As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 24, 1974:
Gilbert awarded Merit Scholarship
Linda Gilbert, a senior at Harlem High, has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship.
Linda is the first student in the history of the Columbia County School System to win a National Merit Scholarship. She is one of only 3,100 graduating seniors throughout the entire nation to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
Along with this achievement, Linda also received the honor of being Columbia County's STAR Student, and placed runner-up in the 10th Congressional District of Georgia Star Student competition. Nancy Klemann was named as Linda's STAR Teacher.
Both ladies were awarded a seven-day tour of Georgia with other district STAR Students and teachers.
Linda plans on attending the University of Georgia to major in either art or math. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Gilbert of Appling and is a member of Kiokee Baptist Church.
Marijuana grower, moonshiner are raided by agents
A narcotics raid at a residence on Old Evans Road was conducted by Special Investigator Alex Shumaker on April 14.
Shumaker said 100 marijuana plants and approximately 11/2 pounds of marijuana were confiscated. One arrest was made pending trial.
Another raid was made on a moonshine still, resulting with three arrests.
The still, with the working capacity of 300 gallons, was destroyed and about 39 gallons of moonshine were confiscated.
Sheriff Ed Tankersley, Deputy Tony Cliatt and two federal agents were also on the raid.
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