As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia County News-Times, Thursday, Nov. 11, 1954:
A still-undetermined amount of cash and checks, estimated by one police officer at "around $3,000," was reported stolen from the Harlem Food Market early Saturday morning by robbers who blew the store's safe from its concrete foundations and then carted it away from the building.
The robbery, believed to have taken place sometime between 2 and 3 a.m., was discovered when Lynn Norris Jr., manager of the store, opened up Saturday morning. Norris is the son of the McDuffie County sheriff.
Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been called in to aid Harlem and Columbia County officials in their search for the robbers.
Entry into the store was made through a hole in the roof, police reported. The safe was blown from its foundations apparently by a charge of nitroglycerin, and the explosion is believed to have been muffled by a passing train.
Candidates sign up
The first candidates to announce for the offices of councilmen for the city of Harlem are R.L. "Dick" Clary and E.L. Kelley. The city election has been called for Monday, Dec. 13, 1954, at the city hall.
New cars displayed
The new Fords for 1955 go on display this Friday at the Culpepper Motor Co. in Harlem. The showing here coincides with showings of the new cars throughout the United States.
The new Ford is completely restyled this year and offers a choice of three new engines: two Y-block V-8 engines and an improved 6-cylinder I-block.
Clarks Hill Dam opens
The Clarks Hill Dam and powerhouse will be opened to the general public for inspection on Nov. 15, 1954, with guide service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.
The public tour of the powerhouse will begin in the lobby on the main floor where a short orientation speech will be given by the guide.
The general public is urged to avail themselves of the opportunity to visit this mammoth project which has been selected by the Georgia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers as the first of the seven engineering wonders of Georgia.
Navy man returns
Among the members of a detachment of Photographic Squadron 62 who returned to Sanford, Fla., from an overseas assignment in the Mediterranean is Henry T. Gibson, aviation ordnanceman second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Gibson of Evans, and husband of France E. Gibson of Jacksonville, Fla.
Before entering the Navy in September 1941, Gibson attended Evans High School.
Columbia County friends, including those in Harlem, have been deeply interested in the good publicity given in the Augusta and Atlanta papers of the fine work being done by Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Marshall and their interesting farm in Evans.
This is one of the outstanding families in Columbia County, ambitious and progressive. The story of their advance in egg production and marketing in the past five years, originating from 4-H Club activities, is truly a dream come true. They have four fine sons, the eldest a sophomore at the University of Georgia, who in time wishes to take over the wonderful egg project.
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