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Sunday, Nov. 5, 1967

Youth concert series presents ‘Wizard of Oz’

The childhood favorite, “The Wizard of Oz,” will be presented at the Rome City Auditorium this afternoon as the annual youth concert by the Rome Symphony Orchestra under the auspices of the Rome Junior Service League.

Performances are scheduled at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. The story will be narrated by Miss Kiki Petropole. There is no charge for admission.

Members of the cast in “The Wizard of Oz” are: Fielding Hight as Dorothy, Elizabeth Carpenter as Toto, Laura Sullivan as the Tin Man, Nancy Norton as the Lion, Jane Boggs as the Scarecrow, Martha Koch as the Witch, Jane Sullivan as the Wizard, Ben Brison, Truman Chidsey, Frances Frazier, Rosa Ledbetter, Jennifer Minge and Becky Taylor as the Munchkins.

Approximately 50 boys of the Darlington Junior School Glee Club will sing he familiar beloved songs of “The Wizard of Oz,” and the Rome Symphony will be under the direction of Miss Helen Dean Rhodes, with Mrs. Ivan Hoge as concertmistress.

The project is one of several made possible by proceeds from the biennial Junior Service League Follies.

Monday, Nov. 6, 1967

Fossil found at Shorter stirs search

A 350,000,000-year-old fossil found accidentally on the Shorter Campus has lead to a well-organized, systematic search by students and teachers alike for others of its kind which have lain buried for eons in Shorter hill.

The Devonian fossil was found last week at the site of construction of the new Shorter College library-students’ center by a workman who, noting its unusual formation, showed it to his foreman, Charles Ball. Ball was also intrigued by the rock’s strange shape and he, in turn, showed it to Professor Thomas Lagow, of the Shorter History Department. Two days later, Dr. Howard Cramer, professor of invertebrate paleontology at Emory University and Edward Nunan, a graduate student at Emory, made a trip to Rome to view the fossil and to determine its age.

The discovery spurred imaginations and soon scores of students were seen on hands and knees atop dirt piles, digging with eager but careful fingers and finding other fossils: small ridges barely perceptible, hardened shells of ancient worms, pieces of stone ages old.

The dirt which contained the fossils had to be removed from the construction site because it was too soft to support a building. More than two truck loads of it, from 28 feet in the earth, were piled to the side and this is which is being sifted and brushed by fossil hunters. The project is being directed by Dr. Lewis Lipps, professor of biology and earth science. Dr. Lipps said that the findings indicate the Rome area was covered by a warm shallow ocean almost half a billion years ago and that small warm water animals lived in the ocean. Dr. Lipps said this was the first time that so many Devonian fossils had been found in Georgia at one time.

Dr. James Ware of Trion has donated dentist’s instruments to aid in cleaning the fossils. All of the work is being done by members of Shorter’s geology classes and interested volunteers from other classes.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1967

Weaver, West Rome both hit region goal

Roger Weaver reached the magic 1,000-yard total and West Rome won its third straight region championship – and the fact that both occurred the same night certainly is no coincidence.

The Chieftains whipped past Rome, 35-6 last Friday to clinch the Region 3-AA championship and Weaver was one of the main reasons victory came so easily. He rushed for 129 yards, scored once, returned punts and kickoffs for another 100 yards and intercepted two passes. In addition, he was credited with several key tackles from his linebacking post.

Weaver’s 129 yards pushed his 10 game total to 1,001 yards, which is a rather impressive total although it doesn’t equal his 185-pound junior halfback has now rushed for over 2,600 yards in his varsity career.

Weaver’s closest threat to the rushing crown is Frank Burgess of Cedartown, who still has a game left with LaFayette Friday night. Burgess has gained 787 yards in 140 carries, so he needs a rather fantastic performance this week to move ahead.

However, the scoring race is much closer. Weaver is the No. 1 point-getter with 70 points, while Burgess trails with 54 points. Burgess closed the gap considerably by scoring three times in the Bulldogs’ 28-17 win over Rockmart.

Billy Atchison of Wills is the best pass receiver with 24 catches for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Guinn Hankins of Chattooga has gained the most yardage on pass receiving, hauling in 19 for 307 yards and four touchdowns.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 1967

New heart surgery method saves hundreds of patients

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) – Hundreds of patients are being saved through new techniques in heart surgery which would have been impossible a few years ago, a pioneer cardiac surgeon said Wednesday.

The new techniques, said Dr. Michael E. De Bakey, offer a “most promising approach” to the treatment of often fatal heart attacks block off the vital oxygen supplies.

De Bakey of Houston, Texas, a surgeon whose Baylor University research team has helped develop artificial heart pumps, outlined the new procedures to physicians at the closing session of the California Academy of General Practice.

He told how healthy arteries in other parts of the body now can be connected to the heart when diseased ones can’t be saved and how salvageable heart vessels can be cleaned and patched up.

And he told how specialists are beginning to use mechanical “booster pumps” to help an ailing heart while it is being returned to health.

De Bakey said in severe heart problems, arteries from the breast and the abdomen must be shifted and implanted in the heart muscle so they nourish the areas that are being starved for blood, he said.

The Houston surgeon said his group at Baylor has performed 350 of these operations. Eighty percent of the patients, he said, have already significantly improved and are now leading virtually normal lives.