As reported 30 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 7, 1976:
Brown a knight
Dr. Grayson Brown of Evans speared nine rings in three high-speed charges to win the 5th annual Aiken Lancing Tournament. He was the only one among 20 "knights" to have a perfect score. The rings are suspended from a gallowslike structure at 25-yard intervals on a 75-yard course. The rider has to traverse the course in 6 seconds or less.
Brown has participated in the sport for 18 years. Originally from Kingstree, S.C., Brown and his family reside on Herford Farm Road in Evans.
New health department
When the ground-breaking was held June 27, 1975, it marked the end of a long struggle for, and the beginning of construction of, a new Board of Health building.
The new health center is drawing closer to completion.
A tentative date of June 1, 1976, is set for the completion of the construction phase of the building.
The 5,211-square-foot facility will be "one of the most modern, up-to-date health facilities in the state of Georgia.
"We will have adequate space to house the Board of Health and our programs to deliver the services that are needed. We will also have adequate space for expansion of services in keeping with the rapid population growth of our county," said John Pierce Blanchard, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Health.
The $218,000 structure is located adjacent to the Board of Education building in Appling.
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