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Parade was 'wonderful event,' but better crowd safety is needed
I took my father and my 3-year-old daughter to the Martinez-Evans Christmas Parade. It was a wonderful community event that the county should continue to support indefinitely. However, my hope is that next year parade officials will give more thought and attention to safety.

Church will hold special remembrance service
December has always been a special time for Debra Allsup - she always remembers her daughter, Katie Ridenhour.

Masons to collect donations for families
While most people will be spending the next few Saturdays bustling around town finishing Christmas shopping, Gary Holland and other Masons will be collecting donations to make Christmas special for families in need.

Planning commission rejects zoning for sales at mini farm
The Columbia County Planning Commission voted Thursday to reject a rezoning request by Kevin Asmann, who is renting nearly 11 acres at 4014 Evans to Locks Road near Jones Creek, to change the property to R-1, allowing him to sell his produce on the property.


Musician brings his program to church
Area musician and composer Johnny Carr intends to use his music to spread holiday cheer. Curtis Baptist Church will perform God's Promise, a cantata co-written by Carr, who is a part-time music teacher at Brookwood Elementary, at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Lights, parades kick off holidays
Holiday cheer kicked off last weekend with tree-lighting ceremonies and parades across Columbia County. Harlem started the festivities with its tree-lighting ceremony Thursday at City Hall on North Louisville Street despite light rainfall.

Festival day was planned around parade
The Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem will be Saturday and continues to expand with each holiday season.

Children will sing about Christ's birth
The children of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church will present a Nativity musical at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Martinez-Evans Christmas Parade Winners
Winners of awards given for participation in the Martinez-Evans Christmas Parade.

Library sponsors holiday craft class
Teens are invited to join in the merriment of the Christmas season Dec. 14 at the Columbia County Library.

Choral group will sing holiday show
The Columbia County Choral Society will present sounds of the season during its holiday concert Friday at First Baptist Church of Evans.

Photos from Christmas in Columbia County
Santa Claus arrived at the Christmas in America festival on a fire truck.

Church, ballet join for Christmas show
Dancers in the Columbia County Ballet will take the stage this weekend and join with First Baptist Church of Augusta to offer two evenings of Christmas cheer.

Adoption spotlight
These animals are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's Pets of the Week, cost $25 to adopt.

Riverside Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
First nine weeks honor roll for Riverside Middle School.

Police blotter
A family renting an Appling house was not home Sunday when it caught fire.

Woodbridge wreck
Charges are pending after a two-vehicle accident that closed one lane of westbound and eastbound traffic for more than an hour Friday night on Washington Road.

Sophia Pitman, 6, a first-grader at Bel Air Elementary, donated her hair to Locks of Love. Sophia is the daughter of Jerry and Sandy Pitman.

Current events
The Golden Harvest Food Bank Empty Bowl fundraiser is holding a T-shirt design contest for middle- and high-school students. Deadline for entries is Jan. 10. Call Debbie Katcoff at (706) 868-4030.

Saying 'no' to farm is pure manure
Planning and zoning members last week rejected a rezoning request from Kevin Asmann, who wants to operate a "micro farm" on part of 11 acres on Evans-to-Locks Road. Asmann hopes to sell produce from the site, but the board worries about traffic visiting the tiny farm.

Badges, boys and their toys
It was hard to stifle a chuckle the other day when I read about the Thomson cop suspended for playing around with his Taser.

Stupid dolls and Christmas sweaters
Christmas confusion set in on Thanksgiving Day and seemed it would never clear.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

All County softball team is announced
Jenny Shepherd's biggest struggle as a hitter occurs before she steps into the batter's box. Questions build in her mind. She thinks back to her last out and wonders what she needs to do to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Evans defense gets honors for helping post 10-0 season
Evans High School was able to post a 10-0 regular-season record mostly because of its outstanding defense. Therefore, it stands to reason that some members of that defense would get accolades.

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. Instructors will be from Augusta State University, the University of South Carolina, the Philadelphia Phillies and Paine College.

Evans beats Harlem to stay perfect
When Evans High School guard Troy Belton talks about the Knights' transition game, his pace is as quick as one of the team's fastbreak lay-ups.

Athlete Spotlight: Billy Gropp
After more than 30 years of running his own landscaping company, Billy Gropp decided to have a little fun on the side. Instead of lawn equipment, the long, white trailer hitched to his pickup many weekends hauls a 2001 Dodge Viper GTS.

Sports Newsmakers
The Harlem Crush A 11 and Under baseball team went 4-0 to win the Riverview Fall Fever Tournament in North Augusta.


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