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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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

County Commissioner Dun­can won't seek Harbin's seat

Columbia County District 1 Commissioner Doug Dun­can said Thursday that he had decided against pursuing the seat being vacated by longtime state Rep. Ben Harbin.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Taylor ready for District 122, Duncan unsure

At least one, perhaps both, of Columbia County's newest commissioners intend to resign their positions to run for the state House seat being vacated next week by State Rep. Ben Harbin.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, June 29, 2015

First same-sex couple married in Columbia County

Jennifer Mendez and Cecilia Perez weren't planning on making history Friday, but they couldn't let the historic day go by without trying.
By Steve Crawford

Harbin to quit Legislature, become lobbyist

Ben Harbin, who has represented Co­lum­bia County in the Georgia Legislature for 20 years, said Monday he would resign next month to take a position with Southern Strategy Group, a ...
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Columbia County denies arts-based charter school petition

Columbia County school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a charter school petition to the group behind the proposed Columbia County School for the Arts.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mother, boyfriend charged in baby's death

Columbia County authorities charged a Martinez couple with murder Friday in the death of the woman's 5½-month-old child, two days after he was found lifeless by emergency crews.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Police search Martinez mobile home where boy died

Columbia County sheriff's investigators combed through a Martinez mobile home Thursday where they suspect drugs were being manufactured and where a 5½-month-old boy died.
By Steve Crawford

Columbia County school officials plan rollback of property taxes

Columbia County school officials plan to roll back property taxes next month, but the impact on individual tax bills is expected to be small.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dead child found, couple face drug charges

A Martinez couple has been charged with making methamphetamine in the mobile home where the woman's 5½-month-old child died this morning, Columbia County authorities said.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, June 12, 2015

Marshall Square residents say fire plan never discussed

Marshall Square Retirement Re­sort, which had been occupied for more than six months by more than 80 seniors, many with varying degrees of disability, had not conducted a single fire drill or ...
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Columbia County school board passes budget

The Columbia County school board unanimously approved a $199.8 million budget which includes raises for all school employees and additional teaching positions.
By Steve Crawford

Pet dies in Martinez fire

Two people escaped an early morning blaze at 3514 Rainbow St. that heavily damaged the interior of their Martinez home and took the life of their beloved pet.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NTSB releases preliminary report on plane crash

The engine of a small plane piloted by a Grovetown man was working when it crashed in Kentucky on May 21, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
By Steve Crawford
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