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Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Petition urges new trial for Dean

More than 25,000 people have signed an online petition urging District Attorney Ashley Wright to grant a new trial to the former Co­lumbia County Commissioner Scott Dean.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Couple escapes morning fire uninjured

An Evans couple escaped from their home, which caught fire early Friday.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Trial near for mom charged in toddler death

A woman charged with the 2013 death of her toddler could be tried in the next few months.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Crash closes lanes, slows I-20 traffic for several hours

Westbound I-20 traffic is being delayed this morning by a traffic accident near mile marker 180, authorities say.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Stallings Island Middle earns award, ice cream

Stallings Island Middle School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Scott Dean's petition denied

A judge denied a writ of habeas corpus for the former Columbia County commissioner, who is in prison despite having his accuser recant her molestation.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Grovetown native wins council seat

Renee McDowell defeated two opponents to win a seat on the Grovetown City Council.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Morris retains Columbia County seat

Veteran Columbia County Commissioner Bill Morris retained his seat for another four years in Tuesday's election.
By Valerie Rowell

McDowell wins Grovetown race

Renee McDowell will fill the unexpired term of Councilman Dale Stoddard, who died June 16.
By Valerie Rowell

Grovetown hires Harlem police chief

Grovetown officials announced Tuesday that they hired Harlem's police chief to take over the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Scott Dean, family still wait

Scott Dean and his family are still waiting on the ruling by a Tattnall County judge on his writ of habeas corpus.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Fair fun isn't done; midway to open in Columbia County

If you missed your chances to make it to the fairs in Augusta or Aiken, you have another opportunity. Ten days of fair fun kicks off Thursday, Oct. 30, with the opening of the Columbia County Fall ...
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

New charges for sex offender

A man convicted of sex charges in Columbia County, who then went to prison for child molestation in south Georgia is back behind bars.
By Valerie Rowell

Columbia County arrests promoter

A local promoter was arrested Thursday after an Evans business owner said he refused to pay money owed.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Death penalty sought in church slaying

The district attorney has filed her intention to seek the death penalty against a Florida man accused of the Aug. 14 shooting outside a Columbia County church.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Dump truck overturns, spills load of asphalt

Traffic on Columbia Road slowed to one lane after a dump truck rolled over Wednesday afternoon. Removal of the truck and debris is expected to keep traffic backed up into the early evening.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

8 horses loose on I-20

Eight horses that got loose from a nearby pasture and briefly wandered along Interstate 20 were safely rounded up Monday afternoon.
By Valerie Rowell

Slaying suspect has hearing

The Florida man accused in the fatal Aug. 14 shooting outside a Martinez church appeared Monday for the first time before a Columbia County judge.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

One positive TB reaction at Columbia County elementary school

The Columbia County Health Department administered the test to 62 children and adults at the school in Evans on Wednesday and results were revealed Friday, said the health department's county ...
By Valerie Rowell

Suspect in slaying extradited

A Florida man indicted in the Aug. 14 killing of a Martinez man was extradited to Columbia County on Friday.
By Valerie Rowell
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