As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, July 20, 1961:
Married students out
The Columbia County Board of Education has adopted a new policy banning married students from attending public schools in Columbia County, except those married prior to July 12, 1961.
The board, in establishing the new policy, too advantage of a new law passed by the General Assembly giving local school boards the authority to establish rules regarding married students.
Jim Slagle, Evans High School pitching ace during the 1960-61 season, signed a $20,000 baseball contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Slagle of Evans will report to Dodgertown at Vero Beach, Fla., next spring.
Slagle posted a 7-1 record at Evans last spring. He pitched two no-hitters, two one-hitters and gave up only 16 hits during the year.
Defeated in his first start of the season - on a shutout by Langley-Bath-Clearwater - Slagle pitched 56 1/3 more innings without giving up an run.
Harlem High School's cheerleaders for the 1961-62 school year held their first practice at the home of Francenia Tracy, captain of the cheerleaders, on July 16, 1961.
The group practiced and afterward they were served lemonade by Francenia's mother, Mrs. Francis Tracy.
Cheerleaders present were Margaret Ross, Virginia Clary, Nell Cliatt, Maxine Luckey and Francenia Tracy. Absent were Linda Shaw, Linda Murphey and Barbara Buskirk.
Water bonds set
Bonds to finance the proposed Evans-Martinez waterworks were validated at a special session of Columbia County Superior Court last Saturday morning in Appling.
Funds from the $600,000 in bonds will be used to construct a water system consisting of 78,000 feet of pipelines and a 250,000-gallon storage tank.
A 352-foot well at Belair and Columbia roads was tested in May and produced 350 gallons per minute on a 24-hour basis.
Evans youth wins trip
Four Georgia 4-H Club members, including one from Evans, have won trips to state and national 4-H Club Congress for their outstanding records in project work.
Orion "Buddy" Marshall, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Marshall of Evans, has been selected to receive the state achievement title. He has been in 4-H Club work for eight years, and is a graduate of Evans High School and intends to attend college this fall.
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