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Generous contributors and volunteers made pet drive a success
On behalf of the Best Western Evans Hotel and CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, I'd like to thank all those who contributed to our "Kibble for Kritters" effort. We collected hundreds of pounds of dry and canned dog and cat food, old towels and blankets for bedding, pet toys and cleaning products for the shelter. Kim Gibbons, Sales Manager, Best Western Evans Hotel

Photos from trips to Africa will be on display in Aiken
Photographs from Mike Stanley's two trips to South Africa's Kruger National Park will be exhibited at the University of South Carolina Aiken's Etherredge Center during January.

Some projects will begin before tax is collected
Though Columbia County won't start collecting revenue from the renewed 1-percent sales tax until 2011, county officials already are preparing to spend some of the money.

Seminars will focus on finances, job searches
A popular New Year's resolution includes taking better care of personal finances.

Spiritual Comforter
The first new Episcopal church in Columbia County in more than 40 years will welcome the public during a Tuesday open house.

Group is not stuffy about its concerts
When the Keowee Chamber Players perform in Columbia County Saturday, they plan to please the audience with a warm and intimate concert.

Construction projects not slackening off in county
Construction- and development-related stories likely will dominate the local headlines in 2009.

Current Events
Saturday is the deadline for entries in the Golden Harvest Food Bank Empty Bowl fundraiser T-shirt design contest for middle and high school pupils. For information, call Debbie Katcoff at (706) 868-4030.

Rotary Award
Rotary Club District Governor Kenan Kern (from left) and Augusta South President Mary Schroer presented Pam Lightsey with a plaque and pin after she became the newest Will Watt Fellow for the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Georgia Rotary Student Talyssa Tulsie, of Jamaica, was also present for the presentation.

Marriage Licenses
Darrell Randall Vaughn and Michelle Leigh Davis applied for a marriage license on Dec. 12, 2008, and were married Dec. 12, 2008, in Evans.

Cathy M. Hentges and Bryan F. Sharpe, Dec. 23, 2008.

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

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Pet of the Week
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc., is a non-profit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday at SuperPetz on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708.

Scouts on parade
Junior Girl Scout Troop 116 and Tagalongs participated in the Martinez-Evans Christmas Parade. Members are Haleigh Sidener (front, from left), Haley Crowe, Ally Richards and Lee Ann Schiffhauer; Kana Annie Messick (middle, from left), Samantha Roye, Natalie Smith, Sara Kitchens, Bailey Booth, Gigi Miller, Allison Hortenstine, Julia Cooper and Cameron Corley; Magna Cooper (back, from left), Anna Rocque, Allison Hortenstine and Maddie Miller.

Hawaiian Pictures
Jessica Messer, a junior at Evans High School, along with about half of the Evans High band, was in Hawaii from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1. The band marched in the Waikiki Holiday Parade the day after Thanksgiving and was selected as the Honor Band. The band also performed a concert at the Pearl Harbor memorial site and toured the Dole Plantation, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the water park. They also hiked up the dormant volcano on Diamond Head.

Happy retirement to Ford and Mercer
The arrival of 2009 didn't just mean the end of 2008 in Columbia County. It also meant the end of an era.

Time to check on predictions
This is the time of year when the grocery store tabloids typically provide their readers with predictions for the coming year courtesy of fortune-tellers and sooth-sayers.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday, January 4, 2009

An 'up' Christmas in a 'down' economy
"Christmas reminds us of what we don't have; Thanksgiving reveals what we have already."

Poinsettias can thrive long time with care
If you were given a poinsettia for Christmas or bought several to decorate your home for the holiday season, don't just chunk them in the trash. One local expert on the plant says you can keep a poinsettia year-round with a little TLC.

Undefeated Harlem girls basketball team make winning a family affair
Harlem High School's girls basketball team, like the Bulldogs' other athletic programs, might be dismantled by the rezoning for Grovetown High School. It also will lose many key players to graduation.

Looking ahead
The past year was rife with changes to the Columbia County sports scene.

Choosing the right plant is vital to success in growing in shady areas
The first Sunday of the new year is here. It seemed like the first Sunday of 2008 was just yesterday.

Knights win on crazy ending in finals
Evans High School guard Troy Belton said earlier this season that the Knights liked to push the tempo.

Sports Newsmakers
The Columbia County Recreation Department U10 all-star team was runner-up in the GRPA state soccer tournament in Gainesville, Ga. Team members are: Kelly Lloveras (front, from left), Kassie Arrington, Taylor Arlington and Samantha Richey; Hannah Peterson (second row, from left), Caroline Johnson, Kylee Earnest, Maddie Olson, Madison Smith, Paige Eicher, Khalani Horne and Parker Ray; coaches Dave Lloveras (back, from left), Chris Smith and Dexter Ray.

Finch joins pair of former Knights as all-state pick
Recently, I missed an achievement of former Greenbrier High School star Nolan Belcher.

Sports Calendar
The Georgia Rockers 14U fastpitch team is seeking three or four girls to complete the roster. For information, call Chuck Faulkner at (706) 373-3459.


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