As reported in The Columbia News 45 years ago on Thursday, April 11, 1957.
No-death weekend sought by governor
ATLANTA - In the wake of one of the worst accident-ridden weekends in Georgia's history, Gov. Marvin Griffin has proclaimed the weekend of May 4-5 as "Deathless Weekend" in Georgia.
He is joining with the Georgia Association of Broadcasters in an effort to prevent a single death from traffic accidents during the 48-hour period from midnight Friday, May 3 through midnight Sunday, May 5.
Commenting on the tragic death toll as a result of road mishaps over a recent weekend when 31 persons lost their lives - the highest number in any non-holiday weekend on record - the governor declared:
"This useless slaughter on our roads has gone far enough. We have reached the point in modern living where we place our lives in jeopardy by merely venturing out upon our roads in an automobile."
Mayor names April month for cancer control
April has been proclaimed as Cancer Control Month by Mayor H.O. Hatcher of Harlem.
Mr. Hatcher, in a resolution signed last Wednesday, called attention to President Eisenhower's setting aside April "for a special time to consider how best to combat cancer." He noted in the resolution that the governor of Georgia has issued a proclamation accordingly.
"This disease, termed man's cruelest enemy, affects every segment of our people, spares neither young nor old, men or women and strikes with equal impartiality," the resolution reads.
News about people in Columbia County
Miss Bonnie Jordan is always a welcome visitor from Shorter College where she has been a student for two years. She arrived in time to serve as organist at the Baptist Church during the Revival of last week.
Although beginning her study or organ comparatively recently, she has made rapid progress and is now a performer with ease and assurance.
Harlem people regret to lose Mrs. T.O. Weeks as a resident, but are happy that since it was necessary for her to move she will become a resident of Appling. Mrs. Weeks will live in the home formerly occupied by Mrs. Jim Morris and owned by Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Morris, which has every convenience and is just right in size. She will assist Mr. and Mrs. Morris in Howell General Merchandise Store, where she was at one time employed.
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