As reported 35 years ago in The Columbia News, Nov. 6, 1969:
Vandals took Halloween night as an opportunity to spread destruction in Columbia County. Both private and public properties were hit. Glenn Whitsett's car was damaged with oil-based paint that cannot be removed without damaging the existing paint job. Besides having to contract for another paint job, Whitsett will probably have to purchase a new windshield.
Whoever was involved in the destructive behavior poured paint over cars, mail boxes and road markers in Martinez. Other scattered instances of vandalism were reported by authorities.
Clothing for needy
The response from citizens for the volunteer program for the Department of Family and Children Services has been most gratifying, according to the director, Rubye P. Beasley. Beasley stated that an offer had been made by Mary Nagy of Harlem to head a volunteer group to assist in distribution of used clothing to needy persons.
If those in this area will carry any good used clothing to Nagy's home, she will take charge of getting these articles to the community warehouse so they can be hung on racks and those who need them can get them there. This is a much-needed service in the county, Beasley says.
Tax hearing held
A hearing was held Tuesday in Appling as the first step in what the Columbia County Taxpayers Association promises will be "a fight to the state supreme court, if necessary."
Freeman Leverett, representing the association, questioned John Pierce Blanchard, county school superintendent, on various aspects of the recent nine mill tax hike in Columbia County. According to the school board, the school tax was increased because of the uncertainty of the county receiving federal funds.
Blanchard stated that there has always been uncertainty about receiving these funds from year to year, but that there has never been so much uncertainty as this year.
The Blanchard High School football season ended here Friday night in a 24-14 loss to the Corry Tigers from Greensboro.
The defeat left Blanchard 1-8 for the season.
The students of Appling Elementary School enjoyed a night of fun last week when the PTA sponsored a Halloween carnival. Pony rides, fish pond, house of horror, apple bobbing, dart throwing, fortune telling, basketball shooting and a country store were among the many activities featured. It was very successful and enjoyed by all.
Lee Anderson, a sixth-grade student of Appling School, entered a cow in the Augusta Exchange Club Fair livestock judging. He won second and sixth place in the contest.
Lambda Psi Omega is the first sorority for Evans High School. Eight girls began plans for the sorority early in the school year. These girls have become the charter members. Officers are president, Sanyalee Judy; vice-president, Jane Brown; secretary, Janice Amato; treasurer, Lynne Henderson; reporter, Debbie Reid; parliamentarian, Karen Duke; historian, Vicki Tyson; and project chairman, Jean Wren.
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