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50 Years Ago

Monday, Jan. 23, 1967

Two Romans named to All USA Chorus

For the first time, Rome has two representatives chosen for membership in the All USA chorus, which will tour Europe this summer.

Dianne Freeman and Bonnie Logan were selected from singers competing all over the country to take part in the 150-voice chorus. Competition is open to high school and college students.

Bonnie, 15, is a sophomore at West Rome high School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Logan, of 107 Echota Cir. She has been singing in the high school chorus for one year. Last year, she was a member of the All-State Chorus.

Sixteen-year-old Diane is a junior at East Rome High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Freeman, of 15 Coral Ave. For five years, she has sung in the East Rome Chorus. She won first place in the State AA Girls Vocal Solo last year.

“This is a great honor,” Mrs. Robert Brock, vocal music director at both East and West Rome High Schools, said, “for two of our local students to be chosen in such a distinguished organization.”

Sunday, Jan. 22, 1967

$1 buys lots of barbering in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria (UPI) – For the western visitor, a haircut in one of Sofia’s state-run barber shops is quite an experience.

First come the clippers around neck and ears, then the scissoring of the hair to a neat trim. That’s par for the course. But wait:

The trimmed head then gets a vigorous brushing with a dampened, stiff brush, followed by having of the sideburns and nape line. Then:

A soapy shampoo, followed by a warm water, gentle washing of the face. Then:

An alcohol rub of the scalp and face, followed by a scalp massage. Finally, the working in of hair lotions and combing.

The price? One lewa, 60 stotinky – or 90 U.S. cents. With generous tip, an even $1.

Thursday, Jan. 26, 1967

Copeland winner in Chattooga essay contest

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. – Alvis Copeland, president of the Summerville Lions Club, has announced the winner of the peace essay contest sponsored recently in Chattooga High School.

Pam Hubler, Chattooga High senior, has been selected first place winner.

The purpose of the contest was to focus the attention on the desirability of searching for ideas and developing a plan toward making world peace a reality. Peace, its meaning, objective, how to obtain it and how it should be applied were answers sought throughout the contest.

Judging was done on content, organization, style and mechanics. Miss Hubler’s essay will now enter district competition where it has an opportunity to continue to multiple district, world geographical division and international levels.

Friday, Jan. 27, 1967

Rossville claims lead in wrestling tourney

Rossville picked up where it left off last year of the fifth annual Northwest Georgia Wrestling Tournament being held at West Rome high School with 68 points, while placing six boys in final matches.

However, the schedule for tonight looks more attractive than ever with a number of top matches on docket. The consolation and finals will begin at 7:30 p.m. with events on two mats until the championship matches get underway.

Rossville has dominated the event for the past four years with the exception of 1965 when West Rome claimed the team title. Ten members of the Bulldog squad will return under consolation or final matches tonight.

East Rome is presently holding onto the No. 2 spot with a total of 60 points with four men in the finals and seven in consolation bouts. West Rome ranks third with 43 points, followed by Rockmart with 42, Darlington 40, Cherokee 39, and Sprayberry 25. R.L. Osborne failed to score.

The top match during the first day’s activity was Eddie Crawford of Rockmart and Jeff Anderson of West Rome in the second round. Both boys won in opening matches and then clashed as undefeated performers for a final berth.

Crawford took the bout on riding time of five seconds after the pair ended in a draw on the scoreboard. Crawford will battle Larry Esparza of Rossville, defending champion, in the finals tonight.

Three overtime bouts were included during the first day to set the stage for a big battle in the finals. Defending champion David Saye of Cherokee in the unlimited class will battle Anthony Slafta of West Rome. The pair met once during the season with Saye claiming a slight edge on points.

Another big match will feature Greg Quinton, West Rome, against Darlington’s Hank Pepin.

Finalists include East Rome’s Chris Proctor, Buddy Gammon, Mike Burns, Allan Bowen; Rossville’s Darrell Johnson, Ronald Arp, Jerry Chapman, Larry Esparza, Elbert O’Kelley, Richard Lawrence; West Rome’s Anthony Slafta, Wayne Worsham, Greg Quinton, Bobby Kerce; Rockmart’s Glenn Robinson, Eddie Crawford, Robert Abernathy, Marshelle Thaxton; Darlington’s Kell McInnis, Newton Cocker, Hank Pepin, Walt Wheelhouse, Bryan Grant; Cherokee’s Ken Putnam, David Saye; Sprayberry’s Wayne Morris.