As reported 28 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1980:
Kroger to open
A new Kroger Superstore will open in Merchants Village Shopping Center on Columbia Road, Oct. 19, 1980.
"This new store will allow one-stop shopping to be a reality in this era of energy consciousness," said Patrick J. Kenny, director of operations for Kroger in Georgia. "This gigantic Superstore, with almost one full acre of shopping space, has a fine appearance, the best merchandise available, an unbelievable variety of products, and much more."
The Martinez Superstore will employ 126 people with an annual payroll of $1.2 million. The operations of the store will be directed by Lindsey Yeomans, former manager of the Washington Road, Augusta, Kroger.
The Martinez-Evans Citizens League will sponsor a two-part Meet the Candidates program for Columbia County voters. The first program will present the candidates for sheriff and the contested county Commission races. The second will present candidates for the office of superintendent of schools and the contested races for the board of education.
Candidates will be questioned by members of the local news media. Barbara Holz, program coordinator, said the Citizens League's only role is to offer this as a public service and organize the meetings.
Mack Mattingly, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, made an appearance at the Columbia County Republican Party headquarters Oct. 8, 1980.
Mattingly, 49, said "I'm on the verge of being able to defeat (Sen. Herman) Talmadge on Nov. 4."
School Lunch Week
Harlem Mayor Ed Clary III recently presented a proclamation naming the week of Oct. 12, 1980, as National School Lunch Week in Harlem. Accepting the proclamation was Mary Sanders, principal of North Harlem Elementary, and Betty Davis, lunchroom manager.
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