As reported 35 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 2, 1969:
The Rev. Doug Patterson begins his ministry at Abilene Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 5, 1969.
Rev. Patterson, a native of Talledega, Ala., has been associate pastor at First Baptist Church, North Augusta, since his 1966 graduation from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Four Columbia County 4-H'ers have been named Master Club Members for 1968. They are Bobby Tankersley, Robert Pollard Jr., Bonnie Crawford and Morgan Manuel.
To get a Master award, 4-H members must earn an out-of-state trip.
Bell to open
Construction on the new Southern Bell Telephone Co. Martinez-Evans Central Office is moving right along, according to Augusta District Manager John Owen. The facility is scheduled to open in July, 1969.
Owen said the new office will provide far expanded services in the Martinez, Evans and Grovetown areas. "In addition to the $1.5 million that will be spent on the building and equipment, $700,000 will be spend on outside plant facilities," he said.
Department of the Army Special Service Awards were presented to five Columbia Countians in ceremonies at Fort Gordon recently. Maj. Gen. John C.F. Tillson III made the presentations to Faye G. Morris, Appling; Helen P. Gilbreath, Grovetown; Mary M. Culpepper, Grovetown; Lou N. Wisdom, Grovetown; and Spurgeon W. Thomason, Harlem. All five are civilian employees at Fort Gordon.
'Dimes' head appointed
Jimmy Carter of Plains, former state senator, will serve as state chairman of the 1969 March of Dimes, announced Basil O'Connor, president of the national foundation.
U.H. Pittman is Columbia County chairman of the March. The county unit met recently at the Harlem Women's Club to formulate plans for the drive and to make committee appointments.
Columbia County 4-H members Chuck Anderson, of Appling, and Henry Lancaster, of Grovetown, were winners in the Northeast Georgia District Land Judging Contest. Anderson won the junior division in district competition, and Lancaster won the senior division. Both are members of the Harlem High 4-H Club.
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