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Fifty Years Ago Today, January 12, 1966

Farm Mart Fund Clears Hurdle

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Campbell today said the committee tentatively approved a $281,500 Agricultural Department supplemental appropriation, including $120,000 to finance capital outlay for a state farmers market authority at Columbus.

Klan Probe

Members of a Mississippi Ku Klux Klan group were ordered to "physically destroy" if necessary "any atheists or traitor" in the community, a Congressional investigation disclosed today. The instructions were given to the White Knights of the KKK in a March 1, 1964 directive to local units of the militant white supremist organization.

Business

W. Ford Pearce Tuesday moved up from executive vice president to president of First National Bank of Columbus, succeeding Joe W. Blackmon, who becomes chairman of the board of directors.

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