Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Boy's cancer unlikely to return, doctors say
Joshua Aiden Kaltenbach is a typical 4-year-old boy who likes to watch cartoons and practice taekwondo with his father.

Church invites kids to party for Jesus
A Martinez church is inviting young children to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a birthday party.

Planners OK rezoning of Mullins site
Property once planned for the second phase of Mullins Crossing has taken another step toward returning to its original residential zoning.

New defense team appointed for woman
Prosecutors expect a delay in a hearing scheduled this month for a Grovetown woman charged in the fatal beating of a romantic rival and neighbor.

'A piece missing'
The Christmas holidays often make coping with the loss of a loved one, especially a child, more difficult.

Pet adoption showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.[CAPTION] Male Dachshund mix[CAPTION] Special Photos Female gray cat[CAPTION] [CAPTION]

Current events
The annual performances of Abilene Baptist Church's Singing Christmas Tree will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 12. Free tickets can be picked up on the second floor of the church's education building.

Fall Pass in Review
Retired Lt. Col. Patrick Rivette (from left), Cadet Lt. Col. Steve Herrington and special guest Julie Kenny, the career, technical and agricultural education coordinator for the Columbia County school system, inspect the cadets during the Fall Pass in Review at Evans High School.

Parade winners
Winning entries in the Columbia County Merchants Association Martinez-Evans Christmas Parade, held Saturday in Evans:

Greenbrier Elementary 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 countyso.org:

Christmas Events
Santa throws candy to the crowd from a fire truck at Grovetown's 36th annual Christmas parade on Saturday.

Christmas village
More than 10 years ago, Weesa McCullough, 83, began setting up a Christmas village in her home, using mainly Department 54 buildings and figurines. Since then her daughter and granddaughter have helped her expand the village to its current 15-foot size. It is displayed in a bay window overlooking the woods and pond behind her home. At least half of the items on display were given to her by family and friends. A few years ago they added a model train, which entertains her four great-grandchildren. This year it took seven days to complete the setup.

Grudge grip is a bit too tight
Unlike a few diehard CAVE people ("Citizens Against Virtually Everything"), I have the utmost respect for Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross.

Lower fees, get more funds
Columbia County officials recently made a proposal designed to draw more visitors to the constantly improving Wildwood Park.

Power balance shifts to Metro Atlanta
When legislators sit down next year to redraw the state's political boundary lines so that they align with the new census figures, they will complete a process that has taken half a century: the transfer of political power from rural Georgia to Metro Atlanta.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

Grovetown girls roll past Greenbrier
Greenbrier High School's girls basketball squad has been battling inexperience early in the season.

Sports calendar
Lakeside High School baseball will hold a silent auction Friday and Saturday in the school's commons area. The auction will be open from 5:30-10 p.m. Friday and 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, contact coach T.J. Davis at (706) 863-0027 or thomas.davis@ccboe.net.

Athlete Spotlight
Coaches enjoy seeing the unselfish side of their star players, but there's a fine line between being selfless and deferring to other players a little too much.

Prep calendar
Listing of area prep sporting events.

Defense, Waddell power Wolfpack over Warriors
Early in the season, Greenbrier boys basketball coach Casey Heckathorn saw an alarming trend he believed needed changing right away.

Wolfpack trio leading way in team's impressive start
Most people who follow local basketball knew Greenbrier High School could be a team to keep an eye on this season. So far, the Wolfpack have done nothing to dispel that notion.

Basketball results
Results from theGarden City Classic at Augusta Prep.

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