Hugh Selman grabs lead in ‘Mr. Floyd’ contest
Hugh Selman, coach at Armuchee High School, is leading the field in second annual “Mr. Floyd” contest as contestants head into the final week of the WRGA-sponsored contest on behalf of the March of Dimes.
Selman has totaled 7,600 and is challenging “Mr. Floyd” of 1962, East Rome’s Coach Wallace Wilkinson. Jack Harwell, manager for Selman, is optimistic about the outcome of the race.
Paul Kennedy of West Rome is also a candidate, managed by Leon (Red) Wade and Bill Moore. Others running are Graham Woodell of Cave Spring, whose manager is W.T. Hale; Branch Bragg of Coosa, managed by Mrs. Shell; Ralph Tuggle of Model, sponsored by the Hi-Y Club and Robert H. Simmons of Johnson with Mrs. Gilda Kay as manager.
Each manager has been given 200 phonograph records by the sponsor to sell as votes, and each penny obtained counts as a vote. Anyone may vote for the candidate of his choice by mailing contributions to WRGA with adequate identification so that donations and votes may be credited to the proper candidate. All money obtained as votes will go to the March of Dimes campaign. Votes must be in to WRGA by noon January 30. WRGA will donate a trophy to the 1963 “Mr. Floyd.”
Monday, Jan. 28, 1963
South Carolina last state to lower racial barriers
CLEMSON, S.C. (UPI) – South Carolina becomes the last state of the union to lower public school racial barriers with the admission today of Negro Harvey Gantt to Clemson College.
More than 100 armed law enforcement officers were on hand to holster the one-man police force of this sleepy town, which does not even have a jail, and assure that the court-ordered admission of Gantt is not met with violence.
Entrance of the 30-year-old high school honor student will mark an end to South Carolina’s distinction as the only state which has never allowed a Negro student in a white school.
State officials, determined to maintain order without help from federal officers, have been close-mouthed about security regulations.
But no-nonsense highway patrolmen took up posts at all entrances to the campus early today and gave close scrutiny to all persons entering or leaving.
They were reinforced by plainclothes men from South Carolina’s crack State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), who patrolled the almost-deserted campus in unmarked cars.
A light airplane was poised at the airport of this town of 1,500, ready to whisk Gantt away in the event of rioting.
Gantt was scheduled to arrive about 2 p.m. EST accompanied by Negro lawyer Matthew J. Perry and his father, Charleston shipyard merchant, Christopher Gantt.
The youth and his father began the 235-mile trip from Charleston at about 7 a.m. this morning and drove to Columbia to meet Perry.
State officials, who have presented a united front in urging that South Carolina accept the “distasteful” transition with grace were joined Sunday by one of the state’s most outspoken segregationists.
State Rep. F. Mitchell Ott, author of an unsuccessful last-ditch legislative measure to block Gantt’s entrance, issued a statement urging all South Carolinians to “go about their business as usual and have no violence whatsoever.”
There will be few students on the campus until midweek. Today is registration day for transfers entering Clemson for the second semester. Students who were here the first semester register Wednesday.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1963
JV boys rally, defeat Johnson
After trailing for three quarters, Coach Ed Duke’s Pepperell Junior Varsity boys turned on the steam in the final stanza to defeat Johnson 31-27 last night in the annual Floyd County JV Basketball Tournament being played at Leonard Gym.
The Pepps were behind 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, 21-17 at half-time and 25-19 when the third period closed.
Stanley Brown spearheaded Pepperell’s attack with 17 points, followed by Terry Popham with 5, Eddie Garrett with 4, Jimmy Mathis with 3 and Paul Broome with 1.
The Lindaleans will meet the Coosa-East Rome winner at 8:30 o’clock Thursday night. Coosa and East Rome tangle at 7:30 o’clock Wednesday night.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1963
Drip … drip … drip
Judicial decorum of the Floyd Superior Courtroom was slightly punctured this morning with a drip … drip … drip …
Bailiffs used a three-foot washtub spanning two benches to catch drops of water from the courthouse ceiling.
Several said the courtroom leak was first noticed last October, although walls of the courtroom and solicitor general’s office already have been damaged by a leaky roof.
The washtub amplified the drippings, but even when a bailiff went beyond the call of duty to place his raincoat in the tub, the sound was only slightly muffled … drip … drip … drip.