Baston Road reopens after gas leak

...close for hours. The school, homes, Earth Fare and other buildings in the vicinity were evacuated Saturday, said Pam Tucker, the director of Columbia County's emergency and operations division.The 4-inch line was accidentally hit Saturday...

Rants & Raves

...it was certified, something went so horribly wrong for the 80-plus tenants, as well as the owners. But raves to Pam Tucker and the firefighters for all their hard work! I AGREE THAT PROVEN terrorists should not have death delayed at all...

Augusta sees hottest week of year so far; highs expected to continue to break 100

...Columbia County has had its centers open since the beginning of the month, said Emergency Management Agency Director Pam Tucker."We do it every summer ? June 1 through the end of September ? so that any time during that time period that we...

Overnight rain soaks Columbia County

...Overnight rainfall added to a particularly soggy 24 hours in Columbia County.According to a news release this morning from Pam Tucker, director of the county's Emergency Operations Division, almost 6 inches of rain fell in Appling. Rainfall levels...

Columbia County official honored for aiding disabled

...director was recognized for providing people with disabilities "equal access to information and services" on Friday.Pam Tucker was honored for "nondiscrimination" and "quality inclusion" of the disabled population in state and local government...

1 dead in early-morning fire at Evans retirement community

...at Doctors and a female non-resident at University Hospital, said Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker.By 5 a.m., fire had destroyed most of the central part of the multistory complex and was moving into the eastern...

Training exercises at Fort Gordon will cause loud noises

...training exercises.Explosives and live-fire training at Fort Gordon's artillery impact area and local training area are scheduled from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., according to Columbia County Emergency Management Director Pam Tucker.

Severe weather may hit Augusta area today

...toward Augusta and it has the potential to bring a lot of instability."Columbia County Emergency Operations director Pam Tucker advised caution.According to Tucker, 11 out of 15 similar weather patterns had severe weather, while five out of...

Trees, power lines down across area

...which resulted in heavy flooding in some areas of Hereford Farm Road, Columbia County Emergency Management Director Pam Tucker said. Trees were reported down in Plantation Hills Road and the Woodbridge subdivision.In Richmond County, power...

National Weather Service confirms tornadoes in Augusta area

...the NWS reported.Columbia County was spared from most of the damage, Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker said. The county was just north of the severe weather and only sustained minor flooding and a handful of downed trees...