As reported in The Columbia News 35 years ago on Thursday, May 30, 1968.
County 4-Hers take first in livestock
Columbia County 4-H junior and senior teams each took first place Saturday at the Northeast Georgia Livestock Judging Contest at the University of georgia in Athens.
The teams had to judge Breeding Cattle, Breeding Hogs, Breeding Sheep and Lambs, Fat Cattle, Fat Hogs, and Fat Sheep and Lambs categories. They had to give oral reasons for their placing using livestock terms.
The senior team made of Harlem High School 4-H members boasted Morgan Manuel, who had the district's highest senior score of 499. Senior Jerry Powell took the third highest. David Buskirk, of the junior team, had the district's second highest score.
County enters See Georgia program
Winfield, Columbia County, has officially entered the 1968 Stay and See Georgia Program, sponsored statewide by the Travel Council of the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce, as announced by George Abney. 10th District Stay and See chairman.
The program is designed to help communities promote tourism by means of a do-it-yourself program of attracting, serving and entertaining travelers. Georgia tourist spent a half-billion dollars in the state last year as tourism is the fastest developing industry nationwide.
Program participants form five committees: Clean-up and Beautification, Courtesy and Hospitality, New Attractions, Points of Interest and Accommodations and Facilities. Projects in each area will be judged. Prizes will be awarded to communities who have done the best developing their overall tourist potential through the program and will be awarded at the Governor's Conference in November.
School lunch program scores big in county
The school lunch program is a vital part of the total school program and a type A hot lunch is a valuable and important part of each child's day. Columbia County recently released figures indicating that six of the nine county schools had more than 90-percent participation in the program for April 1968.
Appling and George T. White Elementary had 100-percent participation. Harlem Public and Evans public had 70 and 71-percent respectively. Martinez Elementary had a 46-percent rate but the school operates on split-sessions and cannot operate a normal lunchroom program.
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