As reported 27 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1979:
Columbia County commissioners granted tentative approval Wednesday night to several 1980 county budgets, including a $521,825 request from the county sheriff's department.
The 1980 budget represents a more than $175,000 increase over the 1979 budget of $343,608.
Included in the sheriff's budget is a 12 percent salary increase for all deputies and the addition of three more deputy positions. The sheriff originally requested a 10 percent pay increase and four additional men. However, the board agreed to the 12 percent and the addition of a fourth deputy after July.
The raise will mean an increase in salary of $1,296 per year for the deputies, from an annual salary of $10,331 to $11,627.
Top teacher named
Joan Moore has been selected as the Columbia County 1980 Teacher of the Year and will be entered in the Georgia Teacher of the Year program this fall.
Moore, recipient of last year's Science Teacher of the Year for Georgia, is a fifth-grade teacher at Martinez Elementary School.
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