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Sunday, June 8, 2014

New Martinez school might not open until fall 2015

The new Martinez Elementary School should be complete in February, but it's unclear whether pupils will have to wait until the fall to use the school.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Martinez elementary to be completed in February

The new Martinez Elementary School should be complete in February, but it's unclear if pupils will have to wait until the fall to use the school.
By Valerie Rowell

Wear shaggin' shoes for Summer Beach Blast

Columbia County's Summer Beach Blast kicks off summer on Friday, June 6.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sleeper, Baker retain school board seats

Two Columbia County School Board incumbents retained their seats for another term.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Man shot, now facing charges

A Grovetown man shot by his ex-girlfriend last week was charged in connection to the incident.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lady A concert moved indoors

A rainy weather forecast has forced a Tuesday Lady Antebellum concert away from their namesake venue in Evans. The concert on Tuesday has been moved to James Brown Arena.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blues, Brews and BBQ series begins Friday

Three weekend events will focus on good music and good food.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bolt ignites exterior house fire

No injuries were reported from a fire caused by lightning at Maple Ridge subdivision in Evans Monday. 
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Crews put out chemical fire

A Columbia County hazardous materials team extinguished a chemical fire inside a tractor-trailer parked in a crowded shopping center parking lot Tuesday afternoon.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Businessman facing DUI, bribe charges

The president of an Augusta business was arrested early Sunday and again Wednesday after he tried to bribe his way out of a driving under the influence charge, authorities said.
By Valerie Rowell

County officials offer help as GIW expands

Columbia County officials agreed to help pay for road improvements associated with an expansion at GIW.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New trial denied for Columbia County teen

More than two years after Lacy Aaron Schmidt was convicted of murdering his 14-year-old friend, a Superior Court judge refused his request for a new trial.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, March 3, 2014

Driver charged in store crash identified

A Martinez woman arrested after her car crashed into a Dollar General store and seriously injuring the cashier has been identified, police said.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Restaurant owner evicted from Martinez burger joint

The owner of a Martinez hamburger joint was evicted from the restaurant Thursday for not paying rent.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Prison in home association theft

Laurie Wainwright Vanover, the former treasurer of an Evans neighborhood association, was sentenced to prison Thursday for stealing more than a quarter-million dollars from the organization.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Columbia County contractor beginning debris clean-up

The commission voted Tuesday night to allow the county's debris removal contractor, Ceres Environmental Services Inc., to pick up storm debris on private roads, which would include gated ...
By Valerie Rowell

Columbia County plans 45-day debris pickup

Contractors were staging Wednesday morning preparing for the 45-day task of picking up storm debris throughout Columbia County.
By Valerie Rowell

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Tucker takes break for 1st grandchild

On any other morning wrought with cold, sleet and icy roads, Pam Tucker would be in Columbia County?s Emergency Operations Center directing the county's response. But ...
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Columbia County schools on for Tuesday

Columbia County School System officials stated Monday that school will open at normal time on Tuesday. The weather will dictate any closures.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Martinez store owner faces more charges, eviction

The owner of an a Martinez electronics repair shop arersted last week faces more theft charges and eviction.
By Valerie Rowell

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