Stories by Steve Crawford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Booker to be Harlem's head coach

Columbia County school officials picked Grovetown athletic director Todd Booker to be the new head football coach at Harlem on Tuesday.
By Steve Crawford

Deputy in wreck followed policy

Columbia County sheriff's officials said Tuesday that a deputy who was injured in a crash on Furys Ferry Road Saturday was "exercising due regard" when his vehicle collided with another during a ...
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Columbia County voters renew school levy

Columbia County voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the local education sales tax sales Tuesday, providing officials with a reliable source of revenue to fund improvements in the county's ...
By Steve Crawford

Monday, March 16, 2015

Education sales tax to get vote

If approved, the education special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST) referendum will renew collection of the tax starting in 2017.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Kramer tapped for Wolfpack coach

Columbia County school board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Tony Kramer, a longtime coach and teacher with 19 years experience, to take the helm as head football coach at ...
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Columbia County officials pursue unpaid stormwater fees

Columbia County officials are going after property owners responsible for more than $130,000 in unpaid Stormwater Utility fees.
By Steve Crawford

Harlem High drama coach resigns over texts to student

Harlem High School's drama teacher resigned Thursday morning amid allegations of "inappropriate texts" with an 18-year-old female student, authorities said. Columbia County sheriff's Capt.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Stormwater utility credits examined

Columbia County officials continued to advance their campaign to update the county's Stormwater Utility service by revamping how customers qualify for credits.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Son of Columbia County businesswoman slain in shooting

Steve Singleton, 45, was slain in the Sunday shooting near Clarkesville, Ga., at the home of his girlfriend, Kathy Smith, according to Pat Goodwin, Singleton's mother.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Herbert receives chamber's lifetime achievement award

Mark Herbert, a builder and businessman known for his years of public service and dedication to the community, was honored Friday.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Columbia County puts halt on dense residential rezonings

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to halt certain types of dense developments for six months while officials consider revisions to zoning ordinances.
By Steve Crawford

Wife accused of stealing $400,000 from husband's firm

The estranged wife of a Columbia County builder was in sheriff's custody Tuesday, accused of embezzling more than $400,000 from her husband's business over several years.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Schools seek flexibility in state regulations

Columbia County's school system wants to opt out of the state's new requirement to pick one of three "flexibility options" for system operations by the end of June.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Columbia County parents hope to halt school rezoning plan

A group of Greenbrier High School parents hope to put the brakes on Columbia County's plan to rezone up to 200 students to Lakeside High School next fall.
By Steve Crawford

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Columbia County's school rezoning plan still has hurdles

With one public meeting in the books, Columbia County school officials appear on their way to instituting the most extensive rezoning the county has ever seen.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Repairs to BMX/skate park to top $50,000

Columbia County officials said the latest damage estimate from an incident of vandalism at Blanchard Woods Park over the Christmas holiday has risen to $57,000.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Columbia County commission votes to raise stormwater utility fees

Columbia County commissioners voted to implement a series of increases to the county's stormwater utility fee, more than doubling the current fee by 2017.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Public meetings set for Columbia County school rezoning

Parents of Columbia County schoolchildren will have two opportunities next month to express their views on the school system's proposed rezoning plan.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Columbia County proposes stormwater utility rate increase

Facing mounting maintenance problems and dwindling funds, Columbia County's Board of Commissioners might raise the county's stormwater utility fee for the first time in its history.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Taylor defeats Derryberry for Columbia County seat

Mack Taylor, a lawyer and former assistant district attorney, defeated Martinez businessman Trip Derryberry to claim the Columbia County Commission District 3 seat.
By Steve Crawford
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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 ...
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