It was July 3, 1861 when Wilson N. Crawford was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 11th Georgia Volunteer Infantry. Wilson had moved from the the western mountains of North Carolina to north Georgia in the late 1840s, not long after the U.S. government had cleared the remaining members of the Cherokee Nation from is homelands, making way for white settlers.
The first hearing in the death-penalty trial process for Steven Murray took only a few minutes as Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. and the attorneys for the defense and prosecution went over the preliminaries required by the Unified Appeal Process. Murray is accused of slaying a Florida priest in April.
Teach me Lord to walk in thy footsteps
Strengthen me Lord that thy will I accept
Give me some reason for living this day
Let me be of service to someone I pray
Lord I am a sinner and I ask please forgive
For I stumble and falter each day that I live
But thy grace is sufficient so that promise ...
According to allegations in the indictment, the defendants operated out of Murphy Village near North Augusta and committed a number of fraudulent schemes in order to obtain life insurance benefits, food stamps, Medicaid funding and fraud involving automobile financing.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident reports:
A Martinez woman has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle after a motorcycle crash last month.
Thomas von Ray Carter, 60, of Augusta, died Aug.
Columbia County commissioners and staffers fielded questions from residents on a list of major additions and renovations they say will help the already at-capacity county to continue to grow. The list outlines projects such as a long-awaited performing arts and cultural center as well as a Grovetown library.
In an effort to reach more vendors around the area, Columbia County will be using Periscope Holdings to provide web-based bidding services to all suppliers and contractors, according to a news release.
Georgia joins a national effort to get drunken drivers off the road in time for a safe and sober Labor Day weekend. Local law enforcement will be joining the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to help put an end to DUI.