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Sunday, Feb. 12, 1967

Now do tell! Calhoun bell found in well

Floyd County officers are on the ball … uh, on the bell, that is.

Floyd Chief Det. Bill Hart said Saturday they have recovered a 2,000 pound bronze bell – which was stolen last week from the Calhoun city barn – in a well, of all places.

Hart said authorities located the bell Saturday in a dry well of the Booger Hollow Road and removed it Saturday to be turned over to Gordon County authorities.

The detective said the bell, which was used in the old Gordon courthouse to tell the time, was stolen from the Calhoun city barn last week. Discussion was underway at the time on whether to install the historic old bell in the Gordon County’s new courthouse.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1967

Sugar shipment stolen in Macon

MACON, Ga. (AP) – A statewide alert was issued today for a huge red and silver truck-trailer containing a shipment of 42,700 pounds of sugar reported stolen here.

Police said the shipment was taken from the Associated Food Stores Inc., some time before dawn. The truck was driven through a 13-foot high steel fence.

Chief of Detectives W.H. Bargeron said, “I believe the sugar already has been unloaded. It undoubtedly is for use in the manufacture of moonshine liquor. They work pretty fast in a case like this.”

Bargeron said the same company lost a similar shipment to thieves several years ago. He said the empty trailer was found about 50 miles south of Macon.

Joe Wootan, general manager at the wholesale grocery firm, said the truck and trailer combination was valued at about $20,000 and the sugar shipment of $4,673.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1967

Customs in Rome far different than Japan, co-ed reports

Readin’, writin’ and arithmetic undergo a vast change when they are transferred from the little red schoolhouse in the United States to Japan.

According to Teruko Nakamoto, a co-ed at Berry College from Kure City, Japan, students in Japan study such unusual subjects as flower arranging and tea ceremonies, the art of handwriting, called shodo, and the Japanese dance.

In Japan, no young lady’s education is considered complete until she has learned how to serve tea properly. And it’s not just a matter of which spoon to stir with.

Teruko said that there are hundreds of different ceremonies used to serve tea, each with their special gestures and words. Each season has a special tea ceremony for it. Romans had a chance to observe one of these ceremonies today when Teruko was hostess at the YMCA’s Creative Art program held at the Y at 9:30 a.m.

Besides learning the tea ceremonies, which she studied for seven years, Teruko also studied flower arranging.

“We have flowers in the home much of the time in Japan,” Teruko said, “and flower arranging is often taught by a private instructor.”

She studied flower arranging in a special school, Ikebana, in Kure City.

Flower arranging and the tea ceremonies require years of practice to perfect. Teruko said that it takes as much as 20 years to learn all of the tea ceremonies and how to perform them correctly.

There is a tea ceremony to be performed during the full moon in autumn, one for spring, when it is drunk under a cherry tree, ceremonies to be performed in the open air and those to be executed indoors. Her own teacher had been studying tea ceremonies for more than 55 years. And boys as well as girls learn them.

Teruko chose Berry College when she considered coming to America to study. She wanted to avoid grouping with her own people in order that she might learn more of American ways so she chose an area which has relatively few Japanese persons.

While in the United States, Teruko has visited Niagara Falls, New York City, Savannah, Florida and Michigan. Last summer she took a European tour that turned into a lengthy stay as she decided to extend her trip.

Teruko is studying social studies at Berry, but is planning to leave Rome at the end of the month for study at a university in Paris.

Friday, Feb. 17, 1967

Pepp boys win 31 out of 32

When the Pepperell Elementary boy basketeers beat Midway last night 48-27 to win the Floyd County Tournament, it was the 31st game the Pepps had won out of their last 32.

This year, the little Pepps won nine regular season games and three in the tourney. In 1965-66 they won seven during the regular season and two in the tournament before tripping over East Rome in the finals. In 1964-65, they went through seven regular season contests and three in the tourney undefeated.

Phil Baker, with 29 points, was high scorer for the Pepps last night. Preston Cain got 16, Tommy Brock two and Terry Barnett one.

For Midway, Ronald Nelson had 11, Mike Brownlow eight, Randal Broome and David O’Neal four each.

In the girls’ finals last night, Georgia School for the Deaf lassies nosed out Midway 25-24 to win the title.

Getting Midway’s points were Jane Lovvorn 11, Ann Dudley nine and Ann Littlejohn four.