As reported in The Columbia News 37 years ago on Thursday, Aug. 4, 1966.
When school bells ring this year, students at Evans High and Elementary, Harlem High, Blanchard High, Grovetown Elementary, Appling and George T. White schools will have approximately 30 new classrooms awaiting them. These new facilities have been completed and feature wall lockers in the wings of the three high schools.
The new buildings were built at a cost of $371,378 and construction was completed by the Duffie Construction Co.
Even with these new rooms, the school board has had to provide additional portable classrooms at some schools to take extra care of the overcrowded conditions that are now in existence.
Evans names new coach
C.R. Davis, principal of Evans High School, recently announced Clyde Miller of Richmond Hill, Ga., was chosen as the school's new assistant coach.
Miller will replace Ben Benton as head boys basketball and baseball coach and will be an assistant to Bobby Way as a football coach. He comes from Richmond Hill High School, where Miller taught and coached for two years.
As a 1962 graduate of Georgia Southern College, Miller was a star on the baseball team and was teammates with Ben Benton, Bill Mallard and Pierce Blanchard.
Miller, his wife, Sue, and son, Ted, will live in Lake Jean Drive. Miller's wife will be teaching sixth grade at Evans this year.
Boys enter Fish-O-Rama
Boys Scouts of the Little River District enjoyed their first Fish-O-Rama held at McDuffie County Public Fishing Area near Dearing on July 29-30.
The scouts arrived Friday, set up camp and got some fishing in before dinner. Dr. Tom Neal attended to give the scouts tips on fishing and how to handle gear. Later in the evening, Ed Henderson, manager of the fishing area, showed a film on wildlife conservation.
After a soggy night and an early Saturday morning breakfast, the scouts, competing with Appling scouts, headed for the lakes for the official contest, which began at 6 a.m.
The Appling Troop 57 won the highest attendance award. The troop tied with Thomson Troop 389 for the largest fish caught. Thomson Troop 125 caught the largest number of fish and Harlem Troop 60 won the award for catching the largest variety of fish.
White Oak Camp begins
The 93rd annual camp held at the historic White Oak Campground began Sunday at the campground near the Columbia and McDuffie County line.
The guest minister, Dr. Frank Moorehead, superintendent of the Emory-Atlanta District, and song leader, Randall Williamson, pastor of Morrow United Methodist Church, Morrow, Ga., will lead daily services at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. under the newly updated tabernacle, which is the center of the circle of "tents."
The camp, established in 1810, was moved from its original location a mile away to the present location on White Oak Road in 1973. Prior to this time, settlers came in wagons and set up brush arbors. After getting the permanent location, Methodist members built "tents," small cabins with dirt floors.
Meals are provided for those who do not wish to cook and a pool and youth tents are available for young people.
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