As reported in The Columbia News 38 years ago, Oct. 17, 1963
Fourth grader killed
Tanya Lynn Holmes, age 9, died at Fort Gordon Hospital Sunday afternoon after running into the side of a moving automobile while chasing a ball Saturday.
According to the police report, Tanya was playing with another child in a driveway across from Forest Acres Riding School on Wrightsboro Road. She ran across the road to chase a ball and ran into the right door of a 1961 Ford two door proceeding from Augusta to Harlem.
The driver of the car was Sergeant Grady Sillings of 390 Fairview Drive, Harlem. No charges were filed.
Fort Gordon gate problems
Fort Gordan authorities are warning people entering the base to use the proper entrances, particularly with artillery battalions of the 2nd Infantry Division now taking their annual training tests here.
The warning is directed at persons entering restricted areas of the firing ranges to pick fruit or hunt game. Authorized entrances are Gate 5 on Highway one and gates No. 1, 2, and 3 on Highway 78.
Newsboy gets honored
A popular newsboy in the Martinez area is Albert Etheridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Etheridge. The family lives just off Davis Road.
Albert, 12, is in the seventh grade at Martinez Elementary School. He started delivering The Columbia News around the first of April this year. He has 27 regular customers but has sold as many as 50. Albert makes a nickel for each paper he sells.
Route 223 to get repaved
Among the $5.5 million in bids for contracts for new road and construction received by the State Highway Department, the following was pertinent to Columbia County: 22.01 miles of resurfacing on the Thomson-Fort Gordon Road, State Route 223, beginning at the intersection with State Route 10 in Thomson and extending east to the intersection with State Route 12.
Jury values diary land at $400 an acre
The Columbia County Transverse Jury returned a verdict in favor of the condemnees here Tuesday afternoon.
With Superior Court Judge Wesley A. Killebrew presiding, the jury decided that the State Highway department must pay condemnation costs to Mr. Inard Gibbs, Sr., and Mrs. Effie King Gibbs for 13.774 acres taken from the dairy farm on the northwest side of Wrightsboro Road.
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