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Monday, Jan. 9, 1967

Rome student wins in Lions’ Peace Essay

Miss Anita Lynn Gaines of Horseleg Creek Road, a 17-year-old student at Thornwood School will represent the Rome Lions Club as its entry in Lions Internation’s $50,000 Peace Essay Contest.

She won the right to enter the district level of judging en route to the grand prize.

“A total of $50,000 in awards will be made, including a first prize of $25,000 in educational and/or career-assistance grant, eight semifinalist awards of $1,000, and travel expenses to Chicago for the semi-finalists in July 1967. At that time, the first prize winner will be chosen from the eight. Also, more than 20,000 local, district and multiple awards will be made.

Her essay was selected by a panel of three judges: Mrs. Frank Muschamp, J.B. Maddox and Bill Foster.

The contest, which is the largest Peace Essay Contest in the world, was initiated to stimulate and elicit the views of today’s youth on peace.

If Miss Gaines succeeds in district 18-A’s contest, her essay will be judged in the multiple district contest and it will have an opportunity to be judged at the world division level.

Sunday, Jan. 8, 1967

Astromouse being groomed for special space trip

WASHINGTON (AP) – A miniature mouse no larger than a man’s thumb has been fitted with a pea-size radio transmitter and is being groomed for possible future space journeys.

Dr. Orr. E. Reynolds, director of bioscience programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, displayed the mouse, one of several of a desert variety that never drinks water, at a briefing on space research.

“You’ve heard of astrobugs – this is astromouse,” Reynolds said. “He is a desert mouse of the Southwest, a pocket mouse and has a lot of capabilities for space research.

“He doesn’t need water, eats only sunflower seed, and has no liquid excretion.”

Reynolds said one of the instrumented mice may be sent into orbit along with three astronauts and in an Apollo spacecraft.

Another may be sent far out into space in a probe of biological specimens outside the earth’s gravitational sphere.

The tiny radio transmitter was placed in the cheek pouch normally used by the mouse to store food. Reynolds said the transmitter also could be placed in the animal’s abdomen.

Whenever Reynolds held a receiver near the mouse, the signals from the animal’s transmitter could be heard clearly. But the mouse continued nibbling food unconcerned.

Reynolds said the radio telemetry equipment could continue broadcasting the mouse’s temperature for six months.

He said some hospitals are planning to test the use of the miniature transmitter in internal studies of persons suffering from ulcers or other stomach or intestinal disorders.

The patients would swallow the small transmitter. As it coursed through its digestive system it would broadcast internal temperatures. A temperature rise around a fevered condition such as an ulcer or tumor would pinpoint the trouble spot.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1967

Pepperell tops Coosa in pair

Coach Wayne Huntley had his Pepperell boys utilizing a zone press during the opening portion of the game to grab a quick lead and then coasted to a 63-47 decision over Coosa Tuesday night.

In the girls’ contest, Pepperell’s Nancy Mathis collected 50 points to pace the Dragonettes to an 80-15 verdict over the Eaglettes.

Pepperell’s use of the zone press seemed to be the factor needed to disrupt the Coosa offensive attach during the first potion of the game. The Dragons then changed over to a man-to-man attack that proved almost as effective in the second half.

Huntley was in high praise of his younger boys who have shown steady improvement during the year and was particularly pleased with the Dragons’ defense. It was the sixth victory of the season against seven setbacks for Pepperell.

The Dragons moved out front by a 20-8 margin in the first period and were never in danger of dropping the frontage as they garnered a 36-21 halftime lead.

Pepperell hit on 48 percent of its shots from the floor and 70 percent from the charity line, while Lynn Hunnicutt came through with the top rebounding performance by pulling down 14.

Larry Sheppard set the scoring pace for the winners with 18 markers, while Sonny Chambers followed with 12 and Jimmy Dudley 11. Bill Reed was the leader for Coosa with 14 points followed by Steve Crane with 11 markers.

Area scoring leader Nancy Mathis ripped the nets for 50 points to guide the Lady Dragons to an easy win over Coosa. It marked the second straight game that Miss Mathis has collected 50 or more counters.

Pepperell moved to a 14-2 advantage in the first period and then coasted to a 38-7 halftime verdict. The Dragonettes took a 61-14 third quarter lead.

Carol Payne was the leading scorer for Coosa with seven points, while Chambers with 14 and Lewis with 10 were runners-up for the Lady Dragons.

Coosa had only 15 shots from the floor connecting on five while garnering five charity shots.

The victory was a Region 3-A North battle giving the Pepperell girls a 5-1 chart in sub-region play and 9-2 overall. The Coosa girls are 0-5.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 1967

Rome woman runner-up in sorority contest

A Rome woman has been selected as second runner-up in the International Beta Sigma Phi Valentine Queen Contest.

She is Miss Peggy Dempsey, 22, wife of Ralph Dempsey, 14 Wilson Dr. They have one son, Shawn.

National sorority officials said Mrs. Dempsey’s photograph will appear in the February edition of The Torch, publication of national Beta Sigma Phi. Mrs. Dempsey was one of nearly 3,000 entries for the queen and princess contests of the national organization.

Mrs. Dempsey has been a member of Beta Sigma Phi for one year and is a member of Upsilon chapter. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Bell, of Rome. She will receive a certificate to be presented later, in recognition of the honor.

There are 12 Beta Sigma Phi chapters in Rome with approximately 200 members.

Winners in the national contest were selected by Ben Gassars, a national television star.

Notification of the award came from Juanita Brunghardt, editor of The Torch of Beta Sigma Phi.

Mrs. Dempsey enjoys water sports such as skiing, swimming and sailing.

She and her husband are members of the Fellowship Baptist Church and are active in the Sunday School.