As reported in The Columbia News 47 years ago on Thursday, Nov. 11, 1954.
Robbers take market safe
Nearly $3,000 was taken from the Harlem Food Market on Saturday morning by robbers who blew the store's safe off it's concrete foundation and carried it out of the building.
The robbery, believed to have taken place between 2 and 3 a.m., was discovered by Lynn Norris Jr., the manager of the store, when he opened the store Saturday morning.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents are aiding Columbia County and Harlem officers in the robbery investigation. Officers say the robbery resembles other recent robberies in Wrens and Waynesboro.
Entry into the store was made through a hole in the roof. The safe was blown from it's foundation with a nitroglycerin charge. The explosion was believed to be muffled by a passing train.
The loss was fully covered and paid for by the store's insurance, officials said.
Wreck follows Beall funeral
J.C. Beall, a Cincinnati man visiting Dearing on Saturday morning for the funeral of his brother, James W. Beall, was injured in a car wreck that afternoon while driving through Crawfordville with his wife and nephew, Eugene Clary.
Reports indicate the wreck occurred when a woman backed her car out of a driveway and into the path of the Beall's vehicle causing it to roll several times. Clary was thrown from the vehicle.
Clary and Mrs. Beall suffered only minor injuries and were released from McDuffie County Hospital. Beall was admitted at 2:45 p.m. and was listed in good condition when he was transferred to University Hospital, Augusta on Monday morning, said James E. Smith, the hospital administrator.
The woman who caused the wreck was said to have some injuries as well.
First Harlem City Council candidates announced
The first candidates to announced they will run to fill the two vacancies on the Harlem City Council are R.L. "Dick" Clary and E.L. Kelley.
The closing date for all candidates to file for the council race is Nov. 13. The election is scheduled for Dec. 13, at city hall.
Boy Scouts to hold annual meeting
The Little River District of the Boy Scouts of America will hold their annual meeting on Nov. 18, at the Methodist Church of Thomson. A dinner program will feature the Rev. Massey Mott Heltzel, the pastor of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Augusta, as the guest speaker.
The dinner program will begin at 7:30 p.m. An installation ceremony that will begin at 9 p.m. will charge newly elected officers with their duties for the next year.
Space is limited, so only 125 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased from Al Williams and Neil Gerald in Thomson or by phoning Cliff Palmer, District Scout executive, at 503-J in Thomson.
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