Thursday, January 15, 2009

Temple isn't just 'narrow caricature' painted by prison sentence
Re Barry Paschal's Nov. 30 column about Merle Temple, "Temple still awaits pardon": Virginia Davis, Camak, Ga.

Club serves as means of welcoming newcomers
Packing up one's belongings and moving to a new area can be stressful.

Women still await appeal hearings
Two women sentenced to life in prison after a 2006 fatal wreck are still waiting to appear before a judge concerning their appeals.

Man's passion attracts notice
Spending hours gazing at the starry sky, Ken Florentine has captured more than 2,000 cosmic images through the lens of his telescope in his Evans backyard.

Plan to succeed in resolutions on budgeting, losing weight
The beginning of a new year is often a time to reflect on the previous year and look ahead.

Exemptions on taxes are available for homeowners
Applications are now available for homeowners seeking relief on their property taxes through homestead tax exemptions.

Woman is recognized for education, life experience
The Harlem Women's Club recently honored the city's oldest native.

Current Events
Dropped Stitches, a group at Washington Commons that knits blankets for hospitals and soldiers, is seeking donations of yarn from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the retirement community on Washington Commons Drive off Washington Road across from Club Car. For information, call Holley Howard at (706) 860-0402.

Newsmakers
A group of River Ridge Elementary pupils recently ran the half-marathon sponsored by the Augusta Sports Council on Oct. 25. The students are Hannah Peterson (front, left) and Chelsea Lewis; Macy Clayton (back, from left), Kenzie Leesberg, Ben Romanowski and Emily Crow.

On Vacation
Ron and Kathleen Jones celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in the romantic city of Paris.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at http://www.columbiacountyso.org

Pet Adoption
This is a male yellow Labrador retriever.

Get Up & Go
Westminster Schools of Augusta, 3067 Wheeler Road, will hold its annual open house at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. For information, call (706) 731-5260, extension 2220, or e-mail alynch@wsa.net.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Truly nice guy finishes first
When you hear someone use the phrase, "It couldn't happen to a nicer guy," they easily could be talking about Pierce Blanchard.

Close loophole in seat belt laws
Ever since the federal government figured out it could send taxpayers' money back to the states with strings attached, state governments have had to play by the feds' rules to get their full share of their own money.

She threw down her apron and spit on the floor
My dishwasher threw down her apron and quit Monday night, but not before spitting on the floor and calling me terrible names in a language I don't understand. I responded with choice words of my own and punched her buttons, trying to get her going. She made a throaty gurgle and spit on my floor again.

Enthusiastic fans show up for fledgling wrestling team
Christian Lane was watching television one day last year when he decided it was time to bug his dad about starting a wrestling team at Augusta Christian.

Sports Newsmakers
Harrison Guilbeau, 9, of Evans, killed two deer with one shot while hunting with his father. Harrison is the son of Mark and Paula Guilbeau.

Annual chili contest brings the heat
Though judges at the fourth annual Mayor's Chili Challenge in Harlem were initially deadlocked on a winner Saturday, the Smokin' Chili Cops eventually reclaimed their first-place title.

Transfer impressive in debut for Bulldogs
Harlem High School boys basketball coach Kim Chambers walked through the gym after a loss to Evans in December and pointed out a student in street clothes under a basket. Chambers said senior Al Walden was a game-changer, but he wouldn't be eligible until this month.

Sports Calendar
CSRA Junior Team Tennis will hold open registration until Friday for the spring 2009 team tennis season. Boys and girls age 5-18 are welcome. For registration information, visit www.csratennis.com. In the menu under "Juniors" and "Instructions," click on "Player." You will need a current USTA membership valid through May 1 to register. To obtain a USTA membership, visit www.usta.com or call USTA at (800) 990-8782.

Athlete Spotlight: Elizabeth Alewine
Augusta Christian girls basketball coach Keith Walton was describing the moment that changed the Lions' fortunes for the worse last season.

Evans has success in new region
The Evans High School Knights are enjoying the new AAAA region. The Knights went 10-0 in the regular season in football, and so far they are 13-1 in basketball. Their terrific start has garnered Kevin Kenny's team a spot in the AAAA Top 10 rankings.

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