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These accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident reports: The Columbia County Sheriff's Office was contacted twice in the past week by juveniles who claimed they were harassed by clowns on social media.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:07am

The "escape room" craze has hit Columbia County. Atlanta-based Mas­ter­mind Escape Games this week opened its newest "escape room" in Martinez to offer families, friends and corporate groups the chance to bust out of one of four puzzle rooms using only their wits, a handful of clues and a lot of teamwork.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:07am

Employees of Grovetown's Department of Public Safety will soon have one location to call home. Renovations to the city's recently closed jail will provide new office space for employees currently housed in an annex building down the street from the police department.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:06am

A 4-year-old Augusta boy drowned Saturday at Wildwood Park in Columbia County. He was identified as Jace Alan Baker, according to Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:06am

Having topped several summits in different states, as well as the highest point in the continental U.S., Shirley Tharp is now planning to hike to the top of Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:06am

Sports writer Chris Gay went 6-4 in Week 3 of the Pigskin Picks.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:05am

Marvin United Methodist Church Women and the Mikey Foundation are holding the annual Bill DaVitte Golf Tournament, formerly the Swing Tournament, Sept. 24, at Gordon Lakes Golf Club. Cost is $280 for a team of 4 or $70 per player.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:05am

Softball • Briarwood at Harlem, 5 p.m. Softball • Grovetown at Alcovy, 5 p.m. • Lakeside at Evans, 5 p.m. • Greenbrier at Heritage, 6 p.m. Volleyball • Lakeside at Heritage, 5 p.m. • Lakeside vs. Alcovy at Heritage, 6 p.m.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:05am

CIA Director John Brennan will speak in Augusta next month to a cybersecurity summit planned by Augusta University.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:01am

An officer assigned to the Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon suspected of downloading child pornography is being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing next week.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:01am

Former Augusta Christ­ian standout Josh Whitaker has joined the Augusta University baseball staff as an assistant coach, the school announced Friday. Whitaker will join first-year Jaguars head coach Chris Howell.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:01am

With the top two seeds earning a bye into the region semifinals, Evans will get most of next week off before starting back up the following week. Then, the team will prepare for the state playoffs, which begin Oct. 12. "Knowing that we're getting to play for at least a couple more weeks, that's a big plus," Beale said. "We've still got at least about a month left of softball. As many young players that we have, as much as we can play this year the more it's going to help us further down the road."

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:01am

The first time I ever met legendary Georgia Bulldogs play-by-play announcer Larry Munson was in an elevator at the Georgia Dome. I had just wrapped up covering my first bowl game as Georgia defeated Virginia in thrilling fashion on Dec. 31, 1998, in the Peach Bowl.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:00am

Tough week for Evans and Grovetown as they dropped 1-point heartbreakers to a pair of tough opponents.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:00am

Starting Wednesday, a Columbia County Water Utilities contractor will begin lowering water valve boxes and sewer manhole covers along Columbia Road, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:00am

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