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Student pens Thanksgiving story - from a turkey's point of view
Hi, my name is Ms. Jady. I am about to share a story about me that happened one year ago. It's a good story, but I have to let all the turkey lovers and people who hate turkey killings to please change the story before it begins!

Grovetown couple has 16 adopted children
With Thanksgiving approaching, Donna and Stanley Jenkins have at least 19 blessings for giving thanks.

Work Ready matches workers with good jobs
An effort to improve and document jobs skills could enhance Columbia County's appeal to potential new employers.

County vehicles chosen according to need
Columbia County commissioners last week authorized the purchase of 29 new vehicles, and 26 are full-size cars or trucks.

Gateway gets final Grovtown approval
The Columbia County Planning Commission granted developers of the Gateway project near Grovetown final plat approval during a Thursday meeting.

Unlicensed labor remains problem as complaints fall
Complaints about trade contractors using unlicensed labor at construction sites in Columbia County hit a peak about four months ago but have diminished, according to county officials.

Explorers build ramp for Grovetown family
A group of young men interested in law enforcement didn't let rain deter them from their recent mission of assisting a family in need.

Board won 't rush welcome sign design
A plan to construct welcome signs at major entry ways into Columbia County is under way, but those signs might cost more than initially expected.

Martinez transitions home tries to survive
Tough fiscal times are affecting a Martinez rehabilitation facility, and officials are exploring their options to keep the doors open.

Newsmakers
The Ultimate Ride held a grand opening ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 5 at 3836 Washington Road, Suites 3 and 4, in Martinez.

Preschool signups
- Martinez United Methodist Church is holding preschool and mother's day out registration. For information, call (706) 863-0229, Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Current events
The United Way is conducting a community assessment survey with forms available on the Columbia County Web site at www. columbiacountyga.gov. For information, call (706) 724-5544, extension 131.

Holiday dance scene
Columbia County Ballet dancers Alyssa Cameron, 18, and Nathan Lubeck, 17, portray the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in The New Nutcracker at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans.

Grovetown Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A and A/B

Class reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1989 is planning a reunion April 24 at Red Oak Manor in Harlem. For information, e-mail harlemreunion89@live.com, or see the group page on Facebook by searching for "Harlem High class of 1989."

Get up and go
Scholarships are available to family members of Georgia Farm Bureau members who intend to attend a school in the University System of Georgia or Berry College and study in agricultural or related fields. Apply by Feb. 26. For information, call the Columbia County office at (706) 556-6258 or go to www.gfb.org.

On vacation
The Colburn, Edwards, Meschke and Singletary families spent July Fourth together at James Island in Charleston, S.C.

School councils
South Columbia Elementary School: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 and April 13.

School information
Important dates**

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

Pet adoption showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

Lakeside chalks up a miraculous season
Mission accomplished.

The big, the small, and ZuZu's petals
When it comes to thankfulness, it's the big and the small. As we examine our lives, we can easily see the big things we are thankful for: life, health and love. These aspects of our lives are easily set on the shelf as symbols of thankfulness, like words literally carved out of wood and placed on the mantle to decorate our homes. With the smell of turkey heavy in the air, we hold hands around a table, and give thanks for those big things. Thanksgiving is the big day we set aside for family, friends and football.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, November 23, 2009 edition of the Columbia County News-Times.

Larding up for Thanksgiving
Perhaps it's just a case of rhetorical blue-car syndrome.

U-10 All-Star team captures district title
Twelve boys from U-10 teams were named to the Columbia County Recreation Department U-10 All-Star team, which won the district title Nov. 14 at Blanchard Woods Park.

Panther 's selection revealed
Confirmation for Brant Patton came in July.

Sports calendar
The Lakeside High School Diamond Club and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life will play host to a silent auction at the school Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Participants can preview the items and place bids Dec. 4 from 5-9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life and the Lakeside baseball program.

Greenbrier softball star to play for Florida State
Ashlyn Masters will tell you she is not the best athlete, and that not all aspects of playing softball or schoolwork came naturally.

Undefeated season
The Columbia County Chaos boys 10U team went undefeated to win the 2009 Winter State Championship in Lexington, S.C.

Early deficit leads to exit from postseason
Lakeside linebacker Alan Marionneaux said the Panthers knew entering their second-round playoff game that their defense would again need a big game.

Athlete Spotlight: Chuck Baer
A series of circumstances came together to send Evans resident Chuck Baer on a gold-medal-winning trip to Sydney, Australia.

Panthers should be proud
When some people see the score of Friday night's second-round playoff game between Lakeside and Westside-Macon, they might make a big mistake. They might think Lakeside's vaunted defense wilted under the pressure when finally facing a quality opponent. They could assume Lakeside piled up wins and gaudy numbers playing a weak schedule.

Peach Belt 's Breakfast With the Champions
The Peach Belt Conference held its second annual Breakfast With the Champions on Nov. 7, bringing together youth soccer players from the Augusta area and Peach Belt student-athletes.

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