As reported 37 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1974:
A candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives charged that an attempt was made to bribe him to withdraw from the race.
Dillard Watkins of Martinez told supporters at a bipartisan meeting that the attempt, made by Columbia County Commissioner Paul Blanchard, came in a telephone call Aug. 18, 1974.
Watkins is running on the Republican ticket against Ray Owens, who is backed by Blanchard, and who defeated incumbent House member Glenn Phillips in the Democratic primary.
Watkins charged that Blanchard offered to pay all his campaign expenses until the time of the alleged phone call and to “guarantee” victory in any county election in two years.
Blanchard refused comment on the charge, saying “The election is Nov. 5. I’ll do my talking after the election.”
Westmont Elementary School will hold its first Halloween carnival at the school Saturday, Oct. 26, 1974. A spook house, bingo, pony rides and much more entertainment are scheduled.