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Posted: October 30, 2012 - 3:22pm
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The 2012 Western Carolina State Fair Pageant was held Oct. 13 in Aiken. The overall winners were Eden Calvert and Kaley Turner. Age division winners were Brynsly Gregory, Haleigh Bagwell, Kandace Vencill, Julie Calvert, Lily Livingston, Natalie Nordeen, Emily Metzger and Jayde Brooks.  SPECIAL
The 2012 Western Carolina State Fair Pageant was held Oct. 13 in Aiken. The overall winners were Eden Calvert and Kaley Turner. Age division winners were Brynsly Gregory, Haleigh Bagwell, Kandace Vencill, Julie Calvert, Lily Livingston, Natalie Nordeen, Emily Metzger and Jayde Brooks. SPECIAL

Event benefits arts programs

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will have its eighth annual Oysters on Telfair event at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit the arts institute’s public programs and the ongoing preservation of Ware’s Folly.

There will be raw and steamed oyster bars, a bayou-type feast, music by Crosstie Walkers, a full bar, silent art auction and raffle. The Biennial Augusta State University Art Faculty Exhibition will be unveiled during the event in the main gallery.

The event will be held at the arts institute, 506 Telfair St., Augusta.

Tickets are $65 per person or $50 per person for Contemporaries members. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (706) 722-5495.

Aviation lecture

Diane Johnston will give a presentation on Augusta and Aviation History on Nov. 7 at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta as part of its Brown Bag series.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the presentation at 12:30 p.m. Johnston, the director of marketing for the Augusta Regional Airport, will discuss the advances in aviation in Augusta at the Augusta Regional Airport and Bush Field.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. The museum will provide beverages.

The lecture is free for museum members and $3 for nonmembers.

For more information, call (706) 722-8454.

SRR contributes to United Way campaigns

Savannah River Remediation employees pledged and contributed a total of $349,376 during the 2012 United Way Campaign.

The funds will be distributed to United Way agencies in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg/Colleton/Hamburg, Barnwell, Edgefield, McDuffie and Screven counties and to the United Way of the CSRA and the United Way of the Midlands.

Employees were also recognized for their dedication to the campaign. Gail Barker was named Volunteer of the Year; Ted Myers was named Manager of the Year; and Donna Holman received the Presidential Award.

Donnie Thaxton, who was named Coordinator of the Year, will be come the company’s 2013 United Way campaign chairman.

Golden Harvest food drive

Golden Harvest Food Bank and Nestle USA will have a food drive Friday at Walmart on Richland Avenue in Aiken.

People can drop off donations of non-perishable food items from 8 a.m. to noon at the Golden Harvest truck.

Last year, more than 14.2 million pounds of grocery products were distributed to those in need.

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