Shiflett leaps into 3-AA point leaderships
Steve Shiflett, Cedartown’s sensational senior left halfback, enjoyed the finest single game performance of his career last week to take over a commanding lead in the Region 3-AA scoring race, but a two-man battle has suddenly developed in the race for the rushing championship. Shiflett scored five touchdowns in Cedartown’s 38-7 victory over Chattooga County to run his total for five games to 62 points. This is 28 points better than the second place man, Doug Flury of Rossville, who scored only two points in Rossville’s 34-0 blasting of Ringgold.
Flury, junior halfback for the Bulldogs, held onto the No. 1 position in the rushing department despite gaining only 16 yards last week. He has 421 net yards in 47 rushes at the midway point of the campaign.
Right on Flury’s heels is East Rome’s Gene Knowles, who pushed his total for the season to 410 net yards in 81 rushes. Third place is Timmie Taylor of West Fannin, who now has gained 379 yards in 52 carries – this total coming in only four games, or one less game than both Flury and Knowles.
The passing leader is Cedartown’s Bucky Ayers, who is making a strong bid for all-state honors. Ayers hit on 10-of-13 passes for 224 yards last week to run his total for the season to 21 completions in 37 attempts for 397 yards and four touchdowns.
Monday, Oct. 1, 1962
Move opened to seek vote on legal liquor
A movement seeking a county-wide referendum to legalize the sale and control of alcoholic beverages is under way in Floyd County and voter petitions are being circulated throughout the county.
Curtis W. Oswalt, wsho is heading the Floyd County Committee for Legal Control, said petition cards have been in circulation for more than a week and that a large number of signatures have already been received. The Committee for Legal Control has a full-page advertisement in today’s edition of The Rome News-Tribune, which includes a voter’s petition which may be clipped, signed and mailed back to the sponsors.
County Ordinary Harry Johnson earlier had informed the sponsors of the provisions of the state law covering such referendums, and pointing out that signatures of 35 percent of voters who were registered in 1960, the date of the last general election, would be necessary to call a referendum. This rule would hold if the petitions are filed prior to the Nov. 6 election. If filed after this date, voter signatures would be required. This would mean slightly over 7,000 signatures.
Floyd voters last balloted on a proposal for legal control in 1951, with voters rejecting the proposal, despite the fact signatures of more than 8,000 voters were obtained at that time.
Oswalt said his committee is pressing the referendum on the basis that under the present system the sale of liquor cannot be properly controlled and policed, and that legalization of the sale of alcoholic beverages would bring a boom to Rome as a Northwest Georgia trade center and would encourage the growth of new industry. He said Rome merchants and businessmen are now losing thousands of dollars in sales because of the fact that Floyd citizens go to Atlanta and Chattanooga to purchase liquor and while there spend money shopping which he said should go to Rome merchants instead.
In a statement released today, Oswalt said:
“I respectfully call upon the businessmen and merchants, along with all the progressive citizens, to stand up for, and cast a vote for more and better industry, better paid law enforcement officials, legal taxing and control of alcoholic beverages, and the promotion of Rome and Floyd County as the shopping center for Northwest Georgia.”
He said that legalization of alcoholic beverages, with strict police control, would bring thousands of dollars in revenue into the city and tax money could be used for the improvement of schools, roads, streets and to improve other needed services and reduce the present tax rates.
Other leaders in the referendum movement, in addition to Oswalt, include Pete Dorsey, Earl Brannon, Al Jones, Harry Fricks Sr. and Harold Adams. The committee will be expanded later, leaders said.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1962
Motion picture to mark Mountain Day
A motion picture depicting the educational, work experience and religious programs of Berry College and the Mount Berry School for Boys will be unveiled during this year’s annual Mountain Day and alumni Homecoming observance Saturday.
The motion picture, which touches on Berry’s heritage and portrays its present-day programs, will be shown during an assembly Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Ford Auditorium for alumni, students, faculty and staff.
The 29-minute film – “Years of Challenge” – is in full color and sound and was produced by the Protestant Radio and Television Center of Atlanta with much of the filming on the college and school for boys campuses last spring.
Hal Smith, president of the Berry Alumni Association, will preside at the assembly. Members of the college’s Religious Education Club will present an opening devotional, and special music will be provided by the Berry College Concert Choir.
Mountain Day is an occasion rich in tradition and meaning observed annually in commemoration of the birth of the institution’s founder, Miss Martha Berry. This year marks the 96th anniversary of Miss Berry’s birth.
The joint assembly will be preceded by a traditional ceremony at Miss Berry’s graveside at the Mount Berry Chapel in which the institution’s officials and children of Berry alumni will participate.
A picnic lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. at the Mount Berry School for Boys campus, after which students of the college and the school for boys will participate in the colorful Grand March.
An intramural football game between the Georgians and the Syrrebs, the two college literary societies, will follow the Grand March. The game will be played on the school for boys athletic field.
Following the football game Berry alumni and their guests will visit the House of Dreams atop Mount Lavender to renew acquaintances and share past experiences. Another showing of the film has been scheduled at 5 p.m. in the Hamrick Hall auditorium at the school for boys. The day will be climaxed with a homecoming dance in Ford Gymnasium.
More than 2,000 alumni, guests, students, faculty and staff are expected to participate in this year’s activities. Alumni registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the alumni office in Roosevelt Cabin. A dinner meeting of the Berry Alumni Council will be held Friday evening in Blackstone Dining Hall at which time there will be a preview of the new film.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1962
Wives keep vigil in Texas resort village
SEABROOK, Texas (UPI) – Two Navy wives kept their vigil in this little fishing-resort village as Cmdr. Walter M. Schirra ventured into space.
For Josephine C. Fraser (Mrs. Walter) Schirra and mother, Mrs. James L. Holloway, the long wait for news of Schirra’s safety recalled similar vigils during World War II and the Korean War.
Mrs. Schirra, whose friends call her Jo, was a Navy child and a Navy bride. She has been a Navy life since she was 12 years old. Her stepfather, a retired four-star admiral, was commander-in-chief of the Northeastern Atlantic and Mediterranean areas during World War II.
Mrs. Holloway arrived in Seabrook Monday from her home in Philadelphia to be with her daughter.
The Schirra children will be at home, too. Walter, 9, and Suzanne, just recently turned 5, both know about the flight.
The two women, the children and perhaps some close friends were to watch the flight on television in the Chinese-
decorated living room of the Schirra home.
After the flight, Mrs. Schirra will step outside the home and make a statement to waiting newsmen. Then she will
answer questions. Until then, she and her mother will watch and wait as they have done before when their men faced danger.
At Navy quarters in half a dozen places, Mrs. Schirra has listened to the radio, waited for the mailman and listened
for the telephone to ring with news of her stepfather or husband. The news has always been good.
Schirra was an exchange pilot with a 15th Air Force Fighter bomber squadron in Korea. He flew 90 missions and
shot down at least one Communist MIG. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals.
Seabrook was once a resort and shrimping village with little claim to fame. It’s still a quiet place, but has grown since NASA announced plans to build the manned spacecraft center at nearby Clear Lake. It also is the present hometown of several astronauts.