As reported 36 years ago in The Columbia News, June 13, 1968:
Blanchard gets degree
James G. Blanchard Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim G. Blanchard Sr., graduated from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., June 1, 1968, with a juris doctorate degree in law.
Blanchard served in the U.S. Marines after graduating from Evans High School. After serving in the Marines he attended and graduated from Georgia Southern College with a bachelor's degree in history and political science.
Blanchard is married to the former Rebecca Ann Vernon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.M Vernon of Evans.
Rotary essay winners
The three top essays in the Rotary Club's 4-Way Test Essay Contest were recently selected from the Columbia County elementary schools by the staff of the Little River Share Service Project.
The first-place winner is Randolph Frails of George T. White Elementary School. Second place went to Randy Tankersley of Appling, and third place to Julie Norris from Grovetown Elementary.
Columbia County's newly created Recreation Commission visited the Statesboro Recreation Department June 5, 1968 to review the program and to receive suggestions and information for setting up a recreation program in Columbia County.
The Columbia County Recreation Commission was appointed by the county commissioners and will operate as a department under the jurisdiction of the commissioners.
Samuel Ray Jones of Martinez was presented the Leadership and Service Award on spring honors day at Brewton Parker College. Jones is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Jones Sr. of Martinez.
Robert Carter Daniel Jr. received a bachelor of laws degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon. Robert is the son of Rev. and Mrs. R.C. Daniel of Augusta and is married to the former Andrea Anderson of Appling.
Water system bids
Columbia County officials awarded a $43,730 contract to the low bidder for construction of a 250,000 gallon elevated water tank at Flowing Wells and Wheeler roads.
Winning the bid was Pittsburg-Des Moines Steel Co.
Post office remodeling
The U.S. Post Office has announced plans for remodeling the Martinez Post Office building. According to Congressman Robert G. Stephens Jr., "the remodeled building will have an interior space of 4,524 square feet and 16,750 square feet of parking and maneuvering space."
Dillard Watkins of Grovetown announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Grovetown, Sardis and Kiokee seat on the County Commission in the September primary.
Bobby C. Brassell of Martinez will seek the Republican nomination for coroner in the September primary.
H.L. McConnell, chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party, will seek the Republican nomination for the Martinez seat on the County Commission.
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