Sunday, Feb. 25, 1968

Track at Barron Stadium to be ready by April 1

Work already has started on completion of track facilities at Barron Stadium and officials said Saturday that it will be ready by the time the season opens on April 1.

Walt Attaway, Rome recreation director, said runways for board jump, pole vault and triple jump areas are being built now. The final all-weather surface on the seven-lane track will be applied in March.

Although the track season opens at some schools in late March, the first schedule of meets has been arranged for the new facility, the first of its kind in Northwest Georgia.

Once completed, the track will rank among the finest in Georgia. Also, it will mark the first time that large-scale meets can be run under the lights.

Four high school regions already have revealed plans to hold their finals at Barron Stadium. Region 7-C will run throughout the day on May 1 and the Region 3-B finals will be run on May 3.

Then on May 10, both Region 3-A and 6-AA will hold their meets at Barron Stadium. They will run together, it was announced.

Also, the Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet will be run on May 13-14.

Other work also is going on Barron Stadium restrooms and concession stands are being constructed under the visitors’ stands and this will be completed in the near future.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1968

16-year-old wins England pancake race

OLNEY, England (UPI) – A 16-year-old school girl in a miniskirt today won the Olney half of the 19th Annual Pancake Race against the granny-gowned gals of Liberal, Kan.

Mary Dix covered the course here in one minute and eight seconds, a full five seconds off the record. The girls in Liberal will have a chance to beat the time when they run their race seven hours later.

“I’m thrilled,” gasped miniskirted Miss Dix. “But I won’t be able to catch my breath for a few seconds more.”

It was her first try in the international race, which began in 1950. But she was continuing a family tradition dating back 17 years when her mother, Mrs. Isobel dix, won the first of three Olney races and was twice the international winner.

Second in the 16-woman field was another 16-year-old schoolgirl, Irene Sharp.

Several hundred spectators cheered the contestants, including 74-year-old Mrs. Gladys (Dilly) Dillingham, as they raced the 415-yard S-shaped course through the town streets, flipping pancakes as they ran.

Three contestants dropped out along the way when they missed their pancakes on a flip, dropping them on the cobblestones.

It was the slowest time in four years and gave Liberal – which last year finished with a time of 1:07.3 – a better than even chance to win the Skillet Trophy for the 10th time since 1950.

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1968

Legion unit acclaims two for citizenship

Miss Jackie Barron and Lewis Lindsey were named “Outstanding Girl and Boy Citizens” at program sponsored by the McClain-Sealock Unit 136, American Legion Auxiliary.

E.V. McSwiney, executive vice president of Georgia Kraft Co. was featured speaker at the event held at Pepperell High School. The subject of his address was “Our Country.”

The highlight of the program was the presentation of medals and certificates to Miss Barron and Lindsey.

Miss Barron is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Barron of Silver Creek Rte. 1. She is a senior at Pepperell High School and plans to enter West Georgia next fall. During her school year, she has been a majorette, senior class secretary, member of the Christian Council and 1968 Homecoming Queen. She was recently elected “Most Popular” by her fellow classmates. She attends the Methodist church.

Lindsey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. Lindsey. He is also a senior at Pepperell and plans to enter the University of Georgia next fall. He is in the upper 10 percent of his class academically and is drum major for the Pepperell High School band, member of the National Honor Society and was recently elected “Most Likely to Succeed” by his classmates. He also attends the Methodist church.

They were presented gold medals and certificates by Mrs. Jack Mathis, chairman of the program, and McSwiney.

Thursday, Feb. 29, 1968

Elm Street, Riverside capture wins

Elm Street teams won a pair of games and Riverside also emerged victorious Wednesday night in the Mite-Pee Wee basketball tournaments at the Boys’ Club gymnasium.

Elm Street White nipped Coosa, 19-15, in a Pee-Wee battle while Riverside defeated Coosa, 37-23, and Elm Street Blue won over Garden Lakes, 26-20 in a pair of mite contests.

Bryan Hall scored six points in the White’s win. James Wilson and Brad Payne got seven each for the Coosa Pee-Wees. Jimmy Selman tallied 18 points for Riverside. Dennis Little scored 11 for Coosa. Jeff Finley got nine for the Blues and Paul Hudson scored 10 for Garden Lakes.

In the meantime, Dempsey-Parker cashed in on a couple of late fee throws by jerry Gatlin and Dan Kelly to beat Advance Finishing of Dalton, 65-63 in the District men’s basketball tournament in Dalton.

Brendel Cox scored 22 points, Hudson Abbott 17 and both Kelley and Gatlin 10 each for the winners.

The victory moved Dempsey-Parker into the semifinals where they play the Dalton-Acworth winner tonight. In the other semifinal game, Williams Service Station and Valley View, both of Rome, collide.