As reported 56 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, March 22, 1956:
The State Revenue Department seized 5,448 pints, 4,272 half-pints and 924 fifth-gallons of government tax-paid liquor as contraband during the past 12 months, according to records released by State Revenue Commissioner T. Vil Williams. This liquor was seized in illegal liquor operations throughout the state.
Government tax-paid liquor is sold to the highest bidder by the State Revenue Department, and bids may be submitted by either licensed wholesale or licensed retail liquor dealers.
New patrol cars
Motorists who keep an eye out for Highway Patrol cars may be in for a shock now that some 20 new gray cars are in use and 25 more are on order. Black cars have been in use since 1942, but all future patrol cars will be gray.
Dance to be held
On Thursday evening, March 22, 1956, the local committee that is working on the 1956 campaign for the American Red Cross in Columbia County will stage a dance, with the proceeds to go to this organization.
The dance will be from 8:30 to midnight at the Harlem High School gymnasium. Music will be furnished by the Thomson Band. Prices will be $1.50 for couples, $1.25 for stags and 50 cents for drags.
Congratulations are to be given to the top three “Four-Way Test” winners at Evans School. They are as follows: High school, 8-11, Fate Lutz; grades 4-7, David Emory; grades 1-3, Linda Gibbs.
David came in first place, Fate in second place and Linda in third.
At Harlem, E.G. Meybohm wrote the winning essay for the Harlem Grammar School, and Jean Cox of Grovetown was the high school winner.