As published 36 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 18, 1968:
Facilities for the outdoor-minded were boosted this week by an announcement from Congressman Robert G. Stephens Jr. that a grant by the Department of the Interior for the development of Mistletoe State Park on the Clark Hill Reservoir in Columbia County had been approved.
Stephens stated that federal funds in the amount of $238,936 had been provided for construction of bath houses, a visitor center, playground and other facilities.
The state will match the federal grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis, with funds obtained through a bond issue approved by the General Assembly.
Mistletoe, the 1,700-acre site in the Winfield community, is to be the second of its kind in the area. The other, Elijah Clark Memorial State Park, is located in Lincoln County.
Two banks sought
The second-fastest-growing county in Georgia - Columbia - received another boost in its economic status when two groups announced plans to open banking firms in the area.
Last week John F. Hardin, Allie M. Gray Jr., William M. Wolf, Alvin Postell, Marion T. Gray and Francis Tracy petitioned for a charter to form a corporation for the purpose of carrying on the business of banking under the name Georgia State Bank.
This week another group filed a petition seeking to be incorporated under the name of The Citizens Bank of Martinez. Those seeking this petition were L.A. Pollard Jr., John D. Eubank, Robert W. Pollard, Otis G. Cartledge Jr., Wilson O. Farr, Larry S. Prather, Raymond Bivens, Robert Dennis, J.H. Marshall Jr., Hartwell H. Morris and James G. Blanchard.
At the January, 1968 meeting of the Evans Parent-Teacher Association, the group adopted a resolution supporting pay increases for teachers on the local level, saying that the increase would help school systems keep better qualified teachers and with sufficient funds give the classroom teacher more range and greater effectiveness.
Air Force basic
Airman Ronald L. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver L. Williams of Martinez, has completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
Williams, who graduated from high school in Munich, Germany, attended the University of Maryland European Division.
Evans lost their fifth basketball game of the season, and second in three outings, to former Evans head man Ben Benton's Fighting Irish of Aquinas, 55-51.
Larry Gray and Dwight Bagwell, with 18 and 17 points respectively, led the Knights in scoring.
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