As reported 41 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, July 2, 1964:
New patrol car
Chief Charley Watson is pleased with a new 1964 Chevrolet patrol car.
The new white two-door sedan was purchased last Saturday to replace the worn-out 1956 Ford that had served the city for so long.
4-H'ers take awards
Columbia County 4-H'ers "tore 'em up" at Rock Eagle Monday and Tuesday.
Ten first-place, 12 second-place and nine third-place awards were brought home. Local boys and girls competed with nearly 1,000 champions from 25 other counties. The occasion was the annual District Meeting.
Margaret Reynolds was selected girls vice president of the district after a hard campaign. The county contingent was trained and led by County Agent W.R. Tye and Home Demonstration Agent Margie Bennett.
First-place winners were Bobby Anderson, Garry Phillips, Darwin Morris, William Lovett, Chuck Anderson, Margaret Reynolds, Jeanette Hair, Jackie Crawford, Sara Shelton and Jackie Norris.
Highway threatens community spring
Quaker Spring, located across Washington Road from the Martinez Community Center, is of significant historical value and came under purview when the conversion of Washington Road into a six-lane highway was considered. The spring is in the right-of-way.
State highway engineers now plan to build a retaining wall in order to preserve it.
History reflects that a group of Quakers moved into the Martinez area in the 1720s and tried to live among the Uchee and Savannah Indians. The Quakers stayed for a few years before moving out because of the Indian uprisings. The springs remained established.
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