West Rome High School took fourth place in the Region 6-AA high school literary meet. Steve Cox took third place in Essay (boys); Mary Ann Witte took fourth place in Essay (girls); Bonnie Logan took third place in Vocal Solo (girls); and West Rome took third in trio (no individual students were listed).
West Rome’s track team ran a bit behind in a ten-school track meet, coming in 6th place with 14 1/3 points. This was one of the few times that the East Rome Gladiators got the better of the Chieftains (the Glads came in first place with 82 points. Tommy Sapp was the Chieftains star, taking first place on the low hurdles while setting a region record with a run of 21.3 seconds, breaking Arbie Lovell’s prior 21.9 second record.
West Rome’s baseball team edged past Model 3-2 on Friday, April 7th. Bubba Holbrooks, Billy Bray, Jim Edwards, and Danny Fricks garnered West Rome’s hits; Jimmy Culberson pitched for the first three innings before Steve Harwell stepped in to finish the game. The team trounced Trion 10-1 the next day in a non-region game; the Chiefs picked up six runs in the seventh inning alone! Pitcher Charles (Cootie) Williams allowed only two hits during the game. “The surprising thing is that Cootie pitched so well when he’s not yet really in peak condition,” Coach Nick Hyder said. “He’s been dividing his time between baseball and track.”
Janet Amspoker, Debbi Shelnutt, Jan Shelnutt, and Dee Shelnutt were inolved in a three-car accident on Tuesday afternoon, April 4th, shortly after school let out. The three-car accident occurred at approximately 4:15 pm on Redmond Circle near West Rome High School; all four were transported to Floyd Hospital, treated, and dismissed.
Piggly ‘wiggly had fresh whole fryers for a quarter a pound; five pounds of Gold Medal flour for 49¢; and Swift’s chili with beans for 49¢ a can. Big Apple had ground beef for 47¢ a pound, Irvindale ice cream for 49¢ a half-gallon, and cucumbers for a dime each. Kroger had beef roast for 95¢ a pound, tomatoes for 23¢ a pound, and fresh angel food cakes for 39¢ each. A&P had chuck roast for 35¢ a pound, grapefruit for a dime each, and Eight O’Clock coffee for 65¢ a pound. Couch’s had pork chops for 49¢ a pound, white corn for 9¢ an ear, and Double Cola for $1.09 a case (plus deposit).
The cinematic week began with The Reluctant Astronaut (with Don Knotts) at the DeSoto Theatre and the West Rome Drive-In and Doctor Zhivago (with Omar Shariff) at the First Avenue Theatre. The midweek switchout brought How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (with Robert Morse) to the DeSoto and the West Rome Drive-In and Georgy Girl (with James Mason & Lynn Redgrave) to the First Avenue.
The Turtles took number one for a third week with “Happy Together.” Other top ten hits included “Dedicated to the One I Love” by the Mamas & The Papas (#2); “Somethin’ Stupid” by Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra (#3); “Bernadette” by the Four Tops (#4); “This Is My Song” by Petula Clark (#5); “Penny Lane” by the Beatles (#6); “Western Union” by the Five Americans (#7); “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & the Shondells (#8); “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” by the Monkees (#9); and “There’s a Kind of Hush” by Herman’s Hermits (#10).
Having said goodbye to Marvel in a less-than-amicable split, Steve Ditko found his muse at Charlton Comics. This was the week that the first issue of his Blue Beetle series debuted (starring the character he had introduced in the pages of Captain Atom); the premiere issue introduced Ditko’s enigmatic blank-faced hero The Question (who would late inspired Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons’ Rorschach in The Watchmen). Ditko also pencilled a ten-page story (inked by the incomparable Wally Wood) in Tower Comics’ Dynamo #4, also released this week in 1967—