Columbia County Sheriff Edward Tankersley was honored Wednesday, Sept. 10, at a dinner held at the Columbia County Merchants Association Building in Martinez.
Citizens from all sections of the county were on hand to pay tribute to the retiring sheriff, who has headed law enforcement in Columbia County for the past 18 years.
Tankersley and his wife, Irma, were presented plaques and gifts of appreciation for their many years of service to the people of Columbia County.
Tankersley became sheriff in 1962, at a time when the Sheriff's Department was basically a two-man operation. Since that time the department has grown to a force of 33 deputies and 18 cars.
County to buy voting machines
Columbia County voters going to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election will be voting on a new style of voting machine. During a meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1980, in Martinez, the Board of Commissioners agreed to purchase a new voting machine system consisting of 100 vote recorders at a cost of $225 each, and one ballot tabulator at a cost of $19,500.
In a presentation to the board, Tom Blalock, Elections Board director, gave information on the steps that needed to be taken in order for the Elections Board to run the Nov. 4 election properly.
Blalock said if the current Shoup lever-type voting machines were to be used in the election, 20 additional machines would have to be purchased at a cost of $64,000, and other improvements would be necessary to enlarge five of the polling places.
A reorganizational meeting of the Columbia County Historical Society has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Building in Appling.
At this meeting the membership will adopt a constitution and bylaws, nominate and elect officers, schedule regular quarterly meeting dates and appoint an attorney to draw up incorporation papers.
New coach wins
Columbia Junior High defeated Paul Knox of North Augusta 29-0 in its first game of the season Saturday night, giving Coach Lonnie Morris Jr. a victory in his debut as head football coach.
Morris, head varsity baseball coach and B-team football coach at Monticello High for the past year, was recently named the head football coach and athletic director at Columbia Junior High for the 1980-81 school year.
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