As reported 38 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 2, 1965:
Columbia County residents may sign up to win prizes in the 1965 Martinez Merchants Association Outdoor Christmas Lighting Contest, said Earl Allen, Merchants chairman.
Judges from out of town will judge the homes. Judges will be looking for the home with the most original decorations. Prizes for the contest will be $35 for first place, $20 for second and $15 for third.
Ira D.L. Taylor, incumbent mayor of Grovetown, was returned to his position for another two-year term in Wednesday's three-way race.
Taylor polled 101 votes to 46 for W.B. Dorn and 35 for Charles D. Farr.
Cards to soldiers
The Martinez Jaycettes plan to send 50 Christmas cards and letters to soldiers in Vietnam. The mail call project is a statewide Jaycee initiative to show appreciation to the men serving in the war.
The public is invited to a weapons demonstration at Ford Gordon's Range F. A varied array of modern infantry weapons will be displayed and fired by soldiers of the 3rd Training Brigade.
Mortars, rocket launchers, mines, recoilless rifles, machine guns, hand grenades and automatic rifles are among the weapons to be fired. The second phase of the demonstration features all of the weapons fired simultaneously.
The new residence of Mrs. and Mrs. Lloyd Wallace was opened to visitors Monday evening, Nov. 15, 1965. Approximately 35 people from the Appling community called during the evening.
The open house was sponsored by the Appling Jaycettes as a means of welcoming the new family into the community and for an evening of fellowship.
Harlem to vote
According to Harlem City Clerk A.E. Pendergrass, 330 persons have registered to vote in the Dec. 13, 1965 election for mayor and councilmen.
This was fairly light when compared to more than 500 who registered for the last city election.
Sidney Robins and W.R. Story have qualified and are seeking to replace Spec Brown in the office of mayor. Brown is not seeking re-election.
R.L. "Dick" Clary and E.J. Doolittle have qualified to fill the two vacancies on city council.
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