Sunday, July 26, 1970

City, county officers eye 5th annual softball event

The “super-powers” of the softball world will clash at Briggs-Hamler Field at 7:30 p.m. on August 4. The fifth annual contest between the Rome Police Department – “Hart’s Happy Hooligans” and the Floyd County Police Department – “Russell’s Radical Raiders” – will be a struggle for the lead in the series.

The Rome police opened the series with a victory in 1966 and dropped two games to the county officers in 1967 and 1968. In last year’s thriller, the Rome police managed to even the series.

According to a report from the Rome Breakfast Optimist Club, the game sponsor, Rome Chief of Police Bill Hart flatly denied rumors that his team was practicing regularly at Briggs-Hamler Field and added, “My boys don’t need to practice to defeat the county police.”

Hart indicated that one of his men has been placed on waivers. “We have offered ‘Frog’ Smith to the county police for a complete set of 1914 bubblegum baseball cards and two future draft choices.”

Smith reportedly mumbled, “Joe Pepitone just walked from the Astros and I can do the same.”

Chief of County Police Earl Russell was reported to be equally optimistic about his team’s chances after admitting that his men are practicing nightly in Cave Spring. Chief Russell explained, “We have no doubts about defeating Hart’s boys. We just want to brush up in order to run up the score in the first two innings. For the remainder of the game we plan to put on a real show.”

Slugging outfielder Nath McClinic has returned to the county team following a two-week absence. McClinic insists that he was an Army Reserve summer camp and not training with the Cincinnati Reds as rumored.

All proceeds from the game go to youth work. With last year’s proceeds, the Breakfast Optimist Club donated $500 each to the Rome Boys’ Club boys club in the Maple Street community center. In the past, proceeds have gone to the boy scouts, the regional detention center, and other projects.

Monday, July 27, 1970

Textile leader dies

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) – Albert Gauss “Pete” Dunson Sr., founder of the Dunson Textile Mills in LaGrange, is dead at the age of 66.

Widely known in the textiles industry, Dunson was stricken by a heart attack at his home Saturday.

Funeral services were scheduled for today.

Dunson who sold his mill to Pepperell Manufacturing Co., moved to Summerville in 1944 to become the vice president of the Summerville Manufacturing Company, another textile concern.

He retired in 1967.

Sunday, July 26, 1970

Four sons serve in Air Force

Mrs. Bessie Maxwell, of 406 North Elm St., is an unusual mother, unusual in the fact that she has four sons serving in the U.S. Air Force. And all four are making careers of the service.

Her eldest son is chief Master Sergeant Claude M. Maxwell, who has been in the service for 22 years. Sgt. Maxwell is now stationed at Colorado Springs after recently returning from Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he was chief deputy of staff comptroller, Seventh Air Force, Saigon, Vietnam. His duties included performing staff visits to the 10 Air Force bases to review accounting and finance operations to ensure propriety of payments made in compliance with regulations regarding disbursement of public monies.

Sgt. Maxwell, 42, is married and has two children. He attended Rome High School.

Her second son S-Sgt. Leroy Maxwell, 40, is now stationed in Thailand. He is married and has five children and now makes his home in Omaha, Neb. He also attended school in Rome.

T-Sgt. Charles Maxwell, 36, is now stationed in Houston, Texas, after having served a term in Thailand. He is a flight engineer and has served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia. The sergeant is married to the former Carolyn Chaney of Trion and has two children. He was graduated from Rome High School.

Her youngest son is T-Sgt. Robert Bobby Maxwell, 34, who has also served in Vietnam. He returned home about a year ago and is now stationed in Goldsboro, N.C.

He also served in Korea, Japan, England and Germany. He attended school in Rome.

Mrs. Maxwell said she often worried about her sons while they were serving in Southeast Asia. She said that Billy was wounded in the arm while stationed, but luckily it was not serious.

Mrs. Maxwell has two other children, Mrs. Elsie Boswell of New Orleans, La., and Ralph Maxwell, Atlanta.

Monday, July 27, 1970

Ringo shortens hair in ‘old age’

LONDON (AP) – Ringo Starr has been 30 for 20 days, and he says it isn’t so bad after all.

