Stories by Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Columbia County hires new deputy administrator, directors

Matt Schlachter, the county's engineering services director, was promoted to fill the new deputy administrator position, which was created in a recent reorganization plan approved by the county ...
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Charter school makes changes in hopes of approval

The Columbia County School for the Arts announced it will be submitting its petition to the State Charter Schools Commission this spring under a new name: SAIL (School for Arts-Infused Learning).
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Fire destroys Evans home, claims family dog

Columbia County fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the interior of a home and claimed a pet Thursday morning in Evans.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Warriors promote Postell to head coach

Damien Postell, Grovetown's defensive coordinator, was promoted to the Warriors' head coaching job Tuesday night after a unanimous vote from the Columbia County Board of Education.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Two hurt in Grovetown school bus wreck

Two people were hurt Friday afternoon in a crash involving a Columbia County school bus in Grovetown, authorities said.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Woman charged in Nebraska drug case

A Martinez woman arrested last week in Nebraska with what authorities said was more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana was arraigned on drug charges Tuesday.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Developer drops rezoning request

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to allow a developer to withdraw a controversial request to build a 180-house neighborhood off William Few Parkway.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Ex-school employee alleges false arrest

A former hearing officer for the Colum­bia County school system has filed a lawsuit against two sheriff’s deputies, alleging wrongful arrest and imprisonment, according to court documents ...
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Judge takes action in Marshall Square case

A Superior Court judge has appointed lawyer Freddie Sanders as receiver over property involved in the Marshall Square Retirement Resort.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Developer could face penalties for environmental violations

The U.S. Environmental Pro­tec­tion Agency has forwarded a case against a Columbia County developer involving violations of the Clean Water Act to the U.S. Department of Justice for ...
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Judge hears Marshall Square complaints

Lawyers for former Marshall Square residents asked a judge Wednesday to compel its owners to produce documents that will shed light on what happened to personal belongings left behind in the wake ...
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Former Marshall Square residents say possessions 'stolen,' auctioned

An attorney representing former residents of the Marshall Square Retirement Resort, who were displaced after a fire destroyed much apartment complex in June, is seeking a court order to prevent ...
By Steve Crawford

Marshall Square alarms silenced 4 times before fire reported, attorney says

The alarm system at Marshall Square Retirement Resort, destroyed in a June blaze that killed one woman and displaced more than 80 other residents, was manually silenced four times before the fire ...
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Firefighters take needy children on holiday shopping spree

Columbia County Fire Rescue brought 40 firefighters and 21 children who fanned out across the Wal-Mart on Friday with a budget of $150 each to fill their shopping carts.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

On-line sting snares cop

A Wrens, Ga., police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with having obscene contact with a child, according to state and local authorities.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Columbia County employees to see pay raises with new year

The raises will add another $1,873,952 in salary and benefits to the county's yearly payroll, or about $937,000 to the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Columbia Co. marks 225 years

More than 100 people crowded in into the second-floor courtroom of the historic Columbia County Courthouse in Appling on Thursday, to commemorate 225 years of local history.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Richardson defeats Grzybowski in District 3 runoff

Gary Richardson, a former planning commissioner with deep ties to local government and the business community, held off newcomer Greg Grzybowski to win Tuesday's runoff election for the open ...
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Candidates decry efforts of business group to influence runoff

With only a few days left before Columbia County voters decide who will represent them in state and local offices, the four candidates in two runoff elections are busy with last-minute campaigning.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Followers of 3 faiths gather for Thanksgiving service

About 100 people from different faiths and backgrounds came together Tues­day evening on Old Evans Road to hear a message of peace, unity and thanksgiving.
By Steve Crawford
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