Stories by Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Cross fined by campaign finance regulators

Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross has agreed to pay $2,750 in fines and fees to settle violations of campaign finance laws, according to a consent order signed Friday.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Officials tell residents to brace for change

With rapid growth, comes growing pains. That appeared to be the message Columbia County leaders wanted to convey to more than 300 gathered in Grovetown.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Columbia County school officials make appointments

Administrative appointments have resulted in changes in leadership at two Evans schools.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Roofer gets jail time for working without permits

Sean Patrick Hughes, 48, of Wrens, was brought before a magistrate judge in Columbia County on Wednesday on mutliple violations of county ordinances.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Columbia County approves $700,000 in incentives for development

Project could bring as many as 500 jobs to the area outside of Grovetown near Interstate 20.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Teen murder suspect's bond set at $2 million

The 17-year-old charged in the shotgun slaying of her father, former Columbia County News-Times sports editor Mike Howell, was granted a $2 million bond in a North Carolina court Thursday.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014

Columbia County OKs SPLOST list

The commission OK'd a final project list for the 2017-22 special purpose local option sales tax at its regular meeting Tuesday. The vote places the list on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.
By Steve Crawford

Columbia County classes underway

A new administrative challenge this school year is verifying the residency of every child enrolled to ensure they are Columbia County residents and also in their proper school district. Parents ...
By Steve Crawford

Friday, July 25, 2014

Board rejects fine arts charter school

Organizers behind a proposed fine arts charter school in Columbia County said they are optimistic state officials will approve their plan to open a school in 2015 - a plan that was unanimously ...
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Perdue campaign swings through Evans

David Perdue rolled into Evans on Wednesday afternoon in a navy blue RV emblazoned with “the Outsider” in bold white letters.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Charge dismissed in ring thief case

Alexia D. Davis's case was dismissed after she showed remorse for not immediately turning in a $10,000 diamond ring she found at a Columbia County restaurant.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Roadshow promotes alternative fuel vehicles

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow, which stopped in Evans Wednesday, promotes the use of CNG-powered vehicles by local governments and businesses and has evolved to embrace all sorts of ...
By Steve Crawford

Monday, June 16, 2014

Event will show off alternative-fuel cars

The Alternative Fuel Ve­hicle Roadshow is a showcase designed to promote and explain the benefits of using vehicles that run on fuels other than the standard gasoline or diesel you buy at the pumps.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

No tax increase in Columbia County's $190 million budget

Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the balanced budget was hammered out over several weeks of trimming requests from department heads to a manageable number that did not require a property tax ...
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Harlem teacher was 'outstanding man'

Tom Whitfield Jr., a retired teacher, one-time sheriff and longtime resident of Harlem, died Tuesday. He was 88.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Evans student eliminated from spelling bee

Columbia County's Charles Li was eliminated from the National Spelling Bee on Wednesday in the preliminary rounds.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Evans boy has high hopes for National Spelling Bee

Charles Li, an 11-year-old Evans boy has a single-minded purpose for being in our nation's capital this week. He's there to do his best in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cross, Duncan win easily

Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross deflected a challenge to his next four years in office on Tuesday, while Doug Duncan takes the Commission's District 1 seat.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Judge resigns over misconduct allegations

A Columbia County magistrate judge resigned his office Thursday amid allegations that he had behaved inappropriately toward women he had encountered as a guardian ad litem, officials said.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, April 25, 2014

Shooting in Columbia County

A Grovetown man was seriously injured Friday, police say, when his ex-girlfriend shot him after he assaulted another man in her home.
By Steve Crawford
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