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Augusta, GA, United States

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Past articles by Steve:

Columbia County hires new deputy administrator, 2 division directors

Matt Schlachter, the county's engineering services director, was promoted to fill the new deputy administrator position, which was created in a recent reorganization plan approved by the county commission. → Read More

Fire destroys Evans home, claims family dog

Augusta Georgia’s source for News, Entertainment, Sports, Weather, Classifieds, Jobs, Autos, Real Estate and Masters information from The Augusta Chronicle, → Read More

Grovetown promotes defensive coordinator Damien Postell to head football coach

Damien Postell, Grovetown's defensive coordinator, was promoted to the Warriors' head coaching job Tuesday night after a unanimous vote from the Columbia County Board of Education. → Read More

2 hurt in Grovetown school bus wreck

Two people were hurt Friday afternoon in a crash involving a Columbia County school bus in Grovetown, authorities said. → Read More

Local woman arrested in Nebraska drug case

A Martinez woman arrested last week in Nebraska with what authorities said was more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana worth $7.5 million, has been arraigned on charges. → Read More

Columbia County developer withdraws rezoning request for 180-home neighborhood

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to allow a developer to withdraw a controversial request to build a 180-house neighborhood off William Few Parkway. → Read More

Judge takes action in Marshall Square case

A Superior Court judge has appointed attorney Freddie Sanders as receiver over property involved in the Marshall Square Retirement Resort, as well as granting other motions from attorneys representing residents displaced when the facility burned last June. → Read More

Columbia County developer could face penalties for environmental violations

The U.S. Environmental Pro­tec­tion Agency has forwarded a case against a Columbia County developer involving violations of the Clean Water Act to the U.S. Department of Justice for further - possibly criminal - action. → Read More

Judge hears motion on Marshall Square complaints

Lawyers for former Marshall Square residents asked a judge Wednesday to compel its owners to produce documents that will shed light on what happened to personal belongings left behind in the wake of the June 2 fire. → Read More

Former Marshall Square residents allege possessions were 'stolen' and auctioned

An attorney representing former residents of the Marshall Square Retirement Resort, who were displaced after a fire destroyed much apartment complex in June, is seeking a court order to prevent the parent company from disposing of residents' "stolen property." → Read More

Marshall Square alarms silenced 4 times before fire reported, attorney says

The alarm system at Marshall Square Retirement Resort, destroyed in a June blaze that killed one woman and displaced more than 80 other residents, was manually silenced four times before the fire was reported to emergency officials, an attorney representing former residents said Monday. → Read More

Columbia County firefighters take needy children on holiday shopping spree

Columbia County Fire Rescue brought 40 firefighters and 21 children who fanned out across the Wal-Mart on Friday with a budget of $150 each to fill their shopping carts. → Read More

Wrens officer arrested in undercover operation by child exploitation unit

Brett Chapman Smith, 31, of Thomson, is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond after he was booked on three counts of Obscene Contact with a Child and two counts of Obscene Internet Contact with a Child. → Read More

Columbia County employees to see pay raises with new year

The raises will add another $1,873,952 in salary and benefits to the county's yearly payroll, or about $937,000 to the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. → Read More

Richardson defeats Grzybowski in runoff for District 3 commission seat.

Gary Richardson, a former planning commissioner with deep ties to local government and the business community, held off newcomer Greg Grzybowski to win Tuesday's runoff election. → Read More

Complaints prompt Columbia County to ban horseback riding in Evans Town Center

Columbia County commissioners have passed first reading of a new ordinance that will ban horses and other livestock from the entire Evans Town Center area. → Read More

Campaigning continues in House 122, Columbia County Commission runoff elections

Four candidates who survived this week's special election to make it into the final contest - a runoff election scheduled for Dec. 1 - say they will be working diligently for the next three weeks to ensure that their supporters return to the polls. → Read More

Georgia transportation chief says funding improving for road projects

After years of falling behind on transportation funding, Georgia is putting the revenue sources in place to fix neglected infrastructure and fund projects for future needs, the state's transportation commissioner said Thursday. → Read More

Lott to face Taylor in District 122 runoff

Jodi Lott, a politcal newcomer who is a registered nurse and co-owner of a rehabilitation practice, will face Mack Taylor, a former assistant district attorney and county commissioner, in the runoff. → Read More

Austin Rhodes' restraining order against House District 122 candidate, 2 others upheld

Rhodes, who hosts an afternoon radio talk show was granted a temporary restraining order Friday afternoon against three people - Jackie Powell Churchville, Rob Morgan and Joe Mullins. → Read More