As reported in The Columbia News 29 years ago on Thursday, March 28, 1973.
Few's final resting place undetermined
A special committee of the Georgia Commission for the National Bicentennial Celebration met in Augusta Thursday to hear petition from both Columbia and Richmond county residents regarding the placement of the remains of Col. William Few, a Georgia signer of the Constitution.
Josie Dozier, a lifelong Columbia County resident, lived in the home once occupied by Few. She established many facts about the Winfield community including that it was Few's home. She petitioned for the remains to buried and honored in the serene Mistletoe State Park.
Joseph Cumming, chairman of the Georgia Historical Commission, stated that Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties may soon be merged for administrative purposes and offered the Mackay House, Augusta, as a burial site for Few as it has already been desecrated by the blood of patriots.
Others petitioned for St. Paul's Church and the Signers Monument as possible sites. No decision was made at the meeting and the committee decided to visit the proposed sites.
Business owner strikes gas prices
Billy Robinson, owner of Shell Service Center in Martinez, decided to "do something" in response to rising gas prices and inform the public that cutting prices is out of his hands. Robinson closed his station at 9 p.m. Thursday when he told employees to go home.
"I'm tired of customers having the impression that I can do something about these prices when it is the oil companies that controls them," Robinson said. "I can't control it. If I cut prices, I can't stay in business."
Regular unleaded gasoline sells for 37.9 cents per gallon at Robinson's Shell and 41.9 cents for premium. The oil company owned stations are supposed to keep independently-owned station within 2 cents, but they are running six to eight cents cheaper, Robinson said.
Evans players rehearse The Sound of Music
The Evans Players recently began long weeks of rehearsals before the May performance of The Sound of Music, said director Joyce Nolin. It will be presented at 8 p.m. on May 11 and 12, 1973, at the Evans High School cafetorium.
Sue Burks will play the lead role of Maria.
Proceeds will benefit the school's drama program.
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