As reported in The Columbia News 21 years ago on Wednesday, June 17, 1981.
County officials meet on school safety
A new safety program for Columbia County elementary schools was the topic of a special meeting held Tuesday of Appling. Superintendent of Schools Donald D. Thornhill met with Donnie Bartles and Thomas Sweeney, assistant county engineer, to discuss the new program, designed to increase the safety of elementary school children in transit to and from school.
Also present at the meeting were Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services Charles Allen, Sr. and Director of School Transportation, Richard Ramsey.
Evans High approved for ROTC Unit
The office of Major General Daniel W. French recently informed 10th District Congressman D. Douglas Barnard that Evans High School has been designated a Junior ROTC Unit beginning at the start of the 1981-82 school year.
When contacted, Columbia County School Superintendent Donald D. D. Thornhill said, "We received a call from Ft. Bragg, N. C., this past week and were told that we were approved to receive the designation. We will receive written confirmation within the next few days."
Phillips takes first place at Stomp
Dennis Phillips, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phillips of Dearing, Ga., was named winner of the "buck dance," the highlight of the Kiokee Creek Stomp held Saturday night in Appling.
The first annual event, sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society, included square dancing, cake walks, the buck dancing contest and door prizes.
The Flutterwheels of Martinez provided special square dancing entertainment with Bob Waldera doing the calling.
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