continues during the holidays, but the donor population around Fort Gordon is down during December as soldiers head home.

New school's leader selected
Stallings Island Middle School has a new principal, and the high school that is scheduled to open in 2009 has school colors and a mascot.

Contractor is ahead of schedule with new housing
Construction of new homes at Fort Gordon is ahead of schedule. "We're adding about eight a week," said Harry Bloomer, project manager for GMH Military Housing, a private contractor in charge of the new construction.

Keep tree green with water
There's nothing better than the smell of a natural Christmas tree to fill a home during the holidays.

Mistletoe isn't just for the birds
One of the Christmas traditions that I remember as a boy was my aunt hanging mistletoe over one of her doors. My brother and I would avoid that door as though it had the plague. We just didn't go for all that kissing.

Store helps Fisher House decorate for its residents
The holiday decorating party at Fort Gordon's Fisher House is an annual event for the staff, volunteers and house residents.

Harlem adopts National Guard unit
Harlem's annual Christmas parade Dec. 8 included entries sponsored by churches, business and civic groups.

Athlete has passion for game, his faith
Daniel Hobbs is hanging on to a dream to play basketball on the college level. Although Daniel has yet to be accepted to any college, he will use his undergraduate work as a springboard for a career in ministry and hopes a basketball scholarship can pave the way.

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

Grovetown decides to name administrator from within
The path of Grovetown officials' search for the city's first administrator took a sharp turn Monday.

Teachers have holiday wish lists
A number of handmade Christmas decorations, ready to be sent home as special holiday gifts, lined the hallways of Blue Ridge Elementary School last week.

Abilene Baptist minister, wife to go into missions
Jesus told his disciples to sell everything they had and to go and preach the Gospel to the poor. A Martinez minister and his wife are heeding that command.

Rezoning discussion postponed
A discussion on the rezoning of about 27 acres on Blanchard Road set for Tuesday's Columbia County Commission meeting has been postponed, possibly for good.

Current events
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church is offering a six-week program, Catholics Returning Home, to help nonpracticing Catholics return to the church. The series begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in Meeting Room 3 at the church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown.

Vacation photo
Pat and George Fuller spent three weeks on vacation in Australia. They stayed two weeks in Sydney and then took a train up the east coast to Brisbane to visit Ron Lyons, an Australian soldier assigned to the 319th Transportation Unit during Vietnam.

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

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending schools in Columbia County.

Sports Calendar
The CSRA Baseball Umpires Camp featuring Major League Baseball umpires Marvin Hudson and Fieldin Culbreth will be held Jan. 19 at Westside High School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adoption spotlight
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, a nonprofit, licensed animal rescue group. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708.

Shead wins golf tournament
Alex Shead, of Appling, shot 40 in nine holes in the championship tournament at Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton, Ga., to win the 9-year-old U.S. Kids Atlanta Fall Tour after competing in seven tournaments. This gave him the Player of the Year award for a second-straight year and earned an invitation to the U.S. Kids World Championship at Pinehurst, N.C., in August.

Holiday hayride
Judy Beatty and her son Logan, 4, (from left) and Chantay Chapman and her son Artis, 9, look at the exhibits depicting the life of Christ during the Sharon Baptist Church hayride at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

Pee Wee dancers perform
The Martinez-Evans Dance Studio Pee Wee Company Team participated in the Martinez-Evans Christmas parade. Its entry was awarded the chairman's award.

Students spread safety message
"It's no mystery, seat belts save lives" was the message that Evans High School students got as they left the school parking lot recently.

DUIs
Janosch Tim Kersting, 19, of the 300 block of Forest Court in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on Sept. 1, 2007, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and was fined $810.

Divorces
Lynn Rowland Wombles and Arthur Day Wombles, Sept. 10, 2007.

School councils
- The North Harlem Elementary School council will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the media center on Jan. 10, March 6 and May 1.

Marriage Licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

Property Transfers
GB Development LLC to Casey M. Reeves, 706 Creekwide Drive, $93,500.

Time capsule
As reported 53 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 16, 1954:

Columbia Middle School Honor Roll

Even reindeer can need a little help
Usually this time of year, I'm scrambling to get to the North Pole and interview a citizen of this frozen country. Well, I'm still scrambling, but I did make it before Santa had to leave and deliver presents. The difference this year came from a suggestion Santa himself made.

Hobnobbing has high price
When I heard the other day that Sheriff Clay Whittle is planning a $250-per-ticket reception soon to kick off his 2008 re-election campaign, I thought "Yikes! That's enough to buy a Wii!"

Controversy isn't over - it's just postponed
The controversial rezoning request for land on Blanchard Road is expected to be withdrawn from consideration Tuesday night. That move will likely end this particular showdown before the county commission. But another one is around the corner - literally.

Evans boasts top football personalities
The 2007 season was terrific for Columbia County football. Augusta Christian made another run at a state title, and Evans turned in one of its best seasons in my lifetime.

Coach's advice lifts Lady Panthers to victory
A regular Monday afternoon girls basketball practice at Lakeside came with the usual reminders before a Tuesday evening game. Lakeside coach Moe McCormack announced the last-minute tweaks before her girls faced off against Harlem.

Memories will help me climb my ladder
I first walked into the Columbia County News-Times office just over two years ago. It was September 2005, and I knew my hands were full with six high schools, an active recreation department and plenty of other sports news to cover.

Carter finishes 2nd at Pinehurst
At least one local golfer has spent plenty of time on the winning end of golf courses this fall. Lakeside junior Brian Carter finished in second place in the International Junior Golf Tour's major at Pinehurst played on Pinehurst No. 8 on Nov. 17-18.

Lakeside streaks to best start
Lakeside's boys basketball team got off to a terrible start in 2007. Now they're one of the hottest teams in the Augusta area.

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