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Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1967

Burglary mars ‘perfect night’ from Rome, Floyd

It was a perfect night in Rome and Floyd County even with the dismal weather excepting a burglary at the Lindale Pharmacy snack bar and a larceny at Scott’s Super Market.

Rome and Floyd County authorities said a safe night with only minor accidents with no injuries were reported.

Floyd Sgt. Sam Vincent and Officers Carl Dobbins said Lindale Pharmacy was entered through a back door. The screen was cut and then glass broken from the door to reach the inside lock, officers said.

The snack bar cash registers were discovered open and $105 stolen. The burglary was discovered when the manager C.C. Wllace, reported for work at 3:30 a.m. Nothing else was reported missing.

Floyd investigator Bob Kerce said a soft drink machine was entered at Scott’s Super Market, U.S. Highway 27 North of Rome sometime during the night.

An undetermined amount of money was taken from the machine, Kerce said. A key had apparently been used to open the machine, he stated.

Sunday, Aug. 20, 1967

New coaches await start of ’67 season

Telling the players without a program will probably be easier this season than picking out the coaches because so many changes has been made since the close of the 1966 season.

There are three new head coaches in the immediate Rome area. Jack Shamblin, an assistant for several years, has moved up at Chattooga High in Summerville, while Ken Smallwood took over at Calhoun after David Patterson decided to return to East Rome as an assistant coach. Also, T.M. Tucker was elevated at Adairsville.

Further up north,, Clyde (Sonny) Cross has been selected to replace Ken Shepard as head coach at Valley Point.

Several schools have new assistant coaches. Ed Hicks is assisting Branch Bragg at Coosa after several successful seasons as head coach at Chattooga; Brendel Cox is filling in at West Rome for Randall Kent who returned to school on a fellowship; Patterson and Jerry Sharp are new additions at East Rome; Hamp Alexander, former Adairsville athletic director, is now on Smallwood’s staff at Calhoun and Ed Duke has joined Tucker at Adairsville.

Ray Carter lost a pair of assistants at Cedartown when Jimmy Mayben was named principal at Purks Junior High and Lloyd Culp decided to give up coaching. So far, no new assistants have been hired.

Jerry Gatlin has moved from the Pepperell staff to Model where he is assistant to Ralph Tuggle.

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1967

Marriage mill business good

DENISON, Texas (UPI) – A sign on a house just north of the Texas border in Oklahoma offers “Drive-in Marriages.”

The owner of the house, Rev. J.T. Harmon, said, “when the new highway opened we had to do something.”

One principal business in this area is matrimony – some 2,500 or 3,000 marriages a year are performed north of Denison – and business has never been better. Most of the weddings are for Texans.

Texas couples seem to like this area of Oklahoma because of the case with which out-of-state couples can get a license after hours.

Customers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and points north often make the trip, get married, and return home the same evening.

One justice of the peace, Ross Beal Nix, said he once performed 25 ceremonies in 24 hours.

Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney drove to Bryan County from Dallas to get married. Nix said he was set to perform the ceremonies for Marina Oswald and Kenneth Porter before reporters found out they were in the area. The couple went back to Texas.

When a couple stops at one of the marriage mills, they are first taken to a nearby clinic for a blood test, then to the home of Court Clerk Clark Grimes for a license.

Witnesses are also supplied if the couple does not have their own.

Judge Nix said weddings had increased in numbers in the past year, and gave the step-up of the war in Vietnam as a major reason.

Thursday, Aug. 24, 1967

Bells peal for return to school

School bells pealed their mournful message today, calling thousands of students back to classes for the 1967-68 session.

Students in the Rome system registered today and will begin classes Monday.

Students in the Floyd County school system will register Friday and begin classes Wednesday.

First quarter freshmen at Berry College will register Sept. 15; day and married students on Sept. 16 and all others on Sept. 18. Classes at the college will begin Sept. 19. New Berry Academy students register Sept. 5 and others students on Sept. 6. Classes will begin Sept. 7.

Thornwood School students will register Sept. 5 and classes will begin Sept. 6.

Registration for day students at Darlington School will be held Sept. 5. Boarding students will register Sept. 6. Classes will start Sept. 7.