Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blood drive will help meet needs during the holidays
Columbia County residents can give a priceless gift this holiday season by donating blood.

'The New Nutcracker ' will feature dual casts
Performances this week of The New Nutcracker will reunite a duo of teen dancers in lead roles.

City 's alcohol law could change
Grovetown officials Monday approved the first reading of a proposed amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance.

Reception to honor 'one of the best teachers ever '
Sue Whiddon has spent nearly half of her life as a teacher. That's no small accomplishment for a woman who is 103 years old.

Bid for work on new school approved
Work on the site of a new Columbia County elementary school might soon get under way.

Kids to experience pioneer life in Junior Rangers camp
Life was not easy for the American pioneers, who had to master a number of survival skills.

Event will showcase area artists
Columbia County boasts a wide and varied arts community.

Garlic Clove event helps food banks
With Thanksgiving looming, "Chef Jeff" Freehof is offering area diners an opportunity to help feed needy families without spoiling the urge for holiday turkey.

Process not followed on consent agenda
During meetings of two committees of the Columbia County Commission last week, numerous motions were approved as no-debate items for the upcoming commission meeting, even though the committees lacked a quorum.

State lawmaker delivers gloomy budget forecast
A Columbia County state lawmaker Thursday said Gov. Sonny Perdue might cut another $350 million from the state budget.

Evans church seeks pastor
First Baptist Church of Evans needs a new pastor.

County library houses copy of bill on health care reform
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun donated a copy of the health care bill recently passed in the House to the Columbia County Library on Tuesday to provide area residents with access to the legislation.

County musicians feel slighted
Symphony Orchestra Augusta will become Columbia County's official resident symphony if a proposal to that effect is approved by county commissioners at a Tuesday meeting.

Plant shrubs, trees while it 's cool
Can I plant shrubs and trees now? This is a question I often get this time of year. In fact, this is the best time of the year to plant shrubs and trees.

Pet adoptions
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Martinez that rescues from 10 counties.

Newsmakers
Attending a groundbreaking ceremony for the new dental school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta were Kay Bennett, Mary Downey, Gloria Paulos, Robin Terrell, Marie Collins, Ana Thompson, Charlene Czuszak, Sue Ward, Erin Boyleston, Lara Lott and Veena Pannu.

Current events
The Columbia County Fall Fair continues today with the extra day added because of rain. Call (706) 210-3603, or go to www. columbiacountyfair.net.

Marriage licenses
Vance Grant Hyland Smith and Arica Lee James applied for a marriage license on Sept. 18, 2009, and were married Sept. 19, 2009, in Harlem.

Time capsule
As reported 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1976:

Divorces
Michelle Amy Shuler and Jason Michael Shuler, Oct. 28, 2009.

Get up and go
Reed Creek Park will hold a program on examining animal tracks and droppings from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday for ages 5 and older, and "A Beginner's Guide to Climate Change" from 5-6 p.m., Wednesday. For information, call (706) 210-4027.

Trotting the globe
Harlem Globetrotter Tyron "Hollywood" Brown, the kickoff speaker for Red Ribbon Week at River Ridge Elementary School, tells pupils how he became a Globetrotter. Brown said he has never used alcohol or tobacco products or taken drugs.

School information
Important dates

Vacation photo
Heading out of town or visiting a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times .

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Celebrating veterans
Photos from Columbia County schools' celebration of Veterans Day.

Lewiston Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B Honor Roll

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:

Property transfers
Winchester Home Builders Inc. to Shelby M. Reissman, 1204 Stone Meadows Court, $193,900.

A monument to Congress
When Paul Broun strode through the Columbia County Library doors just after noon Tuesday, lugging a copy of the House's recently passed health care bill, I worried that the good doctor might give himself a hernia.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, November 15.

Early detection, care can fight dementia
You forget where you put your keys. In conversation, someone asks, "So when did you get married?" and you draw a complete blank. You can't come up with a word you are trying to think of. And you know something important is supposed to happen on Friday night, but can't for the life of you recall what it is.

Veterans Day celebrated, rain or shine
When Hurricane Ida brought torrential rains to our area early this past week, organizers of Augusta's Veterans Day events threw in the towel.

Burton 's commitment is already paying dividends
Kelby Burton experimented with different instructors coming up as a junior golfer, but never made a long-term commitment until 11 months ago.

Harlem boys, girls ready to face year 's challenges
Harlem High School's weight room buzzed last week as its boys basketball players moved through their various workouts.

Grand champions
The Augusta Christian Schools varsity cheerleaders competed at the Thomson Bulldog Challenge on Oct. 17 and won first place in the Varsity Division and took Overall Grand Champion.

Prep calendar
Greenbrier at Lakeside: girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.

'Noles were the right fit for Masters
Greenbrier High School senior Ashlyn Masters had plenty of options when it came to choosing where she would attend college.

UGA holds Greenbrier clinic
Members of the University of Georgia's men's lacrosse team speak to participants during a clinic held at Greenbrier High School on Nov. 8. There were 26 players from area middle and high schools were in attendance.

Signing season under way
Lakeside runner Anna Bowles won the Class AAAA girls cross country title Nov. 7 in Carrollton, Ga.

Lakeside boys have questions to answer
Members of Lakeside High School's girls basketball team can't remember the last time the program reached the state playoffs.

Sports calendar
University of Georgia's men's lacrosse team will play host to a lacrosse clinic today from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Greenbrier High School. For information, e-mail Glenn Vaught at glenn.vaught@ ccboe.net.

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