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SPLOST approval was premature, spends too much on 'wish list'
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum on the Nov. 4 election ballot was barely approved by voters, many of whom did not realize the implications of this premature request by our county officials.

Accident victim raises funds for equipment
When Joylynn Pursley got into her car on a morning last spring, she never expected the trip would end with rescue workers cutting away pieces of her vehicle to remove her.

Sisters collect supplies for pets
What started out as a gift swap between sisters has led to a monthlong animal product donation center.

Holidays can be prime time for crime
With Christmas quickly approaching, many in Columbia County are busy marking off their shopping lists, but others see holiday season as a time for criminal activity.

Friend's recipe leads to holiday success
Maxine Smelts recalls with fondness the origins of the fruitcake recipe that has been the pillar of her home-based bakery's success.

Christmas programs at Columbia County churches
Gabrielle Neely played Mary and Kenny Bourassa played Joseph in the living nativity scene at the Bethlehem Village sponsored jointly by Harlem Baptist and Harlem United Methodist churches.

Police Blotter
Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a Martinez store Friday.

Vacation Gallery
Steve and Chris Schilling, of Evans, traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland, with a group of men from across the country to play ice hockey.

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

Pet of the Week
These cats 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 cost $25 to adopt, and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. The kennel is open week-days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Class Reunions
The Blanchard High School reunion will be held Saturday at the Augusta Jewish Community Center off Furys Ferry Road in Evans. The Charlie L. Lazenby/Ann P. Daniel Scholarship will be presented. For information, call Gwen Terry Williams at (706) 860-3219 or Lester Pollard at (706) 541-1088.

River Ridge Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
River Ridge Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Time Capsule
As reported 44 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, on Thursday, Dec. 10, 1964:

The Flaming Arrow Patrol of Cub Scout Pack 615 visited the Federal Courthouse on Dec. 6. They met Judge Randall Hall. Pictured are Jack Phelan (from left), Justin Little, Dalton Giles, Judge Hall, Zane Zoller, Tony Wilde, Matthew Zimmerman and Jason Little.

Student Councils
The Stevens Creek Elementary School council will meet Jan. 7 and March 18.

School Lunch Menus
School Lunch Menus

North Harlem Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
North Harlem Elementary School

Got crime information? Cash it in
Things are a little tight this year, what with the economic downturn and the lingering effects of the high summertime gas prices on everyone's pocketbooks.

Closed doors and open windows
One of my literary heroes, Nathaniel Hawthorne, once said, "Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

Smith is now all for reform
All this time I'd thought U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., was the frontrunner for this year's political chutzpah award.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, December 17, 2008

County's female athletes get recognition
I received an e-mail last week from a reader who recommended I write about the athletic achievements of some of the young ladies in the county.

Athlete Spotlight: Cody Marsh and C.J. Marshall
Cody Marsh and C.J. Marshall sat in Lakeside High School's locker room last week conducting an interview for a story that will likely join other newspaper clippings on the wall of the small space.

Finishing out close games key to Panthers' win streak
The Lakeside High School boys basketball team has used various words to close out huddles this season.

Aussies pay visit to Augusta Christian
Ben Morrissey's team wasn't accustomed to the pace of American basketball when it arrived in the United States in late November.

Sports Newsmakers
The Columbia County Bulldogs 9U travel baseball team won the S.C. Winter State Championship 10U division Nov. 22-23 in Lex-ington. Team Members are Malik Germany (front, from left), Blake Teston, Eric Becker, Matthew Turner, Blake Beggs, Tripp Morris, Brett Black, Davis Battle; Tanner Aycock (second row, from left), Zachary Wilson, Patrick Tom, Jared Muse, Brigham Clark; coach Trey Adams (back row), head coach Wesley Teston, coach Jeff Becker and coach Dean Morris.


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