As reported 28 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1980:
The Columbia County Fair Beauty Pageant was held Saturday night at the new Evans High School. The pageant is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Martinez Merchants Association.
Jennifer Fishman was crowned the new queen. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Phillip and Peggy Fishman of Martinez. Jennifer is a senior at Evans High School.
First runner-up was Angie Keen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burl Keen of Evans. Second runner-up was Peggy Lynn Mays, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Mays of Martinez. Third runner-up was Kim Oldham, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Harry Oldham of Martinez.
The Miss Congeniality award was won by Laura Newman, daughter of Mrs. L.W. Goodwin of Evans.
John Eckenroth, principal of Grovetown Elementary School, was named Citizen of the Year by Columbia County Youth Services at a special program at Grovetown Elementary School.
Brian Stutts, representing Columbia County Youth Services, made the presentation.
The installation of the monitoring system approved by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners for the jail in Appling has been completed.
The board approved the purchase of the system from Augusta Sound, Inc., at a cost of $6,983 after one successful escape from the jail and one thwarted attempt by two prisoners.
One prisoner, Wayne Allen Steadman, 23, escaped from the jail on April 2 and was recaptured two days later. On June 15, Steadman and William Calvin Carter, 27, made an escape attempt but were stopped before they were able to leave the building.
The board also approved the purchase and installation of steel plates in the walls of the jail at a cost of $1,638. This work has also been completed.
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