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Mary Liz Nolan

5 months ago

POLICE ARREST FOUR IN EVANS DRUG RAID

  Four people were taken into custody following a drug raid in Evans Wednesday evening. Captain Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says authorities searched a home on Mahoney Drive off Blanchard Road and arrested Storm Houk, Blaze Houk, Duane Houk, and Holly Colbert. Morris says nearly 850 grams of marijuana was found […]

Mary Liz Nolan

5 months ago

MCDUFFIE COUNTY BOY DROWNS IN POND

    Authorities are investigating the drowning death of a 7 year old McDuffie County boy on Wednesday.  Jeremiah Parker-Ngoy Kalume was found unresponsive in a pond less than a mile from his home on Old Milledgeville Road in Thomson. Family members reported him missing around 4:00 p.m.   Searchers pulled his body from the pond […]

Mary Liz Nolan

5 months ago

NO TAX INCREASE FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY RESIDENTS

NO TAX INCREASE FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY RESIDENTS Columbia County Commissioners approved a $190 million budget Tuesday for the new fiscal year that begins soon, and the good news is there’s no property tax increase for residents. There’s a 6 percent increase in the general fund, primarily because 23 positions were added in the county in […]

Mary Liz Nolan

5 months ago

NORTH AUGUSTA CHURCH NAMES NEW PASTOR

  Dr. Ryan Pack begins his service as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church North Augusta on Sunday, July 13.  He and his family will be moving to North Augusta from Hendersonville, North Carolina where he recently served as Pastor for First Baptist Church. Dr. Pack earned a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Columbia […]

Mary Liz Nolan

5 months ago

GOVERNOR DEAL SUSPENDS GASOLINE TAX INCREASE

    Georgia motorists will be spared a gasoline tax increase this summer. Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order suspending the increase that would have gone into effect July 1. The tax is adjusted in January and February based on average fuel prices.  The tax goes up as prices rise, and given the roughly […]

Mary Liz Nolan

5 months ago

GEORGIA ANNOUNCES NEW TESTING SYSTEM FOR STUDENTS

  Out with the old tests and in with the new.  The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that students will no longer take the CRCT or the EOCT to measure how they are performing. The department will implement the Milestones Assessment System during the upcoming academic year.  It will be aligned to the Common […]

Mary Liz Nolan

5 months ago

SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS BUDGET MEETING TONIGHT

  The Aiken County School Board is holding a special meeting later today to let the public weigh-in on the proposed budget for the upcoming school year. The board is not seeking any tax increases in the proposed $48.6 million budget. It includes a step increase for most school system employees and a two percent […]

Mary Liz Nolan

5 months ago

COOLING CENTERS OPEN IN COLUMBIA COUNTY

  Cooling centers opened Monday in Columbia County and they’ll stay open through the end of September to give folks without air conditioning a place to seek relief from the summer heat. Seven cooling centers are spread across the county including Patriots Park, the Harlem Senior Center, and the Bessie Thomas Community Center.  For more […]

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