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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Westmont teacher is tops in Columbia County

Jennifer Gurley, who is in her fourth year teaching at Westmont Elementary, said teaching had always been her calling as long as she can remember.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Farmhaus Burger to anchor new commercial development in Martinez

One of Augusta's most successful restaurateurs is opening a gourmet hamburger joint in Columbia County.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Cyber stands out at State of Community event

Columbia County's annual State of the Community address has a familiar theme to it for those who have been around for a few years: "Growth, growth, growth."
By Steve Crawford

Officials tout success of Transportation Investment Act funding

Transportation projects cost money, a lot of money. But if you have the money, a lot can get done, officials said Tuesday.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

House candidate Mullins faces residency questions

New documents emerged Friday calling into question whether House District 122 candidate Joe Mullins has met the residency standards to qualify to run for a state legislative office.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Chamber's planned office in neighborhood upsets residents

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce members got an earful Thursday night from residents upset over the organization's plans to build a new headquarters at the Camelot neighborhood's entrance.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

District 122 special election set for Nov. 3

Gov. Nathan Deal issued a writ Friday calling for the special election for the seat vacated in July by former state Rep. Ben Harbin.
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
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