Columbia County commissioners met Tuesday, April 2, 2013 to review the coming fiscal year's $56.4 million budget, and said expenses are expected to go up by less than 1 percent with tax revenues rising by just 2 percent.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 5:51pm

The federal bribery trial of Grovetown city Councilman Sonny MCDowell will continue Wednesday.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 5:41pm

Columbia County authorities are looking for a couple they say used credit cards stolen from an Appling man last week.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 4:15pm

A breakfast set for Saturday, April 6 in Evans will help raise money to send books to children in Columbia and Richmond counties.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 4:06pm

SCHOOL: Hammond Hill Elementary GRADE: Fourth FAVORITE CLASS: Math FAVORITE LUNCH: Sandwich FAVORITE P.E. ACTIVITY: Dodgeball HOBBIES: Help take care of my brother A ROLE MODEL OF MINE IS: my mom.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:15pm

Sports Notes...

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:14pm

General news • Applications for the Thurmond Statesmen Institute are being accepted. The institute is an honors magnet program at Strom Thurmond High School. Those who complete the honors and college credit curriculum with a 3.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:13pm

SPORT: Tennis AGE: 18 GRADE: 12th SCHOOL: North Augusta High WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TENNIS? I chose to play tennis because of my dad. . My dad taught me how to play.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:12pm

Woman calls police after feeling threatened by driver A 33-year-old Clarks Hill, S.C., woman told North Augusta Public Safety that she felt threatened by another driver's actions.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:12pm

Art institute gets new director Heather N. Williams has been appointed executive director of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Williams will begin in her role April 15.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:12pm

News Notes...

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:11pm

Members of Grace United Methodist Church are working to stop hunger. On May 4, the church's Wesley Center will make room for an assembly line to package meals through the Stop Hunger Now charity, which send the meals overseas to a nation in need.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:11pm

Just recently, I read two articles about government related spending that I feel compelled to comment on. One article talked about how the current high unemployment is affecting the number of teachers that are being hired by schools.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:10pm

Mary Harrison didn't learnto paint until she moved to Augusta about 25 years ago. But, she has made up for lost time because she has painted over 350 paintings since then.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:09pm

In 2003, an opportunity presented itself to Lynn Ealey for her to achieve a better work-life balance. That opportunity was to become an entrepreneur. Ealey founded was what then called Paws-N-Claws as a business to business company.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:08pm