Fifty years ago today, July 28, 1967
Sale of Columbus Transportation Co. to the city of Columbus for $285,000 has been approved by the company stockholders. George Trussell, chairman of the company’s negotiating committee, said the city will acquire all the company’s physical assets and the employees will go on the city payroll Aug. 1.
Auburn University has been chosen as one of 50 universities throughout the nation-and the only one in Alabama-to take part in the Defense Department’s new THEMIS program. The three-year grant, which could amount to $200,000 annually, is expected to be the largest single award for research and graduate training ever received by Auburn, according to Dr. Ben T. Lanham, Jr., vice president for research, who revealed details of the university’s selection.
The Columbus area is “high on the list” of possible locations for a $45-million chemical plant which would employ approximately 350 persons, according to Charles Heath, industrial development director for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. The plant would need millions of gallons of water daily-thus making river-front property desirable-and would utilize barge transportation in its supply network if located here.