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MICHAEL HOLAHAN
Steven Black (left) and Robert Cope pose for a photo Tuesday afternoon in Robert's garage where they store some of the stuff they've picked.

Local collectors start 'picking' business 

Robert Cope and his 29-year-old protégé Steven Black travel the Southeast within a 100-mile radius surrounding the Augusta area - from Columbia to Waynesboro - buying items for resale, for clients or for their own personal collections.
By Wesley Brown

Girl's death among 500 in one year in community care

WRENS, Ga. — Christen Shermaine Hope Gordon was one of 500 patients in 2013 who died in community care while under the watch of the state of Georgia. 

Weekly crime map, database

Violent crimes during the week included 77 assaults, only one of which was classified as an aggravated assault. The most assaults, 17, occurred on March 21. Other violent crime included five robberies and one kidnapping.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings March 16-23

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center March 16-23.

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Paine College debt continues to climb

As Paine College continues an aggressive fundraising campaign to turn around years of decline, the school’s most recent financial audit shows climbing debt and more revenue loss over the last fiscal year.
By Tracey McManus

Rural residents question stormwater fee

MCBEAN - Wary of downtown's tendency to spend their tax dollars somewhere else, a south Richmond County community didn't warm Thursday to the prospect of paying an additional fee for stormwater management.
By Susan McCord
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