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Support our troops by participating in 'Trees for Troops' program
I often hear people say "Please support our troops," and I'm sure there are many people who wonder just how to do that. Well, here is one specific way that your readers can support our troops and their families. It's called the Trees for Troops program.

Pond in West Lake swallows two backhoes
The fish of Bowen Pond received some unexpected company last week when two backhoes joined their watery domain.

Evans parade is set for Sunday
It's time to get the holiday season on the road with Christmas parades. The city of Grovetown will lead off the celebration with its 35th annual parade at noon Saturday.

Dogs help soldiers make gains against PTSD
Cindy Rhodes thought it would be a form of therapy that would help soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, and she believes she was right. Boe, Budge and Maverick, specially trained therapy dogs, arrived Sept. 29 and have become the most popular members of the therapy staff.

Georgia town assures itself of snowy holiday weekends
While chances for a white Christmas in Georgia are slim, the city of Washington will transform into a winter wonderland each weekend in December.

Tree lightings will brighten the season
Columbia County will soon become illuminated with holiday cheer as official Christmas tree lightings begin this week.

Youngsters having fun with Christmas musical
A group of young area actors will bring the magical story of Madeline's Christmas to life this weekend during three December recitals.

Hometown Gifts
Gift ideas with a local angle: they were all produced by area residents.

Rhodes presents donation
Rhodes Financial Services presented a check to Safe Homes of Augusta for $36,000 from their annual charity golf tournament benefiting the non-profit agency.

Current events
The Columbia County News-Times has a Christmas tree in our lobby, but we need ornaments. We're looking for individual photos -- wallet-size school pictures are fine -- of smiling Columbia County children to decorate the tree.

Melanie Giovino (second from right) was presented Rotary banners by Kathy Tuckey, Augusta West Club; Kevin Wade, Augusta; Jo Anne Robinson, Augusta South; and Pam Lightsey, Assistant Governor Augusta South. Giovino will be traveling to India as part of a five-person team sponsored by Rotary.

Adoption spotlight
These pets 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. The fee for puppies and kittens is $20.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

School information

Get Up & Go
Supporters of President Obama's health insurance reform initiative are invited to a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia County Library in Evans.

Vacation photo
Jane Strong and Ana Carla Simons sit in front of the ancient Acropolis in Greece, where they retraced Paul's second missionary journey. Some of the places they visited were Athens, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Corinth and Ephesus.

Police Blotter
A fire Saturday caused damage to a home in the 4700 block of Canterbury Lane. No one was injured. Firefighters were called at 6:30 p.m. by a neighbor, and flames were visible, said Honey Shore, spokeswoman for Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue. The fire was put out within 15 minutes, she said.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, December 2, Columbia County News-Times.

Christmas gift is a little large
Today we publish The News-Times' annual Hometown Gifts edition. We've been putting this together for several years, hunting around the county and compiling ideas for people who want to give gifts with a Columbia County angle.

It's time to light the Christmas tree
No matter what the weather Saturday, the forecast calls for snow in Evans.

Are lawmakers ready to take a gamble?
Horse racing? Casino gambling? Until recently, those were two topics you didn't discuss at the state capitol.

Ex-Panther helps claim Grey Cup
In Sunday night's Grey Cup match in the Canadian Football League, there were plenty of twists and turns. But in the end, Montreal defeated Saskatchewan to claim the CFL championship. Former Lakeside High School standout Brian Bratton did his part for Montreal.

Family force
Lee Conner (center) and four of his children, Stephanie Angelo (from left), of Evans; Sandra Rennard, of Anchorage, Alaska; Scott Conner, of Sandy, Utah; and Shanna Cronin, of Alexandria, Va., participated in the Army Ten Miler in Washington, D.C., in October.

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

Prep calendar
Upcoming sports events for Columbia County schools.

Lions hope drills, depth spell success
At halftime of Augusta Christian's boys basketball game last week, the Lions led by seven points. The Lions ran away with a 68-44 victory, the type of game coach Marty Griffin and Augusta Christian would like to play throughout the season.

Sports stars
The Astros are the Martinez-Evans Little League machine-pitch champions with a 11-1-1 record. The coaches are Rocky Cross and Johnny Boyd.


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