As reported 43 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 17, 1968:
Ties for Miss Blanchard
Three Blanchard High School seniors have tied for the title of Miss Blanchard:
• Carrie B. Cummings is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cummings of Appling. She has been a member of the Blanchard High School Chorus for four years, and is a member of First Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
• June Cummings is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eugene Cummings of Grovetown. She received an academic letter last year for maintaining 90 in each subject, as well as in deportment.
• Frances Pullins is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Pullins of Harlem. She likes to sew and she makes most of her clothes.
"Interested Teens" meet
The first meeting of the Interested Teenagers of Columbia County was held Oct. 15, 1968 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.F. "Buck" Story. The group was served hamburgers from the grill.
Following the cook-out, the officers for 1968-69 were elected: Bobby Story, president; Teresa Nagy, vice-president; Sherri Polatty, secretary; Edith Dunaway, treasurer; Betty King and Ricky Story, reporters; and Guy Fleming III, parliamentarian.
Bobby Story reported on the purpose of the organization, stating that it is "to help elect those persons to office whom we feel best represent all the people of Columbia County."
A new organization, HOOTS, is attracting considerable attention throughout the county. Dedicated to improving education, the group is busily collecting factual data on schooling for presentation to the populace.
Headquartered in a trailer next to Hop's in Martinez, a group of volunteers is enthusiastically pouring over statistics printed by local, state and national agencies, extracting data to determine where Columbia County schools stand in comparison to others, and what can be done to improve the situation.
HOOTS means Help Out Our Troubled Schools. Its symbol is the wise old owl, and it uses the slogans "I give a HOOT," "HOOT for better schools" and "We're in ca-HOOTS."
HOOTS will endorse candidates in the upcoming School Board election.
Teams of public health workers will visit Columbia County elementary schools this week and vaccinate every susceptible school child from the first grade through the fifth grade against red measles.
All children receiving this vaccination must have the signed permission of their parent. All pre-school children should be brought to the nearest clinic.
A fall fashion show and millinery by White's of National Hills Shopping Center will be presented under the auspices of the Grovetown Woman's Club at the Grovetown Community Center, Oct. 21, 1968.
All ladies are urged to be present. There will be an admission charge of 25 cents.
At least 20 members of the Martinez Volunteer Fire Department were among the 500 firemen to attend the eighth annual fire school and brush up on the latest fire-fighting techniques and equipment Oct. 12-13, 1968, in Augusta.
Their schedule for both days included classroom work and putting out carefully staged fires in the urban renewal area under realistic conditions.