As reported 27 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 16, 1980:
Senate honors Jake Pollard Sr.
Griffin B. "Jake" Pollard Sr., honorary deputy clerk of Superior Court in Columbia County, was honored recently by the Georgia Senate.
The Senate adopted a resolution honoring Pollard on March 8. State Sen. Sam P. McGill, 24th District senator representing Columbia County, presented Pollard with a copy of the resolution Monday, April 7, in Appling. McGill, along with Sens. James L. Lester of the 23rd District, and Thomas F. Allgood of the 22nd District, sponsored the resolution.
Jail's windows reinforced after inmate escapes
As a result of the Appling jail escape of prisoner Wayne Allen Steadman on April 2, work has been underway to make the jail more "escape proof." Steadman was recaptured on April 4 by Columbia County deputies.
According to Sheriff Edward Tankersley, eight of the windows in the jail have been reinforced with steel plates inside the walls below the windows and heavy metal wiring outside the window panes. Tankersley also said that one window still needs to be worked on.
State Transportation Commissioner Tom Moreland recently announced the authorization of a contract for Columbia County to cover base and paving of 3.85 miles of roadway on Hardy-McManus Road.
The project has been authorized for funding under the Georgia Department of Transportation County Contract Program, and will begin as soon as the contract has been duly executed and a work order issued.
According to J.W. Ivey, county engineer, the Columbia County construction crew is now doing the grading work on the road. Ivey hopes the actual county contract will begin in July.
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