Plans Laid To Expand 1949 Azalea Festival

By the Associated Press

Plans to make Charleston’s annual Azalea festival a state-wide event and a major national attraction are underway.

They were outlined at a Columbia meeting yesterday of festival officers, 1948 festival queens and representatives of participating towns.

A parade entrance fee of $100 for every participating town was agreed on to help finance the spring event that makes the pink-blossomed shrub for which the state’s low country is famous.

An initial boost for the expanded festival program will come this week. The 1948 queen, Chevolettte Fenton of Orangeburg, will represent the festival at the annual St. Paul, Minnesota, winter carnival this coming week-end.

Million-Dollar Bridge

Plans for a new $1,000,000 high-way bridge over the Congaree river at Columbia were announced by the state hallway department.

The structure would be an addition to the present four lane bridge, now carrying a heavy traffic load.

The department is asking the General Assembly to authorize construction.

A new residential and industrial area for Charleston, Port Park, was announced with the purchase of 64 acres of land and more than 100 buildings of the former port in embarkation land. The purchase was from the war assets administration by a group of Alabama associates who said lots and buildings would be sold.

The area has its own water and sewer lines, fire station, theater, paved streets and other facilities.

A public campaign to recruit perspective teachers was announced by a special teacher committee. Movies and radio shows will be utilized, and a field worker to recruit teacher prospects was recommended to the state department of education.

Charleston County teachers, about 100 of them opposed a recent state public school survey’s recommendation for centralized county school administration. They criticized other survey recommendations severely.

New York’s industrious Thomas J Watson, head of the International Business Machines corporation, predicted ” unparalleled development of the South in the next 25 years” in a new interview at Charleston.

The Charleston District office of the United States Department of Commerce reported the value of imports and exports at the state port had doubled during the past three years.

It place 1948 import values at $42,000,000, export values for the year at #31,000,000.

This state is leading the nation in the spinning of fibers other than cotton on cotton system spindles, the State Research, Planning and Development board reported.

Leon Henderson, former OPA administrator, was announced as a speaker for Winthrop college tomorrow night, in one of a series of talks by national figures.

Fritz Resigns

The Rev. Charles E. Fritz resigned as pastor of Columbia’s Ebenezer Lutheran Church to start a new congregation in Atlanta.

Making Columbia college “one of the great colleges of liberal arts for women in the South” is the goal of the Methodist college’s new president, Dr. Walter K. Greene.

A Blaney industrialist says he will build a drug store, equip it with a doctor’s office and build the doctor a home – if a doctor and a druggist will set out their shingles in the Kershaw county town of 3,000.

Gideon’s International, meeting at Greenville. A. Ward Bowen of Charleston and E. B. Lever of Columbia were named vice presidents.

A Cowpens merchant, James Lee Webster, wants his town to have Spartanburg’s monument to Daniel Morgan, Revolutionary War hero, if Spartanburg ever moves it from Morgan square to make room for traffic. Webster has offered a plot of land for the monument.

W. S. Tomlinson, Columbia City engineer, was appointed South Carolina chairman of the American Pubic Works association.

P. H. Boltman of Sumter, Clemson college architectural student, was announced as one of 20 finalist in a design contest for a $5,000 scholarship for study abroad. He will compete with the others for the scholarship.

February 7, 1949  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  Columbia, South Carolina
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