As reported in The Columbia News 23 years ago on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1977.
TRW workers reject unionization
By a vote of almost two to one, production and maintenance workers of the Evans TRW plant rejected unionization by the United Auto Workers Friday. The vote was 354 against the union and 198 for it.
According to Roland Springstroh, plant operations manager, the vote was a vote of confidence for the plant because it showed that TRW employees have faith in the future and growth of the business and in the opportunities they have at the plant.
TRW employees would pay more than $65,000 in dues annually to the UAW if the union had won the election. The plant is attractive to the union because it is new.
Springstroh also felt the election showed that employees preferred to work together rather than through a disinterested party.
Junior-high pupils create post office
As a senior Career Education project, Evans Junior High pupils set up the Elf Post Office, a temporary mailing booth. The booth was part of a school-wide project which involved the manufacture-to-final-delivery of Christmas cards.
Pupils helped design cards by writing verses and creating the artwork. After they were commercially printed, the pupils worked assembly-line-style enhancing the cards with color and texture. Envelopes were also handmade.
The design of special order forms for the cards, selling, packaging and delivery were all handled by the pupils.
Under the supervision of 20 teachers, the students gained experience in areas that ranged from sorting mail to obtaining a business loan from Georgia State Bank. Over 4,500 cards were made and distributed - double the amount made last year.
All proceeds were used to purchase gifts for distribution at University Hospital and candy for all the school pupils.
Evans drama performed to region second
Evans High School finished second in the Region 4-AAA one act play drama competition held last week at Augusta College. They missed first place by only 1 1/2 points, which is a huge accomplishment considering this is only the school's second year competing in a region that includes Butler, Glenn Hills, Baldwin, Hephzibah, Richmond Academy and Westside high schools.
In the competition, Evans presented a satirical comedy entitled "Louder, I Can't Hear You," by Bill Gleason.
"I am extremely proud of the performance of all our characters and until the last play was presented and we were leading the competition."
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