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Guide dog gets award for aiding teacher
A dedicated member of Lakeside High School's staff was presented with an award recently.

Chamber is holding on to its members
Despite a down economy, businesses continued to maintain their partnerships with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Large appetite serves car winner well
Last week was exciting for Chris Buzzell, but it had nothing to do with the Christmas holidays.

County site has updates on projects
Columbia County residents can take advantage of a new feature added to the county's Development Services Web site that offers updates on future developments in the community.

2009 year in review
Though much of 2009 for Columbia County was marked by murder, tragic deaths and slashed government budgets, there also was much to celebrate.

On vacation
The Milford family, of Evans, vacationed in Orlando, Fla., in October and visited all the Walt Disney World parks.

Class reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1989 is planning a reunion April 24. For information, e-mail, or see the group page on Facebook by searching for Harlem High class of 1989.

Candlelight Christmas
Tucker (left) and Colby Willis hold their candles during the special Christmas service.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at

Pet adoptions
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

School councils
Riverside Middle School: 3 p.m. Jan. 11, March 15 and April 19.

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 offices of The Columbia County News-Times.

Get up and go
The Women's Veterans Club is seeking new members. The group meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Ryan's Family Steakhouse, 208 Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez. Dues cost $24 per year. For information, call Garnet Brickey at (706) 210-7331 or April Starks at (706) 868-5601.

A truly wild year closes
The end of another year is upon us, and with it an opportunity to use the artificially constructed human calendar to give us yet another excuse to drink to excess.

Drawing the year to a close
A look back at 2009, from the pen of B.J. Wood

For the love of the game
Evans residents Taylor and Ashlan Ramsey haven't had a true golf lesson in nearly a year.

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. There will also be a shorter run for children 13 and younger. For information, call Amala Sarvepalli at (706) 877-0136 or e-mail

Sports newsmakers
Haydens International Academy boys won multiple awards at the first meet of the season, held in Cartersville, Ga.

Athlete Spotlight: Denzel Garrett & Myles McDavid
Myles McDavid and Denzell Garrett have taken turns leading Grovetown High School's first boys basketball team.

Ex-Evans star works way into Citadel lineup
Two seasons ago, former Evans High School basketball standout Matt Clark stepped in as a true freshman at The Citadel and earned a spot in the starting lineup.

Former Greenbrier standout plans to join Division-I squad as a sophomore in 2011
With an 0-2 count on a batter in high school, Mitchell Knox likely would have thrown the breaking ball, a standard pitch when ahead in the count.

Dog course in Evans to be first of kind in area
In just a few months, a spunky Australian shepherd will have a permanent place to practice her agility skills.


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