As reported 47 years ago in The Columbia News, Nov. 22, 1956:
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. James D. Highway, of Grovetown, was the high shooter of the week for Oct. 12, 1956, at Aircraft, Atlantic Fleet Marine Corps Headquarters in Norfolk, Va. He fired a score of 233 out of a possible 250 points for the annual Marine Corps rifle qualification at the Fleet Air Defense Training Center, Dam Neck, Va.
Forest fire praise
Columbia County citizens and the local forestry unit were praised for their progress in forest fire control. The commendation came fro H.E. Ruark, chief of fire control for the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Ruark pointed out that the Columbia County area in 1955 kept the percentage of area burned in its 131,900 acres of woodlands below one-fourth of 1 percent. "For the past nine months, the percentage burned still is below the quarter of 1 percent mark," Ruark said, "but it shows a slight increase over last year's average."
School talent show
On Nov. 16, 1956, students in the high and elementary grades were given an opportunity to demonstrate a talent in some phase of entertainment. The event was sponsored by Ann Bullard and Mrs. James Griffin, instructors in music and expression. Keith Walls served as Master of Ceremonies.
In the grammar school, first place was a tie between Mary Ann Moon, who recited "Little Orphan Annie," and Gerry Carter, who gave "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death." Second place was won by Carolyn Whitaker, who recited "The Duel of the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat"; third place went to Henrietta Hunt, who played "America" on the clarinet.
In the high school, first place was one by Warren Whitaker, who sang "Ghost Town." Second place went to Ralph Cliett in an impersonation of Elvis Presley singing "Don't Be Cruel"; third place went to a girls' trio sung by Jane Kipp, Jean Cox and Ann Cloud, "All the Things You Are."
Soil essay winners
In the Soil Conservation Supervisors' countywide essay contest on the subject of "Why We Should Teach Soil Conservation In Our Public Schools," Columbia County was well-represented.
The first prize of $25 was won by Pierce Blanchard Jr.; second prize of $15 was won by Linda Scott of Evans; third prize of $10 was won by Jane Kipp of Harlem.
Others receiving recognition were Vivien Marshall, Jean Cox, Pauletta Russell and Brenda Woody, all of Harlem School.
John Pierce Blanchard was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Woman's Society of Christian Service of the Gracewood Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon of last week. Blanchard spoke on "The Responsibility of Educating Youth in This Changing World."
Members of the Harlem Home Demonstration Club voted to make Christmas corsages at their December meeting and to exchange gifts, not paying more than 50 cents for the gift. Mrs. William Dees will again open her home to the group.
Griffin blasts ruling
In a hard-hitting statement dealing with the U.S. Supreme Court's latest pro-Negro decision in which bus segregation in Montgomery, Ala., was held unconstitutional under state and city laws, Georgia Gov. Marvin Griffin flatly asserted that "there will be no breach in the pattern of segregation in Georgia as long as I am governor."
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