Stories by Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Columbia County goes for flexibility, mandates in state contract

Columbia County school officials said Wednesday that the district will enter a five-year contract with the Georgia Department of Education that will provide broad flexibility in abiding by state ...
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Columbia County seeks upscale hotel

Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the hope is to create a complete convention center that will incorporate the county's $7.3 million, 47,000-square-foot Exhibition Center.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Five qualify for Columbia County commission

Five men vying for Columbia County's open commission seat wasted no time making their candidacies official Monday.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Columbia County charter school bid denied

For the second consecutive year, the State Charter Schools Commission has denied a local group's petition to establish an arts-infused charter school in Columbia County.
By Steve Crawford

Columbia County sheriff seeks pawn law change

Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle said Thursday he will ask county commissioners to rescind and revise an ordinance meant to stem sales of stolen goods, which has been criticized as too broad.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Columbia County might revise pawn law

Columbia County might revise its new ordinance regulating pawn shops and other buyers of used merchandise, after a local lawyer questioned its constitutionality.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Charter school plan faces rejection again

Board members of the Co­lum­­bia County School for the Arts have been informed that the State Charter Schools Com­mis­sion's staff is recommending that their petition be denied ...
By Steve Crawford

Motorcyclist killed in wreck near Grovetown

A motorcyclist was killed about 7 p.m. Wednesday in a wreck at Kettle Creek Drive and Wrightsboro Road near Grovetown.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Aug 17, 2015

Residents get glimpse at Columbia County's development plan

A crowd of about 50 residents braved a rainy Monday evening to see the results of feedback for Columbia County's effort to develop a growth plan for the next 20 years.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Aug 10, 2015

Construction company files bankruptcy before roadwork is complete

The bankruptcy of an Augusta construction company has left Columbia County holding the bag, and maybe on the hook to pay for a handful of unfinished road projects. 
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

$80,000 severance for director who quit

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously to approve more than $80,000 in severance pay to former Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ex-public safety chief running for mayor

Gary Jones, who was fired from his public safety job in April, said Friday that he would run against Mayor George James in the Nov. 3 election.
By Steve Crawford

Molestation reported at Wal-Mart

Columbia County authorities are trying to identify a man suspected of molesting an 8-year-old girl at the Grovetown Wal-Mart store.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

County official quits

Barry Smith, Columbia County's longtime director of Community and Leisure Services, resigned suddenly Monday without explanation, county officials said.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wide, heavy load ties up local traffic

Two giant freight shipments called "mega loads" passing through the area had transportation officials issuing warnings about traffic stoppages and slowdowns across a six-county stretch of I-20.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

District 122 House seat special election set for Nov. 3

A special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the resignation of Ben Harbin will be set for Nov. 3, Gov. Nathan Deal’s spokewoman Jen Talaber said Wednesday.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Candidate announces bid for House 122

Joe Mullins, a developer and entertainment promoter, officially tossed his hat into the ring to compete for the state House District 122 seat recently vacated by Ben Harbin.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Columbia County Commissioner Taylor submits his resignation

Columbia County's District 3 Commissioner Mack Taylor last day in office will be July 21, according to his letter of resignation submitted Tuesday. He is pursuing the vacant State House District ...
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Columbia County school board cuts tax rate

As expected, Columbia County school board members voted Tuesday to roll back the school millage rate, which will reduce fall tax bills for county property owners.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

More candidates for House District 122 seat

The field of candidates seeking to fill the Georgia House seat vacated this week by former State Rep. Ben Harbin got a lot more crowded Wednesday.
By Steve Crawford
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Gold Cross wins in city appeal of zone award

In an order filed this week, Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet upheld the Georgia Department of Public Health's decision last year to affirm the Region 6 EMS Council's earlier award of the Augusta EMS ...
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