As reported in The Columbia News 60 years ago, Jan. 22, 1942
Air raid drill by Harlem school
On Monday of this week, the Harlem School, led by Mrs. Rep Whidden, conducted an air raid practice drill.
From the time when the warning was issued there was prompt action and in a very few minutes the building was completely evacuated, pupils and teachers finding shelter in safe places on the grounds.
This being the first tryout and the beginning of other practice drills, it proved most encouraging and shows what can be done if the crisis should come, and shows also what organization and preparation can accomplish. Whidden and the school are to be congratulated upon the success of this air raid drill.
Blackout was great success
The siren warning was sounded in Harlem around nine O'clock on Monday. In less than five minutes from the time the warning was given, all lights in the town were out or concealed.
With the wind blowing against the siren some parts of the town were not sufficiently warned and had to be notified to black out; however, this is to be remedied by the purchase of a siren fr the town truck and all parts of the town will receive the warning at the same time.
Taking it from all angles, we feel that we could call this first effort a success.
Red Cross holds meeting
Responding to a call from Mrs. Glenn Segars, county agent, the executive committee of The Columbia County Chapter of the American Red Cross met at the courthouse in Appling on last Wednesday afternoon.
Ways and means of reaching the quota assigned to our county for the emergency war fund were discussed.
The best plan seemed to be to have a committee from each community to push the cause in their section and put on a vigorous effort to go over the top.
Activities of local tire rationing board
The Columbia County Tire Rationing Board has issued the following certificates for purchase of tires up to Thursday, Jan. 15.
W.H. Buffington, one truck tire; Georgia Vitrified Brick and Clay Co., three truck tires, three truck tubes; and L.B. Anderson, one light truck tire and tube. The members of the tire rationing board are: J.M. Price, Jr., chairman; E.D. Clary Jr.; and W.E. Still.
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