25 Years (Feb. 12, 1992)

City-county consolidation — the local policy proposal that like a zombie rose from its grave only to get struck down over decades — was again deemed “dead and buried” according to Brunswick and Glynn County commissioners.

Brunswick City Commissioner Roosevelt Lawrence said, “We need to put that issue at rest. It keeps cropping up and the people have already voted it down.”

A 1987 referendum and a 1990 straw poll both showed a majority of voters favoring consolidation, but they were small majorities. Glynn County Commission Chairman E.C. Tillman echoed Lawrence when he said, “Let’s take that issue and bury it … let’s have a funeral for it. I’m not talking about services, just government.”

Both sides appeared to agree the issue was a contentious one and ironically didn’t lend itself to the city and the county working well together. Though according to The News’ account, commissioners at the joint city-county meeting “blamed local media for not fostering” goodwill among the governing bodies.

Meanwhile in local government, Glynn County Commissioner Jack Hardman said it was absurdly too easy for anyone to come into the county and receive a business license for a general contractor. As a result, he and his wife, Pat, brought their son Thomas to file for and receive such a license. Thomas was, at the time, 11 months old.

“The whole point of this is (to show that) our license ordinance is terribly weak,” Hardman said. “It is weak enough to allow an 11-month-old child to get a license.”

75 Years (Feb. 12-16, 1942)

On Feb. 16 the Glynn Academy Red Terrors boys basketball team had a charity game to play, but the team was no pushover, it was against the fellows from Brunswick Pulp and Paper Mill.

According to the report in The News, published earlier in the day, “Tonight’s tussle will be a benefit contest with funds derived from it going to the Naismith Foundation, guardian group of basketball. The money taken in tonight, as well as that received in similar games throughout the country, will be used by the foundation to purchase Defense Bonds. At the end of the war the bonds will be cashed in and the money used to create a basketball hall of fame.”

The Pulpers won the game 36-26.

On The News’ editorial page, quips like the following entertained readers:

• “Another thing which takes the joy out of life is the alarm clock.”

• “Sure, you can do business with Hitler, but the terms he’ll give you are awful.”

• “You can raise a car with a small jack, but it takes lots of jack to keep it up.”

• “In California a man stole a radio — but all he got on it was six months.”

• “It’s too bad the rubber shortage can’t do away with all the heels.”

• “Another fellow who lives off the fat of the land is the girdle manufacturer.”

100 Years (Feb. 13-14, 1917)

Mailboxes — they are not hard to put out and the Post Office Department wanted them out there. Cutting mail slots into doors was also OK.

According to the story in The News, “Such action would enable the postmaster to give a prompter and better delivery service with the means at his disposal, also the carriers can cover much more territory in less time if not compelled to wait for an answer to their ring. Private receptacles for mail are also a great convenience to the householder, obviating the necessity of responding to the carrier’s call at inconvenient moments and permitting the safe delivery of mail in the absence of members of the household.”

Statewide prohibition, and the avoidance thereof, also remained a continuing matter of import, in both senses of the word. On the editorial page, The News’ editors opined, “In view of the heavy traffic through the inland water route between Brunswick and Fernandina, especially since the first of last May, we do not quite understand why no effort has been made to secure a large appropriation to deepen the channel in order that ocean-going steamers could safely make the trip. Just think of the cargo they could bring on one trip!”

They also noted, “What would help Georgia prohibitionists more just at this time would be the passage of a ‘bone-dry’ law in Florida.”

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