Stories by Barry Paschal

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Victim identified in weekend wreck

Alaina Kensinger, 28, was killed early Saturday when a car she was riding in ran off Interstate 20.
By Barry Paschal

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Assessments rankle taxpayers

New tax assessment notices started arriving in Columbia County mailboxes, and unhappy taxpayers are packing the Evans Government Center.
By Barry Paschal

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Columbia Co. schools budget OK'd

Columbia County school board put its initial stamp of approval Tuesday on a balanced budget for next year that draws heavily from reserves and cuts the number of educators.
By Barry Paschal

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fundraiser planned for elections director

Columbia County employees are planning a cookout fundraiser June 8 for hospitalized Elections Director Deborah Marshall.
By Barry Paschal

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Area standardized test scores improve

Columbia County school board members Tuesday received a report on spring CRCT scores, and heard fewer students failed compared to last year.
By Barry Paschal

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Elections official still hospitalized

Columbia County Elections Director Deborah Marshall remains hospitalized since surgery April 9 for a brain tumor.
By Barry Paschal

Monday, April 30, 2012

Spurrier to visit Columbia County

Steve Spurrier, famed coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks football team is scheduled to visit Evans May 10.
By Barry Paschal

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

County elections chief hospitalized

The family of Deborah Marshall is praying for a full recovery after Columbia County's elections director underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor.
By Barry Paschal

Thursday, March 29, 2012

GBI help requested in teacher sex case

The Thomson Police Department is asking the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to enter the investigation of a teacher accused of having sex with a Harlem High School student.
By Barry Paschal

Former commissioner Tommy Mercer dies

Former Columbia County Commissioner Tommy Mercer, known for fiery rhetoric and boundless compassion, died Wednesday night at University Hospital.
By Barry Paschal

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No charges after teacher-student sex allegation

Despite written admissions that a Harlem High School student had sex with a man who was then a teacher at her school, the Thomson Police Department will not pursue charges in the case.
By Barry Paschal

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Harlem High teacher quits

Harlem High School's senior JROTC instructor has resigned while under investigation for a reported sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.
By Barry Paschal

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Hunt hired as Greenbrier football coach

Greenbrier defensive line coach Kevin Hunt got the call to move up to the top job Tuesday when the Columbia County School Board approved his promotion to head football coach.
By Barry Paschal

Columbia County schools oppose charter legislation

With a state constitutional amendment on charter schools stalled in the Georgia Legislature, Columbia County school board members Tuesday approved a resolution recommending its rejection.
By Barry Paschal

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Columbia County schools weigh budget cuts

Larger class sizes with fewer teachers and aides will be the likely result of Columbia County school system efforts to fill a $10 million budget gap for next year.
By Barry Paschal

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

Columbia County attorney helped close Magnolia Trace deal

Columbia County's attorney confirmed Tuesday that he had been paid to work as the closing attorney on a Martinez land deal on which an affordable housing development is under construction, but ...
By Barry Paschal

Columbia County hires deputy administrator

Glenn Kennedy II, who retired in July as garrison commander at Fort Gordon, was approved Tuesday by Columbia County commissioners for the newly created position of deputy county administrator.
By Barry Paschal

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

Columbia County students can change schools

Columbia County students will be allowed to request a transfer to one of seven schools next year under guidelines presented Tuesday to the Columbia County Board of Education.
By Barry Paschal

Cross proposes term limits

If local lawmakers agree, Columbia County voters this year could decide to limit the time county commissioners could serve in office.
By Barry Paschal

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Family Y gets five-year lease

The Family Y and Columbia County Com­mis­sioners have reached an agreement on a lease for a shared new facility in Grovetown's Gateway.
By Barry Paschal
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