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Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1968

West Rome lassies aim for third place in 6-AA

West Rome’s girls, thanks to a late-season surge, will be trying to clinch their place in the Region 6-AA standings tonight when they go against the Lafayette lassies in a make-up contest at LaFayette.

The Chieftainettes defeated Cedartown and Model in games over the weekend to improve their overall record to 7-10 and their region won-loss chart to 65. This is far off the 11-1 pace set by co-leaders Wills and Cass, but it’s still better than coach June Hyder had hoped for when the season started last November.

This is just one of several games on tonight’s serious schedule. Coosa entertains Model in the top prep battle in the county, while Pepperell plays at Cartersville, Cedartown is at Rockmart, GSD entertains Adairsville and Fairmount travels to Pickens County.

On the college front, the Hawks of Shorter remain within the friendly confines of Memorial gymnasium tonight to do battle with the West Georgia Braves. And then on Wednesday night, Berry College entertains LaGrange and another GIAC counter.

The West Rome-LaFayette game originally was scheduled last month, but had to be postponed when icy conditions made travel dangerous.

In their first meeting about the months ago, West Rome’s girls came out ahead, 54-20, while the Ramblers trimmed the Chiefs, 55-43 in the boys’ game.

West Rome plays one other game before the start of the 6-AA tournament next Monday. That one is against Pepperell, and has been moved to Thursday at 4 p.m. It originally was scheduled this Friday.

The area No. 1 team, Rockmart, is at home tonight against Cedartown in a rematch of the Polk County rivalry. Rockmart carries an excellent 17-2 record into the game, while the Bulldogs are 10 and 7.

However Cedartown is fresh off an upset victory over East Rome and brings a two-game winning streak to Rockmart. If Carey Atkins and company can get things going their way in the early minutes, the Bulldogs could make things hot for the Jackets.

Bill Keller’s Rockmart club has played just once over the weekend, beating Dallas at Dallas. The Jackets have met every test in recent weeks, putting together a nine-game winning streak.

Model is the winningest team in Floyd County and the Blue Devils want to retain that record tonight against Coosa. On the surface, Model enters this one as a solid favorite, but Bob Brannon’s Coosa vice can be tough at times.

Monday, Feb. 12, 1968

Police become barbers in ‘hippie’ drive

BUENOS AIRES (AP) – A government campaign against hippies is turning Argentine policeman into expert barbers.

At least 108 youths have been picked up by the police and raids in Buenos Aires recently. Dozens more were taken into custody at beach resorts.

Many of the boys had their hair trimmed before being released. One complained a policeman cut off his shoulder-length mane with blunt shears. Some charged the police beat them.

The government’s two-month old hippie drive, stems from to pet interests of the military regime of President Juan Carlos Ongania: morality and anti-communism.

The drive has not been admitted officially but a top official said privately: “By leading a promiscuous sexual life and leaning generally toward and extreme leftism, the hippies represent both a moral and a political danger.”

The hippies say the charge is nonsense.

“We have a right to live as we choose,” a bearded, 20-year-old boy said. “We don’t bother anybody and all we ask is to be left alone.”

“We may practice free love, but that’s nobody’s affair except for the people involved,” he added. “As for politics, there are no more Communists among us than you would find in any group of young, rebellious people anywhere in the world.”

The influential weekly news magazine Primera Plana said the campaign is “a paranoid witch hunt.”.

The hippie said police Repression is backfiring. He said the hippie movement is spreading as a result.

“I don’t think they were more than a few hundred of us in Buenos Aires some months ago,” he said. “Now you count us by the thousands.”

Long-haired boys in tight jeans and brightly colored shirts are now a common sight in Buenos Aires’ fashionable shopping district, walking hand-in-hand with girls who often look like the boys - or the other way around.

The drive against hippies is the government’s second morality campaign in one year.

Ongania, a religious, 53-year-old calvary general, last year sent by squads raiding lovers’ lanes, parks and hotels and hauling couples in to jail.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1968

Darlington installs unit of Thespians

Darlington School’s chapter of the National Thespian Society was installed at a recent student body assembly in ceremonies conducted by Raul Fernandez, chapter adviser.

Founded in 1929, the National Thespian Society is devoted to the advancement of the dramatic arts in secondary schools, both public and private, with chapters in 50 states and several foreign countries. General headquarters of the society are located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Troop 2344, as the Darlington group is officially designated, is composed of members of the Darlington Players, plus the Thornwood School students, who were invited to join the national organization because of their meritorious work. The 15 charter members include: Peter Fisher, president, Sunflower, Miss.; Kell McInnis, vice president, Baton Rouge, La.; John Floyd, Spartanburg, S.C.,  secretary; Dick Kent, Rome, treasurer. Mary Sullivan, Rome, records clerk, Reagan Ransom, Buster Wright, Lawrence Hawkins, Mark Seymour, Robert Huff, Robert Harris, Robert Cauthen and Dan Erdman, all of Rome; Charles Evans, Oviedo, Fla., and Robert Neel, White.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 1968

Lambert says patrol pays for Floyd unit

“Floyd County based Georgia State Patrolman have more than paid for their two-year-old barracks which was constructed at local expense,” commissioner Raymond Lambert said today.

Lambert said that funds from forfeited fines and bonds - resulting from cases made within the confines of Floyd County by troopers of local post 38 during the last two years - have more than reimbursed the county for funds outpayed in the construction of the barracks.

The commissioner stated that as of December 1967 forfeited fines and bonds of cases made by patrolman amounted to $52,716 since the barracks opened in 1966.

Some $27,068 was garnered from patrol cases in 1966, while $25,628 was taken in 1967.

He further pointed out that the total  only ran through December of last year and some 402 cases were still pending at that time. The great majority of those cases have been forfeited since that time, he noted.

The county’s total cost and construction of the barracks and amounted to $53,927.87, and forfeitures turned into the county treasurer by the end of 1967 and cases cleared during the first two months of 1968 have more than paid the county’s construction cost, according to Lambert.

“Not only are the patrolmen bringing in revenue,” he stated, “but by being situated here, they greatly augment Floyd County traffic control and criminal investigation units.”

The highway patrol station was officially opened in February of 1966, when Dr.. Charles L. Williams, chairman of the Floyd County Board of Roads and Revenue, presented the deed to the property to Col. Lowell L. Conner, then director of the State Department of Public Safety.

The station, Post 38, serves Floyd County for the area north of State Route 20 along with Chattooga and Gordon counties.