Sunday, December 6, 2009

Local construction projects should be done by local contractors
I do not agree with statement (from a television news story) that the best way to build the expansion of the Columbia County jail is to hire out-of-town contractors.

United Way extends deadline on survey
United Way officials have extended the deadline on an online survey that might lead to an expansion of services in Columbia County.

31st Singing Christmas Tree story is both funny, touching
In what has become a Christmas tradition for many in the community, Abilene Baptist Church will present four performances of its annual Singing Christmas Tree starting Friday.

County OKs bids for jail dorm, bridge
Columbia County commissioners approved two new construction bids and rejected another during a Tuesday meeting.

Cold can pose problems for plants
This has been a year of extremes. Early in the year, we were in a severe drought. In late summer, we started getting some rain, and as the season changed to fall, the rains continued.

Christmas trees need good care
Pam Lightsey has been helping area residents select the perfect Christmas tree for the last 23 years.

Former Harlem public works chief sentenced
The former public works director for the city of Harlem was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months and one day in federal prison for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Christmas hayride tells why season is important
With its annual Christmas hayride, Sharon Baptist Church hopes to share the true meaning of the holidays. The eighth annual "A Hayride Through the Life of Christ" starts Thursday and lasts until Sunday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds off Columbia Road.

Bethlehem cast portrays scenes from Christ's life
Two Harlem churches are teaming up this week to offer tours through Jesus Christ's life. Walk Through Bethlehem will be held by Harlem Baptist Church and Harlem United Methodist Church starting Friday evening and continuing until Sunday evening.

Donations will benefit animal rescue
Kim Gibbons and her sister opted out of exchanging Christmas gifts last year in lieu of donating to a local animal shelter. That sparked Gibbons' idea for Kibble for Kritters -- a food and supply drive benefiting CSRA Happy Tails.

Christmas visits isolated seniors
The holidays can be lonely in a nursing home when no family or friends visit. But the volunteers at When Help Can't Wait are hoping to make sure every lonely nursing home resident gets a special gift for Christmas.

Forum urges support for health-care reform
A panel of Democratic health professionals urged politically like-minded residents of Columbia County to support health care reform during a forum Thursday in Evans.

Property Transfers
Raven Home Builders LLC to Andrew M. Merritt, 225 High Meadows Court, $149,900

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County public schools.

Marriage licenses
Jason Scott Seemann and Erica Renee Lass applied for a marriage license on Oct. 12, 2009, and were married Oct. 17, 2009, in Evans.

Get Up & Go
Kathy Tuckey, program director of the Augusta Alzheimer's Association, will present a free lunch program, "Family Caregivers and Momentum in Science," at noon Tuesday at the MCG Alumni Center, 919 15th St. Reservations are required by noon Monday by calling (706) 731-9060.

Divorces
Cynthia Diane Smith and Roger Lee Smith, Nov. 20, 2009.

Current events
The 45th annual Martinez-Evans Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. today, starting at Evans Town Center Park, traveling along Town Center Drive to Washington Road, then traveling south on North Belair Road to Cox Road.

Newsmakers
Designed for Change held a grand-opening ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 18. The home consignment shop and decorating business is at 139-D Davis Road in Martinez.

Lakeside Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Time capsule
The Columbia County 4-H Council, composed of the officers of all the 4-H Clubs in the county, held its organization meeting for the new year at the courthouse in Appling.

Happy Tails on TV
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue appeared on the Adopt-a-Pet segment of television station WAGT (Channel 26) on Nov. 11. The volunteers were dressed for Veterans Day, and most were connected with the military.

Police blotter
An Evans inmate was charged Tuesday with sexual battery of his 17-year-old cell mate at Columbia County Detention Center. Bradley Mandela Houston, 19, was charged with sexual battery, said sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

DUIs
Marcus Edward Berry, 23, of the 600 block of Kimberly Place in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on Aug. 23, 2009, and was fined $1,249.

Adoption spotlight
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 from 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez.

Preschool signup
Grace Baptist Church preschool and mother's day out programs are available for ages 18 months to 4 years. The programs are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For information, e-mail weekday@gbce.net, or call (706) 868-9729.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, December 6, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Harlem sewer-plant saga comes to end
Daniel Cason, the 66-year-old former director of the city's public works department, received a 12-month prison sentence Tuesday for three violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Aitken should ignore ex-foes
Congratulations to Matt Aitken. Though it will be a while before we really know the full significance of Aitken's election as Augusta's newest county commissioner, some signs of the change undoubtedly will occur in the next few days.

Practice fire safety during the holidays
Christmas is such a happy time of year. Unfortunately, it's also a high risk period for fire outbreak in the home. Keep your family safe this holiday season by following these tips:

Three Panthers snag scholarships
Clayton Miller was one of three Lakeside players who were recognized last week for their college decisions.

Prep calendar
Augusta Christian will face Westminister at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

Sports calendar
Greenbrier High School will hold a baseball clinic Dec. 21-22 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. It is open to boys grades 2-8. Cost is $50 per person, $25 for siblings. For information, call (706) 650-6040 ext. 5921.

Area's softball standouts honored
Some area softball standouts received recognition this past week.

Wolfpack continue to have success over county rivals
Greenbrier Coach Casey Heckathorn's team beat new county rival Grovetown 63-51 Tuesday, during which a former player was remembered and a coach played his former team for the first time.

Memories of fallen ex-Wolfpack basketball standout Marshall will last a lifetime
Tuesday night was a very special evening. It was not a night of sadness, even though everyone at Greenbrier High School knew we were there because of the untimely death of a talented and extremely popular Greenbrier product.

Former Greenbrier star honored
Wofford College men's basketball coach Mike Young remembered the practices when Eric Marshall would take a break to say hello to Young's children. Greenbrier coach Garrett Black told a similar story of how Marshall entertained his children at practices. Marshall cared about people, they said.

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