As reported 30 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, May 23, 1979:
Growth plan calls for apartments
The future development of high-density land development in Columbia County will be encouraged in the existing growth areas of Martinez, Evans, Grovetown and Harlem.
That is according to a report presented to the Columbia County Planning and Zoning Commission, which says the county will encourage growth around areas with adequate public facilities.
The report points out that the predominant housing unit in the county is single-family residential. Multifamily housing represents only 1 percent of the county's housing supply.
The county's population has almost doubled in the past eight years, and is expected to reach 55,000 within the next 15 years.
Rabid raccoon killed
A rabid raccoon was killed near Silver Lake subdivision by Sam Pursley of Augusta, according to Columbia County Health Department official Bob Jones. According to Jones, Pursley shot the animal because it was acting strangely. Jones received a confirmation from Atlanta on Monday that the animal was rabid.
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