As reported 37 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, March 28, 1968:
Vandals hit church
A letter to the paper this week has asked for help in exposing the difficulty the Episcopal Church of Our Savior on Columbia Road is experiencing with vandals destroying church property.
A check with the sheriff's office revealed that all available law enforcement officers are on the alert for these persons, and that if and when they are apprehended, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
In part, the letter reads: "In the last year our church building has been broken into several times by vandals who seem to get enjoyment out of destroying God's house. Since Christmas a total of 32 windowpanes have been broken out. Walls on the inside and outside have been washed down to remove vulgar words. We have found where they have built fires with paper in the Sunday school rooms."
Tag deadline extended
"We will be a month behind in everything we do for the remainder of the year," was the reaction of Columbia County's tax commissioner, P.A. Morris, when notified that Gov. Lester Maddox had extended the deadline for purchasing auto tags for 20 days.
The governor said he was extending the deadline to April 20 because of a request by small-businessmen who have found it difficult to pay ad valorem taxes when they buy their tags.
Mr. Morris is urging all citizens to go ahead with plans to purchase their tags before April 1, thereby avoiding the usual last-minute rush.
Hogs, cattle sell well
Both hogs and cattle sold well at the Thomson Stockyard sale Tuesday, with buyers from several states bidding.
Choice No. 1 hogs brought $18 to $18.60; best lightweight stocker steers and bulls sold for $35 to $35.50, and heifers, $23 to $25.
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