As reported 43 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 5, 1961:
County finances examined
The presentments of the September term of the Columbia County Grand Jury are thorough in the area of county finances.
They show, for instance, that the county commissioners finished the previous six-month period - from March 1 to Aug. 1 - with a balance of $808.94.
Another highlight of the presentments shows remarkable success in back tax collections.
According to the tax commissioner, 1960 tax fi fa's amount to $3,294.46, with fi fa's on 1959 and previous years totalling only $2,978.23.
Only a few improvements were recommended. The jury said more space is needed in the Clerk of Court's office, and recommended that all broken windows in the jail be replaced.
The Columbia County chapter of the VFW has purchased two new pairs of crutches for the use of the people of the county. These crutches have been placed at Kay's Pharmacy.
4-H competitors win
Members of Columbia County's 4-H club show-ed dairy calves at the Southeastern World's Fair this past weekend.
Rovert Anderson, Eugenia Anderson, Wendell Hensley, Jackie Crawford, Gilbert Bentley and Morgan Knox were awarded $375 in prizes. Robert Anderson won first in Guernsey showmanship, and second in Jersey showmanship.
Teams win, lose
Columbia County football teams saw scores of 13-6 give one local team a victory and the other a defeat.
Harlem came out over Wrens by 13-6, while Hephzibah used that score to down Evans.
Fine for undimmed lights
All they wanted was to caution the young driver to dim his lights.
But the 16-year-old Columbia County boy gunned his motor and took off when he saw the police car turn around on him in Thomson Friday night, officers said.
The youth was stopped about five miles out on the Whiteoak Road after reaching speeds up to 85 mph and running three stop signs. All told, he had to pay a $116 fine in Monday city court.
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