As reported in The Columbia News 42 years ago on Thursday, July 6, 1961.
One Columbia County primary road is included in the Georgia Highway Department's contract letting set for July 27. A contract will call for widening and resurfacing 17.4 miles of federal 076(1), beginning north of Evans to the south end of Little River Bridge at the Lincoln County line. The project is one of 73 calling for widening and resurfacing of primary and secondary roads in 86 counties. According to the State Highway Department, a second letting is scheduled in Augusta.
Miss Means is honored
W. H. Adams, principal of Harlem High School, awarded the Charles Palmer Davis medal to Phyllis Joe Means for excellence in the field of reading for 1960-61. Ms. Means is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Means of Columbia County.
This medal is given by the Education Publications to honor the father of reading instruction. There were three sections of eight grade students in competition, and Phyllis met the required standards with vision, enthusiasm, and perseverance.
Validation proceedings for $600,000 in Columbia County bonds to finance the proposed new Evans-Martinez water works system were filed at the county courthouse this week. The bonds are to be validated on July 15 in Appling.
The new system will consist of 78,000 feet of pipelines. Subscriber rates will begin at a minimum of $3.50 per month for the first 5,000 gallons of water, and 56 cents for each additional 1,000 gallons. Tap-on fees for initial subscribers have been set at $70 per residence. No money is required until after water is received.
Handling of the matter by the commissioners was necessary because neither Evans nor Martinez has a municipal government. There is no proposed tax increase to pay off the bonds as they are to be paid off over a 25-year period with revenue from water sales.
Many residents of the two areas now use private wells. Residents who desire to subscribe for water should contact County Commissioner L. I. Prather or James Blanchard.
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