As reported in The Columbia News-Times 12 years ago on Wednesday, May 2, 1990.
Big drug bust
Fifteen people were arrested and 150 pounds of marijuana were seized in a series of drug busts throughout the county.
The biggest bust - and the biggest seizure of marijuana in the county's history - came in the parking lot of the Columbia County Water Works office on Evans to Locks Road. In that bust, seven people were arrested and deputies found 140 separately wrapped packs of marijuana in four boxes.
Deputies arrested several other people after breaking up a party at a mobile home off Wheeler Road. Police had responded to a complaint about loud music when they found several people inside the home smoking marijuana.
Several candidates qualify
The ballots are starting to fill up.
Running for the 83rd House Seat will be: Bobby Meybohm, Ben Joseph "Joey" Brush, Jr., and Larry Ogletree. They are seeking the seat after Bill Jackson recently announced he would not seek re-election.
In the senate, G.B. "Jake" Pollard, Jr., has no opposition.
On the county commission, incumbents Vince Robertson and A.R. "Ted" Lane are running for re-election. Robertson will face Richard Reynolds and William "Bill" Sanders. Lane will face Mike Graybill.
On the school board, incumbents Susanne Scott and Doulas Luke are also seeking reelection. Scott has two challengers: Helen A. Hurd and W.L. Shipes, Jr., while Luke faces Jim Points and John Whitaker, Sr.
The Harlem High School library will be named after John Pierce Blanchard, who served as school superintendent for 32 years.
"This is a most significant day in the history of our school," said principal Gene Sullivan. "We're very honored."
Blanchard served as school superintendent from 1949 until 1980, when he retired.
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