Darlington’s Dramatic Club sets fall program
The Darlington Dramatic Club announces its fall production of “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.
The prose work is well known as a story embodying the true spirit of Christmas and has been presented in numerous film versions and television presentations.
The play will be presented at 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at the Maple Street Community Little Theatre. The admission prices and locations where tickets may be purchased will be announced later.
The Darlington Players are under the direction of George W. Awsumb, English teacher at Darlington.
Douglas L. Brown, an English teacher, is the producer and has adapted Dickens’ story to the stage. He translated the work into drama without losing Dickens’ mastery of words and wit. Joe E. Dendy is the student director and has charge of all production crews.
The cast for The Christmas Carol includes David Haynes as narrator; Johnnie Kaye as Ebenezer Scrooge; Pope Jordan as Bob Cratchit; Doug Dixon as Marley’s ghost; John Hutzler, Jimmy Milford and Stanley Warder as ghosts; Jimmy Mitchell as Tiny Tim; and Lynne Garner as Scrooge’s fiancée and the Charwoman. Others in the cast are Edward Miller, Tom Bertrand, Donna Jacks, Susan Spurlin, Mary McCamy, David Croome, Oscar Roberts, Tom Wesley, Mark Lindsey and Evan Pamplin.
Monday, Nov. 26, 1962
3,000 Georgia teachers quit classrooms yearly
ATLANTA (AP) – The major reason about 3,000 teachers leave Georgia’s public school classrooms each year is simply a matter of money, says Dr. Allen Smith, assistant state school superintendent.
“The most promising teachers are the ones who are leaving,” Smith says. “Business and industry can get anyone they want by paying more money. They’re skimming off the cream of the crop.”
In addition to finding replacements for the 3,000 dropouts, another 800 new teachers are needed each year to meet the normal increase in pupil attendance.
But, says Smith, Georgia’s colleges and universities do not turn out enough new teachers each year to fill the 3,800 vacancies.
In addition, states like California, Florida and North Carolina send recruiting teams into Georgia.
Smith pointed out that Georgia’s base pay for a beginning teacher with a four-year professional certificate is $3,600 compared to $6,000 in Los Angeles. After 10 years, he says, a teacher can expect to earn $4,300 in Georgia or $10,000 in California.
“If it weren’t for Alabama,” the educator says, “I don’t know what we would do.”
One Georgia school, for example, started the past school year with 19 of its 26 teachers from Alabama. Georgia also gets a lot of its teachers from Tennessee and South Carolina.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1962
Christmas tree farms profitable in county
It wasn’t so long ago that one of the highlights of the holiday season came when families trekked into the woods, selected and cut their own Christmas trees.
But, even this tradition is vanishing now with the emergence of Christmas tree farms all over Georgia. This means
families can now obtain locally-produced trees, which are fresher than trees shipped in from northern producers.
William Edwards of 126 John Ross Drive in Cherokee Acres, like so many others in the Rome area, has found that
there can be profit in Christmas trees.
He planted 1,000 Arizona Cypress and 1,000 Red Cedar in 1958, an endeavor he started as a hobby. He’s been harvesting the trees for two years now and suddenly his hobby has developed into a very important college fund for his son.
Other persons are enjoying similar success with Christmas trees.
This type of production has proven successful in the area for one primary reason – well-developed trees can be grown in less time because of the growing season and more favorable climate.
As many as eight species can be grown in this area. However, experience of growers shows that Arizona Cypress and Eastern Red Cedar are the most profitable. Three species can be obtained through the Georgia Forestry Commission and orders can be placed with the county forestry unit, county agent, ASCS office or soil conservationist.
An extensive research program has been initiated in Georgia and the agricultural extension service is working on promotion of the Christmas tree industry. In February 1961 many of the successful growers banded together into an organization known as the Georgia Christmas Tree Growers Association.
In most cases the investment required in setting up a Christmas tree operation is small in comparison to the potential return. The per acre return is comparative with most other crops.
Thursday, Nov. 29, 1962
Midget all-stars play for title at Milledgeville
Rome Midget All-Stars will leave early Friday for Milledgeville to play for the North Georgia title. The Rome team, which blanked Dalton more than a week ago 14-0, has undergone workouts for over a week and is in top physical condition.
Milledgeville ranks high nationally with Pop Warner Football Organizations.
After the game a banquet for the football players and cheerleaders (Alto Park cheerleaders) will be held. The boys
will be housed for the night and will return home Saturday.
Coaches for Rome are Namon Wiseman, James Knowles, Gail Murphy and James Kirkland.
Players from Alto Park – John Mosley, Danny Pate, Jimmy Davis, Bill Reed; West End – Bryan Swinford, Mike Grant, Al Jenkins, Mike Gribble, Oscar Horne, Tommy Sapp, Jerry Hill; East Rome – Richard Rainwater, Vic Kirby, Johnny Wilson, Robert Bean, Frank Pinson; Coosa – Steve Patterson; West Rome Elm – Rickey Polley, Mike Pegg; Garden Lakes – Craig Ledford, Jim Ryan; Celanese – Jimmy Milam, Bill Brownlow.