Jan. 31 Taking Note

Merriwether to hold homecoming

Merriwether Middle School will be celebrating its annual homecoming today (Thursday) with a basketball game against JET Middle School starting at 5:30 p.m. The homecoming queen and runners-up will be announced during the half of the boys' game.

The game and crowning of the queen culminates a week of special activities.

Monday was Dress for Success Day, Tuesday was Hat Day, Wednesday was Western Day, and Thursday is Spirit Day (red/black). The homerooms are competing in a Penny War to raise money for technology. The winning homeroom will be given an ice cream party on Feb. 18.

The queen candidates are Maria Bautista, Courtney Collins, Alle Floyd, Hope Gore, Carolyn Guess, Taylor Kerr, Kennon Maner, Keeley Marchant, Madison Taylor, and Chandler Thacker.

Parents and former students are encouraged to attend.

Heritage Council meeting to be Feb. 5

The Heritage Council of North Augusta, in conjunction with Black History Month, invites the public to its February meeting, where the Honorable Theodore Britton Jr. will speak about the Montford Point Marines. Britton served in that unit during World War II. After World War II, Britton went back to civilian life. In 1950, he was recalled for the Korean War. He chose to be discharged so he could continue his civilian career.

He served in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in a variety of high-level positions, including deputy assistant secretary for research and technology. In 1989, he received HUD's Distinguished Service Award. Upon his retirement, he was honored with resolutions from the city councils of Newark, N.J., and Washington, D.C.

He was then appointed ambassador to Barbados and to the state of Grenada, from 1974 to 1977, with the rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. In addition, he served concurrently as the U.S. special representative to the states of Antigua, Dominica, St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

He currently resides in Atlanta.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the North Augusta Community Center. The meeting is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Brenda at 642-2015.

Al's Family Restaurant changing hours

Al's Family Restaurant, at 10316 Atomic Road, is changing its hours, and also closing on Saturdays. The new schedule will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 278-3140.