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Congressman should apologize for 'truly hateful' comments
I read with interest and shock the remarks in which U.S. Rep. Paul Broun referred to President-elect Obama's future actions by stating he will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship. Nancy Moore, Martinez

County's first black elected official 'is a true inspiration to all'
Thanks for publishing Barry Paschal's Nov. 12 column on Mary Sanders. Tommy Norris, Martinez

'Vitriol' toward Democrats has no place as country seeks unity
I'm glad Barry Paschal hasn't lost his vitriol toward the Democratic Party and that he wasted no time in voicing it. R.L. McKinley, Evans

Library event to celebrate 'Twilight'
Dressing up as your favorite vampire and discussing the book Twilight is on the agenda for the Columbia County Library's Twilight Extravaganza.

Harlem society sets out to collect pieces of city's past
A Harlem group is hoping some of the city's oldest residents can provide insight to the city's history.

Electronics ordnance classes are being modernized
Fort Gordon's ordnance classrooms are undergoing a $1.8 million equipment upgrade.

Ballet will perform rendition of classic
An extra performance of the Columbia County Ballet's version of The Nutcracker has been added to this year's schedule.

Fort Gordon reaffirms bond with soldiers
A year ago, Fort Gordon officials pledged their commitment to the families of soldiers stationed there by signing the Army Family Covenant.

Board sends Evans junior to alternative school for gun
Columbia County school board members voted Tuesday in a closed session to reject the appeal of an Evans High School student punished for bringing a gun on campus.

Democrats hope Obama win will inspire local races
The Columbia County Democratic Party hopes to ride the momentum of President-elect Barack Obama's victory through to the 2010 elections.

Military Milestones
- Air Force Airman Daniel S. Brooks , a 2007 graduate of Glenn Hills High School and son of Francine Rollins, of Augusta, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Pedal power
Fort Gordon's newest law enforcement unit rolled into the post's neighborhoods last month.

Evans teen creates McDonald's mural
Though Colin Vaughan doesn't consider himself a painter, his work is seen by hundreds each day at an Evans fast food restaurant.

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.

State Pro Tem to attend breakfast
The President Pro Tempore of the state Senate will be the keynote speaker at a legislative breakfast Tuesday.

The CSRA Wine Festival Inc. presents a check to the Augusta Rose Society. Pictured are Billy Roberts (from left), with the Ninth St. Wine Market; Paul Blankenship, chairman, Augusta Rose Show; Elaine Montano, treasurer, Augusta Rose Society; and Pat Goodwin, president, CSRA Wine Festival Inc.

Celebrating veterans
Shannon and Joseph Pagano, parents of second-grader Rebecca Pagano, attended Bel Air Elementary's Veterans Day ceremony. At left, the school sponsored a "Wall of Heroes," collected donations for the Fisher House and served breakfast for veterans and active armed forces members.

Seed for senior center
A community Development Block Grant for $500,000 has been presented to the city of Harlem for a senior citizen center. Mike Beatty, of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, presented the check to Harlem Mayor Bobby Culpepper, Barry Fleming, Jean Dove, Debra E. Moore and Johnny Thigpen during a ceremony in Savannah, Ga., on Sept. 16.

Michelle Ann Hammett and Matthew R. Hammett, Oct. 29, 2008.

School Lunch Menus
Popcorn chicken and roll

Scout's honor
Venture Crew 615 recently completed a 7- to 9-mile canoe journey through the Congaree Swamp National Park in South Carolina. The Crew enjoyed two sunny days with mid- to high 60s and one brisk evening in the 30s. Participants were Mary Booth (back, from left), Dee Castillo, Heidi Hoelscher, Scott Thompson, Christian Portinga, Brian Sargent, and Jonathan Portinga; Jason Clayton (middle row, from left), Michael Clayton, Greg Francisco, Hannah Wingrove and Andrea Willson; Nathan Portinga (front left) and Suellen Cermenaro.

Alpha Delta Kappa month
School Superintendent Charles Nagle and Angela Hobby, of the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, sign a proclamation declaring October as Alpha Delta Kappa month in Columbia County schools. Alpha Delta Kappa is an honorary sorority of female educators.

