Low turnout expected for SPLOST referendum, other area elections Tuesday

...Gregg Stokes and James Thomas Jr. are running for two open council seats.GROVETOWN MAYORIncumbent George James and Gary Jones are running for the office.GROVETOWN CITY COUNCILEric Blair, incumbents Renee Page McDowell and Dennis Trudeau and...

Gary Jones elected Grovetown mayor

Former Grovetown police chief Gary Jones unseated incumbent Mayor George James on Tuesday.Jones won with 674 votes, or 68 percent of the 994 votes cast. James garnered...

Grovetown man sues city, police over arrest

...compensatory and punitive damages was filed Tuesday on behalf of Chad E. Stefani. Named defendants include former Chief Gary Jones, Capt. Scott Wheatley and Sgt. Chris topher Powell.Stefani contends that he was falsely accused and incarcerated...

Columbia County Sample Ballots for Nov. 3, 2015

...for Two)Jennifer BennettJoe LokeyGregg W. Stokes*James Thomas Jr. CITY OF GROVETOWNFOR MAYORGeorge W. James*Gary Jones FOR CITY COUNCIL(Vote for Two)Eric W. BlairRenee Page McDowell*David William PayneDennis O. Trudeau*

Rants & Raves

...I'm proud of The Augusta Chronicle and Paine College. I HOPE THE PRESENT mayor of Grovetown will be re-elected. Gary Jones is only running for spite because the mayor fired him. He didn't even do what he was supposed to do in Harlem. I...

Harlem, Grovetown candidates make case for election at forum

...held Nov. 3.Grovetown Mayor George James, seeking a third term, is running against former Director of Public Safety Gary Jones. James, who retired from Kellogg's and spent nearly six years on the city council, said he expects Grovetown to...

Grovetown mayor to seek re-election

...the city council beginning in 1988 and as chairman of the city's Planning Commission.James is being challenged by Gary Jones, former chief of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, who announced his intention to run July 31.Qualifying...

Wheatley named permanent Grovetown police chief

...Safety chief Thursday.Wheatley had served as the interim director of the department since April 28 after former Chief Gary Jones was terminated."It's exciting," Wheatley said.Mayor George James said that the interviewing panel chose Wheatley...

Man charged in child molestation at Grovetown Wal-Mart

...whether she had daughters and offered to pay $200 to spend some "alone time" with them.The department's then-Chief Gary Jones posted on the department's Facebook page the details asking for help identifying potential suspects. An anonymous...

Former Grovetown public safety chief will run for mayor

Grovetown's former chief of public safety hopes to be the city's next mayor.Gary Jones, who was fired from his public safety job in April, said Friday that he would run against Mayor George James in the Nov. 3 election...