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One of the best things you can do for your budget in the new year is to prevent small maintenance problems from becoming big repair nightmares with bills to match. Performing preventative maintenance tasks now will keep your home in tip-top shape and save you lots of money in the long run. Consider these:


- Repair a leaking roof

- Seal gaps in siding

- Paint bare wood

- Replace damaged decking

- Patch cracks in concrete

- Caulk around sinks, tubs and showers

Source: Associated Press


SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THREE NEW AUGUSTA COMMISSIONERS: 1 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

AUGUSTA COMMISSION MEETING: 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

EUCHEE CREEK STORY TIME: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Euchee Creek Library, 5907 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown; admission is free; (706) 556-0594.


Columbia County Planning and Zoning Commission: 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center Auditorium; (706) 868-3379.

HOSPITAL TOUR: 7-8:30 p.m., Doctors Hospital, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Education Classroom, Medical Office Building I, third floor, Suite 309; a tour of the obstetrical department; registration required; (706) 651-2229 or

SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE: Starting today, eight-week sign language course for beginners; offered by University Health Care System; (706) 774-8559.

SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM: 7:30-8:30 a.m. today, Jan. 10, 17 and 24; 6-7 p.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29; University Hospital cafeteria; free fresh start program; sponsored by the American Cancer Society, with University Hospital instructors.


FRIDAY NIGHT FILMS: 7 p.m., Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; Charlotte's Web, rated G, will be shown; admission is free, but donations will be accepted; (706) 312-7194.

FEELIN' GREAT IN 2008: 5-10 p.m., centered on 10th and Broad streets; with artists, vendors, live entertainment; 6 p.m. Electric Voodoo Blues Revue, 7:15 p.m. Sound Equation; 8:30 p.m. S; presented by the Augusta Arts Council; free;