As reported in The Columbia News 32 years ago on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1970.
Belcher receives home economist award
Doris Watts Belcher, Columbia County Associate Extension Home Economist since 1957, was selected as one of three Georgians to receive the National Association of Extension Home Economists' Distinguished Service Award.
She will be honored alongside Mary Robinson, Mitchell County, and Elizabeth Turner, Henry County, at the national convention in Milwaukee, Wis., this week.
Belcher is in charge of special interest classes and local Extension Clubs in the county. She works with other organized groups keeping them up to date on home economic information. Belcher has done special work with limited resource families in housing, nutrition, clothing, food preservation and gardening.
Though her highest honor to date, Belcher has served on the Distinguished Service and Public Relations Committee of the Georgia Extension Home Economics Association and is a member of the American Home Economics Association and Epsilon Sigma Phi.
Parents react to dress code
Parents' initial reaction to the dress code for Columbia County schools was, for the most part, critical.
The most frequent comment was that the code should have been put into effect last summer before many parents purchased school clothes. Now, students must conform to the code of dress and appearance by Nov. 2, 1970.
Many parents argued that any code to apply to students must also apply to faculty so they are good examples. Another parent thought a school's time would be better spent on curriculum than fashion and dress.
Other parents supported the dress code, but feared it would be enforced discriminately. Another group of parents simply dismissed the code as stupid or ridiculous.
Columbia council holds election
Officers were elected at the second meeting of the Columbia County Inter-Organizational Council on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Those elected officers are: chairman, Grover Zimmerman, Episcopal Church o Our Savior; and vice chairman, The Rev. M.J. Whitaker, Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church. The Rev. J.H. Starks chairs a bylaws committee and is charged to report at the next meeting.
The main purpose of the organization, according to its members, is not to replace any others, but to provide a common ground for group projects. The immediate goal of the group is to provide for the needy at Christmas. Long-term goals include youth recreational facilities and a county-wide library.
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