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Grovetown City Councilman Dale Stoddard died early on Monday.

After not being able to reach Stoddard, 64, over the weekend, the Grovetown Department of Public Safety received several calls from concerned friends and family. Officers went to his Williams Street home early Monday and had to break in, according to Chief Gary Owens. They found Stoddard dead.

“He’ll be missed on the council, no doubt,” Mayor George James said.

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UPCOMING

Shoe drive

Harlem Baptist Church is joining Buckner International Shoes for the Orphans Souls shoe drive through June 22; donated items should be for children and teens, must be new; greatest need is for athletic shoes sizes Youth 1 through Adult 8; cash donations accepted and will help provide new shoes and cover distribution costs; drop shoes off at Harlem Baptist, 105 W. Milledgeville Road; (706) 556-6439

Boat tours

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The Columbia County Board of Education unanimously approved the county’s 2014-15 budget totaling just under $187 million at Tuesday’s meeting.

The quick approval came as the budget received tenative approval at a previous meeting and was scrutinized in study sessions with tweaks applied leading up to Tuesday.

The budget will be enough for the schools to hire additional teachers and lower class sizes at the same time. In elementary school, the lower class sizes will be seen in first grade, third grade and fifth grade.

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Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols is bringing a “roadshow” that promotes alternative fuel to Evans on Wednesday.

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow is a showcase designed to promote and explain the benefits of using vehicles that run on fuels other than the standard gasoline or diesel you buy at the pumps.

The showcase will present the economic and practical benefits of implementing the use of alterantive-fueled vehicles, such as those powered by natural gas, propane, biofuels and electricity.

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Grovetown man seriously injured after police chase

A Grovetown man remained hospitalized Thursday after he wrecked his motorcycle while trying to elude the police Monday.

Robert Blake Purdue, 26, of Reynolds Farm Road, was in critical condition at the Georgia Regents Medical Center on Thursday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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Columbia County officials are expected to approve an upgrade to two Evans playgrounds after children reported their feet were being injured by wires inside the rubber mulch.

Commissioners will approve $64,640 at Tuesday’s meeting to install a hard, rubberized surface to the ground around the playground behind the Columbia County Library.

Rubber mulch made from ground-up tires was removed from the playgrounds nearly a month ago after metal wires, likely from steel-belted tires used to make the mulch, were found in it.

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The area’s only BMX riders group plans to move to Columbia County when a new BMX track opens in the fall.

The new BMX track and skatepark at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans is slated to open in late September or early October.

Augusta BMX, which operates and maintains the BMX track on Division Street in Augusta, will make the new facility in Evans its new headquarters, according to Joey Tedesco, the track operator.

“We’re excited about it,” Tedesco said. “It’s going to be a better facility, more modern, more up to date. We’ll get more support from the county.”

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UPCOMING

Shoe drive

Harlem Baptist Church is joining Buckner International Shoes for the Orphans Souls shoe drive through June 22; donated items should be for children and teens, must be new; greatest need is for athletic shoes sizes Youth 1 through Adult 8; cash donations accepted and will help provide new shoes and cover distribution costs; drop shoes off at Harlem Baptist, 105 W. Milledgeville Road; (706) 556-6439

Boat tours

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The ice from February’s storm has long melted. Power is restored to thousands of Columbia County residents and downed trees and debris have long been removed.

But the aftermath of the ice storm is ongoing as county Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker and her staff continue to wade through the mass of paperwork to get reimbursed for storm response costs and oversee the last bit of debris removal.

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The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Man accused of trying to kiss feet – again

A Langley man accused of trying to kiss women’s feet in area retail stores two years ago was at it again Thursday.

Joey W. Leaphart, 45, of Tutt Street, was recognized by a woman who said he asked to kiss her feet at a restaurant near Interstate 20.

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