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Fifty Years Ago


Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1967

Darlington sets opening of 63rd year

Darlington School’s 63rd session will begin Thursday, Sept. 7, with a regular schedule of classes following the 8:30 a.m. opening assembly, President R.M. Yankee has announced.

Regular classes will also be held on Saturday of the opening week.

Rome area students will register and receive their textbooks on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and boarding students will report the following day.

Upper school day students will register at the Porter Building, according to Worth S. Moser, associate headmaster, at the following times: 12th grade, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; 9th grade, 10:30 a.m. until noon; 11th grade, 1-2:30 p.m.; and 10th grade, 2:30-4 p.m.

Junior school students will register at the Junior School, according to George H. Keller, principal, at the following times: 8th grade, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; 7th grade, 10:30 a.m. to noon; 6th grade, 1-2:30 p.m. There will be no junior school classes on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and classes on Sept. 7 will conclude at noon. No lunch will be served at the Junior School on these days.

Darlington expects a capacity of 225 boarders, with the total enrollment in the upper and junior schools exceeding 500.

The 42-member faculty will engage in a week of pre-planning activities and committee and department meetings beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 30. First student arrivals will be members of the varsity football squad, who report Aug. 30 and begin practice sessions the following day. The Tigers’ first game will be played at Sylacauga, Ala., Sept. 22, with the first home game against Castle Heights M.A., Sept. 29, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 27, 1967

Eskimos buy refrigerators

BARROW, Alaska (UPI) – Those stories about selling refrigerators to the Eskimos aren’t jokes.

The Eskimos who populate this northernmost town in the United States not only own refrigerators – they also have the electrical outlets to plug them into. What’s more, they now have television.

A closed circuit station has gone into operation, offering programs 12 hours a day. Subscribers pay $20 a month.

A few days before the station went on the air, a Fairbanks merchant flew in with 25 sets and sold them all.

More sets were forthcoming abroad the once-a-year supply ship North Star.

The system was installed by Ed Parsons who also has been in charge of installing the network for Wien Air Alaska, which serves villagers throughout the interior of Alaska – an area larger than Texas.

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1967

Boys’ Club adds 10-team Pee-Wee League to fall football program

The Boys’ Club football program, which begins in mid-September, has been expanded so that those youths who normally sit on the bench of mite league games with play extensively this year.

This was made possible through the formation of a Pee-Wee League, it was announced by Dan Kelley, physical director of the Boys’ Club. Ten teams have been organized thus far, Kelley said, and they will play their games Saturday mornings.

The Pee-Wees will be composed of boys 70 pounds and under, and they must also be in the second, third and fourth grades. In past seasons, these boys were on the mite league rosters, but played only sparingly during the season.

The regular mite league program will include 16 teams and will play games at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday each week, Kelley said. Some 650 boys will take part in this year’s program, Kelley said.

The Boys’ Club began its sponsorship of Mite League football in 1957 with a six-team league. All games were played at Rotary Park until 1960 when the present field was completed.

The 1967 program officially starts on Thursday, Sept. 7 when youngsters report to the Boys Club for physical examinations and weigh-ins. Some 30 physicians donate their time each year to examine the youngsters.

Four days later, on Sept. 11, the first games of the season will be played. From then on until November, the youths will be engaged in a battle for league titles.

In the mite league, teams are divided into two eight-team divisions.

Members of Division One, and their coaches are:

Alto Park, Harold Hardin; Celanese, Bill Poole; Central Primary, Jimmy Shiflett; Elm Street, Gene Crawford; Garden Lakes, Buddy Baird; Pepperell, Jack Pence; St. Mary’s; Marion Baxley and West End, Chandler Williams.

Division Two members and coaches include:

Armuchee, David McCollum; Coosa, Huey Tyler; Fourth Ward, Dana Raley; Glenwood, James Gribble; Johnson, Ray Bishop; Midway, Wallace Johnson; Model, Ron Woods and Northside, Walt Fortune.

The 10 teams making up the Pee-Wee League are Alto Park, Celanese, Elm Street, Garden Lakes, Pepperell, West End, Coosa, Johnson, Midway and Northside.

Thursday, Aug. 31, 1967

Board chooses site for new high school

The Floyd County Board of Education has expressed its intent to exercise an option for 40 acres of property near Coosa for a new high school.

Floyd School Supt. Harold Lindsey said the option would have expired Friday. Plans call for the purchase of a tract of land owned by R.A. Shearer, located about one mile east of Coosa on the north side of Georgia Highway 20.

The purchase price for the 40 acres is approximately $50,000, Lindsey said.

The new million-dollar high school for west Floyd County and purchase of the property will be financed through a $1,350,000 Floyd school bond issue approved in July, along with $1,155,000 in state funds.

The board is now advertising bids on two new classrooms proposed for Midway Elementary School. Bids will be opened at 4 p.m. September 21 in Lindsey’s office.

A number of classrooms and other facilities will also be financed under the proposal.