“When I was 19, I thought 30 would be the end of the world,” the Beatles drummer told an interviewer from The Daily Express, “But it’s nothing. It’s okay.”

Ringo was 30 on July 7.

The Beatles are okay too, Ringo said, even though the foursome has not performed in public for more than two years. They continue to make hit records.

“What we are doing at the moment is all our own things and getting them out of the way. Then we’ll see what we shall do together. I should think around November we should all know where we are.”

Ringo has been making films and a solo album, and his wife, Maureen, has cut his hair the shortest it has been since 1962.

“I just got bored with its being long,” Ringo explained. “It was driving me nuts. One day I found I just hated it. You can’t live with what people identify you by.”

Tuesday, July 28, 1970

Buffaloes now roam in Hawaii

NAALEHU, Hawaii (UPI) – Among things that travelers don’t expect to see when they come to Hawaii, buffaloes are probably near the top of the list.

But visitors to South Point on the big island of Hawaii can see animals grazing among the trees.

The herd has been in the islands for two years. The idea was suggested to Fred Rice, manager of the 140,000-acre Kahuku Ranch, by Otis Gyrde, a native of the Dakotas, who is district conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service on the island.

Much of the ranch land is rough, high-elevation lava land suitable for cattle production. But there are natural water holes formed by springs of trapped water which are sufficient for wildlife.

Gyrde recalled that Buffalo thrive where there is frost, some snow and craggy rangelands. So in April 1968, Rice brought in a dozen cabs from South Dakota.

Wednesday, July 29, 1970

Exchange-ites given award at convention

The Exchange Club of Rome has won the National Exchange Club 1970 “Big E” award for excellence. The announcement was made today at the national organizations 52nd annual convention in Atlanta.

The “Big E” award is presented annually to Exchange Clubs meeting stringent requirements inefficiency, expansion and education. Of the more than 1,100 clubs comprising the business and professional men’s national service club, only 225 had qualified for this year’s award when the s sixth annual competition ended June 30.

Winning clubs had to participate in the National Exchange Club Freedom Shrine and National Crime Prevention Work programs plus at least one other community service project. Also they had to meet the highest standards of operational efficiency and increase membership or established new clubs.

The award was based on activities completed during 1969 and 1970 at which time Dan Primm was president.

J.O. Carden, president of the Exchange Club of Rome, stated at the award would be formally presented by an official of the Georgia District Exchange Clubs at a future club meeting.

Thursday, July 30, 1970

Fast field at Cherokee

CEDARTOWN, Ga. – A lightning-fast field, headed by defending champ Bruce Ware, is set to tee off Saturday morning in the Seventh Annual Cherokee Country Club’s amateur invitational tournament.

The two-day, 36-hole tournament whines up Sunday afternoon with some 100 amateurs do in the field. Entries will be accepted through Friday or until the field is completed.

Cherokee now place to a full 18 holes. A new nine holes have been integrated with the old nine, and the course now measures 6,290 yards.

Other entries already received include Len McWilliams, the 1968 champ; Irv Cauthen, who recently won the Prospect Valley Title; Harley Lee, former winner of the Cedar Valley Invitational, plus John Hunley of Rome and Fred Montgomery and James Strange of Rockmart.

Friday, July 31, 1970

Space weapon seen is answer to ABM system

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Russian space bomb that orbited the globe this week was seen by some strategists as the Soviet Union’s answer to America’s development of an antiballistic missile system.

There is no defense against the space bomb, Pentagon officials said, and the Soviets are believed to have already deployed the weapon.

In announcing the test, the Defense Department warns, “This is further evidence of the continuing momentum of the Soviet development and test program for strategic weapons.”

The main response to a space bomb would be the U.S. strategic mix of land and sea missiles and aircraft.

The Soviets tested their space bomb, or fractional orbital bombardment system (FOBS), vehicle Tuesday, the Pentagon said.

It was launched from the Soviet space port of Tyuratam, Kazakhstan, traveling eastward across Mongolia, Red China, Japan, Chile, Argentina, East Africa and back to the Aral Sea recovery area.

The orbit was as high as a 130 and as low as 90 miles.

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