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STEMfest exposes students to principles of science, technology
STEMfest exposes students to principles of science, technology

By BILL BENGTSON 5/19/2013 3:08 PM   

Paul Knox Middle School’s former “Math and Science Night” has a new name STEMfest, with science, technology, engineering and math now incorporated into the name. This year’s event was held May 7 in the school’s gym. & ... View story

Greenville stadium visit offers good food for thought on Project Jackson

By BILL BENGTSON 5/19/2013 3:01 PM   

Greenville stadium visit offers good food for thought on Project Jackson The western side of Greenville got intense attention on Saturday from North Augusta City Council and several other local leaders, with a particular focus on a baseball stadium ... View story

Relay For Life surpasses $35K goal

By BILL BENGTSON 5/19/2013 3:01 PM   

Clouds loomed large for an hour or two, but Friday evening’s weather wound up cooperating and helping make for a successful Relay For Life, in the assessment of organizers. “We had more teams than we have had in years and years,” sa ... View story

Lucky girls share tea, spend time with favorite princesses

By SCOTT RODGERS 5/19/2013 3:01 PM   

Mary Anne Bigger, president of Friends of the Nancy Carson Library, played the role of fairy godmother on Saturday. She brought together a collection of princesses from quite a few different realms at the Stewart House. With cucumber sandwiches, sug ... View story

School retirees honored at banquet

By ROB NOVIT 5/19/2013 3:01 PM   

Wanda Coyle was raising children before started a teaching career at age 40. She taught in Florida for three years before moving to the area, teaching another 15 years at Belvedere Elementary School. “I taught first grade,” Coyle said a ... View story

World’s No. 1 disc golfer pays a visit to Hippodrome

By SCOTT RODGERS 5/12/2013 9:43 AM   

Ricky Wysocki, the world’s No. 1 ranked disc golf player, travels all over for tournaments and to check out new courses. His travels brought him to North Augusta on Wednesday night and to the Hippodrome to play the course for the first time. W ... View story

Family Dollar comes to Belvedere

By BILL BENGTSON 5/12/2013 9:29 AM   

Belvedere-area residents have a new shopping option in place, at 132 Kerr St., a few yards from Edgefield Road. “We have an excellent selection of food and grocery and freezer items,” said Andrew McKnight, the Family Dollar store manager. ... View story

Making it official: City Council gains new members

By BILL BENGTSON 5/12/2013 9:26 AM   

The agenda for Monday’s North Augusta City Council meeting was relatively short, but still loaded with symbolism and milestones, as four Council members were sworn in and another completed a 12.5-year stretch in office. Judge Thomas Murphy adm ... View story

Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon proves to be a communal gathering

By SCOTT RODGERS 5/12/2013 9:26 AM   

The Rev. Dr. John Younginer joked that when Mayor Lark Jones requested that he be the featured speaker for the 24th annual Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon that someone “must’ve of turned him down.” Younginer, who is the pastor emerit ... View story

Berry wins NACAC student art show

By SCOTT RODGERS 5/12/2013 9:26 AM   

North Augusta High School art teacher Ryan Rood describes Matthew Berry as a cross between Bob Ross and Alex Grey. The high praise doesn’t go unwarranted either, as Berry took home the Best of Show award for his “Creek in Forest” p ... View story

Lowe accepts assistant principal job

SUBMITTED ARTICLE 5/5/2013 12:27 PM   

On April 24, Merriwether Elementary School principal Dr. Mendi Tucker announced to faculty and staff the open assistant principal position would be filled by Mandy Lowe beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. Faculty and staff applauded as Mrs. Lowe ... View story

North Augusta graduate receives law award at USC

By ROB NOVIT 5/5/2013 10:58 AM   

Olesya Vaskevich, a University of South Carolina law school student, cheerfully calls herself an international child, and for good reason. She grew up in Kazan, Russia, before moving with her family to North Augusta shortly before her 16th birthday. ... View story

Brick Pond Park celebrates Earth Day

By BILL BENGTSON 5/5/2013 10:46 AM   

Bream, biodiversity and birdfeeders all had a part in Saturday’s discussions and activities in Brick Pond Park, amid the annual Earth Day celebration, featuring a variety of displays and activities run by government and private-sector groups. ... View story

Pool remodel moving along swimmingly

By BILL BENGTSON 5/5/2013 10:43 AM   

“Swim season” is still officially a few weeks away, but backers of Hammond Hills Suburban Club’s pool facilities already are in celebration mode this week, approaching completion of a months-long effort to repair and improve their h ... View story

Fundraiser serves up culinary creations
Fundraiser serves up culinary creations

By BILL BENGTSON 5/5/2013 10:43 AM   

Saturday evening included some extra-large helpings of dessert and fellowship at the North Augusta Community Center, by way of The RECing Crew’s annual fundraiser, Sweet Celebrations. Event organizer Pam Stickler confirmed that party-goers had ... View story

Fox Creek’s Silver Fox Academy goes chrome

SUBMITTED ARTICLE 4/27/2013 1:08 PM   

Fox Creek High School’s Silver Fox Academy is growing by leaps and bounds. Silver Fox Academy is a special program for gifted and talented students that allows them the option of taking multiple college courses on Fox Creek’s campus, fre ... View story

Old Storm Branch Baptist senior pastor Irvin retiring

By BILL BENGTSON 4/27/2013 1:05 PM   

One of the Central Savannah River Area’s most prominent and longest-serving churchmen has completed a major chapter in his career and has a retirement event set for Sunday at 4 p.m. The Rev. Nathaniel Irvin, senior pastor at Old Storm Branch Ba ... View story

Program addresses students’ decisions

By ROB NOVIT 4/27/2013 1:01 PM   

James Hall, an Aiken Middle School seventh-grader, has focused lately on making the right choices. That’s why he and his grandfather, John McKie, attended a collaborative project at Schofield Middle School on Saturday called “Right Choic ... View story

Roof gives new look to Lookaway Hall

By BILL BENGTSON 4/27/2013 12:40 PM   

A crew from Wiliams Roofing faced a high-profile job over the past few days, completing a task atop one of North Augusta’s best-known historic houses. Lookaway Hall now has a fresh roof over the main building. “I think it catches your e ... View story

Jeanne McDaniel, well-known North Augusta historian, dies

By BILL BENGTSON 4/27/2013 12:37 PM   

Aiken County has one fewer student of local history, with the passing of Jeanne McDaniel, 79, known to some as a driving force behind the establishment of the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta. A native of north London, she died April 15, ha ... View story