As reported in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times 28 years ago on Wednesday, July 30, 1975.
Man wins boat
Edward Oellerich, of Pecan Drive in Martinez, was the winner of a boat, motor and trailer given away by the Columbia County Emergency Rescue Team on Saturday, July 12, at Columbia Square.
All proceeds of the raffle sale will go toward buying equipment for the team.
Starnes selected for national magazine
The Board of Advisers for the Outstanding Young Women of America Awards Program announced recently that Annette Hebbard Starnes, of Old Trail Road, Martinez, was selected to be included in the 1975 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America.
The program is guided by leaders of the nation's major women's clubs and organizations and recognizes diligently working women, who often make up the backbone of their communities.
Mrs. Starnes, 28, and a native Augustan, graduated from Butler High School in 1964 and Augusta College in 1968. She will receive her masters degree in August from the college.
She has been employed by the Aiken County Board of Education in Special and Adult Education and social services and a Hospital Home Sound teacher in Richmond County. Currently, Mrs. Starnes, wife of Paul Starnes, is a psychology teacher at Evans High School.
Southern Bell breaks ground
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Southern Bell Telephones $3 million operating center in Martinez was held last week. The center will be located next to Southern Bell's Martinez Central office.
When completed, the facility will serve approximately 200,000 telephones in the Augusta district. Construction is slated to begin this summer and be completed in 1977.
John Owen, district manager for Southern Bell, said Columbia County was selected for the facility because it is the CSRA's number one growth area.
The facility will hold a traffic service position system, which will provide improved advanced telephone services to the entire CSRA as far out as Jackson, S.C., Wrens, Ga., Waynesboro, Ga., Hephzibah, Harlem, Gibson and North Augusta.
"The facility is just part of the billion dollar program began last year by Southern Bell in Georgia to provide the most up to date telephone service possible," Owen said. "The system will add a new dimension to Southern Bell's present service including high speed electronic handling of long distance calls now requiring operator assistance, per to person, collect, credit card, change to third party and coil telephone calls.
"Presently, only station to station calls can be dialed direct. The new system will make possible the dialing of all long distance calls."
4-Hers attend forestry camp
Columbia County 4-H Clubs were represented at the South Georgia Forestry Camp by Lee Klementowski and Mike Deal held at Magnolia Springs State Park outside Millen, Ga.
These 4-Hers from Columbia Junior High School were awarded scholarships to attend the camp, where they were instructed in the wise use and management of our forest resources.
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