As reported in The Columbia News 39 years ago on Thursday, Oct. 24, 1963.
White Oak Road home burns
The home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Pearson Hannah, three miles past Pumpkin Center, was completely destroyed by fire Sunday night while the family visited friends.
"We got a call sometime after 9 p.m.," Mr. Hannah said. "I know because we were watching Bonanza."
The family raced home and Mr. Hannah entered the house through the kitchen trying to save the family's clothing, but flames chased him out, he said. A mattress was all that was saved.
Mr. Hannah estimated the house at $15,000 and its effects inside at $6,000 - all of which was covered by Cotton States Insurance Co.
The family plans to rebuild in the same spot. They are staying with friends in the area.
"I'll bet 50 families have offered us the use of their homes food or anything," Mr. Hannah said. "Folks sure are good when you are in trouble."
Harlem and Grovetown mayoral candidates announced
Harlem and Grovetown have announced two candidates each for the cities' mayoral positions opening in December.
Sidney Robins and Spec Brown indicated Wednesday they would run to succeed F.W. Tracy as Harlem's mayor. Robins, a longtime Harlem resident, is a three-year city council veteran, fire chief since 1950 and plant manager of Tracy-Luckey Pecan Co.
Brown, originally from Wrens, Ga., owns and operates Columbia Cleaners and has been Civil Defense Director for Harlem for five years.
Two Grovetown residents - Major Ira Taylor and Thomas Huffman - have filed to run to fill current mayor R.T. Hardy's seat. Hardy can run for re-election, but has yet to file to do so.
Jaycees holding polio drive
The Martinez Jaycees are sponsoring "Stop Polio Campaign" at Martinez Elementary School from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The program promotes doing away with polio by eating a cube of sugar.
The program is being done all over the county on the same day. Locally, the program will be administered by Dr. Howard C. McGinty and assisted by pharmacist George Brewton, of Martinez Pharmacy.
The vaccine is dropped onto a sugar cube and eaten. It is the first of a three-step process to knock out polio.
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