Monday, March 4, 1968

Owen moves to lead in scratch all-events play

Barbara Owen of Rome joined two other local teams at the top of the list Sunday as first-week competition ended in the 13th Annual Georgia State Women’s Bowling Tournament, being held at the Floyd County Lanes.

The ladies will continue to bowl throughout the month with competition scheduled each Saturday and Sunday.

Barbara took the lead in scratch all-events with a total pinfall of 1,783. She was the only Roman to head the list in Sunday’s bowling.

However, Romans dominated the action Saturday in team events.

Elliot Sales of Rome took a rather commanding lead in the Class A team standings with a pin fall of 3,051. This was over 300 pins better than Team 228 of Rome, which held second place with a 2,747 total.

In the Class B division, Marable Discount House of Rome is lodged in first place with a 2,899 total. Echota Cotton Mills of Calhoun is runner-up here with a 2,843 total.

Barbara is a member of the Elliott Sales team, so she’s actually sharing in two leads. Also, her 256 game Saturday in team play is the best individual game thus far in the tournament.

She had a 256, 223 and 178 series, or a total of 657 to lead the Elliot Sales girls.

Genelle Pecorara took the lead in Class A singles with a 636 total, while Betty Craddock of Atlanta is the Class B leader with a 638 total.

In doubles, the team of Hobbs and Bowen of Atlanta is leading the Class A division with a1238 pinfall.

Santa Corless of Augusta is the handicap all-events leader with a 1,869 total.

Competition in team events will resume Saturday afternoon and three shifts are scheduled beginning at 1:15, 4 and 6:45 p.m. Singles and doubles competition will be held in six shifts on Sunday.

Tuesday, March 5, 1968

Argument turns into fight on floor of Georgia House

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – A South Georgia Democrat and an Atlanta Republican slugged it out – literally – on the floor of the Georgia House Monday after an argument over a resolution involving $20 and two acres of state-owned land.

Involved in a brief fistfight where Rep. Jim Bennett of Valdosta, the Democrat, and GOP Rep. Joe Higginbotham of DeKalb County.

Witnesses said the two were standing at the back of the House talking when Bennett started swinging. Chairs turned over and lawmakers scattered as the Democrat landed several blows and floored Higginbotham.

They were separated, and House Speaker George L. Smith took them into his office separately to discuss the problem.

The fight centered on a proposal Bennett had made earlier before the House Institutions and Property Committee. It had to do with the sale of two acres of land owned by the State Highway Department to a Lowndes County resident for $10 an acre.

Bennett felt Higginbotham had questioned his integrity in regard to the matter.

But apparently it all ended peaceably.

“We kissed and made up,” Higginbotham said later.

Thursday, March 7, 1968

Cherokee region library to get Appalachia funds

Governor Lester Maddox announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $75,000 grant in federal Appalachian funds for the construction of a new Cherokee Regional Library Headquarters in the LaFayette.

The Cherokee Regional Library, which has six branches and operates two bookmobiles, serves Walker, Dade and Chattooga counties. This new facility will provide the people of the three-county area with greatly improved library service, the governor said.

Friday, March 8, 1968

Girl Scouts launch week’s observance

Cadette Girl Scouts, winter camping at Red Top Mountain State Park this weekend, will officially open Girl Scouts Week for the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council at a sunrise service Sunday commemorating the 56 years of Girl Scouting in the United States.

Rome Girl Scouts will open Girl Scout Week with a special program Sunday in the City Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m.

The theme of program, “World Friendships,” is international in scope.

The public is invited to attend the program.