As reported 27 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and the Martinez-Evans Times, Oct. 27, 1976:
Guardianship charges false
Charles Allen, assistant superintendent for pupil services for Columbia County schools, stated that a previous article charging Probate Judge Kathryn Morris will mass issuance of guardianships for students to attend Columbia County schools is without foundation.
Allen, on instruction from the superintendent of schools, has made a detailed study of all the schools of the county as related to students attending the public schools under guardianships, adoptions, recommendations from Family and Children Services, cases of custody as appointed by the superior court judge, power of attorney, and others.
Girl of the Month
Vivian Colbert, the daughter of Mrs. Alma Colbert and the late Anthony Colbert Sr., was elected Future Homemakers of America Girl of the Month by the Evans High FHA chapter. Vivian is a senior at EHS. She serves as treasurer of the FHA and is a Junior Class representative. Her hobbies include sewing, crafts, music and FHA.
The 18-mile marathon held Oct. 23 may have exhausted many of the participants, but enthusiasm remained high even after this year's Hike-Bike for Retarded Citizens came to a close.
"I did it to have a good time, but I got tired halfway through the trip," said Rupert Farris, 13, of Martinez. Rupert and his companion, Kenneth Pollock, 13, rode the full 18 miles.
Approximately 300 hikers and bikers turned out for the event, sponsored by the Columbia County Association for Retarded Citizens.
Nearly 100 persons received flu shots at the Columbia County Board of Health last week. The next clinic will be at the Martinez Fire Station, Nov. 6, 1976.
Carter beats Ford
By an overwhelming margin, Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter defeated Republican nominee Gerald Ford in the race to become president of the United States.
Carter carried an impressive 79 percent of the votes against Ford's 21 percent.
The real winners, however, were the students who participated in the mock election held at Columbia Junior High. Students at the school, through the Career Planning Program, went through the democratic process of voting from learning how to register to vote to actually using a voting machine.
Douglas Luke, Columbia County Board of Education vice-chairman has been appointed as 10th District representative of the Georgia State School Board Association to the Federal Network Relations Board.
In accepting the position, Luke said he will have an opportunity to be in direct contact with Washington, D.C. and congressman Doug Barnard.
Sgt. A.H. Hopkins of the Thomson State Patrol Post announced that his post has investigated eight traffic accidents, made 168 arrests and issued 37 warnings in Columbia County during September.
Hopkins said nine persons were injured in the eight accidents, and two others were killed.
Estimated property damage was $19,600.
Evans Band competes
Thirteen members of the Evans High Band traveled to Newton County High School Saturday to participate in the all-state semifinals. Four members - Robert Tuten, John Pierson, Julian Adams and Garrett Wise - were chosen to continue to the finals in December.
Morris Travel opens
The opening of Morris Travel, an agency specializing in cruises, student groups and creative travel, has been announced by Carter and Angie Morris.
The agency is located in the Village West Shopping Center.
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