- 5/19/2013 Shepard designs dream room
- 5/19/2013 Sue Jolly Award will honor student Mock Trial Team member
- 5/19/2013 Anglican Church to host homeless meeting
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta bookings
- 5/19/2013 Suspect sought in theft of Walmart cell phones
- 5/19/2013 STEMfest exposes students to principles of science, technology
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta crime blotter
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta High School hosts 309 student runners
- 5/19/2013 Predators fall to Knights in walk-off fashion
- 5/12/2013 Predators stumble against Knights, face uphill battle
- 5/12/2013 Lady Predators have to win to stay in
- 5/12/2013 Phil Schaefer reflects on North Augusta history
- 5/12/2013 North Augusta golf team’s season ends in Sumter
- 5/12/2013 NAHS grad named SEC Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year
- 5/12/2013 World’s No. 1 disc golfer pays a visit to Hippodrome
- 5/5/2013 Lady Jackets bow out of playoffs following extra-innings loss
- 5/19/2013 Column: Downtown developments: Vacations less and less important
- 5/19/2013 Wrinkles: Recognizing mothers and angels
- 5/19/2013 Phragments from Phyllis: A mother’s a mother for the rest of her life
- 5/19/2013 Letter: Bring the troops home from Afghanistan
- 5/19/2013 Column: New PASS exams intended to benefit student performance
- 5/19/2013 Chaplain's corner: In his hand
- 5/12/2013 Column: The best of both borders
- 5/12/2013 Chaplain’s Corner: A mother’s joy
- 5/12/2013 Downtown developments: Bad customer service, part two
- 5/12/2013 Letter: Riverkeeper is a benefit to North Augustans
Service Network reaching out
Whether it was the exposure at the recent A.M. Connection or an announced promise of free items courtesy of Target, the North Augusta Service Network attendance nearly doubled at last week's meeting.
The group is designed to share needs and solutions among local groups that work to assist those in need.
During each meeting, representatives of various local service groups have a chance to explain what their recent effort is and how others can help.
Among the efforts that are coming up are:
The FBLA, whose project this year involves honoring veterans in a variety of ways, will hold a blood drive on Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the school auditorium in honor of Veterans Day.
The First Providence Foundation and Learning Center, reported Pastor Alex Pope, are both working to become more well-known in the community. He said the Foundation is working with the S.C. Housing Authority to repair homes of senior citizens. "We're having a difficult time finding people to help," he said.
Kay Hayes who helped head up a recent Parkinson's Walk, noted this year's notoriety has brought the amount earned by the walk to almost double last year's amount.
Rod Barrie announced that Comfort Keepers, 511 West Ave., will hold an open house and Business After Hours Chamber event on Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with a celebration of Comfort Keepers 10th anniversary.
The RECing Crew is the featured organization in the Sno-Cap Drive-In's FUNraising for the month of November. (Rachel Franklin reported she has changed the name from FUNraising to "CAP" - Community Awareness Partnership.) On Monday nights, the RECing Crew will receive a portion of the profits at Sno-Cap.
LesPaul Morgan, representing CSRA Dreamcatchers, reported his group had a successful event, Trunk-or-Treat at Chick-fil-A for Halloween.
Margaret J. Weston's Gail Diggs announced the healthcare facility has received a $5 million grant to build a new facility in Aiken.
Pat Carpenter asked for any possible health for the homeless dinner held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. She listed a need for blankets, men's coats and women's coats. "We feed more than 200," she reported.
A Resource Fair is planned for Nov. 26 at the Family Y in Aiken. The fair will showcase services. There will be childcare available.
Sno-Cap has now begun a "Block Party" program on Fridays to raise money for various organizations.
Nita Swift, who works with the MEDs program in Aiken County, said the program has brought $5 million worth of prescription drugs into Aiken County since its inception. She said for those who can't come to Aiken to register with the program, she comes to Community Ministry of North Augusta once a month.
Louvenia Mathews with the Christmas Store Project reminded the group that sponsors are needed to provide Christmas gifts for needy children in the area.
North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover pointed out a model project in High Point, N.C., may lead the way to a reduction in crime over time. He said there that law enforcement sits down and talks to young criminals, in particular, about what they've done and what they can do to change their lives. He detailed the program looks for the root cause of the criminal behavior - no afternoon supervision, no job, etc. - and tries to address that. "The High Point Model is a way of targeting barriers instead of focusing on punishment," said Glover, who reported that in High Point, the crime rate is down 55 percent since the program began.
Brandon Jensen with Target at Augusta Exchange brought several boxes of excessed items from the store for the various service organizations to take with them for use in their respective service.
Peggy Trivelas, who has headed up the group since its inception, announced that Dea Baldwin is taking over the communications aspects of the group.
The next regular meeting is Dec. 6 at noon at Second Providence Baptist Church.