Monday, December 31, 2007

Grovetown Lions Club appreciates support for fund-raiser turkey shoot
The Grovetown Lions Club would like to thank the surrounding community for it tremendous support during this year's annual Turkey Shoot fund-raising event which ended Dec. 14.

Lakeside High graduate sets his sights on Naval Academy
Martinez resident Paul Maile recently was recommended for appointment to Marion Military Academy in Marion, Ala., by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun.

Teachers honored when students excel
The Evans High School gym is not the only part of the building that sports banners in recognition of students' accomplishments.

Reuse or recycle old Christmas trees
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Now Christmas is over, though, and the decorations, lights, and Christmas tree are being put away for next year.

'Restaurant' lets students practice French
Fifteen French students at Evans Christian Academy recently transformed a corner of the fellowship hall at In Focus Church, which also houses the school, into a French restaurant.

New vans to carry seniors, transit riders
After nearly a year of delays, seniors and other riders of Columbia County Transit will soon be cruising on some shiny new wheels.

Airman hopes to win with talent
LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --- For the daughter of an Appling couple, auditioning for American Idol would have probably been easier than the fierce, weeklong auditions she recently underwent in hopes of being named "Best of the Best" during the Air Force's Worldwide Talent Contest.

Defense command has leader
Army Brig. Gen. Robert H. Woods has assumed command of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

Bureaucracy can't spoil holidays for mayor's family
For the first time in 22 years, Harlem Mayor Scott and Renee Dean spent Christmas apart.

Change and loss put mark on 2007
Someone once said that a year spent without both laughter and tears is a year wasted.

New store cuts ribbon
Earth Fare manager Mark Osborne, far right, cuts the ribbon Nov. 13 during the grand opening celebration for the new store in Martinez. Earth Fare replaces the former Winn Dixie on Furys Ferry Road.

Comfort House gets donation
Comfort House Inc. received a check from Georgia Power Foundation Inc. for $2,500. Making the presentation on behalf of the Augusta Chapter Citizens of Georgia Power is Denise Hamrick (right).

Military newsmakers
Army Pvt. Theodore E. Finley has arrived for duty at Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas. Finley, an infantryman, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment. He is the son of Albert and Debbie Valente, of Appling, and a 2006 graduate of Greenbrier High School.

Property transfers
Steph Construction Inc. to Madria Gil and Jhon Gil, 515 Goodale Court, $98,900.

Girl Scouts win 2nd place
Junior Girl Scout Troop 117 won second place in the Scout category in the 2007 Martinez-Evans Christmas parade.

Divorces
Trisha D. Blythe and Josman R. Blythe, Dec. 21, 2007.

Current events
The county's planning commission prepares for another rezoning request for apartments.

Time capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, December 31, 1964:

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722-7403 and send e-mail to lindsay.thetford@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Christmas morning photo album
Americus Lawson, 20 months, and Carla Lawson, 4, prepare Christmas dinner in their new kitchen from Santa on Christmas morning.

Hawaiian anniversary
Jamie and Wendy Gill spent a week in Oahu and Maui, Hawaii, in October for their 10th anniversary.

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

Get up and go
A workshop for new volunteers for Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Reed Creek Wetlands Park in Martinez.

Rotarians pitch in
A crew from the Rotary Club of Columbia County constructs a wheelchair ramp for Martinez resident, Mary Kamaka.

Adoption showcase
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc., a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708.

Peace on Earth, but coming when?
With our country at war, and before Christmas 2007 slides completely into the past, perhaps it's time to voice the question on many of our lips: If Jesus is the "Prince of Peace," why are there more conflicts in the world today than when He was born?

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for December 30, 2007

Celebrate the new year responsibly
The new year is typically a time of celebration. But New Year's Eve also is stereotypically a time of excessive alcohol consumption. For that reason, law enforcement shifts into high gear to help deter celebrations from turning deadly on the streets.

Out with old, in with better
The end of the year is a time when we toss out the old and ring in the new.

2007 Sports Year in Review
Another year has come and gone with no shortage of big moments in the Columbia County sports world. Before the page turns on another calendar year, let's look back on some of the top highlights from 2007.

Lakeside alumni compete for scholarship fund
Participants in Lakeside High School's eighth annual Men's and Women's Alumni Soccer Matches compete at Lakeside High School.

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. The camp is open to the experienced amateur or beginning umpire and will include a GHSA clinic, Dixie certification and USSSA certification. Cost of the camp is $60. For more information, e-mail Ted Miller at millert9r@yahoo.com or call (706) 564-0051.

Lady Pack continues to pile up victories
Greenbrier High School's girls basketball team has raced out to an 11-0 mark and a No. 8 ranking in the latest Girl's AAAA Poll.

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