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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

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Congressional candidates stop in Evans

Two candidates vying for seats in Congress stopped in Evans on Wednesday.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Ex-workers protest for back pay

The owner of St. Louis Original Hamburgers in Martinez called police Tuesday to have former employees who were seeking back pay removed from the property.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Martinez TV repairman arrested

The owner of a Martinez electronics store was arrested Thursday, and Columbia County authorities are looking for people who believe they've been duped by him.
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Grief counselors at school after teen fatality

Grief counselors were at Greenbrier High School on Thursday morning after the death of a former student.
By Valerie Rowell

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

New trial sought in toddler death

A judge is considering a request for a new trial by a woman convicted in the death of a toddler in her care.
By Valerie Rowell

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Search continues for Evans man

Authorities in two states are still looking for a man who disappeared from his Evans home on Dec. 13.
By Valerie Rowell

Evans man still missing, police say

Authorities are still looking for an Evans man who left his home on Dec. 13 and hasn't been seen since.
By Valerie Rowell
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