As reported 63 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 3, 1940:
During the last summer many improvements were made to the Leah School building and grounds. Among them is a very durable fence around the grounds with an arch over the front entrance.
A movement was started toward the end of last term by the FFA boys to landscape and fence in the grounds. The efforts resulted in a WPA project. While the men were there the school building was painted on the inside, the gymnasium was painted and a concrete floor put in the shop.
Vocational agriculture has been added to the Winfield School this year, and the school has made a grand start in the work. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1940, the Future Farmers of America Chapter met at the school building and elected officers for this year, as follows: President, Hubert Paschal; vice president, Walter Anderson; secretary, Jim Jordan; treasurer, Lewis Howard; reporter, Russell Tankersley; watchdog, Earl Tankersley.
The club is making plans for a very successful year, and hopes to accomplish a great deal during the year. The club is already making plans to erect a vocational shop building.
New county agent
W.E. Still has assumed his duties as county agent of Columbia County, succeeding E.H. Jackson who has resigned.
Mr. Still is a native of Walton County and is a graduate of the College of Agriculture of the University of Georgia. For the past year he has been assistant county agent of Greene County.
Mr. Still is a splendid man and Columbia County is fortunate in securing his services.
A group of Columbians interested in improving farm land through soil conservation and cooperation with the agricultural adjustment administration met on Thursday night in the auditorium of Harlem High School.
This was the second of three meetings, the first being held in Leah the week before and the third in Evans on Friday night.
There will be a pratic sing at Silver Run Baptist Church next Friday night, Oct. 4, 1940, as a pratic in connection with the east Georgia singing convention, which will be held at Mt. Horeb Church next Sunday. All of the leading singers are asked to come to this pratic and take part in the promotion of gospel singing.
It is hoped that the new books will be in hand for this pratic, and that all will come and take part in order that the convention may be a great success.
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