Stories by Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Harlem rezoning vote draws cheers

A room full of Harlem residents cheered after city leaders denied requests to rezone two properties for multi-family housing.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Trailhead closes for upgrades

Bartram Trail's Petersburg Trailhead closed Tuesday for up to two weeks for upgrades.
By Valerie Rowell

Lake search continues for missing man

Lake Thurmond authorities continue the search Tuesday for a man who went missing from a lake recreation area more than a week ago.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, May 22, 2015

Harlem High graduates 122

Columbia County's first 2015 high school graduates walked the stage in Harlem on Friday.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Holiday to delay search for missing man

Lake Thurmond authorities say the search for a personal watercraft operator who went missing Monay at West Dam recreation area will likely be suspended.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Detours to occur along Keg Creek bridge

Washington Road in Appling is expected to be closed for more than a year while the bridge over Keg Creek is rebuilt.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mother charged for letting underage youth drink at her house

An Evans mother was arrested after she allowed a party that included for some underage drinkers last weekend.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SC man dies in Appling crash

Columbia County authorities reported a fatal wreck on Ray Owens Road in Appling.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Thunder Over Augusta returns

Military tribute celebration Thunder Over Augusta returns to Evans Towne Center Park on Saturday, May 16.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, May 8, 2015

Bizarre scam targets elderly couple

Two women have been arrested in a scam that targeted an elderly Columbia County couple and included a bogus traffic stop by people claiming to be FBI agents.
By Valerie Rowell

Driver charged in Brush death surrenders

The woman who authorities say is responsible for the crash that killed former state Sen. Joey Brush Jr. on Thursday surrendered Friday to face charges.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Former investigator found dead

A former Richmond County investigator was found dead in his Columbia County home late Wednesday.
By Valerie Rowell

Friends remember Joey Brush

Former state legislator Ben Joseph "Joey" Brush Jr., was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday morning, shocking and saddening friends and colleagues who remembered him as a colorful politician ...
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Missing man's body found in lake

Authorities found the body of a South Carolina man who went missing late Saturday from Thurmond Lake.
By Valerie Rowell

Deputy fired after DUI charge

Deputy Christopher Cody Connor, 28, of Martinez, was fired after being charged withDUI, speeding, failure to maintain lane and expired registration. 
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Grovetown police chief fired, given severence package

Grovetown officials fired their new police chief, Gary Jones, Tuesday.
By Valerie Rowell

Columbia County bus involved in crash

A 17-year-old driver was charged with failure to yield the right of way after his Ford Explorer collided with a Columbia County school bus. None on the bus was injured.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Woman pleads to stealing from employer

A woman admitted to stealing from her employer and was sentenced on Thursday.
By Valerie Rowell

Former deputy sentenced

A former Columbia County sheriff's deputy pled guilty after admitting to giving police reports to attorneys and was sentenced on Thursday.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, April 20, 2015

Old Evans Road to close temporarily

Old Evans Road near Connor Drive in Martinez will temporarily close this weekend for construction associated with the extension of River Watch Parkway.
By Valerie Rowell
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