As reported 51 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 21, 1960:
Polio shots urged
The Columbia County Chapter of the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis (Poliomyelitis) has a large and expensive group of old cases who suffered their original affliction five years ago or more before the Salk vaccine was available and funds were not sufficient to care for those patients’ needs, according to Eunice R. Moore, public health nurse.
The vaccine is now available free of charge for all children who have not reached their sixth birthday, and to all others for the small charge of 50 cents.
Georgia citizens have been urged to obtain polio shots before the anticipated rise of the disease during the summer months.
The Grovetown Teen Town members enjoyed a “Ship Wreck” dance Saturday night at the community center. There were about 30 present, all dressed like shipwrecked sailors.
Harlem student wins
Phillip Kelley, a member of the Harlem High School junior class, was declared one of the two first-place winners in a Future Farmers of America speaking contest at Hephzibah High School in Area 5 and 6 eliminations.
Kelley will speak at the FFA contest in Satesboro in the southest Georgia semi-finals next week.
Citizens of Tomorrow
The Columbia County Citizens of Tomorrow for the week are Pamela Jolly, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V.W. Jolly, of Martinez; James Charles Swint, 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Swint, of Martinez; and Anita Frances Rhodes, 3, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. John Rhodes, of Martinez.
A public hearing has been scheduled by the state highway department to be held Friday, April 29, 1960 in the Columbia County courthouse in Appling, on the proposed widening of the Evans to Augusta Road. This road is Federal Route 76 and State Route 104.
Proposed work begins approximately 3,000 feet northwest of the Evans School and extends southeasterly along the present route to the end of the recently constructed highway project known as Washington Road, a distance of 5.4 miles.