As reported 30 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1977:
The snow didn't last long on Monday. Schools closed down for the day and driving was hazardous during the morning. However, by the afternoon, most of the snow had disappeared.
The snow lingered long enough, though, for many of the out-of-school children to build snowmen, a rather rare being in this area.
Art on display
The recent work of Columbia County artist Lynell Widener is on exhibition in the meeting room of the Maxwell Branch of the Augusta Library.
Building program on schedule
Don Thornhill, Columbia County associate school superintendent, reported to the Board of Education during its regular meeting that the comprehensive school building program is progressing on schedule.
Thornhill reported that at the Evans site, topographical surveys and soil test data reports are being compiled. School officials, along with architects, have been visiting comprehensive high schools throughout the state.
In reporting on the Harlem project, Thornhill said that 13 site options have already been obtained but more are needed. He asked that any interested party having 50 acres contact his office.
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners delayed entering into a contract with the Martinez Volunteer Fire Department until 1978.
Because of the $202,000 needed to subsidize the operation this year, the commission voted to enter into a contract with the MVFD in 1978 instead of 1977 as had originally been planned.
Negotiations have been under way since last August for the county's takeover of the fire department.
The board of directors of the MVFD have stated that it cannot continue in operation under its present subscription system.
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