As reported 32 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Dec. 8, 1971:
Harlem's annual Christmas parade will be held Saturday under the sponsorship of Cub Scout Pack 60. Scoutmaster James H. Grice said the parade, with Santa Claus as honored guest, will begin at Harlem High School, move down Trip Street to Louisville, then to Verdery and Cook Street and back down Louisville to City Hall.
At City Hall, Christmas carols will be sung, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree. The Harlem High School Band will be among the units featured in the parade.
No school smoking
The Columbia County Board of Education voted down in Tuesday's meeting a request by Evans High School students that they be allowed to smoke on campus.
The request, made by members of the Evans Student Council in November's meeting, called for a temporary policy allowing the students to smoke at certain areas, under supervision, with certified parental permission.
A two-man team in the Columbia County Sheriff's Office has been especially assigned by Sheriff Ed Tankersley to handle drug and criminal investigations.
Johnny Dempsey and Broadus Vinson, who will attend criminal investigative school in Augusta for one week, were transferred from their jobs as patrol deputies to the newly created investigative positions.
Columbia County was recently awarded a $25,289 federal grant to hire the investigators for the Sheriff's Office, as well as employ road maintenance workers for the County Commission.
A 5 percent pay raise was approved for county employees by the Columbia County Commission. The raise, recommended by Commissioner Ted Lane of Martinez, will go into effect in January. The raise passed unanimously.
Tap fee set
The Columbia County Commission has adopted a resolution setting tap-in fees for the Crawford Creek Sewerage System at $300 per lot. The fee was set after Lawrence A. Lamb, consulting engineer, presented a progress report on the water and sewerage expansion projects underway in the county.
New industry help
Georgia Tech has agreed to provide technical assistance in Columbia County's campaign to attract new industry.
On recommendation of the Columbia County Development Authority, the County Commission Tuesday authorized the authority to enter into a one-year contract with Georgia Tech's Industrial Development Division.
While cost of the technical assistance will be $3,500, Authority Chairman M.T. Gray said Georgia Tech will contribute $700 of the expense.
Grovetown Mayor Lindsey Newman and Councilmen Bill Daughtry and Robert Banks were re-elected to two-year terms in last Wednesday's city elections.
Lindsey won without opposition. Final vote tabulations gave Daughtry 82 votes, Banks 81, Emma L. Trudeau 58, Stephen Reasoner 18, Arthur Henning 15 and James Baxley, 30.
Despite the dismal weather situation and many handicaps brought on by Friday's icy downpour, the Martinez Merchants Association refused to cancel Saturday's annual Christmas parade.
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