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Fifty Years Ago


Sunday, Nov. 12, 1967

Santa Bowl grid practice begins

All-star teams have been selected and coaches are already at work in practice sessions for the annual Santa Bowl Football Classic, to be held Saturday afternoon , Nov. 18 at the Boys’ Club field.

This year’s contest will catch the Division One all-stars against Division Two all-stars, rather than East vs. West as has been the case in past years.

Each time is composed of 32 players. First, second and third place teams in each division are represented by five players each; fourth and fifth place teams by four each and all other teams by three players each.

Gene Crawford, Mitchell Evans and Paul Camp Jr. are coaching the Division One all-stars, while Huey Tyler, Johnny Free and Rodney Blankenship are coaches of the Division Two all-stars.

It was announced that Division One will practice daily at the Boys Club and Division Two at Briggs-Hamler Field.

A special attraction of this year’s game will be a Pee-Wee contest at 1:30 p.m. between Coosa and Elm Street. The Mites then take the field at 2:30 p.m. for their all-star clash.

Coosa’s junior band will offer musical entertainment both prior and at halftime of the game.

All-star rosters and their regular season teams are as follows:

Elm Street – Ricky Cescutti, Pat Holloway, John Camp, Clayton Lundy and Frank Garner;

Pepperell – David Langston, Billy Trotter, Sidney Sheffield, Keith Pitts and Mike McAteer;

West End – John Tatum, Dennis Gordon, Phil Reid, Sammy D’Ambola and Jerry Allen;

Garden Lakes – Mike Gibbs, David Rudolph, Jimmy Rogers and Jim Powell;

Central Primary – Terry Clements, Tommy Gates, Joe Carlson and David Covington;

St. Mary’s – Phillip Jones, David Guldenschuh and Allen Pinson;

Celanese – Rodney Davis, Berry Childers and Ronald King;

Alto Park – Bradley Brewer, Steve Flyst and Jerry Pollard.

Coosa – Tommy Rhinehart, Donny Davis, Michael Holden, Tony Tyler and Steve Walker;

Model – Johnny Law, Bobby Nolan, Curtis Fowler, Randy Fincher and Anthony Elliott;

Glenwood – Scott Holder, Ronnie Gribble, Mack Jones, Phil Bradfield and Keith Kimble;

Northside – Chuck Hufstetler, Gary Bishop, Terry Maxwell and Smitty Dennis;

Johnson – Stan Hughes, Rusty Stamey, Stan Snead and Tommy Jones;

Armuchee – Danny Payton, Randy Lumpkin and Johnny Willis;

Fourth Ward – Andy Dawson, Lynn Bryant and Ricky LeCroy;

Midway – Wayne Evans, Tim Moon and Bobby Stone.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1967

Teacher steak lure rapped by legislator

ATLANTA, Ga. (UPI) – The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has charged that the president of the Georgia Education Association is urging teachers to buy their legislators a steak in an effort to insure a promised $558 annual raise for instructors.

Rep. James H. Floyd of Trion, criticizing his hometown school superintendent, A.J. Strickland, said, “I don’t think we have to take that kind of language.”

At a meeting of the Appropriations Committee, Floyd said Strickland, GEA president, has been urging teachers throughout the state to take their legislators out, buy them a steak and remind them that next year is an election year.

Strickland was out of the state and unavailable for comment.

“I’ll listen to anyone, but I don’t like to be threatened by anybody,” Floyd said in response to a question about the potential political lobby represented by Georgia’s 44,000 teachers.

“I want to see the school teachers get a salary increase,” he said, “but there are 25,000 other state employees we have to look at.”

Meanwhile, GEA Executive Secretary Frank Hughes said, “We think they’re going to get $558.” He said the governor promised the raise “and we think the governor and the state legislature are going to come through.”

If the General Assembly fails on the pay raise, he said the legislators might regret it because the teachers are all registered voters.

“The General Assembly wants the voters to approve a constitutional amendment authorizing four-year terms for legislators,” he said. “We could beat it.”

Thursday, Nov. 16, 1967

Town and Country dinner set Tuesday

The fifth annual Town and Country dinner, held in observance of National Farm-City Week, will take place Tuesday at Glenwood School, with A.O. Burford of the Lockheed-Georgia Co. as guest speaker.

The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Floyd County Farm Bureau, Kiwanis Club of Metropolitan Rome, the Kiwanis Club of Rome and the Rome-Floyd County Chamber of Commerce. Ben Lucas, president of the Rome Kiwanis Club, will preside.

The purpose of the dinner is to bring county and city citizens together to promote a better understanding of rural-urban relationships in Rome and Floyd County.

Friday, Nov. 17, 1967

Evangelist speaks on ‘communism’

The Rev. Robert Tarzier, evangelist, will be guest speaker at the 11 o’clock Sunday morning service at the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, and will present a picture of Christian life behind the Iron Curtain in Soviet Russia.

The Rev. Tarzier, who has spent more than 25 years of his missionary and pastoral life in the Sovietlands, has seen arrests, imprisonments and ill treatment at the hands of communists. His topic will be “Why Communism is Winning the World.”

Formerly pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, at Riga, Latvia, the Rev. Tarzier escaped to Sweden on a leaky fishing boat without food or water at the close of World War I. He came to America in 1946 and is now a naturalized American and makes his home in Knoxville, Tenn.

The public is invited to the service.