As reported 24 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1980:
Michelle Keen was crowned the 1980 Homecoming Queen for Harlem High School. Members of the homecoming court are Debra Baily, Yalauda Frails, Carla Whitaker, Dawn Johnson, Linda Lampkin, Sylvia Punn, Charleen Harris, Carla Ray, Terri Thomas, Debrah Dorsey, Kathy Bartles and Michelle Powell.
Laura Newman was crowned the 1980 Home-coming Queen for Evans High School. Members of the homecoming court are Robin Allen, Denise Chambers, Desiree DeMartinis, Gaye Reagan, Vonda Bracewell, Cindy Stafford, Libby Keller, Angie Powell, Leigh Moody and Cathy Reid.
Columbia County commissioners heard the first reading of an ordinance that would more closely regulate the buyers of secondhand jewelry, gold and silver in the county.
The ordinance pertaining to buyers of gold and silver, as read, would require detailed records to be kept on all transactions.
Included in the written account, to be kept in a ledger on file for at least two years, are the names of the buyer and seller, a general description of the seller and his driver's license number or other identification, a description of the goods sold and the price paid for the item.
In addition, the buyer would be required to keep the articles purchased for 10 days from the date of sale before a resale could take place.
Whitfield attends academy
Tom Whitfield, sheriff-elect of Columbia County, began the six-week training academy for newly elected sheriffs on Nov. 10 at the Clayton County Police Academy in Jonesboro, Ga.
Whitfield, one of 43 newly elected sheriffs attending the training academy, said "I feel that it will be a great learning experience that will help me in performing my job to the best of my ability."
Teacher of the year
Elaine Schleier, a kindergarten teacher at Martinez Elementary School, has been named Columbia County's teacher of the year for 1981.
A native Georgian, Schleier was born and reared in Atlanta. She earned a bachelor of science in education and a master's in education from the University of Georgia. Using her concentration in early childhood education, Schleier taught a combination second- and third-grade class in Clarke County for three years, and has taught kindergarten at Martinez Elementary School since 1978.
Principal Charles Horton said Schleier "does an outstanding job" and is "a very dedicated teacher."
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