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Italian Thanksgiving Feast moving to Tuesday this year
Serving an Italian feast to raise money for area food banks has become tradition at "Chef Jeff" Freehof's Evans restaurant in the days before Thanksgiving.

Georgia offers the ideal conditions in which blueberries can flourish
I get numerous calls asking what is the easiest fruit to grow in our area.

Celebrating local veterans
Bel Air third-grader Nathan Clem helps wheel in the donations for Fisher House that were collected by the students. The items were presented during the school's Veterans Day ceremony.

Work force to be hot topic at breakfast
Georgia Labor Commissioner-elect Mark Butler will be the keynote speaker Tuesday for the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's Pre-Legislative Breakfast.

Container gardening is colorful way to go
With the change of seasons comes every gardener's urge to change out the flowers in the yard.

Revised school-zoning plan accepted
Columbia County school board members set the zone for a new elementary school during a meeting Tuesday.

New restaurants give diners in the county more choices
Columbia County diners have a few more choices on the menu.

New conservation plan will change watering schedules
Columbia County residents will see a change in outdoor watering restrictions by the first of next year.

Business is booming again in Martinez area
With several new commercial ventures under way in the Martinez area, Columbia County Development Services Director Richard Harmon is optimistic it's a sign of things to come.

All-star selection
The significance of Andrea Ziemba's accomplishment seemed not to dawn on her until Thursday.

County taxes are due Monday
Columbia County property taxes are due Monday.

Current events
Lakeside High School's swim/dive team is selling the the school's first Christmas ornament.

Adoption showcase
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. Animals are current on vaccinations (age appropriate). Dogs are microchipped. Pets are spayed/neutered and cats are litter-box trained. Contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to www.heartsong animalrescue.com.

Small dogs rescued
Thirty-eight small-breed dogs and puppies were rescued from puppy mills in Missouri, where they had been headed to an auction house where they would have been sent to laboratories or sold as "breeders."

School newsmakers
Evans High School held the second annual Columbia County Math Tournament on Oct. 2, and the Evans Middle School math team won first place overall. Team members are Abdoulie Mbye (front, from left), Ashley Rogers, Austin Cale and Daniel Oliver; eighth-grade teacher Deborah Blackmon (back, from left), Kiara Williams, Aleighna Guajardo, Grayson Walker, Katie Bruss, Chase Fields, Principal Michael Johnson and Ryan Foral. Top scorers were Katie Bruss, Austin Cale, Grayson Walker and Ryan Foral. Six other math team members, Chance Briley, Katie Bruss, Aleighna Guajardo, Abdoulie Mbye, Daniel Oliver, Ashley Rogers and Kiara Williams, were also instrumental in taking EMS to first place. Katie Bruss won second place individual trophy for scoring second highest overall out of the 53 middle school participants.

Divorces
Jeffery L. Davidson and Christy D. Davidson, Nov. 3, 2010.

Newsmakers
Exchange Club of Columbia County members Jess Evans and Bob Kendra present a check to Rosemary Forrest of Hope House.

Police blotter
Two Columbia County residents died last week of injuries suffered in separate car wrecks.

Grovetown Elementary School First Nine Week Honor Roll

On vacation
Over the Labor Day weekend, Bill and Marcia DeHaven celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary at The Hamptons on Long Island. They took a day trip to the Roosevelt home, Sagamore Hill at Oyster Bay, and they toured the North Fork out to Orient Point. The road trip also included visits with grandchildren in Virginia and North Carolina.

A day made better
Office Max supervisor Joshua Sheffield presents the A Day Made Better award to Bel Air Elementary second-grade teacher Gloria Cruse as Principal Mark Boyd holds flowers that were also part of the award. Schools apply for an award of $1,000 worth of school supplies for a particular teacher in the school. Boyd had nominated Cruse.

Marriage licenses
Mack Arthur Reeves Jr. and Leah Smith O'Byrne applied for a marriage license on Oct. 7, 2010, and were married Oct. 10, 2010, in Augusta.

Property transfers
Wells Fargo Bank to Federal National Mortgage Association, 140 Fall Line Drive, $169,436.

Speculating on what-ifs
When it comes to county commissioners, Columbia County's District 4 has had rotten luck.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, November 14, 2010.

Uncovered marker a sign of history
Sometimes markers, historical and otherwise, are all that's left to remind us of people, places and happenings of the past.

Middle-school sports plan a good start
A couple of months ago when school officials first began talking about middle school sports, their direction focused entirely on cutting programs to save money.

Teams showed toughness through adversity
At press time, only Augusta Christian was still alive in postseason football action.

Young Evans squad claims first region title since 2003
Heading into the Region 2-AAAA meet, Aubri Middleton and Kendall Eason had tempered their expectations for Evans' competition cheerleading squad.

Middle school sports must wait on decision
Columbia County school board members decided last week not to immediately act on a list of recommendations to restructure middle school sports programs.

Football playoff runs take away from basketball practice
As Columbia County's high school basketball coaches attended their school's final football game of the regular season, I'm sure on the surface they cheered on their student-athletes.

Getting ready
Alyssa Mullikin passes the ball to Mackenzie Bourne during practice Wednesday with the Evans girls basketball team. The Evans girls play their first game Friday at Harlem at 7 p.m.; the boys play at 8:30 p.m.

Sports calendar
Lakeside High School's swim/dive team is selling the inaugural LHS High School Christmas Ornament.

Prep calendar
Listing of prep sporting events.

'Pack stars will play baseball in college
Greenbrier baseball coach Chris Wilkins isn't as interested in what his players do under direct observation as he is in the other times. He believes true character is revealed without supervision.

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