As reported 35 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, March 6, 1974:
North Harlem pupil wins essay contest
The Georgia Forestry Commission and the Georgia Forestry Association sponsored an essay contest, "What A Tree Means to Me," for students in grades 3-5.
Jesse Randal Davidson Jr., a fourth-grader at North Harlem Elementary and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Randal Davidson Sr. of Harlem, won first place on the county level from among approximately 600 entrants.
He was presented with a certificate by Charlie Meadows, Columbia County forest ranger. The school was given 25 pine seedlings.
On Saturday, March 2, 1974, Mike Zapata attended the Electricians Membership Co-op Contest at Reidsville, Ga., with Richard Sinor, the Evans High School FFA adviser.
In the contest, Zapata had to give a four-minute talk on electrical career, take a short quiz, and finish the contest by wiring one 100-amp service, two receptacles and one light switch. This was the first time Evans has ever been represented at the EMC contest.
Columbia County pageant planned
Plans for the Little Miss Columbia County Pageant have been completed by the Martinez-Evans Jaycettes. The pageant will be held April 5, 1974 at the Martinez Community Center on Baston Road. The theme for the 1974 Little Miss will be "Easter Parade."
Last year's Little Miss, Shannon Coley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Coley, will crown the new Little Miss. The 1974 Little Miss will receive a $25 savings bond, a trophy, flowers and a crown.
Pittman to head Easter Seals drive
U.H. Pittman of Martinez has been named Columbia County Easter Seal Chairman for the 1974 Easter Seal Campaign which gets underway March 1 and ends Easter Sunday, according to Vince Dooley, state Easter Seal chairman.
Other leaders announced include Chris Sylvester of the Georgia State Bank, who will serve as county treasurer for the annual appeal; John Keairness, business chairman; Gevena Reynolds, and Pat Becton, co-chairmen for residential solicitation; Larry Price, Coin Board chairman; John Reese, Back-a-Child project; and Fran Upton, in charge of special events.
New industrial park to open near I-20
The Committee of 100, a division of the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce, and Head Properties Group of Atlanta, announced recently the beginning of construction of Park Twenty West, Augusta's first, environmentally planned, fully equipped industrial park. The 108-acre development is located at the Interstate 20-Belair Road interchange.
According to David Head, developer of and a principal in the Park Twenty West project, "Initial site work, including construction of a 50,000-square-foot warehouse-office building, is already underway and phase one should be completed by June."
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