As reported in The Columbia News 22 years ago on Wednesday, November 25, 1970.
Food stamps replace commodities program
The Columbia County Commission decided at their monthly meeting to drop the commodities program and replace it with a food stamps program. The transfer will take place in three to six months, said program coordinators.
The 435-450 families receiving aid from the commodities program will need to recertify for the new program, said Al Nagy, a commodities distribution supervisor in Columbia County. Of Georgia's 159 counties, only five still use the commodities program.
Tom Mann, the state food officer, reported to Columbia County commissioner Jim Blanchard Jr. that commodities were being phased out. If the county did want to participate in food stamp program, they would get nothing, Blanchard said.
"We have gotten along well with the program," Nagy said of the passing program. "It is one of the best things that ever happened to the county."
On other counties, stamps will be distributed at banks, but they will probably be distributed from a county office in Appling, Nagy said. Under the food stamp program, the government gives stamps to the county, which it in turn sells to recipients.
Two Columbia County students are among six outstanding Augusta College students selected to be included in Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges, an annual yearbook of select camus leaders throughout the country.
Sylvia Folds, of Martinez, and Bill Lovett, of Evans, were approved for the honor.
Criteria for the membership include character, scholarship, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for future usefulness in business and society.
Miss Folds, the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Pleman Folds, is a junior English major and is a member of AC Choir, AC Theater and Alpha Chi Alpha sorority, where she is president. In addition to her many awards and activities, Miss Folds plans to attend graduate school next fall to study counseling psychology with an emphasis on adolescent psychology.
Mr. Lovett, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Lovett, is a senior English major and is president of the Student Government Association, chairman of the Political Science Club Constitution Committee, fall quarter rushee for Circle K and a member of the Augusta Symphony and Augusta Art Association. He plans to study public administration or student personnel in graduate school.
Library members plan GALA convention
Six members of the Harlem Library Club drove to Oglethorpe County High School to attend the 10th District fall Georgia Library Association meeting Nov. 10.
The program, a play entitled Inside Dope of a Sleeping Beauty, was resented by the Evans Library Club. During the business session, plans were made for the GALA convention scheduled for April 16-18 and officer for the next year.
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