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Fifty Years Ago


Thursday, Dec. 26, 1963

Stansell adds onto Floyd County cage scoring leads

Johnson’s Wildcats didn’t have any success in the Northwest Georgia Invitational Basketball Tournament, but it was through no fault of Jimmy Stansell.

The tough, dead-eye senior scored 20 points in Johnson’s loss to West Haralson last week and remained the county’s top scorer. He has collected 215 points in 11 games, good for a 19.5 average.

Technically, Billy Stephenson of Georgia School for the Deaf holds the best average, however Stephenson has played in only two games. He has 49 points for a 24.5 mark.

Third best shooter is Billy Langston of Cave Spring, with 195 points in 12 games for a 16.1 average. Woody James of East Rome and Randy Dixon of Model are tied for fourth with 15.8 averages.

Cave Spring, despite its tournament loss to Cedartown, took over the team defense lead. The Springers have allowed 446 points in 12 games, which averages out to 37.2 per game. This is 1.5 points better than Berry’s Falcons.

Johnson remains the top scoring outfit with a 58.5 per game average. Berry is second with a 58.2 average, followed next by Darlington with 54.6 points per game.

Two teams in Floyd County have won 10 games, which is high. Berry’s boys are 10-2 for the campaign, while the Cave Spring girls have amassed a 10-1 record.

The girls’ leaders remained unchanged in all categories, since all teams were idle.

Friday, Dec. 27, 1963

10,058 long distance calls placed in Rome

“. . . and to all a good night!”

That was the weary reaction of the 61 Rome telephone operators who worked in shifts helping put through 10,058 long distance calls on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

A total of 4,957 long distance calls originated here on Christmas Eve and 5,101 on Christmas Day, according to John C. Busbin, Southern Bell District Manager.

Last year’s long distance calls numbered 3,957 on Christmas Eve and 5,144 on Christmas Day. These figures do not include the large number of incoming calls.

Sunday, Dec. 22, 1963

Rockmart bands score hit in Yule program

ROCKMART — Rockmartians attending the concert, “The Spirit of Christmas,” presented by the combined bands of Rockmart High school and directed by Charles Lawson Thursday evening, were rewarded with an evening of rare entertainment, with well-chosen music, beautifully rendered by the junior high school band, the Melodaires stage band and the Jacket high school band.

Mr. Lawson demonstrated that his direction was precise and that there was a deep understanding and sympathy in interpreting the music of the planned program between the band performers and their mentor.

The program opened with a Chanson, by John Kinyon, this one being set to modern harmony, having originated in France in the 15th century. This was followed by a free and flowing Irish folk tune, reminiscent of the style and sound of another Irish folk song, Danny Boy.

“Three Chorales for Christmas,” arranged by Milton Vincent, “The Alleluia” from the “Christmas Oratorio” and a holly wreath medley completed the first segment by the junior high group.

The second portion by the high school stage band included “Beatnik Fly,” “Let it Be Me,” a French love song featuring the trombone section and “Bubbly Music,” which was a spoofing of a famous television’s Champagne Music.

The Jacket band’s opening number was “Caconne,” by Frank Erickson. Originally a wild and sensuous Mexican dance, it was imported into Spain during the 16th century. Once imported into Europe, however, it lost its unbridled character entirely and became a continuous variation in moderately slow tempo.

Their subsequent number included a “Folk Song Suite,” by Ralph Vaughn-Williams, which were: “A March,” “Seventeen Come Sunday” and “Intermezzo,” “My Sonny Boy” and “Folk Songs from Somerset,” all revivals of old English songs, composed by Vaughn-Williams, in a new style which became evident in 1880.

“Alamada” (Pasa Doble), by Ernest G. Caneva, brought a bright change of pace in the program – this sprightly number coming from Spain. The Spirit of Christmas group, which played “Jolly Saint Nicholas,” “Good King Wenceslas Coventry Carol,” “Away in a Manger,” “Pat-a-Pan” (a Burgundian Air) and “Joy to the World” followed by “Cantique de Noel,” arranged by Harold D. Waters and composed by Adolphe Adan, were especially beautiful and appreciated as part of our traditional Christmas music, and “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” was pleasing.

A traditional symphonic melody closed the program, a treat to all music lovers attending the presentation.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1963

Gates through Berlin wall open earlier

BERLIN (UPI) – Throngs of West Berliners carrying gifts to brighten Christmas Eve for their relatives in East Berlin passed through gaps in the Communist Berlin wall today.

Thousands of other West Berliners waited patiently in line in the snow for passes to make post-Christmas visits. The last passes for Christmas Day visits were issued Monday.

The pass bureaus in West Berlin school gymnasiums set their opening three hours early today to permit the 240 East German postal clerks processing passes to go home at 3 p.m. and decorate their own Christmas tree.

Berlin’s atmosphere of Christmas cheer was shattered Monday by Communist machine gun fire along the anti-refugee wall, where it separates West Berlin from East Germany.

Communist VOPOS (people’s police) apparently fired on and captured and East German attempting to reach West Berlin. It was not known whether the refugee was hit by the gun fire.

The shooting was the first such incident since the East German Communist regime opened a crack in the wall last Thursday to permit West Berliners to visit their relatives in East Germany for the first time since the wall was built 28 months ago.

The Communists expected the biggest rush of visitors Wednesday. They promised to widen the crossing point at the Chaussee Strasse so that two lines of cars could move through together and to reopen a footbridge beside the Oberbaum Bridge crossing as they did on Sunday for the first big wave of visitors.