Originally created 12/30/04

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CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: Columbia County Clean and Beautiful is sponsoring Bring One In for the Chipper Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Home Depot, 499 Bobby Jones Expressway, through Jan. 8 for people who want to recycle their Christmas trees into mulch. Those dropping off trees Jan. 8 will receive free mulch and a dogwood or red maple seedling while supplies last. For more information, call Columbia County Clean and Beautiful at 868-3484.

TREE DONATIONS FOR WILDLIFE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake will accept Christmas trees to be used for fish and wildlife habitats through Jan. 12 at the following locations: Amity Boat Ramp, Cherokee Boat Ramp, Keg Creek Boat Ramp and Scotts Ferry Boat Ramp. Please remove all decorations, tinsel and lights before dropping of the trees. For information, call the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake Project Office at (800) 533-3478, ext. 1130.

COLUMBIA COUNTY TREE DROP-OFF: The Columbia County Landfill, 590 Baker Place Road, Grovetown, will accept Christmas trees from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 31.

MANAGING HEART DISEASE

Chronic heart disease can be deadly without proper medical treatment and follow-up care at home. Heart patients can, to a large extent, help control their illness by living a healthy lifestyle.

- Cut down on sodium.

- Choose fresh rather than canned vegetables.

- Monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis.

- Eliminate or limit caffeine.

- Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

- Exercise as directed by your doctor.

- Minimize stress.

- Learn to accept situations you cannot improve.

- Set aside a few minutes for yourself every day.

- Don't keep your concerns and fears to yourself.

Today in regional history:

DEC. 30, 1966

Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders of Augusta said he expected the latest federal court decision upholding school desegregation guidelines.

"I am not surprised," said the governor. "I have been well aware of the litigation."

Mr. Sanders, who generally has left the issue to local school boards, said he wanted to read the decision before further commenting.

Head start on cancer

Beginning colon cancer screenings earlier than the currently recommended age of 50 could detect an additional 10 percent of cases, researchers at the University of California-Irvine say.

They recommend starting at age 42 for blacks and 44 for whites.

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