Stories by Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Utility ships water to Fort Gordon, offers wider help

In the midst of the boil water advisory in Richmond County, Columbia County Water Utility Director Billy Clay­ton said he was happy to help Fort Gor­don when called to assist Tuesday night.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

2 inmates face murder charges in 2002 case

Two Georgia inmates nearing possible parole for their role in the 2002 kidnapping and assault of an Evans man later found dead now face murder charges in South Carolina.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

New York fugitive caught in wreck near I-20

A New York man wanted for allegedly stabbing his stepdaughter was arrested near Harlem early Thursday.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Former teacher indicted in student sex case

A former Evans High School drama teacher was recently indicted after being accused in November of having a sexual relationship with a student.
By Valerie Rowell

Arrest made in Grovetown slaying

A Warren County man was fatally stabbed Tuesday and a Grovetown man is charged in his death.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Man sentenced for threatening deputy, family

The brother of a man at the center of an investigation into alleged steroid abuse by Rich­mond County sheriff's deputies was sentenced to two years of probation Thurs­day.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Glenn Miller Orchestra, Turtle Island Quartet to perform in Evans

Two well-known and varied musical acts will perform in Evans this weekend.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Police say DUI suspect had child in car, left other alone

An Evans woman was charged late Thursday with driving intoxicated with her child in the vehicle and leaving another child home alone.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Mother's trial is set in slaying of toddler

An Augusta woman charged with the 2013 death of her toddler is set to go to trial in February.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Residents take in sight of water rushing through dam

Overflow water has been pouring through the gates of Thur­mond Dam since New Year's Eve, and residents are flocking there to see it.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

Dam releases keep river high

High water levels in the Savannah River are likely continue as releases from the dam are expected through the end of the week.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Officer is accused of abusing children

A federal corrections officer arrested Friday is accused of using a whip and belt on his sons - ages 6, 7 and 10 - to the point of causing bleeding, according to warrants issued by the Columbia ...
By Valerie Rowell

Police say man arrested after stabbing mother, sister

Justin Tyler Butts, 19, of Long Needle Circle, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
By Valerie Rowell

Children shop with deputies Monday

Children shopped with Columbia County sheriff's deputies Monday as part of the 13th annual Day With a Deputy.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

4 California siblings charged in ATM scam

Four California siblings have been arrested for installing a card skimmer on a Columbia County ATM.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Columbia County to use disaster grant for 3 generators

The Georgia Emergency Man­age­ment Agency awarded the county $162,100 in federal grant funds to buy and install three fixed generators, according to a news release from the agency.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Survivor of Marshall Square fire files lawsuit

Rhetta Cadle, then 82, was rescued from the burned and partially collapsed apartment complex in Evans by firefighters seven hours after the fire started.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Man killed in wreck with tractor trailer

John Wayne Konczal, 77, of Mitchell Lane, died in the wreck on Hardy McManus Road at Halali Farm Road, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Andy Shedd.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Former teacher accused of sex with student granted bond

Matthew David Curley was arrested Nov. 14 and charged with sexual assault by a teacher.
By Valerie Rowell
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