As reported 35 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 9, 1969:
School board meets
The first-ever elected members of the Columbia County Board of Education held their first regular meeting Jan. 7, 1969.
The first order of business was the swearing-in of the new trustees by Columbia County Ordinary Katherine Blanchard. Columbia County School Superintendent John Pierce Blanchard was the first to be sworn in, followed by the members of the Board.
The new members are Lamar Walter, Grovetown; Guy Fleming, Harlem; Bill Jackson, Evans; Leon Zeigler, Martinez; and J.M. Price Jr., Appling. Jackson was elected chairman, and Price was elected vice-chairman.
The Columbia County Commission, with three new members, charged through a crowded agenda Tuesday with items ranging from buying a new typewriter to disposing of a dead mule.
New commissioners A.R. "Ted" Lane of Martinez, Thomas L. Huffman of Grovetown and Lyn Norris Jr. of Harlem attended their first meeting. They were backed up by veteran commissioners: Paul Blanchard and Chairman Jim Blanchard.
The dead mule belonged to a Columbia Countian who lives on Powell Road. He called Chairman Blanchard and asked that the county dispose of the dead animal because he has been sick with the flu and can't haul the mule away himself.
After some discussion about the county's responsibility, the new board showed that it will be a governing body with a heart. They voted unanimously to haul the mule away.
Ruth Maioriello has accepted the position of pre-school teacher for the new kindergarten to be held on weekdays at Our Savior Episcopal Church on Columbia Road.
Evans star signs
Evans High School quarterback, tailback and split end Butch Jernigan signed a full football scholarship with Newberry College. The 5-foot, 11-inch, 165-pound senior lives in Evans.
Donnie P. Bartles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bartles of Appling, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall quarter at Southern Technical Institute in Atlanta. Bartles is studying under the co-op program and will be working in Tennille, Ga., this quarter.
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