As reported 20 years ago in The Columbia News-Times, June 27, 1984:
Jenna C. Thomas of Appling has been selected as one of 24 high school seniors, out of 1,703 applicants in a nationwide competition, to receive a $2,000 scholarship awarded by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
New school names
The Columbia County Board of Education has approved two name changes for junior high schools. Columbia Junior High and Evans Junior High will now be known as Columbia Middle School and Evans Middle School. Harlem Middle School has already been renamed.
The ninth-grade students currently housed at the Columbia and Evans schools will be transferring to the Evans Comprehensive High School campus, and the Columbia and Evans schools will be pursuing a middle-school concept.
S&L ribbon cutting
First Columbia Savings and Loan Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an open house Saturday morning, June 23, 1984. Among the guests recognized were the founders and directors of the association, the first savings and loan to be founded in Columbia County.
Five new subdivisions
Members of the Columbia County Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans for five new subdivisions.
Commissioners approved Springlakes Section VII, Forest Creek 1A off Furys Ferry Road, Old Petersburg Plantation off Old Petersburg Road, Kingston Section II near Wrightsboro and Fox Run Section I off Hilley Road.
Morris to run
Carter Morris, owner of Morris Travel Agency, has announced and qualified to run for Seat No. 1 on the Columbia County Board of Education. The seat is currently held by Douglas Luke. Morris is running on the Republican ticket.
Morris, a 12-year resident of Columbia County who spent several years as a teacher and coach at the high school level, said there needs to be more "down the road planning. If we don't make some plans for the immediate future, five years from now we are going to be in deep trouble."
County commissioners gave tentative approval for budget items in the 1985 budget at their regular meeting.
The county Tax Commission office will face a budget of $147,570; Warren C. Gibbs Memorial Library will receive $95,264, while Harlem Library will receive $13,967; Judge Pat Hardaway says she will need $67,981 for Probate Court, and $65,620 was set aside for the Board of Elections.
Open house was held Sunday afternoon, June 24, for a new office complext at 4024 Washington Road in Martinez. David Huguenin, attorney at law, who maintains a suite in the complex, stated that he was pleased to be in the new location. In addition to Huguenin's office, the building houses Southern Medical and Merchants Collections Inc.; Design Workout Inc.; Preferred Research Inc.; and Columbia Chiropractic.
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