School bells to ring Tuesday for students
School bells will ring again this week, marking the end of a three-month summer vacation for thousands of students in the Floyd County and Rome City school systems.
While actual classroom instruction won’t begin until Thursday, many students are scheduled to report Tuesday for registration and assignment. Also, three days of pre-planning for teachers in both systems is due to start tomorrow.
Here’s the schedule for the two systems:
Floyd County — Students at E.S. Brown School in Cave Spring will register Tuesday. Also, all Negro students who are transported to Rome will be picked up by buses on the same schedule as last year. All white county students are to report and register Thursday, with buses running at the regular time. Classes will be dismissed before noon on Thursday.
Rome City — Registration at all elementary schools in the city begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at which time students will meet their teachers and pick up supply lists. First-graders may report to their respective schools any time between 9 a.m. and noon.
High school students at both East and West Rome will report at the following times Tuesday for registration: 8:30 a.m. — seniors; 10 a.m. — juniors; 1 p.m. — sophomores; 2:30 p.m. — freshmen.
Seventh- and eight-grade students who will attend East Rome Junior High are asked to report to the school auditorium at 8:30 a.m. to pick up their schedule cards. Main High registration will also be held Tuesday with the same schedule as in the past to be used for class assignments.
City School Superintendent M.S. McDonald also announced that for the first month of school pupils in the first grade will be dismissed after lunch, pupils in the second grade at 2 p.m., and those in the third grade at 2:30 p.m. All others will continue for the fully day, with no half-day schedules.
After the first month, McDonald continued, the first-graders will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m., the second grade at
2:30 p.m., and all other grades at 3:15 p.m.
Both systems will dismiss classes as usual for the Labor Day holiday, reporting back to classes on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Monday, Aug. 27, 1962
Disillusioned Russian girl wants to go home
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) – Maria Sikorski, her life filled with famine and war on one continent and disillusionment on another, is going home to the Ukraine.
Dark-haired, dark-eyed Maria came to the United States as a displaced person 11 years ago, when she was 25.
Now, two husbands and a successful television and modeling career later, she wants to go back to her homeland.
“At first I liked it here very much,” she said. “But in the last few years I found that nobody gives a damn, and if you’re broke, you’re stuck.
“When I came to this country I was a bright-eyed girl — I wanted to give and I wanted to earn my place. Now I belong at home.”
Maria’s first memories are of famine in the Ukraine in the 1930s. During World War II, while still in her teens, she was arrested by the Germans. After the war she was raped by a Czech soldier; a child born out of wedlock was kidnapped.
In 1947 she managed to get from Czechoslovakia into the American zone of Germany. She later married a Pole and together they came to San Francisco in 1951.
The couple moved to southern California a year later, and in 1954 the marriage ended in divorce. She met her second husband – “he was such a clean-cut American boy” — in Los Angeles, but once again, the marriage didn’t work. Her divorce becomes final in April.
She sought advice from church and medical organizations in California, she said, but “no one was interested.”
Conceding that her decision to return to the Ukraine might be used for propaganda purposes by the Russians, she added:
“This is why I want to tell my story before I go home. I wish only that Americans would develop and express more kindness and understanding toward each other so that they can understand us.”
She said the Soviet government has guaranteed her transportation home.
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1962
East, Model drilling for Saturday’s tilt
While most of the gridiron action will take place Friday, East Rome and Model will not make their bows until Saturday night at Barron Stadium with both teams promising something new in the football picture.
Coach Wallace Wilkinson has been optimistic throughout the early weeks of practice and has even placed the present band of Gladiators ahead of the 1961 squad at this time last year.
Meanwhile, Coach Ralph Tuggle has been more or less “singing the blues” about his young club. However, he hasn’t turned away in disgust for the youngsters are proving to be fine footballers and could prove very tough.
The work of Dudley Rush at the quarterback slot has been the bright spot for Coach Wilkinson as he has demonstrated a great knack for hitting the target in serial drills. Rush’s ability to handle a team under fire is another factor that ensures the Glads of a poised attack.
There’s no doubt that Gene Knowles, 165-pound halfback, will always be a threat to offense and is a real terror when the opponents have the ball. His running ability has taken a sharp upturn since the beginning of fall practice and he could be the key to the Gladiators’ running attack.
However, Knowles will have plenty of help in the offensive attack with Steve Port, with Eddie Godfrey and Charles Griffin furnishing plenty of extra fireworks.
In the line, Coach Wilkinson has a real battle-royal going at the tackle spots with Harvey Bass and Walter Vaughn making life rough for regulars Bobby Brownlow and Gene Fowler.
Meanwhile, Dennis Jacobs, Mackey McDonald, Clifford Cormany, George Copeland and Ronnie Youngblood are expected to supply the man-power for the interior portion of the line.
With Rush passing with precision, Phil Milam, Ronnie Hicks, Ben Lucas, Mike Anthony and David Bowen may be kept busy snagging serial tosses.
Although Model has a comparatively young team, Coach Tuggle is well blessed with a number of experienced lads capable of playing hard-nose football.
Five seniors may hold the key to success for the Blue Devils: Jimmy Maynor, who transferred from quarterback to end, Tommy Mitchell, fullback, tackles Gerald Sargent and Jerry Lawhorne and halfback Joe House.
However, many of these boys may be on the verge of losing their starting job to some youngsters and Coach Tuggle is placing a strong emphasis on youth during this year.
He stated that some 13 sophomores would have a big hand in the Blue Devils’ plan this year in an effort to have a team for the future.
Tuggle isn’t looking too far in the future at the moment, because he realizes that Model has a big job on hand in tangling with Class AA East Rome and Calhoun before meeting arch-rival Pepperell.
Ralph Davis, junior halfback, and Flip Latimer, sophomore quarterback, may get the starting no along with Joe House and Mitchell in the backfield to give a split view of the youth being installed in a major role.
If things should work right, then Tuggle could easily have an all-sophomore backfield.
Thursday, Aug. 30, 1962
Janelle Kirtley billed in Cherokee ski show
CENTRE, Ala. – Top performers from over the south will be on hand for the first annual Cherokee County Ski Show on Labor Day, the event being jointly sponsored by the Centre Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Cherokee Rescue Squad.
The event will be staged off Highway 411 between Leesburg and the Etowah County line, beginning at 1 p.m. (CST) with an entire afternoon of trick skiing, slalom skiing, skiing clowns and kite riding.
A special attraction will be a pretty water acrobat, Miss Janelle Kirtley, winner of the National Girl’s Ski Championship in 1960 and a member of the United States Ski Team taking part in the World’s Tournament Activities in 1961. Miss Kirtley not only holds the national girl’s championship at the Masters Ski Tournament in Ida Cason Calloway Gardens in Georgia and the southern championship at Cypress Gardens, Fla., in recent months.
Janelle’s brother, Bob, also is an outstanding performer on water skis.
Janelle and Bob’s mother, Mrs. Leona Kirtley, an outstanding skier and amateur instructor says that Janelle and Bob’s schedule call for five hours daily practice on the skis. “I wonder how many gallons of gas I’ve burned and how many motors I wore out pulling those kids behind the boat,” she said.
Not only will visitors see the outstanding performances of Janelle and Bob Kirtley but will also witness outstanding exhibitions by the Century club and the Warrior Ski Club of Birmingham and the Cypress Garden Stars.