Coosa linksmen seek coveted club titles
A number of heated battles, in addition to the championship scrap, appear in the offing as linksters head down the home stretch in the annual Coosa Country Club Golf Tournament.
The title bracket concluded their first 18 holes in the 36-hole event last Sunday, and have either today or Saturday to complete play. The championship flight, which started with 16 players, has been split into “A” and “B” Divisions for the final round.
Practically all the lower flights have completed their first 18 holes, and have until Saturday to “wrap it up” – also vying in 36-hole medal competition. Indications are that a number of the 10 flights will be battles all the way, in that very few strokes separate the leaders from those in second and third places.
Burgett Mooney Jr. heads the Championship “A” Division after chalking up a three-under-par 69 in first-round play. Dick Hackett is four strokes back, and Jack Mullins is third with a 74. Defending champion Wade Hoyt Jr. follows with a 75.
In the Championship “B” group, Dr. Lucius Smith and Johnny Cook are knotted for the lead with 79’s. Dr. J.F. Ward is a stroke back, while John Lamm and J.F.Murdock have 81’s.
Seventy-one players opened the annual club affair, vying in the largest club field in several years.
The meet will be concluded Saturday with a dance for wives or dates, along with the awarding of prizes.
Sunday, Aug. 19, 1962
Written tests balk 482 drivers here
A total of 1,686 persons took driver’s license examinations this year in Rome through July 31, and an additional 482 flunked the test, according to License Examiner Jimmy R. Nix, who is in charge of giving driving tests in Floyd County.
Most of those who failed were turned down on the written test because they apparently failed to properly prepare themselves for the examination. Very few applicants failed on the driving portion of the test, Nix said.
The examiner said that in addition to the 1,686 new licenses issued for the year, there have been 20,648 renewals made through the Rome office. An additional 293 applications were made for licenses from people moving to Floyd County from outside the state.
During the year 26 duplicate licenses were issued to people who lost or misplaced their licenses, the examiner said, adding that the cost of a duplicate license is $1, the same as for a one-year renewal.
Nix said the Department of Public Safety is in the process of changing from the March 31 expiration date to the birthday system, and the changeover will be completed by Dec. 1963.
He also said the state still requires that a person be 16 years of age before he is eligible for a regular driver’s license. However, he said, beginner licenses can be issued to 15-year-olds – if the application is made out and signed by at least one of the parents.
The learner’s license is good only when the beginner is accompanied by an adult who has a valid license.
Monday, Aug. 20, 1962
Annual Cotton Ball set Oct. 13
Mrs. Jack Holsemback, president, announces that McClain-Sealock Unit No. 136 of the American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor again this year the annual Cotton Ball, an event always eagerly anticipated.
Date of the affair is Saturday, Oct. 13, and Mrs. Jack Mathis will serve as chairman of the ball. Music for dancing will be provided from 9 a.m. to midnight by Dale Stone Jr., his organ and combo. Delmas Franklin, of Rome, will serve as master of ceremonies. Setting for the ball will be the American Legion clubhouse in North Lindale.
The girl chosen as wearing the prettiest cotton dress will be named “Cotton Ball Queen” and will be crowned by last year’s queen, Miss Leta Summerhour, of Atlanta. Judges for the queen contest will be announced later.
Tickets to the ball are now on sale by various members of the Auxiliary. Those planning to attend are urged to purchase their tickets in advance in order to keep from being turned away at the door, as was the case last year.
Reservations for tables may be made by calling 234-5205; 232-3183 or the Pepperell Clinic at 234-1621.
Mrs. Mathis plans to announce her other committees within a short time.
Thursday, Aug. 23, 1962
Johnson begins goodwill tour of Middle East
BEIRUT, Lebanon (UPI) – Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson launched a Middle East goodwill tour here today by assuring Lebanon that the United States has “abiding and unchanging interest in the independence and integrity” of the small country.
Johnson’s remarks in a prepared arrival statement at the airport were considered significant in view of the continuing uneasiness in this half-Moslem, half-Christian nation regarding its Arab neighbors, Syria and the United Arab Republic.
“The people of my country would have me express to you their feelings of affection, admiration and friendship for the people of Lebanon,” the vice president said.
Johnson’s arrival for a one-day courtesy call on President Fuad Chehab and Premier Rashid Karami was the first stop-off on a 16-day tour which also includes Iran, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Italy. Accompanying the vice president were his wife, Lady Bird and 18-year-old daughter, Linda Bird.
The American leader told the Lebanese it was “our good fortune in the United states to have many of your people come to live and work among us.”
“They have enriched our national life and helped to make America stronger,” he said. “Our devotion to the Lebanese people who are part of America adds to our affection for the land which sent them to us.”
Johnson’s prepared arrival statement made no reference to the shipment of U.S. Marines to Lebanon in 1958 in response to the Lebanese government’s appeal to help safeguard the country’s independence in the face of insurrection and external pressures.
But Johnson asserted, “of all the many ties of friendship between us, none are more binding than our common love of freedom, our common belief in human dignity, our common resolve to assure social and economic justice to all our citizens.”