As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, March 10, 1955:
Homer H. Stewart has been elected president of the newly organized Columbia County Progressive Party in Martinez.
Other officers named to serve with him are Mrs. Albert Dozier, vice president; Robert L. Safley, recording secretary; and Harwell H. Morris, treasurer.
The following were named to the committee to draft a set of by-laws and report at the next regular meeting: Pat O. Connor, chairman, and George Stevens, Raymond W. Bivens, J.C. Hopkins and W.N. Tankersley.
FFA camping trip
Thirty-seven members of the Harlem Chapter of the Future Farmers of America spent two days at Clarks Hill on a fishing trip last weekend. Although they did not catch many fish, they were not short on food as a 112-pound hog was butchered by the boys before they left school Friday afternoon. Millard Jenkins, janitor for the Harlem School, did a wonderful job cooking and barbecuing the hog.
The group was under the direction of Tom Whitfield, local agriculture teacher.
Sales hit $711,276
Columbia County's Decem-ber 1954 retail sales reached $711,276, according to the latest Retail Sales Report issued by the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce. This compares with $585,747 in sales for December 1953 and $525,791 in November 1954.
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