Current weather

  • Overcast
  • 75°

Evans teen should learn from gun discipline, not whine about it
I've tried to keep quiet about the Wes Ivie case, but I just can't do it anymore. Danny L. Prichard, Martinez

Church prepares for its annual singing program
Staff and members of Abilene Baptist Church are preparing for the church's annual singing Christmas tree performance titled A Brand New Christmas -- The Music Box Shoppe II .

Authority's board selects new leader
The Columbia County Development Authority named its top candidate Monday to take the helm of the organization.

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.

Instructor creates different kind of superhero
Staff Sgt. Mark Bennett's vision of a superhero came to him years before he brought the character to life in his first novel, Sunjata -- Book One: The Blood Wars.

Fort Gordon firefighter gets third title
Brandon Cunningham came away with top honors at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships in Las Vegas on Nov. 10-15.

Jewish Community Center to hold Hanukkah events
The Augusta Jewish Community Center will hold several events in December to celebrate Hanukkah.

Tree-lighting ceremony has added events
Area residents can expect many jolly additions to Columbia County's annual tree-lighting ceremony Saturday at the amphitheater in Evans.

A miraculous child
Carrie Kimel was playing cards with her family one weekend afternoon when she looked at her then- 3-year-old son and noticed that he was pale and had multiple unexplained bruises on his head and hand.

Military Milestones
- Army National Guard Pfc. Brandon D. Hatcher , a 2008 graduate of Westside High School and son of Winona Hatcher, of Augusta, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Harlem gives military personnel a taste of home
Military personnel got a taste of home in Harlem on Tuesday at the sixth annual Military Thanksgiving event.

Campus consolidates services for soldiers getting medical care
In the past year, Fort Gordon has stepped up the care of its wounded and injured soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion.

Stallings Island Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Stallings Island Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

School Lunches
School Lunches

Get Up and Go
The Fort Gordon Concert Band and the Augusta State University Wind Ensemble will perform a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Augusta on Walton Way.

On vacation
Chris and Jeannine Eckert spent a week in Switzerland with their foreign exchange student's family, Yannic Bettschen. The group visited Lucerne, Zurich, Aspenzell, Geneva, Grindelwald, Berne, Biel, a cheese factory and glass-blowing plant. They attended church in Biel, with the Mass celebrated in French, although it was also available in German and Italian. Shown are Chris (from left), Yannic, Jeannine, Carmen and Werner Bettschen in front of the Alps and a glacier.

Police Blotter
Police are looking for a man who robbed an Evans convenience store on Nov. 23.

Seniors Calendar
AARP TAX-AIDE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Augusta-area AARP Tax-Aide program accepting applications to prepare income tax returns for seniors; free training; computer skills required; Bill Kozel (706) 210-3048, Susan Glazner (706) 359-3052

Bernard Marshall Pella, of Martinez, has earned a bachelor of science and technology degree from Excelsior College.

Pets of the Week
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered and cats are litter box trained prior to placement. To adopt, donate, or for information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to

Raising funds, Italian-style
Lou Reda, director of Columbia County Cares (left), and magistrate judge Bobby Christine discuss where to seat a group of twelve at the Garlic Clove Restaurant during the annual Thanksgiving Feast to benefit local food banks on November 24, 2008. Jeff Freehof, owner of the restaurant, raised $3,853 with the annual fundraiser.

Timothy Allan Greer and Karen Elizabeth Greer, Nov. 10, 2008.

Class Reunions
- The North Augusta High School classes of 1986, '87, '88 and '89 will hold a reunion at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Tickets cost $70 per person until the Dec. 6 deadline. For information, go to

Military Newsmakers
Air Force Airman 1st Class Maria A. Kehoe has graduated from the Air Traffic Control Operations Apprentice Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss. Kehoe is scheduled for an assignment to the 319th Operations Support Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. She has served in the military for one year. She is the daughter of Kevin W. and Linda A. Kehoe, of Martinez, and is a 2006 graduate from Evans High School.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, November 30, 2008

Temple still awaits pardon
Let's see. There's Leslie Collier and Milton Cordes. I see Richard Culpepper and Andrew Harley and Cary Hice Sr.

Sex-offender laws need sensible rewrite
hough temporarily stalled, the legal system continues to harass Wendy Whitaker. She's a happily married Harlem woman threatened with a trip to jail or being kicked out of her home because, 12 years ago, she had consensual sexual contact with a fellow teenager.

Lakeside grad made his mark in CFL
Former Lakeside High School standout Brian Bratton had quite a year for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

Tree farm owner offers tips to selecting, keeping trees
'Tis the season for stringing lights and hanging ornaments. But before all of the decorating can be done, the perfect Christmas tree must be selected.

Jones Creek gets a brand-new start
Jones Creek Golf Club officials Ray Mundy, Cathy Wentworth and Gregg Hemann cut a ribbon with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to officially reopen the golf club under new ownership.

New coach of Greenbrier girls earns her first victory
First-year Greenbrier girls basketball coach Dana Bull picked up her first win Nov. 21 when the Wolfpack beat Lakeside 44-35.

Poinsettias need special attention; many plants can enhance holiday
The Christmas season is here, and many people are in the process of decorating or have already decorated their homes.

Sports Calendar
Pride Athletics will hold its second-annual Holiday Baseball Camp on Dec. 27-28 from noon to 4 p.m. each day for ages 8-14. Guest instructors will be in attendance from Augusta State University, the University of South Carolina, the Philadelphia Phillies and Paine College. Cost is $75. For registration information, call Adrian McCladdie at (706) 288-8511, or e-mail

Sports Newsmakers
Cody Shaffer, of Evans, took first place in the boys 13-15 division with scores of 76 and 73 at the Greenville Junior Shootout at Furman University recently. Brant Patton (scores of 80 and 80) and Dylan Lyons (scores of 78 and 82), both from Evans, tied for third in the boys 16-19 division. In the boys 13-15 division, Austin Vick, also from Evans, took second with scores of 73 and 82.

Augusta Christian places four players on All-Region first team
Augusta Christian's football season might not have finished the way the Lions planned, but many of its players took home All Region honors.


  • Main: 706-868-1222
  • Fax: 706-823-6062
  • Email:
  • 4272 Washington Rd, Suite 3B, Evans, Ga. 30809