As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Aug. 25, 1960:
Harlem orders clean lots
Mayor Francis W. Tracy announced that the City Council passed an ordinance which requires property owners to clean up unsightly vacant lots.
The council's policy includes that when a lot or piece of property of questionable nature comes to the attention of the council, it will be required that it be cleared of any unsightly items on it and the property be mowed, but will not have to be kept up like a front lawn.
According to the mayor, the city passed the ordinance to eliminate lot clearing and cleaning, and he believes that the ordinance has the ability to accomplish a great deal over a long period of time in reference to the appearance of the city as well as the property owners and residents of Harlem.
If a property owner does not comply with the ordinance, the city has priority to try a property owner in court, but this will only be used a last resort.
4-Hers attend Congress
Columbia County district winners will represent northeast Georgia in the 1960 Georgia 4-H Congress that will be held in Atlanta on Oct. 23-26.
The winners include: George Marshall, Chris Dozier, Buddy Marshall, Elsie Paschal, Reese Marshall, Peter Kohler and Foster Rhodes. All will be competing in a particular subject for state honors and a trip to Chicago to attend the National 4-H Congress.
In addition, state winners John Marshall (4-H beef) and John Rhodes Jr. (leadership) will attend the congress.
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