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Goodwill Industries is accepting end of the year donations for 2012 tax write-offs.


Accepted donations include household items, toys and clothing, which are sold in retail stores to support Goodwill’s services.

Goodwill provides education and career services for people with disabilities and disadvantages such as welfare dependency, homelessness and lack of education or work experience.

Donors interested in tax deductions should keep an itemized list of their donations. The Internal Revenue Service allows a deduction of each item, but the donor determines each item’s value. Goodwill attendants will validate itemized lists when they are presented.

For more information, visit and click the Donate page.


Martin Luther King Parade

Applications are now being accepted for entries in the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Parade, which will be held Jan. 19.

This year’s parade theme is “Stop the Killings, Stop the Violence, Now.”

Entry fees are $20 per vehicle for car clubs, $25 per vehicle for cars and trucks and $35 for floats, churches, clubs and alumni groups.

The application deadline is Jan. 11. A mandatory entrant meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Dyess Park.

The parade route will begin at the Dyess Park Community Center, 902 James Brown Blvd.

Applications are available for pick-up at the Henry Brigham Community Center, May Park Community Center, Warren Road Community Center, Diamond Lakes Community Center and Bernie Ward Community Center.

For more information, call the Augusta Branch of the NAACP at (706)


Westminster talent show

Westminster Schools of Augusta will present a talent show for its sixth- through 12th-grade students at 7 p.m. Jan. 12.

The event will be held at the school, 3067 Wheeler Road.

Cash prizes in each category will be determined by local judges, including Austin Rhodes, and “People’s Choice” voting. Emcees will be John and Cleve, morning show DJs from 88.3 WAFJ.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, with a family maximum of $25.

For more information, visit


HEAL Complex grand opening

Paine College will celebrate the opening of its new Health Education Activities Learning Complex with a weekend of grand opening events.

The new complex will house the athletics department, classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility.

A Service of Consecration will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 4 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. The service is free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m., a reception will be held in the complex. Dress is semiformal/business attire. Guests will be able to tour the facility during the event.

Admission is $50 per person, which includes a ticket to Paine’s basketball game against the Stillman Tigers in the complex’s gymnasium at 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit or call (706) 945-1367.



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