As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Jan. 16, 1964:
Family escapes Panama
The McKinney family of Grovetown got out of Panama just 36 hours before the shooting started.
"We were mighty glad to get out of there," James McKinney said.
Mrs. McKinney said you could feel the tension in the air when they left, but they never expected that it would explode in that fashion.
"Two Panamanian National Guardsmen armed with sub-machine guns were stationed on each city street corner," she said. "They had instructions to shoot anyone who bothered the tourists, but we sure didn't like the general situation."
The family stayed at Fort Clayton near Balboa on the Pacific side, Mr. McKinney said.
Polio vaccine available
The third "Polio Sunday" is set for Jan. 19, 1964. Residents of the county who are now familiar with the procedure are expected to turn out in large numbers to get their "sugar lump."
Harlem High School, Martinez Elementary School, Blanchard High School and George T. White School will be open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. in order that families may come to receive their oral immunization.
A donation of 25 cents is requested to cover expenses. However, no family will be turned away if it cannot afford the charge.
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