As reported 31 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1976:
The crowd of Holiday Park residents attending the meeting applauded the unanimous decision by the Columbia County Planning and Zoning Commission in a controversial issue regarding a tract of land adjacent to the Holiday Park subdivision.
The Planning Commission denied the application from Edward Baldwin and Otis Cartledge to rezone the 3.63 acre tract on Columbia Road from a general residential district to a neighborhood commercial zoning.
A Martinez youngster's drawing of his favorite American revolutionary hero eating a balanced breakfast won him a $5-a-week allowance for a year in the Kellogg company's Stick Up For Breakfast Picture Contest.
Richard Blume was one of 555 winners nationwide.
Lake Russell lawsuit
Dr. S. Allan Stocks of the Friends of the Savannah River last week announced that the National Wildlife Federation filed suit on Nov. 16 in Greenville, S.C. district court to enjoin further construction of the Richard B. Russell Dam on the grounds that the Corps of Engineers has not complied with federal laws in several areas.
The suit is filed to require the corps to meet water quality, wildlife habitat and environment standards prior to further construction of Russell Dam and from further operation of Hartwell and Clarks Hill dams.
Doug Deckert, 12, won first prize at the recent Hike-Bike event to raise money for mentally retarded citizens of Columbia County. Doug, a student at Grovetown Elementary School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Deckert of Grovetown, rode the entire 18 miles and raised $368.24, and received a new 10-speed bicycle.
Debbie Sanders, who attends North Columbia Elementary School, also was presented a bicycle for winning second place. Debbie collected $248.82.
The Harlem Women's Club will be the official sponsor of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program in the Columbia County school system, according to an announcement this week by Maj. Gen. John C. F. Tillson III, Augusta bank official and 10th Congressional District STAR chairman.
STAR is entering its 19th year as the largest program in the state to recognize the promote academic achievement, honor the teaching profession and explain the merits of the free-enterprise system.
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