As reported 44 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1959:
Tourist group formed
An effort to organize a tourist business in the Clarks Hill reservoir area finally got off the ground with the decision to draw up a constitution and bylaws.
Paul Mims, Lincoln County Commission chairman, was named to head up the constitutional committee.
Serving with him will be a commissioner from each of the other five participating counties, and another representative who will be appointed by the commissioners.
Before getting down to business of organizing, a group of some 40 representatives of Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, Warren and Wilkes counties heard Bill Hardman of the Georgia State Department of Commerce discuss the profitability of a tourist business.
Elbert County also was invited to send a representative to the meeting.
Harlem vs. Evans
The Harlem Bulldogs and Evans Black Knights clash in a basketball double-header in the Harlem gym Friday, Nov. 27, 1959.
The Bulldogs, defending 6-C champs, will be gunning for their seventh victory in the last eight starts against the Black Knights.
Evans High Senior Carolyn Smith has been named district winner of the essay contest sponsored by the Little River Soil Conservation District. As district winner she received a $50 cash award and the right to compete in the state contest.
Miss Smith was winner of the Columbia County contest for which she received a first-place award of $25. She won the right to represent Evans High in the county contest by winning over four other Evans finalists, including her twin brother, Harold.
Harlem man in ROTC
Winston R. Harriss Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Winston R. Harriss Sr. of Harlem, has enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Emory University in Atlanta. Winston is a senior at the university.
The 1959 Census of Agriculture, no underway in Columbia County, will bring up-to-date farm statistics last collected in 1954 when the farm census revealed the following facts:
The value of products sold in 1954 by farm operators was $1,145,688.
The value of all crops sold was $270,722 and included $239,132 for field crops, $5,084 for vegetables, $2,106 for fruits and nuts, and $24,400 for horticultural specialties.
The value of all livestock products sold was $809,905 and included $426,057 for dairy products, $211,455 for poultry and poultry products, and $172,393 for livestock and livestock products.
The value of forest products sold from the county's farms was $65,061.
Aquinas beats Evans
Aquinas High of Augusta ran up a 32-point lead and held on to defeat Evans High 32-20 in the First Annual Shrine Bowl football game Friday night at ARC Stadium.
Lineman Marcus Thompson of Evans and Aquinas back Ferber Buckley were honored as the game's outstanding players. The game was sponsored by the Augusta Shriners and proceeds go to the crippled children's fund.
George Shaw, Georgia Power Co. engineer, talked to the Harlem Rotarians Monday about using electricity for heating homes.
President Bob Meybohm presided. Mrs. Ruth Smith, Mrs. E.D. Clary Jr. and Mrs. T.E. Kipp, members of the Harlem Women's Club, served the meal.
Dutton in Germany
Army First Sgt. Leo C. Dutton Jr., whose wife, Irene, lives in Harlem, recently arrived in Germany and is now a member of the 592nd Signal Company. Dutton entered the Army in 1942.
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