Ga. food stamp/ drug test fight looms

...applicant's demeanor, missed appointments and a history of arrests or other issues with law enforcement, according to the bill.Morris said the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in its opinion on welfare drug testing, found that using "reasonable suspicion...

Columbia County Commission passes $190 million budget

...budget when you keep raising taxes, but it isn't so easy when you don't," he said.Commissioners Ron Thigpen and Bill Morris praised the county staff's "cooperative spirit" in making adjustments to their "wish lists" to reach a balanced...

Columbia County sample ballot

...Cross * For County Commissioner, District 1H. ChaudhryDoug Duncan For County Commissioner, District 4William D. "Bill" Morris * REPUBLICAN PARTY QUESTIONS 1. Should the Georgia state income tax be abolished? Yes or No2. Should the voting...

Columbia County commission chairman Ron Cross to seek re-election

...work with us."No other candidates have officially announced a run against Cross, nor against District 4 Commission Bill Morris, who has said he will seek a second term.The only potential newcomer thus far, is Doug Duncan, who has announced...

Columbia County might pick hospital partner soon

...the "No. 1 item" on the next special purpose local option sales tax program, Cross said.However, Commissioner Bill Morris said that might take away from other projects the county might want to do."That's going to eliminate some other...

Columbia County Board of Commissioners struggles with complexity of hospital decision

...lifetimes, hopefully decades and centuries to come," Allen said."It's sort of like getting married," Commissioner Bill Morris said. "You're going to be with her for the rest of your life, hopefully."The commissioners are getting an earful...

Columbia County Commission OKs utility move to make way for Gibbs Road widening

...includes recognition of the city's past mayors, including Edgar Clary, for whom the foundation is named."I think it will be a nice gathering place for the citizens of Harlem and Columbia County," District 4 Commissioner Bill Morris said.

Schools will tap into broadband network

...best part of the deal is that it will bring all schools up to the same level of access, said District 4 Commissioner Bill Morris, who was an assistant school superintendent before his retirement. Part of the justification for the federal grant...

Road-race rules closer to approval

...I think this will allow us to do an even better job of helping with these events," said District 4 Commissioner Bill Morris.The ordinance, if approved on second reading in two weeks, would require organizers to apply with the county's...

Columbia County panel OKs road grader bid

...like to see boards formed based on population rather than geography."We have a regional draw," said Commissioner Bill Morris, the committee chairman. "I'm not sure the other counties can claim that. I think that's something we have to...