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Grovetown Elementary pupils learn that eggs can't be beat
Malachi Anderson, 8, didn't know if he wanted to try egg fried rice because it contained scallions, carrots and peas.

Christmasgets early start this weekend
For those who are eager for the holiday season to arrive, Columbia County is getting the Christmas ball rolling this weekend with Christmas, Crafts and Caroling.

Learning from horror
Hallie Potter easily recalls the moment when the Holocaust shifted from an academic pursuit of World War II history to a desire to better understand the daily suffering endured by millions trapped in Nazi concentration camps.

Longtime library supporter Hickman gives up board seat
A longtime supporter of the library recently stepped down from its governing board.

Non-techies can get gift guidance
If you're already stressing about what to buy the tech-junkie on your Christmas list, the Columbia County Library is offering some guidance.

Annual holiday display will feature more lights
Each year, Columbia County's largest light display makes the season bright for families in the Augusta area.

Library has Clue for youth
Adolescent fans of the board game Clue have the chance to play a live-action version of the murder-mystery detective game.

Pets of the week
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Area celebrations honor veterans
Members of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church welcomed Fort Gordon soldiers to a Thanksgiving dinner on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. More than 100 soldiers attended the event.

Riverside Middle School First Nine Weeks 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

Milk mustaches grow at Stevens Creek
Stevens Creek Elementary kindergarten teacher Ginger Richardson wears a taped-on milk mustache while helping her class in the cafeteria line. Sept. 29 was National Milk Day, and teachers who bought milk wore milk mustaches. The cafeteria served 120 more cartons of milk a day than normal during the three-day promotion.

What a treat
Hannah Grace Huff, 5, was ready to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

School lunch menus
Menus for area schools.

Lakeside Middle School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Current events
Two meet-and-greet events for potential adopters to see recently rescued small-breed dogs will be held today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pet Adoption Resource Center, 2008 Westside Drive, off River Watch Parkway near Stevens Creek Drive.

Time capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Nov. 12, 1964:

On vacation
Bette and Earl Gregory, of Evans, celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary at Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort, S.C., during Labor Day week. They were joined by their daughter Beth Gregory and her boyfriend, Rob Hamilton, of Atlanta, and friends.

Cagle gets GOPayback
In politics, what comes around, goes around. Payback, as one wag put it, is a Joy Behar.

Lady A is great, but naming idea is hasty
Undoubtedly there are people reading this who, at some point in their lives, have gotten caught up in the moment and done something they later regretted.

We shouldn't pay for a new stadium
The Baltimore Ravens were not the only football visitors to Georgia last week.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

Program helps children ride high
Sarah Huston, 11, shows off her balancing skills with the help of volunteers Kala Hughes (from left), Silas Battle and Marguerite Tucker at Saturday's Demonstration Day at Grovetown's Maple Knoll Farm, when riders showed progress to family and friends. Blue Ribbon Riders is a nonprofit, therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities.

Shafer's signing sends message to local golfers
Greenbrier High School golfer Cody Shafer's hard work paid off last week when he signed a letter of intent to play collegiate golf.

Athlete Spotlight
After spending just a few minutes with Justin Cofer, it becomes apparent that the senior carries plenty of positive vibes.

Pigskin Picks
Week 12 brought in 77 entries with 46 contestants qualifying in the final week of the Pigskin Picks contest.

Prep stars, pros team up to help leukemia patient
Carson Busby has played baseball since he was 4.

Sports calendar
Team Power AAU Basketball will hold its TP Thanksgiving All-In-One 2010 Basketball Camp Monday-Wednesday for boys and girls ages 5-15 at Patriots Park.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Evans standout Spires signs to play baseball at USC Aiken
Bradley Spires hopes his final year on Evans High School's baseball team will end on a high note.

Turnovers spell doom for Lions in playoff rout
Augusta Christian could not overcome five turnovers in a 37-12 loss on Friday to Hammond School in the state semifinals.

Special Olympics Fall Games
Columbia County schools competed in the Fall Special Olympics state games Friday and Saturday in Statesboro, Ga.


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