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Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Pupil evaluated for possible tuberculosis exposure

The Georgia Department of Public Health informed school officials to isolate the fourth-grader and send him home until he could be further evaluated, said Columbia County Superintendent Sandra ...
By Valerie Rowell

TB case reported at Martinez Elementary

A Martinez Elementary School pupil was pulled out of school Thursday after it was discovered he was possibly exposed to tuberculosis.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

West Lake employee arrested on drug charges

An employee of a Martinez golf and country club was arrested and accused of drug possession at work.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Judge refuses murder suspect's guilty plea

A judge refused to accept a guilty plea Friday from a murder suspect who claimed he had nothing to do with the crime.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Harlem funeral business changes hands

A longtime Harlem business has changed hands, as Darron Starling, former owner of Starling Funeral Home, has retired.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Speed limit to rise to curb Harlem speeders

Harlem Department of Public Safety Chief Gary Jones is hoping to curb speeders on one stretch of city roadway by raising the speed limit.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Water break closes Grovetown road

A Grovetown thoroughfare is shut down while crews repair a water main break.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

School worker charged with not reporting abuse

A Columbia County School System employee has been accused of not reporting child abuse.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Grovetown police chief resigns

Grovetown Department of Public Safety Director Gary Owens resigned Friday afternoon.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Longtime court administrator passes the torch

Tom Gunnels, the longtime court administrator for the area, is retiring at the end of August.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Grovetown chief returns to work after suspension

City officials suspended Chief Gary Owens without pay on Thursday and Friday, according to Mayor George James.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

Columbia County resumes classes

Columbia County schools resume classes
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Ex-cop denies sex charges at hearing

Jon Eric Austin Stripling, 38, pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory authorities and violation of oath by a public officer.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Another Martinez Wal-Mart

A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market will anchor a new development on South Belair Road.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ex-officer accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

Jon Eric Austin Stripling, 38, of Railroad Avenue in Grovetown, surrendered Wednesday after a Columbia County grand jury indicted him on three counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory ...
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, July 18, 2014

Electronic repairman arrested again

The former owner of an electronics repair business charged with scamming customers early this year was arrested again Thursday for stealing electricity and a power meter.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Police quit probe after victim balks

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday that the investigation was closed because the victim refused to cooperate.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shooting suspect had similar crime in past

An Augusta man recently charged with shooting an Evans man in the leg was charged with a similar crime less than two years ago.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Columbia County man shot in leg

An Evans man said he was shot in the leg early Monday as four people tried to rob him outside his apartment.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

House destroyed by fire as family escapes

A Columbia County family escaped injury when their home was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.
By Valerie Rowell

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