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Politicians could have used a few 'dollar sense' ideas from Santa
I wish Santa could have brought some dollar sense to our leaders for Christmas. Here are just a few ideas.

Senior project marries interests
For Michael Ryan, helping save Augusta's Miller Theater was the perfect senior project. "I want to major in theater and historic preservation, and this marries those nicely," said Ryan, who enlisted three other Greenbrier High School seniors to stage the Music for the Miller concert.

Christmas trees have many uses once holiday season is concluded
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. But now Christmas is over and the decorations, lights and Christmas tree are starting to come down, being put away for next year.

2010 has chances for new growth
It seems most everyone has a list of things they want to accomplish with the dawning of each new year, and many gardeners have their own list of new year's resolutions as 2010 is ushered in.

Budget concerns carry into new year
The money stream that nearly dried up last year for local governments likely will remain arid in 2010. Sales tax revenues dwindled by more than 5 percent last year, recently leading Columbia County commissioners to announce a plan to slash the 2010-11 budget by 5 percent.

Women will tell miraculous stories
A group of women will share their testimonies of faith Saturday in hopes of giving encouragement to others. Columbia County residents Karen McGowan and Amy Murphey are two of seven women from Georgia and the Carolinas who will speak at Pineview Baptist Church in Martinez.

Plantation is open to quail hunters
Quail hunting season started months ago, but Friday was opening day for Dave and Jamie Massey. The owners of Sporting Traditions opened the gates to Cedar Gate Plantation in Winfield to quail hunters.

Police blotter
An Appling woman called police Monday after she discovered her home had been burglarized and the electricity cut off.

Marriage Licenses
Samir Vaid and Ashli Diane Johnson applied for a marriage license on Dec. 14, 2009, and were married Dec. 19, 2009, in Evans.

Current events
Columbia County's Community Events Department has free 2010 calendars available at the department's 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.

Joshua Conner and Lan Conner, Dec. 14, 2009.

Get up and go
First Baptist Church of Evans will hold its Time Out luncheon at 11:50 a.m. Thursday. Lunch costs $6; reservations are due by noon Tuesday.

Noah's gifts
Noah Weaver, of Evans, celebrated his first birthday in November. In lieu of gifts, Noah's parents, Ryan and Holly Weaver, asked everyone to bring a bag of dog food for the CSRA Humane Society. Noah collected 266 pounds of dog food, which the family delivered to the group.

Kibble success
Volunteers from Happy Tails Rescue picked up pet supply donations Dec. 23 from the Best Western Hotel, which held its Kibbles for Kritters project.

Readers share photos from Christmas
Jim Corley holds his great-granddaughter, Zoey Bishop.

Property Transfers
Wachovia Bank to CVS 4589 GA, LLC, 5105 Wrightsboro Road, $550,000.

Elegant Embroidery Design held a grand-opening ribbon-cutting with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in December. The business is at 4446 Washington Road, Evans.

Pet adoption showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group . Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. on Bobby Jones Expressway. For information, call Barb at (706) 955-0438 or go to

'Year of the Quitter' in Georgia politics
You could call 2009 "the year of the quitter" in Georgia politics.

Gambling bad, gambler says
Gov. Sonny Perdue made it clear last year that he would block any attempt to set up slot machines in Underground Atlanta. He saw the proposal for what it was: just one more desperate attempt to find money in a bad economy.

Call for flexibility is a little selective
A retail shopping survey recently conducted by Columbia County planners suggests most residents continue driving across the county line to shop.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, January 3, 2009 edition of the Columbia County News-Times.

2010 looks like another banner year
As we enter a new year, there are many things to keep an eye on in the local sports world. Take some time to follow up on a few sports stories of note in 2010.

Sports calendar
The Columbia County recreation department will hold spring soccer registration Monday through Jan. 22. Registration can be done at Patriots Park administrative offices or by mail. Previous participants may register online at

County teams face questions entering new year
After each of the past two football seasons, the same reader has left voice messages with me to share his opinion on area football. The football in this area is not good, he says. If these teams were playing in any other region in the state, he said, they wouldn't be playoff teams.

Laney tops Evans in tourney
Laney High School junior Rod Hall led all scorers with 19 points to help the Wildcats down the Evans Knights 57-50 in the championship of the Robolli's Christmas Tournament at Evans High School.


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