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'Regular folks' might have different view of county's mission statement
I was amused reading the article in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 21, about the Columbia County Commission revising their mission statement.

Kids Winter Fest to have arts, crafts
To benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank, Earth Fare will hold Kids Winter Fest on Saturday.

Men honored for public service
The Harlem Department of Public Safety employees gathered for a feast of Lowcountry boil and cake to honor two of their own at the department's recent annual meeting.

Teachers put on 1950s show to reward pupils for reading
Christmas came early at Greenbrier Elementary School.

Harlem tower is image in calendar
Harlem's Oliver Hardy Festival put the city on the map. Now, Hardy's image on the city's water tower has put the town on a calendar.

New requirements could affect restaurant ratings
Health ratings of Columbia County restaurants are ex-pected to temporarily dip in the new year as changes to the new statewide food code go into effect, according to county health officials.

Children shop on 'Day With A Deputy'
Columbia County sheriff's Lt. Butch Askew (from left) and Sgt. Sean Clack help Joseph Jacobs, 8, and Carsen Jacobs, 6, of Appling, pick out Star Wars toys Friday at the Wal-Mart in Evans during the fifth annual Day With A Deputy.

Class reunions
- The Evans High School classes of 1982, 1983 and 1984 will hold a joint reunion June 21. For information, go to www.ehs828384reunion.com.

Current events
As the year ends, so does the 20 years in office for retiring Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau.

Get up and go
A new Marine Corps Motorcycle Association is forming in the Augusta area and is seeking members. The organization will support Marine Corps efforts in the Aiken-Augusta area, including Toys for Tots, the Wounded Warrior program and the Fisher House. For information, call Paul Brewer at (706) 854-1036, or e-mail usmc1008@bellsouth.net.

Correction: Lakeside High School AP scholars
Because of incorrect information provided by the Columbia County school system, a list of AP scholars from Lakeside High School in the Nov. 11 edition of The Columbia County News-Times was incomplete. The list is as follows:

Pet of the week
This female tabby cat is very loving. She is between 2 and 3 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Time capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 25, 1958:

Police blotter
A Grovetown man was killed Friday night in a three-car wreck.

The gifts that Santa Claus forgot
We've looked behind the tree. We've lifted the couch cushions. We've even peeked under the fruitcake.

Watch Georgia tax reform closely
Former U.S. Senator Huey Long once said that preferred tax policy was, "Don't tax me. Don't tax thee. Tax the man behind the tree." We would love for the services we require from police to schools to be paid for by somebody else. But they aren't. We pay for them.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, December 26, 2008.

Recipients share in loss
The Augusta area was saddened a year ago with the Christmastime death of James Brown, remembered as much for his music as for his misbehavior.

Lakeside JROTC takes no prisoners
Average sports fans know all about JROTC and the students who participate in the program. They're the ones who hold up the American flag before high school football games.

All-region teams are named
Here are the 2007 All-Region 3-AAAA teams for fall sports:

Arsenal boys gain tournament victory
The Arsenal U16 Boys started their season by winning the Aiken Cup and fought back to a tournament victory in the Patriots Showcase.

Sports calendar
Atomic City Sports will conduct an all-associational baseball officials clinic Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Citizens Park 2 in Aiken. For information, e-mail Jack Curry at curr1107@bellsouth.net, Steve Gavin at sgavin33@aol.com or Dale Roberts at vdaleroberts@aol.com.

Area schools face tough baseball schedule
Baseball season is less than six weeks away. The first official practices for teams in the Georgia High School Association will take place Feb. 4, and the first regular-season games will be Feb. 25.

Evans cheerleaders receive honors
Evans High School Competition Cheerleading awards were presented to Katie Holloway (from left), Leadership Award;Taylor Gray, Coach's Award; Jennifer Grant, Most Valuable Cheerleader and Coach's Award; Jenny Pillarelli, Knight Award; Kendall Eason, Spirit Award; and Aubri Middleton, Most Improved.

Athlete spotlight: Cedric Boatner
Cedric Boatner understands that talent gets an athlete only so far. Hard work and discipline make a player great.

Rogers ends college career with victory in Hawaii
Former Evans High and Lakeside High standout Steven Rogers wrapped up his college football career Sunday as his East Carolina squad defeated Boise State 41-38 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.

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