Monday, December 6, 2010

County transportation union 'stands up for unfair treatment' of drivers
Editor:Upon reading the Nov. 21 editorial, "Privatization is worth more study," I would like to point out several facts.

Hayrides celebrate Jesus' life
Members of Sharon Baptist Church aim to share the message of the holiday season with the church's Christmas hayride.

The Grinch isn't the only one trying to steal Christmas joy
With the Christmas shopping season officially under way, Columbia County authorities urge shoppers to use caution during December.

For the heroes
Angela Hornsby fears that children of soldiers often feel neglected in the hustle and bustle of preparations for an overseas deployment.

Christmas cactus is a favorite of gardeners
When it comes to holiday plants, each gardener has his or her favorite.

Association's former members welcomed to county chamber
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is welcoming about 20 Grovetown businesses that recently became members after the Grovetown Merchants Association dissolved.

Don't give up on stressed plants
This year was one of ups and downs.

Evans Elementary School First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 1, 1960:

Ribbon cuttings
Keen Signs & Graphics held a Grand Opening Ribbon Cut with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 27. They are at 266 Robert C. Daniel Parkway.

On vacation
Rhonda Flanders (from left), Michael Flanders, Heather Flanders Ligon, Bryson Flanders and Mike Flanders, all of All American Electrical, and Angel Carr and John Franklin, of All American Towing and Recovery, took a cruise to the Bahamas on Nov. 2.

Current events
The annual Augusta Jewish Community Center Hanukah Latke and Turkey Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. today at the center, 898 Weinberger Way, off Furys Ferry Road in Evans.

Newsmakers
Five generations are represented in this family portrait.

Police blotter
Thomas Nolan Kaszas II, 34, of Evans, was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison by United States District Judge J. Randal Hall for a scheme to defraud a government contractor of thousands of dollars intended as bonuses to Georgia Army National Guard members who referred others to enlist.

School calendar
Dec. 15-17: Semester exams

On vacation
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, Inc. is a 501-C3 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 Company on Bobby Jones Expressway. Call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or browse Happy Tailes' Web site, www.csrahappytails.com, for information about the group or the featured animals.

Divorces
Kathleen G. Garrard and Rocky L. Garrard, Nov. 1, 2010.

Property transfers
Winchester Home Builders Inc. to Francis J. Montigny and Rosemarie Montigny, 1246 Berkley Hills Pass, $219,900.

Marriage licenses
Brian Stacey Lanier and Crystal Gayle Spoonamore applied for a marriage license on Nov. 2, 2010, and were married Nov. 4, 2010, in Evans.

Brutal 'father' is unappealing
Let me get this straight. The beast of a man sent to prison for brutalizing his sons, including beating one into brain damage and blindness by slamming his skull into the floor, had to be dragged into court last week... to persuade him to file an appeal?

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Use caution with holiday donations
Many Georgians want to help those who are less fortunate this time of year. Donors should thoroughly research charities before giving to ensure their gifts go to legitimate organizations, and that they will be used properly.

Clarification for literacy organizations
Owing to some confusion in an editorial we published on Wednesday regarding donations to local agencies, we thought it best to offer clarification on one of those suggested donations.

Strict weight-loss programs are monitored in wrestling
Ask most people, and they'll tell you that training for football is grueling.

Greenbrier pins losses on three teams during meet
Greenbrier High School's wrestling squad has a special award that goes to the team member with the most pins each season.

Sports calendar
The 2010 Grovetown High School Baseball Christmas Camp will be held Dec. 20-21 at the school's baseball field.

Lions girls coach likes way his team's playing
Augusta Christian girls basketball coach Nick Isaac came away from a 57-34 home victory over Augusta Prep on Tuesday impressed by two things.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Swimming results
Double Dual Meet - Evans High, Lakeside High, Grovetown High, Westside High

Lakeside alum basking in second CFL Grey Cup title
Former Lakeside High School standout Brian Bratton got an early Christmas present last Sunday, as he and his Montreal Alouette teammates captured their second consecutive Grey Cup title in the Canadian Football League.

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