Current Events
Augusta Prep's Theater Department will perform J.B. , a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that is an adaptation of the Book of Job, at 7:30 p.m. today at Hull Fine Arts Center, 285 Flowing Wells Road. Tickets cost $10 for students and $12 for adults. For information, e-mail

Property Transfers
Jeremy B. Wall to Shannon Grace, 645 Hagin Road, $175,000.

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.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

One-car crash
The Evans Town Park sign and landscaping were heavily damaged after an Augusta woman lost control of her vehicle Wednesday morning on North Belair Road and crashed into the shopping center's front property. Christie Elam, 31, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with minor injuries. Elam had been driving north around a curve in her 1999 Oldsmobile Alero about 10:40 a.m. when she swerved across the southbound lanes of traffic, said Columbia County Deputy Jim DiArenzo. After hitting a small ridge in the grass, her vehicle went airborne before striking the base of the brick and stucco sign, he said. DiArenzo said Elam was cited with failure to maintain lane and driving too fast for conditions.

Evans Middle School Honor Roll
Maya Ahmadieh, Ashlyn Bedgood, Chance Briley, Katie Bruss, Niaressia Burnett, Austin Cale, Audrey Camak, Rekyia Clayton, Courtney Cyr, Hannah Davall, Alexandra Davis, Matthew Davis, Cody Dewees, Sarah Dickenson, Dyani Ferguson, Ryan Foral, Savannah Gabriel, Jennifer Gamble, Sarah Grossman, Brianca Gumus, Ashlee Harrell, Taylor Henson, Abdullah Johnson, Janeen Jones, Josh Kang, Bethany Kettenhofen, Madeline Kitchens, Abdoulie Mbye, Neill Miller, Daniel Oliver, Mitchell Petras, Amber Reakes, Ashley Rogers, Stephen Rouillard, Gavin Spence, Colton Sharkey, Gavin Stever, Ashlyn Taylor, Joey Thornton, Stacey Vaceknois, Grayson Walker, Kirsten Wedereit, Emily Williamson and Angela Zhou.

Dancers help out
Columbia County Ballet dancers Cassondra Holland (from left), Sarah Rosenberger and Emorie Allen, wearing costumes from The New Nutcracker, assisted in passing out programs for Cirque de la Symphonie in Augusta and were allowed to go backstage to meet the performers and get autographs.

Lewiston Elementary School Honor Roll
Will Baggett, Luca Drago, Brian Hinshaw, Madison Johnstun, Quinn Shelt, Blake Berge, Victoria Brown, Ethan Cliett, Shelby Plooster, Madison Schumm, Emma Eve Young, Shelby Coon, Dominick Lunsford, Kendall Mann, Dean Mills, Kathleen O'Neal, Kate Poss, Lorenzo Rosellini, Abi-Grace Willis, Jace Combs, Taylor Dent, Matthew Dunbar, Maddox Hall, Tanner Kitchens, Abbi Page, Jared Poythress, Breana Rinker, Daesha Webb, Dahja Wright, Trent Rutledge, Mallorie Winge, Savannah Ash, Connor Clements, Syrena Holmes, Jacques Mitchell, Jessica Smith and Davin Williams.

Military Newsmakers
Army Reserve Pfc. Matthew R. Hutto has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson. Hutto is the nephew of Steve Funk of Martinez. In 2008, the private graduated from Greenbrier High School.

Lenient treatment for gun on campus
By most accounts, Wes Ivie is a great kid.

Poop-scooper follows scoop
If you're a little dizzy from watching the Paul Broun Show this past week, you're not alone.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, November 15, 2008

Evans student's case a scar on otherwise clean record
By now, most of you have heard the story involving Evans High School junior Wes Ivie.

Intensive gardening practices produce variety of vegetables in limited space
Do you enjoy a variety of fresh vegetables, but don't have the space to grow them? If your space is limited, you can still enjoy vegetables by using intensive gardening methods.

Panthers' junior varsity is the best in the county
Lost in the news of the Evans High School varsity football team's undefeated season was a similar accomplishment at a lower level.

Water garden can be easy to maintain
The sound of trickling water can have a calming effect. Now is the time to begin planning and installing a water garden for those who want to enjoy the fruits of their labor next summer.

Seventh-grader continues to amaze
Two girls were talking in the stands before a middle school basketball game last week.

Long road awaits the Wolfpack
There will be times this season when Greenbrier's boys basketball team will arrive back in Evans after a Friday night game in Atlanta and board the bus the next day for a return trip.


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