As reported 25 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 15, 1981:
Harlem chief quits
The city council of Harlem accepted the resignation of Harlem Police Chief Robert E. Bourbo during its Monday night meeting.
Bourbo said he submitted his letter of resignation because of one member of Harlem City Council going behind his back and attempting to hire another person in his place. Bourbo said City Councilman Don Jolley had attempted to hire Thad B. Calhoun, formerly of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, to replace him.
Jolley said, "I do not have the authority to hire and fire anybody," explaining that Harlem "is a council of four plus a mayor."
During Monday's council meeting, it was revealed that Calhoun had met three times with the council or its members.
Beasley to retire
Rubye P. Beasley, director of the Columbia County Department of Family and Children Services for the past 25 years, will retire on disability from that position May 1, 1981.
"I have enjoyed working with the people of Columbia County," said Beasley during a recent interview. She added that she will miss both the staff and her job.
Beasley began in the department as a stenographer and then became a caseworker before being named the director.
At the time she began, the DFCS office in Columbia County consisted of five employees working in one room with a partition in the back of the courthouse in Appling. The office was then moved into the house behind the courthouse. After that, a trailer was moved near the house. In 1979, the prsent structure housing the DFCS office on Columbia Road was built.
County must borrow funds
Columbia County commissioners received word during their April 8, 1981, meeting that up to $400,000 will have to be borrowed to carry the county through the end of the fiscal year.
In addition, the board must secure $200,000 for the new county library in Evans in order to ensure the receipt of $400,000 in state funds for the project.
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