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Christmas trees are put to good use
Now that the excitement of Christmas Day has passed, many people are left wondering where to dispose of their trees.

Commercial growth stayed stagnant in '10
Economic indicators from 2010 show that Columbia County saw spiked retail spending but generated less interest from new businesses to locate in the county.

The Year That Was 2010
This year was one of big changes for Columbia County.

Police blotter
The manager of a Martinez car dealership called police Thursday to report a stolen vehicle.

On Vacation
Rhonda Flanders (from left), Michael Flanders, Heather Flanders Ligon, Bryson Flanders and Mike Flanders, of All American Electrical, and Angel Carr and John Franklin, of All American Towing and Recovery, took a cruise to the Bahamas on Nov. 2.

School Calendar
Jan. 4: First day of second semester

Around the World in 2010
Tom and Joni Crouse saw the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic while visiting son Jason, who is on a one-year assignment in Germany with AREVA.

Current Events
A drop-in retirement reception for Columbia County Recreation Department Director Charlie Beale will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Patriots Park, with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Call (706) 312-7191.

Time Capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1960:

Music to a dog 's ears
Columbia Middle School band and choral students, under the direction of Katie Bennett and Phillip Streetman, recently presented a holiday concert. Donations totaling $255 were collected at the concert to benefit CSRA Happy Tails Rescue.

School Councils
Stallings Island Middle School council will meet at 2 p.m. Jan. 7, March 11 and April 22.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. Call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Visitors must wear closed-toed shoes to enter the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The facility, at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling, will be closed Friday.

Beale's legacy is worth keeping
It has become the custom in recent years for presidents, after leaving office, to set up a foundation to raise funds and build a presidential library.

2010: The Year in Sports
The year is nearly complete. Looking back, 2010 offered a bit of everything.

Ceremony to honor recreation manager
When Charlie Beale thinks about Columbia County these days, what he pictures is much different than the county he remembers in 1976.

Prep calendar
Evans, Greenbrier, Lakeside, Harlem and Grovetown in the Robolli's Christmas Tournament at Evans

Former Lions standout to host talk-radio show
Back in December 2002, I was compiling The News-Times All-County Football Team. When I came to tight end, I selected Augusta Christian's Matt Lane.

Sports calendar
Greenbrier High School baseball will hold its annual Wolfpack Baseball Classic on Jan. 17 at Jones Creek Golf Club. There will be a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $300 for a team of four, and hole sponsorships are available.

Athlete Spotlight: Chelsea Brown
When Chelsea Brown beats a male wrestler, she realizes the long-lasting effect it can have.


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