As reported 34 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Thursday, Feb. 9, 1976:
Hensley, Widener announce plans
Otis L. Hensley Jr., of Martinez, announced his candidacy for sheriff at a press conference on Feb. 13.
Hensley stressed the need for professionalism in the office of sheriff and said a professional law enforcement team is needed in Columbia County, one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.
David M. Widener, of Evans, has said he will seek the Democratic nomination to run for the seat on the county commission being vacated by Chairman Jim Blanchard Jr.
New bank opens
First Federal Savings and Loan Association held their grand opening ceremonies for the Columbia Square branch on Feb. 14. On hand were Robert S. Balk, president of First Federal; Bruce Weathers, branch manager; and Jim Blanchard Jr., chairman of the county commission.
Keg Creek meeting
The Columbia County Recreation Commission called a meeting last Thursday to discuss possible acquisition of facilities and to begin making plans for Keg Creek.
The commission began planning the operation of the Keg Creek area. Several suggestions were offered for expansion, including a floating fishing dock, a boat dock with slips and more campsites.
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