As reported in The Columbia News 38 years ago on Thursday, April 8, 1965.
Georgia Iron Works to open Foundry Division
The Foundry Division of Georgia Iron Works of Augusta is scheduled to open Monday, according to Tom Hagler, company president and treasurer. Construction on the $250,000 plant began in July 1964, making completion in only eight months.
The division is located on a 100-acre tract on Wrightsboro Road just outside of Grovetown. The new plant was needed because the plant just needed more production meaning more space, said board chairman Virgil Hollingsworth Jr.
"We now have the largest backlog of orders in the history of this company," Hollingsworth said.
The Columbia County site was chosen because of its close proximity to Augusta, the receptiveness of the citizens and the company owners could ask for any location including one with high power, sufficient electricity and water, natural gas and railroad siding.
Harlem to send three students to state meet
Three Harlem High School students will compete in the state Literary meet in Macon on April 17 after winning first place in Class C for the region. Placing third among nearly 20 schools, Harlem will send Roy Reynolds, Glenna Roper and Steve Zeman to the meet where they will compete against all state Class C schools.
At the region meet held on the Women's College of Georgia campus in Milledgeville, Reynolds won first place in boy's declamation with a recitation of Dunbar's "The Supreme Menach." Zeman earned top slot in the boy's essay by writing on a phase of Communism. Two selections on the piano, "Sonata" by Scarlatti and "Ballade" by Debussey, earned Roper first place.
County Civitans receive charter
The Civitan Club of Columbia County was officially presented with its charter at a special ceremony Friday by Leonard Yarborough, the organization's South Georgia District director. Nearly 300 people were present including some representing Civitan International.
Officers were installed by Roy Simmons, director of extensions and former international vice president. Officers are: L.D. Waters, president; Randolph E. Watkins, president elect; Frank Sprouse Jr., first vice president; William S. Jackson, second vice president; Dillard Watkins, secretary; Mark Roper, treasurer; George Hobbs, chaplain; and John Davitte, sergeant at arms.
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