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Thanks to everyone involved in sharing Harlem girl's inspiration
I would like to thank Columbia County News-Times Publisher Barry Paschal, staff writer Stephen Fastenau and photographer Jim Blaylock for the fine Nov. 16 sports story on my daughter, Olivia Fitzgerald.

Today is busy time for pizza
Before it's time to carve the turkey, many people slice the pizza. The day before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest days of the year for pizza delivery, behind the Super Bowl, New Year's Eve and Halloween according to a USA Today poll.

Wal-Mart 'Gateway' seeks more land
The property for a proposed Wal-Mart shopping center near Grovetown increased by more than an acre after the Columbia County Planning Commission OK'd changes Thursday to the preliminary plat.

Evans 7th-grader to perform in New York Macy's parade
Unlike many children her age, Courtney Anderson won't be at home Thursday enjoying a Thanksgiving turkey. Instead, the 12-year-old will be performing in New York before millions.

How do you cook a turkey?
The News-Times asked kindergartners at Grovetown Elementary School, "How do you cook a turkey?" Here are some of their answers:

Jail cooks bring holiday to inmates
For the kitchen staff of the Columbia County Detention Center, cooking for a jail full of inmates and staff and preparing meals for area senior citizens means whipping up hundreds of turkey dinners.

Family celebrates teen's homecoming
A week before Thanksgiving, Gary and Ginger Richardson's son maneuvered his wheelchair past friends, family and welcome signs, and into their Evans home. They were thankful. Thankful that a Sept. 8 car crash didn't take John Paul Richardson's life.

Pet of the week
These pets and more are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Augusta Christian Schools First Nine Weeks Honor Rolls
Honor roll for students attending Augusta Christian Schools.

Grovetown Elementary First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Vacation photo
To celebrate Kelly Cheesborough's 21st birthday, the family got together for a football game at Newberry College, where she is a senior.

Police blotter
Superior Court Judge Jim Blanchard sentenced Douglas Wayne Toney, 35, to 25 years after he pleaded guilty to concealing the death of another, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Current events
The eighth annual Christmas in America Festival, the lighting of Columbia County's Christmas tree, will be held from 3-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans.

North Columbia Elementary First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Newsmakers
Shane Walker, Brittney Matthews and Brannon Albert were part of the Homecoming court at Evans High School.

Smells like a barbecue bias
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, a time to be charitable. In that spirit, forgive my brethren at The Chronicle. They don't seem to be the friendliest folks when it comes to barbecue.

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

Optimism provides path to gratitude
The electricity had been turned off for nonpayment, but luckily Mom had gotten the meager meal heated first. By the dim light of candles, I could see my mother's strained face. For the first time in my young life, I noticed the dark areas under her eyes caused by crying.

Putting thankfulness in perspective
In the unlikely event you're finding it difficult to be thankful this year in a community with such abundant reasons for gratitude, here are three young people who provide more than ample inspiration: James Simpson, John Paul Richardson and Olivia Fitzgerald.

Lions prepare for a 'season of unknowns'
Augusta Christian's boys basketball team is without nine players it had on the roster last season. Some graduated, some changed schools. Whatever the reason, coach Marty Griffin has a fresh batch of clay to work with during the next few months.

Thanksgiving kickball keeps families close
Kickball is the main attraction at Thanksgiving at one annual family reunion.

Athlete Spotlight: Patrick Gamblin
Billy Gamblin tried to persuade his son to bat left-handed when he was young. Patrick Gamblin stuck with the right side at the plate, which proved a good decision. He batted .485 for Harlem High School as a sophomore and .465 last year as a junior, with seven home runs and 41 RBI.

Hill was the workhorse in Bulldogs' solid finish
Harlem High School junior Seth Hill might have been the area's most-underrated football player this season.

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