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Posted: November 6, 2012 - 1:36pm
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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

Aviation lecture

Diane Johnston will give a presentation on Augusta and Aviation History on Nov. 7 at the Augusta Museum of History 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 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.

United Way campaigns

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

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 become the company’s 2013 United Way campaign chairman.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions also recently completed its employee United Way campaign, raising $1.17 million. The company also donated an additional $200,000 as part of a corporate match, according to a news release.

Funds from both campaigns will be distributed to area United Way agencies: Aiken County, Allendale County, Bamberg County, Barnwell County, Colleton County, Edgefield County, Hampton County, McDuffie County, Screven County, the United Way of the Midlands and the United Way of the CSRA.

Indian festival

The Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock & Dam Road, Augusta.

The festival will feature a Native American showcase, the Aztec Dance Company, a birds of prey show, warriors on horseback, primitive skills programs, a Cherokee storyteller, live buffalo and more. Okefenoke Joe will be a special guest at the event.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 and up, and free for children ages 5 and younger. Admission is free for veterans and active duty military members on Sunday.

No pets or coolers are allowed in the nature park. For more information, call (706) 828-2109.

Talent show benefits Toys for Tots

Savannah River Remediation hosted a SRR’s Got Talent show on Oct. 25 to benefit the annual Salvation Army and Marine Toys for Tots drive.

More than 150 toys were donated for the drive and $1,057 in cash donations were raised to purchase additional toys.

The show featured 20 acts performed by employees and their family and friends. Winners of the show were: Shane Davis, first place; Robb Underwood, first runner-up; and Fred Williams, second runner-up.

Harlem Renaissance conference

Paine College will host its annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance Nov. 7 through Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway in Augusta.

The conference will feature several lecture sessions based on people and topics from the Harlem Renaissance. The keynote speaker for the event is Daniel Omotosho Black, author of

Twelve Gates to the City

and

Perfect Peace

.

An artist talk, exhibition, and reception will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday for art professor Nancy Bookhart.

The conference cost is $35 per person and includes admission to lecture sessions, lunch and refreshments.

For more information, call (706) 821-8326 or visit www.paine.edu .

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help set up for the annual Christmas in Hopelands event.

A community volunteer day will be held Dec. 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. for volunteers to help install light bulbs along the pathways in the gardens.

Volunteers should meet in the courtyard of the Hall of Fame at 9 a.m. The first 50 volunteers will receive a Christmas in Hopelands souvenir.

For more information or to volunteer, call the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism department at (803) 642-7631.

NASA director to speak

The director of safety and mission assurance for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will be the keynote speaker during Augusta State University’s Look Up at Night program on Friday

Russell Romanella will discuss the past, present and future of NASA.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the D. Douglas Barnard Jr. Amphitheatre. In case of rain, it will be held in W1002 Science Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

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