Fifty years ago today, November 18, 1966
Plans for construction of two major bridge-interchanges on the Columbus-Manchester Expressway and redesignation of a 1.2 mile stretch of the road as limited access have been dropped the State Highway Department announced today skyrocketing land values in the area have put cost of securing needed rights-of-way for the project out of reach.
Those figures at the top of Page 1 — just under the weather report — this afternoon changed to “Vol. 81, No. 1” signifying The Ledger’s 80th birthday. The “81” stands for the 81st year of publication for a newspaper which first rolled off the presses Nov. 18, 1886.
Civil Defense Readiness for Columbus-Muscogee County will be tested starting Monday. The tests will emphasize communications, assembly and alertness of local CD volunteers. One of the tests will begin at a named hour, but the other two will come at “any moment” during specified periods of time.