As reported 43 years ago in The Columbia News, Aug. 31, 1961:
Schools to open
According to John Pierce Blanchard, county school superintendent, all Columbia County schools will open Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. It will be a regular school day and lunch will be served.
Those people who are entering county schools and have not registered should register with the principal of the school they plan to attend.
A Civil Defense meeting was held in the auditorium at Harlem High School Aug. 24. A film, "Radiological Warfare," was show. It was followed by discussion with Maj. Robert Bangs of Fort Gordon. He said that our three defenses in the event of atomic warfare and radioactive fallout are our distance from the actual point where an atomic bomb exploded, a lapse in the time following the explosion, and the presence of some type of dense material which can act as a shield.
Maj. Bangs closed with the thought that the greatest blessing we could receive would be the ability to say in 20 years that the money and time we had spent for civil defense had been wasted.
Jr. fire marshals
Georgia's Fifth Annual Statewide Junior Fire Marshal's Conference brought approximately 500 high school honor students to the FFA Camp at Lake Jackson. Columbia County delegates included Bobby Anderson of Harlem and Sherrow Herrington of Evans.
W.H. Adames, principal of Harlem High School, has announced that married students will not be permitted to attend the public schools of Columbia County. This does not apply to students who married prior to or on Aug. 12, 1961.
Movies showing at the Martin Theater in Thomson:
Friday and Saturday, "Gidget Goes Hawaiian," with James Darren, Michael Callan and Deborah Walley, with a big stage show on Friday starring Bobby Gregory, Chuck Cliett and the Valients with Pat Blanchard, and the motion picture "Go Johnny Go."
Also Saturday, a "War-a-Rama" with "Run Silent, Run Deep," "Pork Chop Hill" and "Men in War."
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