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Harlem firefighter receives top award
Harlem volunteer firefighters gathered over Lowcountry boil on Monday to honor one of their own.

India trip is cause for excitement
A slow day at work recently led Melanie Giovino to an article in The Augusta Chronicle calling for applicants for a Rotary Club exchange program to India.

Historian wants headstone returned
More than 20 years ago, the headstone of a prominent black teacher from the 1800s mysteriously vanished from its Augusta resting spot.

Residents have two options for recycling their live trees
After all the presents have been unwrapped and the decorations dismantled, it's time to find a new use for those live Christmas trees that have been gracing many homes this holiday season.

Cutbacks are mandated by budget woes
Columbia County officials expect to have less money to work with next fiscal year and are planning accordingly.

Kids enjoy shopping with deputies
Michael Looper, 5, zoomed through the toy section at Walmart, excitedly running from one toy to another.

Winter is perfect time for gardeners to maintain trees with good pruning
There are many chores to do around the yard during the winter months.

Police Blotter
Several cars belonging to teens at a sleepover were vandalized Monday night with paintballs and silly string.

Get up and Go
Formally Yours, a high school student's program to collect prom gowns for students in need, is seeking donations of prom dresses. Donations may be taken to any location of Tudor's Cleaners or to Coach Dave's Barber Shop in Harlem. For information, e-mail formallyyours10@

Pet causes
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered and cats are litter-box trained prior to placement. To adopt, donate, or for information, contact Loretta at (706) 855-1241, or go to

On Vacation
Jerry and Laura Tinney celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a trip to Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., including a visit to Graceland.

Marriage Licenses
Clarence Charles Conley and Diana Ashley Jarrard applied for a marriage licence on Nov. 20, 2009, and were married Nov. 23, 2009, in Evans.

Current events
Columbia County's Community Events Department has free 2010 calendars available at the Community Events office in Building B of the county government complex, at Recreation Department offices, at all county libraries and at The Columbia County News-Times.

Felicia L. Duvall and Jonathan M. Duvall, Dec. 11, 2009.

Property transfers
Hubert J. Perry to Gregory F. Jolly, 3938 Carson Cutoff, $112,000.

The Martinez-Evans Optimist Club held an installation ceremony for its new officers. Pictured are Jim Tingen (from left), past-president; Scott Godefroy, parliamentarian; Pradeep Satyaprakash, president; David Simoneau, sergeant at arms; Vince Murray, secretary/treasurer; Wayne Jackson, VP community service/chaplin; Kim Peters, VP planning; and Alicia Rhoades, president-elect.

Santa recycles
Augusta State University golfer Jacob Carlsson visited Beverly Taylor's kindergarten class at River Ridge Elementary School to explain how his native country of Sweden celebrates Christmas. ASU student and friend Ashley Taylor accompanied him.

Republicans hope scandals go away
This has not been a happy holiday season for Republicans who hold the reins of power at Georgia's capitol. Embarrassing scandals have thrown a harsh light on the ethical shortcomings of the state's political leaders.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 27, 2009.

Some of the gifts that Santa forgot
The wrapping paper is bagged up at curbside next to the overflowing yuppie-dumpster. The last of the eggnog is approaching its expiration date. And that regifted fruitcake still sits on the counter, still unappetizing and still untouched.

Time for some horn-tooting
In the preview for the newest installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, a clip shows the ever annoying Alvin saying, "I don't mean to toot my own horn, but BEEP-B-BEEP-BEEP BEEP'!"

Mighty Morris led a team of scrappy 'Dogs
Harlem is a small, tight-knit community. Its football team took a similar form this season after rezoning left the ranks thin.

Sports Calendar
The Jordan River Foundation 5K Classic will be held Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Lakeside High track. Cost is $20 and includes a shirt and brunch. Call Amala Sarvepalli at (706) 877-0136 or e-mail

Former Greenbrier stars return to share knowledge
Christmas break provided the perfect opportunity for what Chris Wilkins wanted to do.

Call it a Knight
The Evans Knight Raiders finished second in the rope bridge and seventh overall at the Georgia State Raider Championships. The team also finished 16th at the Raider National Championships at the Flint River Canoe Base near Molena, Ga. Raider teams compete in the Army Physical Fitness Test, one rope bridge contest, a cross country rescue course, a raider gauntlet and a 3.5-mile team run. Pictured are Zach Hubert (front, from left), Rodriguez Wallace, Matt Barnish, Wesley Jaimison, Steven Harrington and Cody Steele; (back row, l-r) coach Patrick Rivette, Ben Hammond, Emmanuel Hammonds, Nathan Dunn, Stephen Barker (captain), Chase Kelly and Cooper Smiley.

Ex-Wolfpack standout still adjusting to college baseball
Nolan Belcher experienced few difficulties during his standout prep career as a Greenbrier High School pitcher.

Robolli's Christmas Basketball Tournament
Evans High School, Monday--Wednesday


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