The year was 1976.
Jimmy Carter, a Democrat and former governor of Georgia, was elected president; a man named Steve Jobs launched the Apple Computer Co. out of his childhood home garage with Steve Wozniak; and it was the year, Martin “Marty” Flemion started working for the city of Laurel.
Flemion’s first day as a city employee was Oct. 21, 1976, in the public works department. He spent it on the back of a trash truck collecting refuse and eventually replaced nearly 7,500 street signs after it was mandated by the federal government.
Over the past four decades, Flemion has worn many hats within the city, including head foreman in the Department of Public Works,...