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Sunday, Sept. 24, 1967

Curtain falls on Coosa Valley Fair

The curtain came down Saturday night on the 19th edition of “Fall’s Finest Festival,” the Coosa Valley Fair.

Blessed with sunny skies. Fair officials were confident that final tabulations would push this year’s attendance to a new record. They were drawn to the permanent fairgrounds on East First Street by such personalities as Harold “Red” Grange; Sandee McRee, the reigning Miss Georgia; and Atlanta Falcons stars Randy Johnson and Tommy Nobis.

More than $14,000 in prize money was offered livestock exhibitors.

A 17-year-old Collinsville, Ala., beauty, Lynna Meadows, won the coveted Miss Coosa Valley Fair title and will return next year to reign over festivities. She also received a $500 cash scholarship, the first time that such an award was made.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1967

Beauty queen to brighten fund parade

Nine area beauty queens will brighten the line of march Thursday as a highlight of the 1968 United Fund parade down Broad Street.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the parade will move from City Hall down Broad Street, turn right at Second Avenue, across the bridge, turn right at West Third, and break up at Memorial Gym.

The parade, featuring 11 marching units and 32 mobile units, is being staged to encourage Romans and Floyd Countians to support the fund’s current drive. The United Fund is seeking a record $264,606 this year for its 13 participating agencies. This goal represents a 30 percent increase over the amount pledged last year.

Wesley F. Johnson, campaign general chairman, urged everyone to give generously toward this goal. Johnson added: “Remember, your finest hour is when you share an hour.”

Monday, Sept. 25, 1967

Tree protects Filipino from ‘enemies’

MANILA (UPI) – President Ferdinand E. Marcos today ordered a Philippine air force to rescue a farmer who has spent 58 days in a coconut tree because he is afraid he will be killed if he climbs down.

He claimed his son was murdered by men trying to kill him.

Quirino Berja, 48, climbed to the top of the 60-foot tree near the town of Binalonan, about 180 miles north of Manila, after he reportedly got into a fight at his daughter’s wedding.

Since that time, he has lived on soft drinks and food that friends put into a pouch tied to a rope. He pulls it up and hurls the empty soda bottles and coconuts at people he believes are intruders or may want to hurt him.

When newspapers carried stories about his plight, a team of 10 constables went to the tree to urge him to come down. They said they would protect him.

Friday, Sept. 29, 1967

Pepperell, Alto Park win in midget action

Pepperell’s Mike Crabb came up with a 20-yard touchdown and added an extra point to pace his teammates to a 9-0 victory over Model in Senior Midget action Thursday.

In the second contest, Alto Park utilized the scoring of Bruce Nicholson for a 14-7 victory over West Rome with Douglas Keys aiding the cause with some fancy running.

Meanwhile, Model turned back Midway, 20-6, and Northside edged Johnson, 32-0, in Mite League play at the Rome Boys’ Club.

Crabb scored the game’s lone touchdown in the third period on a 20-yard jaunt and then added the PAT, while Wayne Robinson tackled Model’s Clements in the end zone in the fourth period for a safety.

Nicholson came through with a pair of touchdowns in pacing Alto Park with runs of 45 and five yards, while David Russell added the extra points. Keys was a key man in the second marker as he scooted 70 yards to set up the tally.

David Gardener scored West Rome’s marker in a three-yard jaunt that climaxed a 45-yard drive. Gardener hit Cescutti for the extra point.

Bobby Nolan scored two touchdowns and Albert Walters came through with a six pointer to pace Model past Midway in Mite League. Nolan picked up 84 yards in nine carries to lead the attack, plus making 11 individual tackles, Wayne Evans scored Midway’s tally on a 58-yard pass. He also had 10 tackles for the game.

Northside picked up markers in the third and fourth frames with Terry Maxwell doing the honors on both occasions. He also had 63 yards rushing, while Camp was the leading defensive performer with 12 tackles.

Johnson was unable to hit the scoring circle, but Ronnie Bagwell was the leading rusher with 44 yards in nine carries.