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Sunday, Dec. 3, 1967

Christmas decoration contest scheduled

More than $150 will be offered in cash prizes to winners in the Christmas decoration contest in the Garden Lakes community.

Details of the contest were discussed this week at a meeting of the Garden Lakes Home Economics Club, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Garden Lakes Company.

The community is being divided into three sections for the contest, with first place winners in each section to receive a $25 prize, second place getting $15 and third place $10.

Grand prize will be an additional $15.

Mrs. Geye Denman is chairman of the home decorating contest. She gave her final report at the meeting and assigned areas of the community for club members to distribute circulars.

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1967

Coosa High students aid Korean orphanage

Seventy-nine orphan children in Korea will be happier this Christmas because of a Coosa High School project that “got out of control.”

The students, under the guidance of the Student Government, exploded an idea of aiding a Korean orphanage near Seoul with a few boxes of clothes into a contribution of over 100 boxes, numerous personal items for the youngsters, plus money for their delivery.

Mrs. Judy Cagle, a teacher at Coosa, said her brother, S/Sgt. Curtis Summerville, had often mentioned in his letters from Korea the needs of some 79 children at the orphanage.

He further related that a great number of the soldiers spent their off days at the orphanage and also had money deducted from their pay to help financially. He said the six boys and 73 girls needed clothing more than anything else.

The Coosa Student Council was searching for a project for Christmas and the idea to aid the children in Korea was presented to them, and readily accepted.

Each homeroom was asked to collect one five-pound box of clothing and enough money to pay for shipping it to Sgt. Summerville.

However, the project got “out of control” and items were brought in at a rapid pace. A contest developed between the classes and more clothing was added to the collection.

Representatives of each class assembled and began the task of packaging the boxes for shipment. The group has 103 boxes ready for the orphanage, while additional clothing has been presented to charities in Rome and Floyd County.

Mrs. Cagle’s homeroom won the contest with over 35 bags of clothing, but she was justly proud of each person that participated in the event.

“They were carried away with the idea of working on the project to help children, some their own age, to make sure they have a good Christmas,” she said.

“The school newspaper staff supplied combs, and mirrors and wrapped them individually for the children,” she said. “Also, the Tri-Hi-Y and Hi-Y clubs joined with other items, including soft drinks, lipstick and toys,” Mrs. Cagle said.

“Some of the students wanted to send Christmas cards, but the youngsters can’t read English,” she said.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1967

Flashy start marks holiday

NATCHITOCHES, La. (UPI) — The Christmas season comes to Natchitoches like nowhere else in the world.

Forty-one years ago, residents in the small northwest Louisiana college town decided that the start of the season was no event to take lightly.

A merchant reacted by stringing small colored light bulbs along Front Street and the Cane River. Every year residents added more lights.

By 1936, the turning on of the lights had become such an occasion in Natchitoches that someone decided the event should be more dramatic. The answer? Fireworks along the beautiful lighted Cane River.

Such were the beginnings of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival, held on the first Saturday of each December.

Now about 50,000 people line the Cane River annually for the firing of nearly $10,000 worth of spectacular fireworks displays and the turning on of about 200,000 Christmas lights.

Dozens of marching units and bands participate in the Christmas parade to welcome Santa Claus. The Northwestern State College Chorus and church choirs sing Christmas carols throughout the day. On the Fleur de Lis riverbank stage, the Northwestern band, gymnastic teams, and other entertainers provide an evening-long show. Water skiers put on exhibitions. Santa Claus himself once arrived on water skis.

Friday, Dec. 8, 1967

Johnson, McHenry win in grammar school cage play

Johnson and McHenry utilized different types of attack but the final results were the same in the 14-under boys play in the Home Recreation Grammar School Play Thursday.

Johnson nailed Riverside to the wall, 31-21 behind the 11 point shooting of Studdard, while McHenry used defense to top the Boys’ Club, 19-11. Jacobs was high man for McHenry with 10 points

Riverside was paced by Jon Howell with nine counters, while Sam Davenport collected six for the losing Boys’ Club.

In 12-under action, Cave Spring bombed Darlington, 38-21, and St. Mary’s whipped Alto Park with a football score, 21-14.

Mike Glenn turned on the scoring power for Cave Spring as he dumped in 18 counters to capture scoring laurels. Hose Johnson was high for Darlington with eight tallies.

Walter Culberson had seven points to lead St. Mary’s, but Mike Holloway was the leading scorer for the game with nine counters for the losers.