As reported 25 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1980:
County cuts five
Five Columbia County employees have been laid off in a budget-cutting measure by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.
Major cuts for the Sheriff's Department and the county jail, and 9 percent cuts for most of the remaining departments, were also approved by the commissioners during an Aug. 7 meeting on the fiscal year 1980-81 budget.
The layoffs and cuts were made to keep from raising taxes for the year and be able to end the terms of the members with the county in debt-free status.
Four 1980 Evans High School students, Willie McCarthy, Tim Boyer, Michael Wiley and Gary Thigpen, carried the last item to be transferred from the old Evans High School to the new Evans Comprehensive High School on Cox Road. The last item removed was a recently acquired mascot, a replica of a knight in armor.
The armor was donated to the school by Roberta Wilson.
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