As reported 47 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 10, 1964:
School additions planned
Classroom additions to six county schools and the construction of three physical education buildings are planned for the third county-wide building program, the School Board has announced.
Superintendent of Schools John Pierce Blanchard said “The board is very happy to announce that the third school construction program should get under way during 1965.”
According to a survey by the State Department of Education, 863 pupils in the county are improperly housed or unhoused.
Total cost of the program is $750,000, of which the state will furnish $487,000. The balance of funds will be raised through a bond referendum.
New businesses open
A grand opening of the Martinez Cleaners’ new establishment and Massey’s Barber Shop is planned for this weekend.
A building nearly identical to the Martinez Pharmacy has been erected by Kuhkle Construction Co. and will house the dry cleaning and laundry plant formerly located on lower Washington Road.
To celebrate the grand opening, owner Earl Allen is offering a drawing Saturday to give away three prizes of free dry cleaning and is giving away “Wacky Wooden Nickels” as part of the promotion.
Between the pharmacy and the cleaners, Dallas D. Massey has erected a new barber shop. Massey said he will specialize in quality, sanitary work in his three-chair shop.
Tax rates discussed
Tax equalization was discussed at Martinez Elementary School Wednesday night.
Hill Healan, executive director of the Association of County Commissioners, told an audience of approximately 30 persons that in order to provide the serves necessary for growth of industry, schools and communities, it is necessary to equalize taxes.
“Most counties that undertake tax equalization programs have three things to correct,” Healan said. “Low assessment, high millage and thousands of acres not on the tax books. This is true in almost every county.”
Space Derby winners
At the Pack meting of the Cub Scouts last week those boys were won the Space Derby were first place, Mike McCombs; second, Jack Pitts; third, Frank Bennett.
In the “Genius at Work,” first-place winner was Mike Reeves; second, Richard Stewart; third, Jack Pitts. These boys won their own age groups of 8, 9 and 10 years.
A 12 gauge shotgun, pump type, was won by Bill Ramsey of Augusta, and a Savage 22 pistol was won by Nick Crawford of Martinez at a drawing Wednesday night.
Part of a turkey shoot held by Columbia County Republicans before the general election, the drawing was postponed until this time.
Students and teachers at Harlem High School were figuratively blasted into orbit Monday morning when they attended a unique space-science demonstration in the school auditorium.
A team of science-education specialists utilizing authentic scale models and performing dramatic experiments reviewed U.S. space exploration programs. The lecturer was Edward Cushman from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The one-hour program was an educational feature of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.