As reported 33 years ago in The Columbia News on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1970.
Public housing was the issue as Harlem City Council hotly debated a proposal concerning a Department of Housing and Urban Development project aimed at adding 40 units of low-cost housing to the city.
The issue which was voted on concerned the types of units to be constructed with the HUD funds for low-rent construction.
HUD had allegedly advised the Harlem Housing Authority that of the 40 units planned, 12 would be set aside for the elderly and 28 would be multiple family dwellings. The 3-2 vote by City Council requested HUD change their appraisal of Harlem's needs to 28 units for the elderly and 12 for multiple family housing.
A large congregation at Abilene Baptist Church was present to hear their departing pastor deliver his final two sermons Sunday, Sept. 6, 1970. He will assume duties as minister at First Baptist Church in Garden City, Ga.
Following the worship hour, Rev. and Mrs. Douglas Patterson and their three daughters, Karen Jennifer and Beth, were honored with a reception in the church social hall.
Chairman of the board of deacons, Jay Johnson, presented the Pattersons with a silver tea and coffee service as a token of love and high esteem.
The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, Honorary Teachers Society, met recently for the first meeting of the 1970 school term. The members enjoyed a picnic supper at the Forrest Prather cabin near Harlem. This has been a September tradition for several years.
Margaret Rogers, the new president, presided at the short business meeting. Plans for activities for the coming year were made.
Those attending were Mary Polatty, Carolyn Lamkin, Camilla Prather, Lester Marriss, Helen Carter, Dorothy Linder, Polly Culpepper, Sara Betty Fulghum, Margaret Rogers, Catherine Bridges, Pat Davis, Janet Goldman, Margie Tankersley, Dorothy Knox and Loudelle Wheeler.
The Martinez-Evans Jaycettes have a busy summer with many varied activities. The summer's activities started with local officers attended an incoming and outgoing officers meeting at the Lincolnton Clubhouse.
Petersburg Landing at Clarks Hill was the scene of a family picnic June 26 with 53 people attending. The Jaycettes plan many such activities in the future to provide their children with closer contact with other Jaycette families.
The Jaycettes also got together recently to address envelopes for the Columbia County United Fund. Pat Becton and Pat Carr were among those who helped. The ladies want to remind all Columbia Countians to send in their donations for this very worthy cause.
Dogs win, Evans loses
Riding an offensive wave, the Bulldogs of Harlem defeated a tough Westside team 29-14. Richard Poythress led the Bulldog attack which racked up 355 yards on the ground and 43 in the air for 398 total yards.
"It was the best individual effort I have ever seen," said coach Leland Hughes, following his team's impressive victory. It was the second victory for the Bulldogs who defeated Putnam County the week before.
Meanwhile, following a setback to Glenn Hills, Coach Bill Lewis of the Evans Knights said his team is being reorganized in an effort to get back to fundamentals and technique with an eye to the game against Harlem Sept. 25, 1970.
The Knights, defeated 21-0 in what coach Lewis described as a "poor effort," looked spotty on defense and never really got the offense rolling. Lewis said he was dissatisfied with the game but is still proud of his team's attitude.
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